Authorities have imposed a curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Officials announced a two-day “full curfew” on Monday citing intelligence reports of looming protests in the Muslim-majority region of seven million people, where locals have[…]
North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons programme, and several countries believe it has “probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles,” according to a confidential UN report. The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions said the countries,[…]
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will assess the experience it gained in organizing this year’s exceptional Hajj within two weeks and will try to benefit from lessons it learned. Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Dr. Hussein Al-Sharif, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj affairs, said that the[…]
The ANC’s parliamentary caucus has said it is deeply embarrassed by the “barbaric behaviour” of corruption related to Covid-19 national disaster funds. This followed comments by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who said it was unconscionable that people may be using the Covid-19 crisis to unlawfully enrich themselves. Ramaphosa, who made the[…]
There is still no word from the South African government on the growing number of reports of alleged human rights violations in Zimbabwe. News24 understands that the matter is being discussed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco). Department spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele told News24 on Tuesday morning that[…]
The Western Cape government has defended its decision to award a R38 million contract to a construction consortium that supplied over two million surgical masks to a single provincial department. The province’s personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement disclosure report reveals the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW)[…]
Heavy rain in Nepal triggered landslides on Monday that killed at least eight workers at a construction site and two members of a family, taking the toll in floods, landslides and lightning to nearly 200 since late May. Bhagawati Nepal, deputy mayor of the affected Melamchi municipality, a small town[…]
The outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached every nation in Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people. As of August 3, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 19,983, with deaths including the former president of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, and Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur[…]
Afghan security forces laid siege to a prison seized by ISIL fighters in eastern Afghanistan, where at least 29 people have been killed in the fighters’ overnight assault, which led to a mass jailbreak. Among the dead were prisoners as well as civilians, prison guards and Afghan security personnel, Attaullah[…]
The alcohol industry has welcomed the call by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) for government to start preparing for the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol. The decision recognises that there was no immediate severe pressure on hospital beds set aside for the treatment of[…]
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