Break >> Asia

New pandemic laws introduced in North korea

North Korea appears to have introduced a new law addressing the pandemic emergency, with claims that no positive case of the COVID-19 virus has been found.

Thai PM Prayuth to lift emergency measures if situation comes under control

By the time the address was aired, the demonstrators arriving 3 km from Victory Monument had already reached a roundabout near Government House, decreasing their chances of defusing the immediate situ...

Aggressive protesters take over Bangkok streets: PM ready for talk

Despite the arrest of dozens of protesters and their leaders, the use of water cannons, and shutdowns on much of Bangkok's metro rail system, demonstrations persisted in an effort to quench over three...

At least 14 soldiers killed in Vietnamese landslide

The mudslide struck the barracks of a Vietnamese 4th Military Region unit in central Quang Tri province, the government said in a statement on its website. It occurred days after another landslide in...

UK

London gives Manchester till Tuesday to accept tier three lockdown

Leaders in Greater Manchester have accused the British government of trying to force them to agree to the strongest possible Covid-19 restrictions using “selective” hospital data, after London set a d...

London set to move into tier 2 lockdown from Saturday

London MPs were advised to raise the alert level from level 1 to level 2, which means a ban on meeting people from outside the home indoors. The alert level is expected to increase from level 1.

Boris Johnson disagrees for a UK-wide lockdown despite calls from advisors

The UK Government has opted for a three-tier system of local actions this week in a rapidly increasing situation.

Coronavirus: Millions could be banned from socializing under new three-tier restrictions.

Millions of people could be banned from mixing inside and outside-and thousands of pubs could be forced to close under new coronavirus restrictions.

Break >> Africa

Nigerian protesters break curfew, Lagos in Chaos

A curfew was defied by Nigerian protesters demanding an end to police brutality as gunfire rang out where they were setting up a blockade Wednesday, the day after shots were fired at a crowd of protes...

Solar Eclipse 2020 visible from different parts of Asia and Africa, most dramatic annular eclipse in years

The Solar Eclipse of June 21, 2020, has been visible from different parts of Asia and Africa and considered as the most dramatic annular eclipse in years.

South Africa’s coronavirus cases jump again above 700

South Africa’s coronavirus cases jumped again to 709, the health minister said Wednesday, as the country with the most cases in Africa prepared to go into lockdown first thing Friday.

Europe

Hezbollah officially recognized as terrorist group by Estonia

The decision was applauded by Israel's foreign ministry.

Czech Prime Minister asks health minister's resignation for violating coronavirus restrictions

Compared to hard-hit Western European countries such as Italy, Spain, and Britain, the country recorded a relatively low number of COV

Same-sex civil union endorsed by the Pope for the first time

For the first time as pope, Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions while being interviewed for Francesco's feature-length documentary, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.

Finnish Prime Minister self-isolates, leaves UN meeting

"The European Council was set aside by Prime Minister Sanna Marin as a precaution. The Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven was invited to represent Finland on the remaining session by PM Marin,' sa...

Break >> America

Allegations of interference in Presidential election by US denied by Russia and Iran

Less than two weeks before the vote, Washington accused Iran of sending "spoofed" e-mails to Americans "designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and harm President Donald Trump."

US senate subpoenas Facebook and Twitter's CEOs

In a 12-0 unanimous vote by Republican panel members, the Committee requested Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify on Oct. 28, when Google CEO Sundar Pichai is also sche...

Alaska earthquake triggers Tsunami fear

According to the National Tsunami Warning Center, the quake was centered near Sand Point, a town of about 900 people off the Alaska Peninsula where wave levels topped 2 feet (0.61 meters) late Monday....

U.S denies Taliban's accusation of violation of pact of American airstrikes in Afghanistan

The renewed violence between the two sides raises questions about how long the landmark peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, signed in February, will last. The agreement calls fo...

Middle East

BREAKING: Armenia-Azerbaijan humanitarian truce breaks within an hour

On Sunday, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of violating a new humanitarian ceasefire in the fight over the Nagorno-Karabakh mountain enclave, hours after it was agreed, reports Reuters.

Armenia and Azerbaijan agree to 'humanitarian truce'

Announcement came after Russian foreign minister held talks with warring sides

Death toll reaches 600 in conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Nagorno-Karabakh military officials said that 16 more of their servicemen had been killed in combat on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths among military personnel to 532 since the beginning...

Iran reports drone crash near Azerbaijan border as fighting continues

A ceasefire over the weekend has failed to prevent renewed clashes over Nagorno-Karabak despite pleas from world powers

Break >> Australia

Curfew to be lifted in Australia as coronavirus global deaths near a million

An overnight curfew in Australia's second-largest city will be lifted this week, officials said Sunday, even as the global coronavirus toll inched towards one million dead.

US: White House calls on China to honour 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre victims

The White House said on Thursday (Jun 4) that China's "slaughter" of protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989 has not been forgotten, urging Beijing to give its first accurate accounting of the bloodshe...

Australia has decrease in visitor arrivals due to coronavirus travel restrictions

All states and territories recorded large falls in international visitor numbers due to coronavirus crisis.