Iran records highest COVID-19 cases in over month

Tehran (AFP) Iran confirmed Tuesday over 2,700 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day count in more than a month, as the health ministry called for those without masks to be fined. Deaths and infections from the novel coronavirus have been on a rising trajectory in the Islamic republic since hitting a months-long low in May. … Continue reading Iran records highest COVID-19 cases in over month

Egypt invites Musk after ‘aliens built pyramids’ tweet

Cairo (AFP) Egypt has invited Elon Musk to visit its famed pyramids after the SpaceX and Tesla founder posted a satirical tweet stating that clearly extra-terrestrials had built the giant monuments. "Aliens built the pyramids obv," Musk had tweeted, picking up on a theme popular with conspiracy theorists and kicking off a predictable flood of … Continue reading Egypt invites Musk after ‘aliens built pyramids’ tweet

India’s Modi to lay Hindu temple foundations at flashpoint holy site

Ayodhya (India) (AFP) The flashpoint Indian town of Ayodhya geared up Tuesday for a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundations for a Hindu temple on the ruins of a mosque destroyed by a mob in 1992. The building of the temple in northern India, starting on Wednesday with a colourful … Continue reading India’s Modi to lay Hindu temple foundations at flashpoint holy site

Al Jazeera says Malaysian office raided over documentary

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Malaysian police Tuesday raided Al Jazeera's Kuala Lumpur office and seized computers as part of an investigation into a documentary about migrants that has angered the government, the broadcaster said. Authorities launched the probe into the Qatar-based broadcaster's programme last month, adding to concerns about worsening media freedom in Malaysia. Malaysian authorities … Continue reading Al Jazeera says Malaysian office raided over documentary

Spain’s scandal-hit former king flees ‘to Dominican Republic’

Madrid (AFP) Spain's former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled to the Dominican Republic after his shock announcement he was going into exile. The 82-year-old revealed on Monday that he had taken the decision to leave Spain to help his son, the current King Felipe VI, … Continue reading Spain’s scandal-hit former king flees ‘to Dominican Republic’

Trump’s ‘inexperienced and unqualified’ ambassadors leave US allies aghast

A string of gaffes and scandals has cast a spotlight on President Donald Trump’s habit of staffing US embassies with campaign donors and personal friends who have irked key allies and stood out for their lack of qualifications. In Iceland – a nation so safe that the president runs errands on a bicycle – US Ambassador Jeffery Ross Gunter has left … Continue reading Trump’s ‘inexperienced and unqualified’ ambassadors leave US allies aghast

Broke and helpless: Philippines virus lockdown maroons dozens at airport

Manila (AFP) Broke and jobless, Ruel Damaso is sleeping on cardboard and surviving on food handouts at Manila airport where dozens were left stranded after a partial coronavirus lockdown was reimposed Tuesday. More than 27 million people in the capital and four surrounding provinces were given 24-hours notice of the new restrictions that have shut … Continue reading Broke and helpless: Philippines virus lockdown maroons dozens at airport

China accuses US of ‘outright bullying’ over TikTok

Beijing (AFP) China accused the United States on Tuesday of "bullying" over popular video app TikTok, after President Donald Trump ramped up pressure for its US operations to be sold to an American company. In the latest of a series of diplomatic spats between the world's two biggest economies, Beijing hit back after Trump gave … Continue reading China accuses US of ‘outright bullying’ over TikTok

Rose bemoans it took Floyd’s death to raise awareness of racism

London (AFP) England international Danny Rose says it is a "crying shame" it took the death of George Floyd to spark the Black Lives Matter movement when racism has been an issue for years. The 30-year-old defender says he has been subject to racist chants all his career, most recently when playing for England in … Continue reading Rose bemoans it took Floyd’s death to raise awareness of racism

Red card warning for deliberate coughing in football

Footballers risk being sent off if a referee considers they coughed deliberately at an opponent or a match official under new guidelines from rule makers IFAB CARL RECINE POOL/AFP/File London (AFP) Footballers can be sent off if referees judge they have coughed deliberately at opponents or match officials in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, … Continue reading Red card warning for deliberate coughing in football

Early voting begins in stormy Belarus presidential vote

MINSK (AFP) - Early voting began in Belarus on Tuesday (Aug 4) ahead of a presidential election in which strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko will seek a sixth term after barring his main rivals from running. The 65-year-old has ruled over the ex-Soviet country wedged between Russia and Europe with an authoritarian grip for 26 years … Continue reading Early voting begins in stormy Belarus presidential vote

Fire breaks out at Iranian industrial area, no casualties

DUBAI (REUTERS) - A fire broke out at an industrial area near Teheran on Tuesday (Aug 4), Iranian state TV reported, the latest in a string of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites. "The fire broke out at the industrial area of Jajrud district in Pardis county this morning... there were … Continue reading Fire breaks out at Iranian industrial area, no casualties