A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck Iran’s southern province of Bushehr, where a nuclear power plant is located, but there were no immediate reports of considerable damage. At least five people were injured, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported. The epicentre of the earthquake on Sunday was the town of[…]
Syria is set to hold a presidential election on May 26, the country’s second in the shadow of civil war, seen as likely to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power. The announcement was made by the parliament speaker on Sunday. Syrians abroad will be “able to vote at embassies” on[…]
Israel and Greece have signed their biggest ever defence procurement deal, which Israel said would strengthen political and economic ties between the countries as the two countries’ air forces launched a joint exercise. The agreement includes a $1.65bn contract for the establishment and operation of a training centre for the[…]
The global Covid-19 death toll passed three million on Saturday as the pandemic continues to speed up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiralling infection numbers. It is the latest grim milestone after the novel coronavirus surfaced in central China in December 2019[…]
Senegal’s health authorities issued a denial after a newspaper on Friday said three deaths had been caused by the AstraZeneca anti-COVID vaccine. National vaccination coordinator Ousseynou Badiane confirmed that three people who had passed away several weeks ago had received the vaccine, but there was “no established link” between the[…]
China’s Coronavac vaccine was 67% effective at preventing symptomatic COVD-19 and 80% at preventing death, according to real-life results unveiled on Friday from Chile’s inoculation campaign. “These figures should convey peace of mind to the country,” Health Minister Enrique Paris told journalists as he announced the outcome of two months’[…]
Turkish officials reacted angrily to far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after he made disparaging remarks about Islam at the start of Ramadan. On Monday, Wilders, chairman of the Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands, shared a short video clip on Twitter attacking Islam and the Muslim holy month. Turkey’s[…]
Protests continued for a third night in Brooklyn Center in the US state of Minnesota following the death of Duante Wright, a Black man who was shot by a white police officer during a traffic stop. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Tuesday at the heavily guarded police headquarters where police[…]
One Saturday morning in late March, Milicia Praca and her roommate grabbed their passports and a bag of crisps and drove towards the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the Republic of Serbia. They were keen to accomplish an important task – enter Serbia, pull up their sleeves, and[…]
Israeli forces arrested 24 Palestinians on Monday morning ahead of May’s Palestinian legislative election, which Israel fears the Hamas movement will win with a landslide majority. This latest round of arrests targeted several towns in the West Bank, according to a statement by the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Asra Media[…]
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