Thursday, Aug 06, 2020 | Last Update : 07:50 PM IST

135th Day Of Lockdown

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South Asia

Sheikh Sagheer showers foam on a cow before washing it at his car service station ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha or the 'Festival of Sacrifice', in the Pakistan's port city of Karachi. (AFP)

Pakistanis clean their Eid animals at car wash

The animals are further sanitised using disinfectants keeping in mind about the pandemic spread

 A Chinese man is taken away after shouting pro-China slogans outside the former United States Consulate in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province on Monday, July 27, 2020. Chinese authorities took control of the former U.S. consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday after it was ordered closed amid rising tensions between the global powers. (AP)

Consulate closures an inflection point in China-US relations

Going forward, the prospects for reconciliation look dim, even if the U.S. elects a new administration in November

A woman takes off her face mask next to her colleagues wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus as they walk on a street in Beijing. (AP)

China records highest surge in coronavirus cases since April

Authorities have rolled out mass testing for hundreds of thousands of people in the port city of Dalian, as well as in Xinjiang's Urumqi

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (via AP)

Want to push for continued advancement of China-Nepal ties: Xi Jinping

China attaches high importance to Nepal's Oli continuing in power as it was him who widened China-Nepal ties to reduce dependence on India

 The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said. (Representational Image: AFP)

'Smuggler' cat caught with heroin, SIM cards escapes prison in Sri Lanka

The prison recently reported an increase in incidents of people throwing packets of drugs, cell phones and phone chargers over the walls


 Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters that U.S. has been escalating its actions against Chinese journalists. (AFP Photo)

China vows to retaliate if Chinese journalists forced to leave US

The U.S. should immediately correct its mistake and stop its actions, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said

 Islamabad high court on Monday ordered the Pakistan government to give "another chance" to recruit lawyer for former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. (PTI Photo)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan court allows India to recruit lawyer

The court ordered the ministry of foreign affairs to approach India and Jadhav again to make them a part of the hearing

Healthworkers in protective suits join a rally at the University of the Philippines against the 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP)

Philippines returns to strict lockdown as virus surges

Medical groups had warned that the country was waging 'a losing battle' against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections

 Japan has so far escaped the worst of the epidemic, with around 35,200 infections and just over 1,000 deaths since the first case was detected in January. (Representational Image: AFP)

Japan's Okinawa declares state of emergency after 'explosive spread' of COVID-19

Japan has so far escaped the worst of the epidemic, with around 35,200 infections and just over 1,000 deaths so far

Middle East

A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut. AP photo

Huge explosion rocks Beirut

The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city centre

 Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah are on trial over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people. (AFP)

Verdict due this week in assassination of Lebanon ex-PM Hariri

The judgment harks back to an event that changed the face of Middle East, leading to protests that pushed Syrian forces out of Lebanon

Former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri in Beirut. (AFP)

From Hariri assassination to upcoming verdict on Friday: A recap

The special tribunal trying the four suspects accused of the assassination of Lebanon's ex-PM Rafic Hariri delivers its verdict on August 7

 There are about 7,70,000 Indians in Oman, of which about 6,55,000 are workers and professionals. (Representational Image: PTI)

Over 50,000 Indians repatriated from Oman since May due to COVID-19

Indians constitute the largest expatriate community in Oman, while more than nine million Indians work and live in the whole Gulf region

A wounded man receives treatment at a hospital after a suicide car bomb and multiple gunmen attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

Prisoners flee amid ongoing IS militant attack on Afghan jail

The assault began on Sunday evening with car bomb detonated at the entrance to the prison, leading to numerous other blasts later


South Africa is seen as the best-prepared of any country in sub-Saharan Africa for COVID-19, but years of rampant corruption have weakened institutions, including the health system. (Representational Image: AP)

South Africa is marred by COVID corruption

Corruption allegations are raised against South Africa’s historic $26 billion economic relief package

 After the first COVID-19 case was reported in Wuhan, it took about 15 weeks to reach 2 million cases. By contrast, it took just eight days to climb above 15 million from the 13 million reached on July 13. (AFP)

Global coronavirus cases pass 15 million

US, Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa have most cases, with US alone accounting for more than half the world’s infections and deaths

A funeral home worker in A protective suit disinfects a coffin carrying a woman who died from COVID-19, as they prepare for a funeral in Katlehong, near Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP)

South Africa 59% excess deaths imply hidden COVID-19 toll

Africa’s most industrialised nation is in the middle of a runaway epidemic of the coronavirus, with cases increasing by more than 10,000 day

 South African anti-apartheid figure Andrew Mlangeni dies at the age of 95. (Photo- AFP)

Andrew Mlangeni, ally of Mandela in anti-apartheid struggle, dies at 95

President Cyril Ramaphosa learnt with deep sadness of the passing away overnight of last remaining Rivonia Trialist, the presidency said


Mahatma Gandhi. (Image by: Margaret Bourke)

Britain considering a coin to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi

As part of a global reassessment of history triggered by the death of George Floyd, UK also seems to be re-examining their past

 The speed at which Russia is moving to roll it out has prompted some Western media to question whether Moscow is putting national prestige before science and safety. (Representational Image: AFP)

Russia to roll out mass vaccination campaign against coronavirus by October

Russian health minister says Moscow’s research facility has completed clinical trials and paperwork is being prepared to register it

Former 21st Century Fox chief executive James Murdoch, son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from News Corp's board, according to a document released July 31 by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

James Murdoch cut ties with News Corp board

James was seen as the successor to the family media empire, built to success by his father and media giant Rupert Murdoch

A couple of tourists, one wearing a mask, walk towards the fountains in Trafalgar Square in Trafalgar Square in London. (AP)

UK halts on easing curbs as virus resurgence indicate a second wave

The reopening of high-risk activities was meant to happen on Saturday, but now it will all be delayed until at least August 15

Leon McFarlane, a research technician, uses a centrifuge on blood samples from volunteers in the laboratory at Imperial College in London. (AP)

UK to immunize citizen with experimental COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine is still in early stages of trial, but scientists hope to have enough safety data to start inoculating people in October


Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifiesduring a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on a national plan to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Don't look for a mass nationwide vaccination right away: Fauci

Looking ahead, Fauci said he's 'cautiously optimistic' that US will have a vaccine by the end of this year

US President Donald Trump. (AFP)

Donald Trump says US will ban Chinese app TikTok

Reports had said Trump would require US operations of the app be divested from its parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban

A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant solution inside the coffin of a person who died from suspected COVID-19, as the body arrives at the crematorium at Xilotepec Cemetery in Xochimilco, Mexico City. (AP)

Mexico now has third highest coronavirus death toll in the world

Health officials also confirm Mexico, with twice the population of Britain, has had more than 424,000 coronavirus cases during the pandemic

 India had even declared that it has remained responsible in living up to its international commitments on the supply of medicines during the pandemic which has enhanced its reputation of being the “pharmacy to the world”. (Representational Image: AFP)

American countries look towards India for cheaper generic medicine

Ecuadorean envoy pointed out that generic medicine 'can cost up to 10 times more' in South/Latin America than in India


  A cyclist passes a group of police and soldiers patrolling the Docklands area of Melbourne. (AFP)

Australia's second-biggest city imposes overnight curfew

Victoria, which is Australia's second most populated state, declared state of disaster over spike in new coronavirus cases

 Police detain an anti-mask protester in Melbourne. (AFP)

Australia's Victoria sees a drop in new COVID-19 cases

Once proud of itself about a tough approach to social distancing, the state now accounts for about 60% of Australia’s 17,300 cases

Ambulance officers transfer a resident from the Epping Gardens aged care facility in the Melbourne suburb of Epping as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AFP)

Australia's elder-care homes most vulnerable amid virus resurgence

Government has deployed disaster-relief teams to elderly-care centres and extended Melbourne's lockdown measures to surrounding cities

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens while Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks during a press conference at the US Department of State following the 30th AUSMIN July 28, 2020, in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Not ready to harm ‘important’ ties with China: Australia tells US

While Washington is Australia’s main security ally, China is its largest trading partner

 Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said that New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. (AP Photo)

New Zealand suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty over Chinese security law

Australia, Canada and the UK suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong earlier this month