Saturday, 8 August 2020

News

WHO concerned over rising virus cases in Europe

COPENHAGEN: The European chapter of the World Health Organization on Friday expressed concern over the resurgence of new coronavirus cases on the continent, saying countries should impose tighter restrictions if necessary. The number of infections in Europe crossed three million on Thursday, a fifth of the world’s more than 15 ...

Read More »

Plastic pollution flowing into oceans to triple by 2040

SINGAPORE: The amount of plastic waste flowing into the ocean and killing marine life could triple in the next 20 years, unless companies and governments can drastically reduce plastic production, a new study published on said. Single-use plastic consumption has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Solid ...

Read More »

Scientists says airborne coronavirus may lead to infections

WASHINGTON: For month, scientists have believed that the coronavirus can become spread through microdroplets expelled by patients when they speak and breathe, but until now there was no proof that these tiny particles are infectious. A new study by scientists at the University of Nebraska that was uploaded to a ...

Read More »

Giant blue whale briefly washes up near Kupang

KUPANG: A giant 23-metre (75-foot) whale briefly washed up near a beach in Indonesia but it was unclear how the enormous marine mammal died. Curious onlookers crowded the shore of coastal Kupang city as officials scrambled to figure out what to do with the bloated carcass, which was first spotted ...

Read More »

COVID-19 patient dies after giving birth while on ventilator

MINNESOTA: A Minnesota father is in mourning after his wife died of COVID-19 complications on July 19. She had just previously given birth to a healthy baby via C-section. Juan Duran’s wife, Aurora, who was pregnant with her third child, was admitted to North Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn Center located ...

Read More »

United States orders China to close its consulate in Houston

BEIJING: The United States said that it has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston “to protect American intellectual property” and the private information of Americans. China strongly condemned the move, the latest in a series of steps by the Trump administration as it ratchets up pressure on the ...

Read More »

China tells UK to avoid meddling in its affairs relating to Hong Kong

BEIJING: China has urged United Kingdom to avoid meddling in its affairs after reports that Britain was poised to suspend an extradition treaty for Chinese-ruled Hong Kong. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin made the remark during a daily media briefing, adding that China would react resolutely to actions in the ...

Read More »

Iran executes man convicted of spying for CIA, Mossad

TEHRAN: Iran executed a former translator convicted of spying for the US and Israel, including helping to locate a top Iranian general killed later by the Americans, the judiciary said. The killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport in January brought decades-old arch ...

Read More »

Taliban explosives truck kills 8 Afghan soldiers

KABUL: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed truck near an Afghan military convoy, killing eight soldiers, the defence ministry said, in the latest attack claimed by the Taliban. The attack, which took place in Sayed Abad district of Wardak province near the capital Kabul, also wounded nine soldiers, the ministry ...

Read More »

Explosion hits Iran power plant

TEHRAN: An explosion hit a power plant in the central Iranian province of Isfahan Sunday, state news agency IRNA reported, saying it was triggered by faulty equipment and caused no casualties. A “worn out transformer… at Isfahan s Islamabad thermal power plant exploded at around 5:00 am today,” the managing director ...

Read More »