LEBANON’S LEADERS WERE WARNED IN JULY ABOUT EXPLOSIVES AT PORT

Tue 11 August 2020: Aoun sent report to Higher Security Council about ammonium nitrate shipment at Beirut port before explosion BEIRUT, Lebanon (AA) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun has sent a report to the Higher Defense Council about the ammonium nitrate shipment that caused the explosion at the Beirut Port two weeks before the blast, […]

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JORDAN FM AL-SAFADI VISITS LEBANON TO SHOW SUPPORT

Tue 11  August  Al-Safadi will visit Palestinian refugee camp during his visit to Lebanon Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday to show support to the country following last week’s Beirut port explosion. Al-Safadi is expected to meet with his Lebanese counterpart Charbel Wehbe, according to Lebanese media. The top Jordanian diplomat […]

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ERDOGAN: TURKEY WILL CONTINUE ITS OWN PLANS IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Tue 11 August 2020: ANKARA – Turkey is always ready to resolve Eastern Mediterranean issue through dialogue on equitable basis, the Turkish president said Monday. “We are always here and ready to resolve conflicts through dialogue on equitable basis,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, following the Cabinet meeting in the capital Ankara. Erdogan also called on […]

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DUTERTE’S ANTI-TERRORISM LAW FACES TOP COURT CHALLENGES

Tue 11 August 2020: President Rodrigo Duterte signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 to curb ‘terror threats and acts’ in July, The Philippines’ top court will hear at least 25 petitions against a new anti-terror act approved by President Rodrigo Duterte last month. The Philippine Supreme Court said in a statement it would “conduct oral arguments on […]

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MAURITIUS PM APPEALS TO INT’L COMMUNITY TO HELP AMID DANGER OF MORE SPILLAGE

Tue 11 August 2020: Prime minister says huge cracks indicate Japanese ship can break apart, appeals for int’l community’s help NAIROBI, Kenya (AA) – The Japanese ship that ran aground in Mauritius has stopped leaking oil but there is still danger of more spillage, the island nation’s government said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth […]

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM WARNS AGAINST ‘TOO EARLY’ REOPENING OF SCHOOLS

Tue 11 August 2020: ISTANBUL (AA) – Reopening schools “too early” in developing countries could undermine the gains made so far in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus, a World Economic Forum report said. Children are very unlikely to die from the novel coronavirus but they live with adults and elders — particularly in developing […]

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US HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE QUITTING OR GETTING FIRED AMID OUTBREAK

Mon 10 August 2020: Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak. California’s public health director, Dr Sonia Angell, quit without explanation on Sunday following a technical glitch that caused a delay […]

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SOUTH AFRICA ENSURE GENDER EQUALITY BY EMPOWERING WOMEN

Mon 10 August 2020: Country to reserve 40% of public procurement for women-owned businesses, says president South Africa’s president said Monday his government will support women-owned businesses as part of its commitment to ensure gender equality in Africa’s most advanced economy. “We are going to drive women’s economic inclusion through public procurement,” Cyril Ramaphosa said […]

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INDONESIA’S SINABUNG VOLCANO RE-ERUPTS

Mon 10 August 2020: Volcano on Sumatra island spews clouds of ashes up to 5 kilometers Sinabung volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island erupted again Monday, said local authorities. The volcanic activity started at 10.16 a.m. local time [0316GMT], an official from the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazar Mitigation told Anadolu Agency. “Ash column towered […]

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