CLASHES CONTINUE BETWEEN SECURITY FORCES AND PROTESTORS IN BEIRUT

Tue 11 August 2020: Demonstrators demand departure of president, parliament following massive explosion that killed dozens in country’s capital BEIRUT (AA) – Lebanese security forces on Tuesday fired tear gas canisters at protesters in a bid to keep them away from the parliament building in the capital Beirut.  Demonstrators took to the streets demanding the departure […]

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CHINA EXTENDS TERM OF ALL HONG KONG LAWMAKERS

Tue 11 August 2020: Development comes amid tightening of security apparatus, coronavirus in semi-autonomous city ANKARA (AA) – China’s parliament on Tuesday endorsed Hong Kong’s decision to delay elections in the semi-autonomous region by a year, state-run media reported. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee unanimously voted to extend the terms of Hong Kong Legislative […]

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COVID-19: WHO CAUTIONS RUSSIA ON VACCINE CONCERN OVER COMPROMISE ON SAFETY

Tue 11 August 2020: WHO spokesman comments after President Putin says Russia has registered world’s first coronavirus vaccine GENEVA (AA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday it is following Russia’s progress in developing a COVID-19 vaccine, but cautioned that progress in fight against the virus should not compromise on safety. Commenting on Russian […]

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KASHMIRI FAMILY DEMAND THE BODIES OF THEIR LOVED ONES KILLED IN FAKE ENCOUNTER

Tue 11 August 2020: SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir (AA) – The family members of three missing cousins in Indian-administered Kashmir have alleged that the Indian army killed the trio in a staged gunfight last month and passed them off as militants. Muhammad Yusuf, a sheep farmer, told Anadolu Agency that his son Abrar Ahmad, 25, […]

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RWANDA: PARLIAMENT RAISES CONCERN OVER GENOCIDE DENIER NAMED ON BELGIAN COLONIAL PROBE COMMISSION

Tue 11 August Rwandan Parliament questions inclusion of ‘genocide denier’ in 10-member team of experts that will assist commission The Rwandan Parliament has expressed “reservations” about the likely outcome of a Belgian special parliamentary commission set up to examine Belgian’s colonial past due to the inclusion of a “known denier” of the Rwandan genocide against […]

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UN SAYS FACEBOOK HAS NOT SHARED ‘EVIDENCE’ OF MYANMAR CRIME

Tue 11 August 2020: The head of a UN investigative body on Myanmar said Facebook has not released evidence of “serious international crimes”, despite promising to work with investigators looking into abuses in the country including against the majority-Muslim Rohingya. Nicholas Koumjian, head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar (IIMM), told the Reuters news […]

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AS RUSSIA’S HEALTH MINISTRY APPROVES WORLD’S FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE, PUTIN’S DAUGHTER IS VACCINATED

Tue 11 August 2020: The first coronavirus vaccine in the world has been registered in Russia, the country’s President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday. The vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center, has an official registration with the Russian Health Ministry, Putin told a meeting with members of the government in Moscow. Putin added […]

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TRUMP ABRUPTLY PAUSES PRESS BRIEFING AFTER SHOOTING NEAR WHITE HOUSE

Tue 11 August 2020: Secret Service agent escorts US president to Oval Office after opening fire on individual outside White House WASHINGTON (AA) – US President Donald Trump was abruptly whisked away from an evening news conference Monday after the Secret Service opened fire on an individual outside the White House. After returning to the James S. […]

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COVID-19, ‘NATIONAL SECURITY’ HONG KONG’S DUAL BATTLE

Tue 11 August 2020: Coronavirus cases rise to over 4,100 in semi-autonomous region, also seeing wave of arrests under controversial new law ANKARA (AA) – Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous region under China, is now fighting on two fronts – the COVID-19 pandemic as well issues of national security, seen through the prism of a controversial […]

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WORLDWIDE CORONAVIRUS CASES SURPASS 20 MILLION WITH MORE THAN 12.2 MILLION RECOVERIES

Tue 11 August 2020: More than 20 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, according to data compiled late Monday by US-based Johns Hopkins University.  There are 20,001,019 confirmed COVID-19 cases globally. A total of 733,897 people have died after contracting the virus while 12,209,074 have recovered after treatment. Mexico reports more […]

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