Monday, 26 Oct 2020

World News

Even the South Pole is warming, and quickly, scientists say

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – The South Pole, the most isolated part of the planet, is also one of the most rapidly warming ones, scientists said Monday (June 28), with surface air temperatures rising since the 1990s at a rate that is three times faster than the global average. While the warming could be the result […]

UN to call for $10bn aid for Syrians at virtual donor meeting

European Union to lead meeting of 60 governments, NGOs as UN seeks billions for Syrians and countries hosting refugees. Governments are set to pledge billions of dollars in aid for Syrians at a virtual conference on Tuesday to help refugees enduring Syria’s ninth year of armed conflict, as the coronavirus and high food prices worsen […]

US states hit pause on coronavirus reopening: Live updates

Bars, beaches, cinemas closed again in some US states as spike in cases underlines challenge of containing virus. Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned the pandemic is “not even close to being over” and […]

U.N. to call for more aid for Syrians at virtual donor meeting

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Governments are set to pledge billions of dollars in aid for Syrians at a virtual conference on Tuesday to help refugees enduring Syria’s ninth year of armed conflict, as COVID-19 and high food prices worsen the plight of millions. This year, the United Nations is looking for almost $10 billion for people […]

'No excuse' for countries that fail in contact tracing, WHO's Tedros says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Tracing contacts of people with coronavirus infections is the most important step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and countries that are failing to do so have no excuse, the World Health Organization chief said on Monday. “Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is actually speeding up,” Tedros Adhanom […]

US pushing Saudi Arabia, UAE to lift Qatar air blockade

It has been three years since an air, land and sea blockade was imposed on Qatar by Gulf countries Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, as well as Egypt. It has been three years since an air, land and sea blockade was imposed on Qatar by fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members Saudi Arabia, the […]

India bans 59 mostly Chinese apps amid border dispute

Move comes after a deadly border clash between the two neighbours in a disputed Himalayan region earlier this month. India has banned 59, mostly Chinese, mobile phone applications in its strongest move yet targeting China in the online space just weeks after a border crisis erupted between the two countries. A statement by the Ministry […]

Iraqi officials release Iran-backed militiamen arrested last week

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi government officials said on Monday that a number of Iran-backed militiamen arrested in a raid by security forces on Thursday had been released on bail, government sources said. The three sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify how many of the 14 that the military announced were detained […]

US top court strikes down law limiting abortions

The US Supreme Court has ruled that a law restricting abortions in Louisiana is unconstitutional in a landmark decision. The law required that doctors providing abortions have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals, which the justices said led to an undue burden on women. Chief Justice John Roberts joined liberal justices in the 5-4 decision in […]