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Global COVID-19 Cases Surpass 30 Million

Worldwide confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 30 million, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 30 million on Thursday. More than half of the registered cases are from the US, India and Brazil. The number increased by 1

Saudi Crown Prince Hails National Anti-Corruption Commission’s Role in Fighting Corruption

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, lauded on Friday the role of the Control and Anti-Corruption Commission in combating corruption in Saudi Arabia. In a message of gratitude to the employees at the commission, he said they were “fighting a fierc

Romania Receives US Patriot Missiles to Bolster Defenses

The Romanian army received its first shipment of US Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air missiles on Thursday to boost its defenses. “Romania has just become a safer nation by hosting these Patriot missiles on its territory. Romanian citizens are now better protected,” Prime Minister Ludov

UAE, Bahrain normalize ties with Israel at historic White House event

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain officially normalized relations with Israel at a signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. The agreements “will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region,” said US President Donald Trump in an opening speech at

Trump to preside over historic Arab-Israel recognition deals

 President Donald Trump is set to preside over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics and give him a boost ahead of the November U.S. election. In a White House ceremony aimed at showc

Trump Says Bahrain Agrees to Normalize Relations with Israel

Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel, President Donald Trump said on Friday. Trump tweeted out the news after he spoke by phone to both Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, t

Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 900,000 Worldwide

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 900,000 since the respiratory disease first appeared in China last year, according to an AFP tally. As the fatalities climbed, US President Donald Trump admitted he had tried to minimize the seriousness of the Covid-19 threat at the s

Fire breaks out at Greece's overcrowded Moria refugee camp

Fire broke out at Greece's overcrowded migrant camp of Moria on the island of Lesbos early on Wednesday, fire brigade officials said. There were no reports of injuries so far, while the cause of the blaze which burned tents and containers was not immediately clear, a fire brigade official said.

Trump to host Israel-UAE deal-signing ceremony on September 15

US President Donald Trump will hold a September 15 signing ceremony for a groundbreaking Middle East agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a senior White House official said on Tuesday. As part of the deal, announced at the White House on August 13 

Bangladesh Mosque Blast Death Toll Rises to 24

The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in a mosque outside Bangladesh’s capital rose to 24 on Sunday while authorities were examining how a leakage caused the accident during evening prayers. A 7-year-old boy who went to pray with his father in Narayanganj district was among the dead.

Image of Palestinian under Israeli Soldier's Knee Sparks Outrage

Footage of an Israeli soldier throwing a Palestinian activist to the ground and kneeling on his neck has sparked outrage in the Palestinian territories and beyond. The protester, named as Khairi Hanoun, a man in his late 60s, took part in demonstrations on Tuesday near Tulkarm, in the north of th

Saudi: No Exceptions in Fight against Corruption

As part of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts to fight corruption, two military commanders, including a senior officer from the royal family, have been dismissed in two royal orders only one week apart. This accelerated campaign confirms the great reform path adopted in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdo

Black Lives Matter protesters gather for Kenosha march

Black Lives Matter organisers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, planned a rally and march on Saturday as reinforced National Guard units stood by with orders to prevent a resurgence of violence that convulsed the lakeside city earlier in the week. A tense calm prevailed for a third night on Friday in the do

Haters of Islam: They wanted to burn the Qur’an while Muslims were leaving the mosque

On Friday, August 28, 2020, 3 activists of the Danish “Hardline Line” party burned a copy of the Qur’an in the Swedish city of Malmö, while the Swedish authorities banned the entry of the extremist political party leader Rasmus Baludan from entering its territory for two yea

US official: US troops injured in interaction with Russian forces in Syria

A small number of U.S. troops were injured during an interaction with Russian forces in Syria, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. While such interactions between American and Russian forces are not rare, the incident highlights the risks of troops from both countries operatin

Israel strikes Hezbollah posts in Lebanon after firing at troops

Israeli aircraft struck posts belonging to the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah early on Wednesday after shots were fired from Lebanon towards its troops, Israel’s military said. No Israeli troops were wounded in the firing, the military said. Soldiers deployed illumination flares, smoke shell

Turkey rescues 68 asylum seekers in Aegean

Turkey rescued a total of 68 asylum seekers who were illegally pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters in the Aegean, a security source said on Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. At least 38 asylum seekers were rescued from a dinghy off the coast of Seferihisar in

New Zealand court hears survivors’ horror stories of hiding under blood soaked corpses in 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks

NEW ZEALAND: Not only did Brenton Harrison Tarrant murder 51 Muslims on the early afternoon, his sentencing hearing today at the High Court here in New Zealand’s second-largest city heard, he also killed 51 Muslim families. Almost, at least, but not quite. Even in a world roiled by terrori

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