WHO to send experts to Lebanon for health support : Tedros

Visiting World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that the world body will send a team of experts to help Lebanon identify problems in its health sector and draft a strategy plan for reforms.

Sri Lanka's 16th Central Bank Governor assumes office

The 16th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has assumed office. Cabraal, who previously served as State Minister of Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reform, was appointed Governor of the CBSL by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, according to the country's Monetary Law Act.

New Zealand launches vaccine buses

Three mobile vaccine buses launched in New Zealand's Auckland city on Thursday to help people fasten their Covid-19 vaccination. According to local media, 12 such buses in total converted from airport Park and Ride vehicles will be provided to suburbs where access to vaccinations is more difficult.

Tewari seeks clarification from govt on US asking India for use of airbase

Congress MP Manish Tewari on Wednesday sought clarification from the government after reports surfaced that the United States has approached India to allow use of airbases situated at North West frontiers.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 225.7 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 225.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.64 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.74 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Guterres appoints new UN Women chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced the appointment of Jordan's Sima Sami Bahous as the new Executive Director of UN Women.

Bahous, who has been Jordan's Permanent Representative to the UN since 2016, succeeds Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General's office.

240 inmates escape from Nigeria prison

At least 240 inmates escaped after unidentified gunmen attacked a jail in Nigeria's Kogi state, the government said, adding that a manhunt is underway to nab the escaped inmates.

Tanzanian Prez appoints 1st woman Defence Minister

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Stergomena Lawrence Tax as the east African nation's first-ever female Defence Minister.

Bulgaria to hold new parliamentary polls on Nov 14

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has signed a decree to hold new parliamentary elections on November 14, his press office said in a statement.

Academics from 81 nations call for Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Over 2,000 academics across disciplines and from 81 countries have delivered a letter demanding a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to manage a global phase out of coal, oil and gas to governments gathering at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 225.2 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 225.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.63 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.71 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

'Thousands of Israeli children suffer long Covid-19 symptoms'

A total of 11.2 per cent of Israeli children who recovered from Covid-19 suffered long-term symptoms, revealed a survey issued by the state's Ministry of Health.

The researchers examined post-acute sequelae of Covid-19 (PASC), or "long Covid," among 13,834

Commonwealth to champion climate-vulnerable states at UN summit

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland called for urgent action to ensure improved climate resilience of small states and promised to amplify the concerns of small and other vulnerable states around climate change at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 224.6 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 224.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.62 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.67 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

'EU economy rebounding but not yet out of danger'

Despite a stronger than expected second quarter, the European Union (EU) must remain vigilant about the Covid-19 pandemic and potential supply bottlenecks, European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni said.

Russia's Gazprom announces completion of Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction

Russia's gas giant Gazprom announced the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction.

"During a morning briefing, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the (Gazprom) Management Committee, announced that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was fully completed at 8.45 a.m. 

Canadian political party leaders vie for votes in final debate

The leaders of Canada's main political parties took part in their final English-language televised debate, battling over who has the best vision for the country's future.

Though none of the leaders emerged unscathed from the raucous back-and-forth of the evening, the voters were still undecided after watching the Thursday night debate for two hours.

Philippines extends state of calamity for another yr

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the state of calamity for another year until September 2022 to allow the government to draw emergency funds faster as the Southeast Asian country grapples with a Covid-19 resurgence.

EU calls for mutual compromise in implementing Northern Ireland Protocol

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic has called for compromise from the UK and the European Union (EU) in the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Japan's Vaccination Minister announces candidacy to succeed PM

Japan's Vaccination Minister Taro Kono has formally announced his bid to succeed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by joining the leadership race of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Cuba readies for tourism season amid Covid

Cuba is readying to kick start its tourism season in November amid efforts to contain the sharpest spike in daily Covid-19 cases, deaths and hospitalisations since the onset of the pandemic early last year.

Britain's GDP growth stalls amid Covid surge

Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have grown only by 0.1 per cent monthly in July, 2.1 per cent lower than its pre-pandemic level in February 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Thailand mulls new tourism incentives to revive Covid-hit economy

Thailand is mulling on new tourism incentives to revive its Covid-19 pandemic-battered economy, betting on higher vaccination rates that allow quarantine-free travels.

After more than one year of border control and an initiative to bring back foreign visitors to the resort island Phuket from July, Thailand is set to reopen more of its popular tourist destinations to fully-

World leaders to accelerate shift to clean energy

Faced with the rapidly accelerating impacts of climate change and urgent need to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector, while ensuring that all people have access to electricity and clean energy, the UN is bringing together heads of state and government as well as leaders from business,

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 223.7 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 223.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.61 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.64 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Morocco's king appoints new PM to form govt

Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Friday has appointed Aziz Akhannouch, President of the National Rally of Independents (RNI), as the new Prime Minister with the task to form a new government, a statement by the Royal Cabinet announced.

WHO calls for global governance against pandemic

The Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) called for global governance and recommended the establishment of a Global Health Board "under the auspices of the G20".

Landmark breach in Apple walled garden on payments; stock dented ahead of Sep 14 event

A US court on Friday tore down some of Apple's key restrictions on how its developers can collect payments within the apps.

The decision strikes down a core part of Apple's App Store money machine.

The anti-trust ruling came thanks to Epic Games.

Lebanon's PM-designate Najib Mikati forms new cabinet

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati announced on Friday the formation of a new cabinet of 24 ministers, breaking over one year of political deadlock in the crisis-torn country, according to Lebanon's Presidency.

UNSC adopts resolution on peacekeeping transitions

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution on its peacekeeping transitions.

Resolution 2594, adopted on Thursday, stresses the crucial role of peace operations and emphasises the need for peace operations to engage at the earliest possible stage in integrated planning and

Tanzania fines 9 oil firms over violating environmental rules

Tanzania's environmental watchdog announced that it has fined nine oil companies a total of 5.1 billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.2 million) over the violation of environmental rules.

Cambodian Parliament ratifies RCEP

The National Assembly of Cambodia has ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's largest free trade agreement (FTA), which comprises 15 Asia-Pacific countries.

Lebanon launches cash cards to support vulnerable families

Lebanon has launched cash cards in support for over 500,000 families who are in need of help amid the current financial and economic crisis.

Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Ramzi Musharrafieh said during a press conference here on Thursday that the cash cards will give each eligible household member $25 monthly, or its equivalent in

Canadian political parties debate over jabs, climate change

With less than two weeks to go before Canadians hit the polls to elect a new government, the leaders of the country's five major political parties squared off on a range of topics, from mandatory Covid-19 vaccines to climate change, in the official French-language televised debate.

83 heads of state expected to attend 76th session of UNGA

Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), said that 83 heads of state are expected to attend the 76th session which opens on September 14.

Korn guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer tests Covid+, tour to continue

Nu metal band Korn's co-founder and guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not play at their upcoming shows, the band announced on their Instagram page on Thursday night.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 223 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 223 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.60 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.59 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Putin attributes Afghan crisis to imposition of foreign values

The current crisis in Afghanistan is a direct consequence of "irresponsible attempts to impose alien values from the outside" on the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

ECB sets 'moderately lower pace' for bond buying

The European Central Bank (ECB) decided to leave its key interest rates unchanged and set a "moderately lower pace" for the Covid-19 pandemic-related bond buying.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 222.4 mn

The global coronavirus caseload has topped 222.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.59 million and vaccinations soared to over 5.56 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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