World News


South Africa 'largely' passes third COVID-19 wave peak, eases restrictions

The African country worst hit by the virus went back into a partial lockdown last month to stem a surge in Covid-19 cases widely attributed to the highly transmissible Delta variant.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Former Lebanon PM Najib Mikati poised to be named premier-designate

One of the richest men in Lebanon, Mikati became a favorite for the post after he was endorsed by most of Lebanon's political parties and also the powerful, Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Tunisia's main party decries 'coup' as President suspends parliament, fires PM

The move -- a decade on from Tunisia's 2011 revolution, held up as the sole success story of the Arab spring -- comes despite presidential powers being largely confined to security and diplomacy.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Taliban terrorists kill 43 in Afghanistan's Malistan district

Among those killed were two young men whose father said they were killed while leaving the area with their families and that they were not government employees or security force members.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister to visit Pakistan for talks; repair bilateral ties

The Saudi Foreign Minister will be accompanied by a delegation comprising senior officials of the Saudi government, according to Pakistan's Foreign Office.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Malaysia to end COVID emergency as parliament convenes after months-long suspension

The king in January declared the country's first nationwide state of emergency in more than half a century to fight Covid-19, following the advice of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Sri Lanka to raise minimum age of employment to 18 after death of minor domestic help

The Labour Ministry has also decided to expand the list of jobs considered to be hazardous to children between 16 and 18.

published : 26 Jul 2021

China launches 6-month campaign to clean up apps

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said companies must fix pop-ups on apps that deceive and mislead users or force them to use services they might not want.

published : 26 Jul 2021

At least 7 killed in 20-car pileup in Utah during sandstorm

The pileup collision occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust or sandstorm which reduced visibility, the highway patrol said.

published : 26 Jul 2021

New Zealand to accept alleged Islamic State militant, 2 kids

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand had taken into account its international responsibilities and could not remove citizenship from anybody if it left them stateless.

published : 26 Jul 2021

UN: Women, children casualties on the rise in Afghanistan

The number of civilians killed and wounded in May and June in Afghanistan is almost as many as recorded in the preceding four months.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Americans portray China as "imagined enemy": Chinese Vice Foreign Minister 

China blamed the US for 'stalemate' in their bilateral relations as talks begin between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and China's Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Pak PM Khan's party wins most seats in PoK legislative elections marred by irregularities, violence 

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has won 23 seats while Pakistan Peoples Party was second with eight seats and the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz secured just six seats.

published : 26 Jul 2021

Key UN climate science talks open amid floods, fires

Carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels, methane leaks and agriculture has driven up the thermometer 1.1 degrees Celsius so far, and emissions are rising sharply again after a brief interlude.

published : 26 Jul 2021

French parliament adopts vaccine passports law despite protests

The new legislation would make health passes compulsory from August for air travel and inter-city trains, as well as for visiting cafes and restaurants. 

published : 26 Jul 2021