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UN Sex Scandal: Official filmed with alleged sex worker in car; probe launched after video goes viral
The UN says it is investigating a possible case of sexual misconduct by staff after a video surfaced of a woman straddling a man in a car with UN markings in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. 

The 18-second video, filmed at night from a building alongside a busy road, shows a female figure in red moving astride a man in casual clothing on the back seat of a Toyota 4x4 vehicle. Another man is visible in the front passenger seat. The driver cannot be seen.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told The New Humanitarian that the world body was “shocked and deeply disturbed by what is seen on this video”.

“The behaviour seen in it is abhorrent and goes against everything we stand for and have been working to achieve in terms of fighting sexual misconduct by UN staff,” said Dujarric.  

By identifying landmarks and comparing the video with images of the street, TNH has determined that the video was taken on HaYarkon street in Tel Aviv.
Scotland: Police officer stabbed, suspect shot in Glasgow
A police officer in the Scottish city of Glasgow was stabbed and a male suspect shot by an armed officer in the heart of the city Friday.

Emergency services attend the scene of an incident in Glasgow, Scotland

Police Scotland said the incident, which took place around 1:15 p.m., has been contained and that there is no threat to the wider public.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident and that the police officer who was injured is receiving treatment in a hospital.

According to Sky News, there have been a number of people injured.
Eiffel Tower reopens after a three-month coronavirus break
The Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed back visitors after the coronavirus outbreak forced the Paris landmark into its longest period out of action since World War Two.

A general view shows the Eiffel Tower as she gets ready to re-open to the public following the coronavirus outbreak, in Paris.

Strict hygiene and safety measures have been put in place for the re-opening.

Visitors can access the 324 meters high (1,062 feet) tower only via staircases until early July, with elevators off-limits for the time being because of safety considerations.

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Pilots on Pak plane that crashed were 'discussing coronavirus during landing'
The Airbus A320 aircraft of the national carrier had 91 passengers and a crew of eight when it crashed into the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir on Friday, minutes before its landing. One girl died on the ground after suffering burn injuries.

In this photo taken on May 24, 2020, security personnel stand beside the wreckage of a plane at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed in a residential area days before, in Karachi. (AFP)

The pilots of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that crashed last month were not focussed and they were discussing coronavirus during the flight, the country’s aviation minister told Parliament on Wednesday as he pointed out their “overconfidence and lack of concentration” as some of the reasons for the tragedy that killed 97 people on board.

The domestic flight from Lahore to Karachi crashed in a residential area near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 22.
China's annual dog-meat fair opens; activists hope for last time
China’s notorious dog-meat festival has opened in defiance of a government campaign to improve animal welfare and reduce risks to health highlighted by the novel coronavirus outbreak, but activists are hopeful its days are numbered.

The annual 10-day festival in the southwestern city of Yulin usually attracts thousands of visitors, many of whom buy dogs for the pot that are on display in cramped cages, but campaigners said the numbers this year have dwindled.

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Alhambra Palace in Spain reopens to visitors
The Alhambra Palace in the southern Spanish city of Granada reopened its doors to visitors on Wednesday as the country is slowly returning to normal after the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo taken on June 17, 2020 shows a view in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

Once home to the Moorish kings, the Alhambra is one of Spain's most visited monuments, with 2.75 million people visiting its gardens, fountains and palaces every year.

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North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office as tensions rise with South Korea
North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the heavily armed border with South Korea on Tuesday in a dramatic display of anger that sharply raises tensions on the Korean Peninsula and puts pressure on Washington and Seoul amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy.

Smoke rises in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, seen from Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

The demolition of the building, which is located on North Korean territory and had no South Koreans working there, is largely symbolic. But it’s still likely the most provocative thing North Korea has done since it entered nuclear diplomacy in 2018 after a U.S.-North Korean standoff had many fearing war. It will pose a serious setback to the efforts of liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in to restore inter-Korean engagement.

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Advert shows naked pornstars telling mum her son has been looking for porn online in bizarre safety campaign
A bizarre advert has caused a stir after it showed two naked pornstars telling a mother that her son had been searching for porn online, in a bid to get parents to open up about sex.

The advert is part of the Keep it Real Online series - a New Zealand government campaign designed to protect children from online harm.

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Death toll in Pakistan building collapse rises to 19; several injured
As many as 19 people died after a multi-storey building collapsed in Pakistan on Sunday. The residential building in Karachi's Lyari area collapsed on Sunday night.

The residents of the building said the six-storey structure collapsed with a loud "thud", which was followed by a power outage making rescue operations difficult.

Death toll in Pakistan building collapse rises to 19

Till Monday, rescue teams had pulled out eight bodies and on Tuesday 11 more bodies were found on the first floor of the collapsed building. Twelve people were injured in the incident.

A man, who was rescued alive from the rubble after 24 hours, died due to his injuries in the hospital, Geo TV reported.
Officials urge Floyd protesters to get coronavirus tests
With New York City poised to reopen after a more than two-month coronavirus shutdown, officials on Sunday lifted a curfew that was in place amid protests of police brutality and racial injustice. But they also urged that demonstrators be tested for Covid-19.

New York has been the epicenter of the US outbreak, with black communities hit especially hard.

“Get a test. Get a test,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told people who have been participating in rallies and marches in memory of George Floyd.

He said the state would open 15 testing sites dedicated to protesters so they can get results quickly.

“I would act as if you were exposed, and I would tell people you are interacting with, assume I am positive for the virus,” Cuomo added.
Plane crashes in rural Georgia; 2 children among 5 dead
A small plane crashed Friday in rural Georgia, killing all five on board, including four members of a Florida family who were traveling to a funeral in Indiana.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA31-T was flying from Williston, Florida, to Newcastle, Indiana.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told local news outlets no one survived the afternoon crash about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.
Hong Kong legislature votes for law banning insults to China's national anthem
Hong Kong’s legislature voted for a Beijing-backed law banning insults to China’s national anthem on Thursday, a move critics say further stifles dissent in the restless semi-autonomous financial hub.

Lawmakers approved the bill with 41 in favour and one against, but the chamber’s pro-democracy faction refused to cast their votes and instead shouted slogans denouncing the law.
Heartless 'animal abuser horrifically burned nine kittens by putting them in a box and setting it on fire'
Nine innocent kittens were dumped in a box that was then set on fire by a sick animal abuser.

The babies, aged between four and six weeks old, were discovered in the burning box near a homeless encampment.

These two kittens suffered the worst injuries from the attack

Miraculously, all nine kittens survived, but suffered agonizing pain, with one cat losing most of the fur on its forehead.

They were taken to Animal Rescue League of Iowa and on Thursday the two most injured animals will undergo surgery to remove burned tissue.

Since Animal Rescue League of Iowa shared the video on their Facebook wall, they have received hundreds of donations to help the kittens' recovery.
After 78 days, Manila eases world's longest coronavirus lockdown
Thousands of people returned to work and the public transport was back on the Manila roads on Monday as the government began relaxing the 78-day strict stay-at-home orders – the longest lockdown in the world – to restart the economy of the Philippines.

A woman wearing a protective mask looks as traffic builds up during the first day of a more relaxed lockdown that was placed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Manila, Philippines on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The government allowed the opening of more non-essential services even as the COVID-19 infection curve continues to rise across the country, reports Efe news.

Almost all establishments were allowed to open – except beauty salons, barbershops, and massage parlours. However, restaurants can only offer takeaways.
Four 'seriously hurt' after jumping off 200ft cliffs into sea at Durdle Door as crowds cleared for choppers to land
Four people were “seriously hurt” after jumping off 200ft cliffs into the sea at a Dorset beauty spot on Saturday.

Two images posted by Purbeck Police show huge crowds standing between two helicopters at Durdle Door

Cops cleared crowds from the busy beach at Durdle Door so two helicopters could land to take the injured people away.
Glimpse of going out for dinner after coronavirus as restaurants plan glass 'lampshade' bubble pods to keep us safe
Restaurants could soon be keeping diners safe by enclosing them in futuristic bubble pods.

A couple is served a meal within the plexiglass bubbles at the H.A.N.D restaurant in Paris

Guests sit at a table in a small greenhouse at the Novy's Brasserie Restaurant in Hagen, Germany

The prototype plastic shields, which resemble big clear lampshades and are suspended from a ceiling, could be coming to an eatery near you.
Virus-linked rare blood disorder probed in South Korean kids
South Korean health authorities are investigating if two minors are suffering from a serious and rare inflammatory pediatric disease linked to the novel coronavirus. If confirmed, these could be the first reported cases in Asia of the blood disorder that has afflicted children in Italy and the U.S.

An employee uses a pipette in an Osang Healthcare Co. laboratory manufacturing the GeneFinder Covid-19 Plus RealAmp kit in Anyang, South Korea.

One child is younger than 10 years old and the other is a teenager, Korea’s Center for Disease Control said in a statement Monday. While only the teenager is displaying symptoms of the Kawasaki disease-like inflammatory illness, the public health authority said it’s probing both the cases.
Alligator who survived WW2 Berlin bombing dies in Moscow zoo
Saturn, an 84-year-old alligator, who survived the bombing of Berlin during World War II, has died in Moscow, zoo officials announced on Saturday.

Saturn, an 84-year-old alligator, who survived the bombing of Berlin during World War II, has died in Moscow zoo.

“Yesterday morning, our Mississippi alligator Saturn died of old age. He was about 84 years old — an extremely respectable age,” the zoo said in a statement.

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At least one passenger survived Pakistan plane crash: Govt official
At least one passenger survived the crash of a Pakistani airliner that went down on Friday in a residential area of Karachi, a government official said.

Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah inquired after the health of banker Zafar Mahmood, who miraculously survived, a provincial government spokesman Abdur Rashid Channa said in a statement.

Pakistan’s civil aviation authority said there had been 91 passengers and eight crew on board the Airbus A320.
Russian nurse faces sack for wearing 'lingerie' beneath her highly transparent PPE gear in male-only ward
A Russian nurse faces the sack for only wearing “lingerie” beneath her transparent gown while treating male coronavirus victims.

An elderly man looks on as a female nurse wearing a transparent gown treats Covid-19 patients.

The unnamed medic, aged in her 20s, told hospital chiefs in the city of Tula that wearing a uniform under her PPE clothing left her feeling "too hot".
Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site
Floodwaters surging through Central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment.

A search and rescue boat is deployed as Saginaw Road is closed at Drake due to water over the road while floodwater rises in Midland, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had warned that the city of 42,000 people could end up under 9 feet (2.7 meters) of water by Wednesday evening after floodwaters overtook two dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people from their homes.

But the danger isn’t over, and Midland officials asked that residents not return yet. The National Weather Service said communities farther downstream were bracing for flooding in the coming days.

No injuries or fatalities related to the flooding have been reported, Midland spokeswoman Selina Tisdale said.
Strip club reopens with 'masks on, clothes off' party - but owner admits it's a 'risk'
A strip club has re-opened for business with a "masks on, clothes off" party — despite the owner admitting there was a "risk" of catching coronavirus.

The Den, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, provided ample amounts of hand sanitiser for customers and required dancers to wear face masks after opening up after lockdown.

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Two killed, 13 injured as quake hits China's Yunnan province
Two people were killed and at least 13 injured when a 5-magnitude earthquake struck Qiaojia County in southwest China’s Yunnan province, the authorities said Tuesday.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, medical staff transfer an injured person after an earthquake in Qiaojia County of Zhaotong, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

One person was trapped in debris, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Rescue forces have rushed to the quake zone.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the quake struck at 9.47 pm on Monday.
Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in home
The Chinese ambassador to Israel was found dead in his home north of Tel Aviv on Sunday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said. No cause of death was given and Israeli police said it was investigating.

Police officers stand outside the house of the Chinese ambassador In the central Israeli city of Herzliya.

Du Wei, 58, was appointed envoy in February in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. He previously served as China’s envoy to Ukraine.

He is survived by a wife and son, both of whom were not in Israel.
Brits strip off to bake, sunbathe and even work from home during lockdown
While most of us live in pyjamas nowadays, it seems some people are going one step further and ditching their clothes altogether.

With Brits stuck indoors due to the lockdown more people are stripping off at home to bake, exercise, sunbathe - and even work.

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Canada, U.S. are likely to extend travel restrictions until June 21
Canada and the United States appear likely to extend a ban on non-essential travel until June 21 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, a Canadian government source and a top U.S. official said on Wednesday.

News of the request for a 30-day extension was first reported by Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper. (Representational)

The two neighbors had agreed on April 18 to extend border restrictions until May 21 as cases of the disease continued to rise in both nations. Canada is now pressing for the measures to remain for another month.

“It’s too early to lift the restrictions, so we’re working toward an extension,” said one Canadian government source, describing the talks with Washington as positive.
Russia: Ventilator fire in St. Petersburg hospital kills COVID-19 patients
At least five COVID-19 patients in the Russian city of St. Petersburg died on Tuesday after a ventilator caught fire in the intensive-care ward they were being treated in, according to Russian news agencies.

An empty Red Square, with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, during a self-isolation regime due to coronavirus in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

News agency Interfax quoted a source as saying that the patients had died from inhaling toxic substances released by the fire in the intensive-care unit located on the 6th floor of the hospital in the Vyborgsky district.

Rescue teams reportedly took 150 people to safety.

Authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into criminal negligence leading to death.
Fury as cruel driver 'intentionally' mows down flock of ducklings and mother duck
Thousands of people were left outraged after a driver mowed down a flock of ducklings and their mum.

A man who saw the cruel kill in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (England), said a blue Ford C-Max failed to stop in Penny Hill Road last Friday, wiping out the mother duck and all but one of her feathered babies.

The man, along with another couple, managed to get hold of the remaining duckling and rushed it to a nearby vet.

Meanwhile, he has issued an appeal on social media to catch the driver.

Alongside pictures of the devastating scene, the witness wrote: “Whoever intentionally hit these ducks and drove off in the blue Ford C-Max, I hope it was well worth it.

“Sadly, (I) didn’t get the number plate.
Seven injured in massive fire at Sharjah residential tower, over 250 families evacuated
As many as seven people were injured in a massive fire that broke out at a residential building in Al Nahda in Sharjah late on Tuesday.

The fire erupted on the tenth floor of the Abbco Tower at 9.04 pm, Colonel Sami Al Naqbi, Director-General of Sharjah Civil Defence, told Khaleej Times.
COVID-19 virus infects human intestinal cells, finds study
The novel coronavirus can infect and replicate in cells that line the inside of the human intestines, according to a study that could explain why some patients with COVID-19 experience gastrointestinal symptoms.

The researchers noted that preliminary observations suggest that the virus may also infect cells in the gut.

The finding, published in the journal Science, shows that the intestines are a target organ for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Studies have shown that the virus enters epithelial cells in the lungs by exploiting an enzyme called ACE2, allowing it to replicate and spread further, according to the researchers, including those from Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands.
Protests mark growing unrest with California stay-home order
Californians weary of stay-at-home orders that have left millions unemployed staged displays of defiance Friday, with hundreds of flag-waving protesters gathering at the Capitol and along a famed Southern California beach, while a sparsely populated county on the Oregon border allowed diners back in restaurants and reopened other businesses.

Law-enforcement personnel on horseback keep protesters on the sidewalk during a demonstration on May Day at the pier during the coronavirus pandemic Friday, May 1, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif.

While much of the state’s population remained behind closed doors to deter the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged the building anxiety while repeatedly teasing the possibility the state could begin relaxing some aspects of the restrictions next week.
Coronavirus: China reports 12 new cases; more than a million recovered worldwide
The number of global infections due to the novel coronavirus disease on Friday reached 3,256,846, with the US reporting the highest number of infections at 1,069,424. Italy has the highest death toll in the world with 27,967 fatalities.

A man collect supplies over barbed wire in the coronavirus locked down area of Selayang Baru, outside of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The United Nations chief on Friday said that he hopes many countries in the world will follow the remarkable example of South Korea, which he said has been extremely successful in addressing the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to tackle climate change in its recovery from COVID-19. “We hope that this example of the Republic of Korea will be followed by many other countries in the world,” Antonio Guterres said at a news conference.
Russia's coronavirus case tally nears the 100,000 milestone
Russia’s nationwide tally of confirmed coronavirus cases neared the 100,000 mark on Wednesday after 5,841 new cases of the virus were registered overnight along with a record daily rise in the death toll.

Medical workers wearing protective equipment walk at the Pokrovskaya hospital in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

The figures mean Russia now ranks eighth worldwide for the number of confirmed cases, though it has so far recorded far fewer deaths than many of the most hard-hit countries.

The nationwide case tally now stands at 99,399, the country’s coronavirus crisis response centre said on Wednesday.
Cardiac abnormalities in COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine: Study
Patients with COVID-19 who were on a regimen of the drugs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin experienced cardiac abnormalities, according to a study which recommends the continuous monitoring of heart beat rhythms in infected people with underlying health conditions.

Recent reports have suggested that the combination of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, and the antibiotic azithromycin may help patients with COVID-19.

Recent reports have suggested that the combination of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, and the antibiotic azithromycin may help patients with COVID-19, said scientists from the New York University School of Medicine in the US.

However, they said both medications may increase the risk of various types of cardiac rhythm abnormalities, such as sudden cardiac death, QTc-interval prolongation, and drug-induced torsades de pointes.
US: Severe storms, tornado kill at least six in Oklahoma and Texas
Severe storms and a tornado swept through the US states of Oklahoma and Texas, killing at least six people and injuring dozens, officials said on Thursday.

A car is seen in a ditch in Onalaska, Texas, after a tornado touched down in the area Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Three people died and at least 20 were injured when a tornado touched down in Onalaska, Texas, on Wednesday, emergency officials said. Onalaska is about 90 miles north of Houston.

Two people were also killed in southern Oklahoma, while local media reported that a woman died in storm in Louisiana.
Anti-Netanyahu rally draws thousands under coronavirus curbs in Israel
More than 2,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Sunday, demonstrating against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempts to form an “emergency” government with his chief rival and accusing him of using the coronavirus crisis to escape prosecution on corruption charges.

People keep social distancing amid concerns over the country’s coronavirus outbreak, during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Demonstrators wore face masks and largely kept their distance from one another, in line with social-distancing rules, as speakers criticized Netanyahu’s possible partnership with rival Benny Gantz. Some held black flags, which have become the symbol of their campaign in recent weeks.
Almost 25,000 to be freed under Myanmar prisoner amnesty
Myanmar announced on Friday that it was releasing almost 25,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty marking this week’s traditional New Year celebration.

A mother cries after her son, left, was released from Insein prison by a presidential pardon in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, April 17, 2020. Myanmar says it is releasing almost 25,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty marking this week’s traditional Lunar New Year celebration.

The release for the Thingyan holiday was announced in a statement from President Win Myint’s office. Mass amnesties on the holiday are not unusual, though the number this year was the highest in recent memory.
Vietnam introduces 'fake news' fines for coronavirus misinformation
A new decree took effect in Vietnam on Wednesday introducing fines for the dissemination of ‘fake news’ or rumours on social media, amid the rapid spread of comment online about the novel coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.

Local authorities have already fined hundreds of people for posting what they described as “fake news” about the virus.

The first COVID-19 cases were detected in Vietnam this January and the health ministry has reported 267 infections so far with no deaths, numbers well below those seen in some other Asian countries.
South Korea to hold national election tomorrow amid COVID-19 pandemic
Once the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, South Korea will head to polls on Wednesday abandoning the conventional methods of voting, as reported by the Guardian. It will become the first nation to hold national elections in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers wearing face masks and goggles spray disinfectant to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus ahead of the voting for the general elections at a local polling station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Millions will be voting for the 300-seat national assembly on Wednesday and about 14,300 polling stations are set up pan nation to pick the lawmakers. The results of the election are expected by Thursday.
Easter storms sweep South, killing at least 6 in Mississippi
Strong storms pounded the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least six people in south Mississippi and damaging up to 300 homes and other buildings in northern Louisiana.

A home had its roof torn off after a tornado ripped through Monroe, La. just before noon on Sunday, April 12, 2020 causing damage to a neighborhood and the regional airport.

The National Weather Service said strong winds were sweeping through other parts of Mississippi, and a tornado was spotted north of Meridian near the Alabama state line.
South Korean coronavirus patients vote as general election kicks off
Early voting in South Korea’s parliamentary election began on Friday with coronavirus patients casting ballots at disinfected polling stations and candidates bumping fists instead of pressing the flesh as they appeal for support.

A women wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus casts her early vote for the upcoming parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 10, 2020.

The election could decide the control of parliament and shape President Moon Jae-in’s ability to implement his agenda in the final two years of his administration, including looser fiscal policy aimed at creating jobs, raising the minimum wage, and continued re-engagement with North Korea.
Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point
The Taliban in a statement Sunday said their peace deal with the United States was nearing a breaking point, accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while also chastising the Afghan government for delaying the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners promised in the agreement.

US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group’s top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.

The Taliban said they had restricted attacks against Afghan security forces to rural outposts, had not attacked international forces and had not attacked Afghan forces in cities or military installations. The Taliban said these limits on their attacks had not been specifically laid out in the agreement with the U.S. signed in February.
Coronavirus claims more Spanish lives, but death rate slows
Spain reported more deaths from the coronavirus tearing around the world on Friday, but the number who succumbed overnight was lower than the previous day.

With 117,710, Spain is now second only in numbers of infected to the United States, which has a population some seven times larger.

Adding to the world’s worst death toll from the disease after European neighbour Italy, 932 people died in 24 hours, bringing the total to 10,935, the Health Ministry said. It was the first time in over a week that the figure fell from the previous day. On Thursday, 950 new deaths were reported. More new cases were also registered, but the rate of infection slowed.
Russian plane lands in US with medical supplies to combat coronavirus
A Russian cargo plane carrying 60 tonnes of medical supplies, including ventilators, masks and other protection gear, needed to treat the patients with COVID-19 landed in the US.

The move to buy medical equipment from Russia comes after a telephonic conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on March 30.

The Permanent Mission of Russia to NATO on Thursday tweeted a video of the Russian Ministry of Defence cargo aircraft Ruslan AN-124-100 arriving at the John F Kennedy airport in New York.
Six European nations condemn North Korean missile launches
The UN Security Council didn’t issue a statement after discussing North Korea’s latest missile tests but six European nations on the council are condemning Pyongyang’ repeated launches, saying they illustrate its ongoing efforts to develop its ballistic missile programs and expand its arsenal.

North Korea has conducted 17 sets of missile launches since May 2019 including four this month, the latest on March 29.

Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom said in a statement after a closed council discussion Tuesday that they are deeply concerned by North Korea’s continued testing of missiles, using ballistic missile technology.
IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escape
Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility while a number of prisoners managed to escape, a Syrian Kurdish official said Sunday.

In a photo taken on Oct 26, 2019, men accused of being affiliated with the Islamic State group sit on the floor in a prison in Hasakeh, Syria.

Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said anti-terrorism forces were working to regain control of the prison in the eastern Hassakeh province, adding that more forces were on their way.
US now has most coronavirus cases in world
The number of U.S. coronavirus infections climbed above 82,000 on Thursday, surpassing the national tallies of China and Italy, as New York, New Orleans and other hot spots faced a surge in hospitalizations and looming shortages of supplies, staff and sick beds.

People line up outside Elmhurst Hospital Center to be tested for the coronavirus in the Queens borough of New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised 1,000 temporary hospital beds will be swiftly placed inside a vast Manhattan convention center as officials raced to prepare for an overwhelming number of coronavirus patients.

With medical facilities running low on ventilators and protective masks and hampered by limited diagnostic testing capacity, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, rose beyond 1,200.
Spain coronavirus death toll tops 4,000, second after Italy
The death toll due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain shot up to 4,089 Thursday after 655 people died within 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Spain also surged to 56,188, the ministry said.

Ambulance workers wearing protective gear arrive with a patient at La Princesa hospital during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain March 25, 2020.

Spain had imposed a national lockdown on March 14 which will be in place till April 11. Despite this, both deaths and infections have continued to mount, with officials warning this week would be particularly bad. So far, 7,015 people have recovered while 31,912 people are still hospitalised.
For children fleeing the Syrian war, a tent becomes a school
The school, in a camp for displaced people in northwestern Syria, serves about 60 students, boys and girls, ages 4 through 14.

Women and children in an emergency center for displaced families in Saramada, near the border with Turkey, in Idlib, Syria.

Most are among the nearly 1 million people who have fled from the Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, who are storming through the Idlib province.
Brawling monkeys. Wandering deer. Blame coronavirus
Large populations of wild animals are sustained almost entirely on treats handed out by tourists in a variety of Asian countries.

Coronavirus latest updates: Deer from Nara Park in Japan have begun wandering into the city in search of food.

Now, for better or worse, thousands of animals are being forced to fend for themselves.
Thailand: 20 injured in bomb attack on government office
Bombers attacked a major government office in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued far south as hundreds of local officials and Muslim clerics met Tuesday to discuss fighting COVID-19.

Thai crime scene investigators inspect the site of a bomb explosion in Yala, southern Thailand, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

At least 20 people were hurt, none seriously.

The Southern Border Provinces Administration Center in the capital of Yala province coordinates government policy in the region where a Muslim separatist insurgency since 2004 has led to the deaths of about 7,000 civilians, soldiers, government workers and rebels.
Saudi Arabia suspends international flights for two weeks over coronavirus fears
Saudi Arabia has suspended all international flights for two weeks, starting Sunday, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA said on Saturday, citing an official source at interior ministry.

The period will be considered as an exceptional official holiday for citizens and residents. (File Photo)

The period will be considered as an exceptional official holiday for citizens and residents who are unable to return due to the suspension of flights or if they face quarantine after their return to the Kingdom, SPA cited the official as saying.

Saudi Arabia has reported 86 coronavirus cases.
Monkeys Fight for a Banana as Tourism Drops in Thailand amid COVID-19, Animals Left Hungry
Amid the coronavirus scare that has spread voices of concern across the globe, a surprising incident in Thailand has left people amazed.

In a viral video clip, hundreds of monkeys were seen fighting each other over a banana, as the number of tourists plummeted in the city of Lopburi, in Thailand.

Monkeys Fight for a Banana as Tourism Drops in Thailand amid COVID-19, Animals Left Hungry

According to reports, monkeys depend on the tourists for food and enough tourists storm this area to feed their hunger on a daily basis.

However, with the global outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus, the city's tourism has seen a major fall and that quite resulted in a chaotic situation of monkeys from 'two rival' gangs fighting over food.
South Africa reports first case of local transmission of coronavirus
South Africa reported the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus on Thursday, fuelling concerns that sub-Saharan African health systems could be overwhelmed if local transmission accelerates.

A worker prepares to sterilize a consulting room using a robotic pulsating UV machine at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as a precaution against the new coronavirus. (AP)

Sub-Saharan Africa has reported far fewer cases of coronavirus than in Europe or China, but some analysts worry it could spread rapidly in poor or overcrowded areas.
China, people recovered from coronavirus leave the rehabilitation center
In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, people recovered from coronavirus prepare to leave the rehabilitation center after a 14-day quarantine for medical observation in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province.

The province at the center of China’s virus outbreak is allowing factories and some other businesses to reopen in a new sign Beijing believes the disease that devastated its economy is being brought under control. (Xiong Qi/Xinhua via AP)
Iran says virus kills 63 more, death toll climbs to 354
The death toll in Iran from the new coronavirus climbed for another consecutive day, killing 62 more people in the past 24 hours as the government on Wednesday raised the nationwide death toll to 354.

Mourners wearing face masks and gloves pray over the body of former politburo official in the Revolutionary Guard Farzad Tazari, who died Monday after being infected with the new coronavirus, at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP)

Relatives wearing face masks mourn over the grave of former politburo official in the Revolutionary Guard Farzad Tazari, shown in the poster, who died Monday after being infected with the new coronavirus, at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Iran is the hardest-hit country in the Mideast by the new coronavirus, which sickens but largely doesn’t kill those afflicted. (AP)

Iran’s Health Ministry said the deaths are among some 9,000 confirmed cases in Iran, where the virus has spread to all of the country’s provinces.
UK police shoot knife-wielding man dead in London
British police say they have shot dead a man who was brandishing two knives near Trafalgar Square in central London.

Police activity in Great Scotland Yard, in Whitehall, central London, near the area of an incident, in Whitehall, London, Monday, March 9, 2020.

The Metropolitan Police force said Monday that the shooting wasn’t terror-related.

The force said officers patrolling the area close to Parliament and tourist hotspots saw a man acting suspiciously late Sunday. When challenged, he produced two knives and was shot, the force said.
Coronavirus outbreak: Italy weighs locking down much of the country's north
Italy’s government weighed Saturday the extraordinary step of locking down much of the country’s north, restricting movement for about a quarter of the population in regions that serve as the country’s economic engine.

FILE --- A pedestrian in an almost empty street in Milan’s city center.

If implemented, it would be the most sweeping effort outside China to stop the spread of the coronavirus and would be tantamount to sacrificing the Italian economy in the short term to save it from the ravages of the virus in the long term.
Coronavirus global toll rises to 3,280 across 80 countries; Iran's death toll rises to 107
The coronavirus outbreak has been reported in over 80 countries, with the death toll pegged at 3,280 and 95,400 people infected. Of these, China has reported 3,012 deaths and 80,409 positive cases.

Coronavirus outbreak: An employee puts stripes on protective face masks at Destra Brasil factory in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, in the departure terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, March 5, 2020.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday said the mortality rate of the virus was 3.4 per cent. In comparison, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) killed about 10 per cent of patients infected, while the seasonal flu’s death rate is 0.1 per cent.
Coronavirus spreads to more countries as new cases slow in China
The coronavirus spread to ever more countries and world capitals Monday and the U.S. death toll climbed to six even as new cases in China dropped to their lowest level in over a month.

Office workers wearing protective face masks take their lunch break in Beijing.

A shift in the crisis appeared to be taking shape: Hundreds of patients were released from hospitals at the epicenter of the outbreak in China, while the World Health Organization reported that nine times as many new infections were recorded outside the country as inside it over the past 24 hours.
Greece pushes back migrants after Turkish border 'onslaught'
Greek police fired teargas to push back hundreds of stone-throwing migrants trying to cross the border from Turkey on Saturday, as a crisis over Syria shifted onto the European Union’s doorstep.

Greek police officers are pictured from Turkey’s Pazarkule border crossing with Greece’s Kastanies, in Edirne, Turkey, February 29, 2020.

Greece, which has tense relations with Turkey, accused Ankara of sending the migrants to the border post in an organised “onslaught” and said it would keep them out.
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Coming just over a year after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, the event cements the island’s status as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly places in the region.
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The vote is a critical moment for a nation that until recently was hailed as a model of transformation from communism to a thriving democracy.
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