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  • Biden announces US$100m in new aid for Lebanon, urges reforms

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    Biden announces US$100m in new aid for Lebanon, urges reforms

    WASHINGTON, Aug 4 — US President Joe Biden today promised US$100 million (RM422 million) in additional aid for Lebanon as he pressed the crisis-wracked nation to undergo...

  • India’s capital orders judicial enquiry after nine-year-old girl raped and murdered

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    India’s capital orders judicial enquiry after nine-year-old girl raped and murdered

    NEW DELHI, Aug 4 — The chief minister of India’s capital ordered a judge-led enquiry today after a nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered, sparking days of...

  • China restricts overseas travel to curb Covid outbreak

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    China restricts overseas travel to curb Covid outbreak

    BEIJING, Aug 4 — China today tightened overseas travel restrictions for its citizens as part of efforts to contain rising coronavirus cases, after reporting its highest number...

  • Ghana’s #FixTheCountry protesters take to streets

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    Ghana’s #FixTheCountry protesters take to streets

    ACCRA, Aug 4 — Several thousand protesters marched in Ghana’s capital Accra today in the latest rally against President Nana Akufo-Addo’s government under the slogan...

  • Turkey saves power plant from ‘unprecedented’ wildfires

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    Turkey saves power plant from ‘unprecedented’ wildfires

    MILAS, Aug 4 — Rescuers used helicopters and water cannon today to beat back fires encircling a Turkish power plant in the second week of deadly blazes testing the leadership of...

  • Indonesia passes grim milestone of over 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

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    Indonesia passes grim milestone of over 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

    JAKARTA, Aug 4 — Indonesia recorded a grim milestone of more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 today, data from the country’s health ministry showed, with the Southeast Asian...

  • UK enrols 40,000 students in post-Brexit exchange scheme

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    UK enrols 40,000 students in post-Brexit exchange scheme

    LONDON, Aug 4 — More than 40,000 young UK adults have enrolled in a post-Brexit exchange scheme to work and study worldwide, officials said today, after the government...

  • US to outfit border agents with body cameras in major oversight move

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    US to outfit border agents with body cameras in major oversight move

    WASHINGTON, Aug 4 — The United States will require thousands of border agents to wear body cameras, according to two officials and government documents, a major operational...

  • Macron seeks US$350m in donor aid for blast-scarred Lebanon

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    Macron seeks US$350m in donor aid for blast-scarred Lebanon

    PARIS, Aug 4 — French President Emmanuel Macron aims to raise at least US$350 million (RM1.4 billion) in emergency aid for Lebanon on Wednesday at a donor conference held on the...

  • Athens fire recedes but heatwave fuels big blaze on Evia island

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    Athens fire recedes but heatwave fuels big blaze on Evia island

    ATHENS, Aug 4 — A wildfire which set homes and cars on fire on the outskirts of Athens and forced residents to flee was receding today, authorities said, but extreme...

  • Tunisian army backs takeover president — for now

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    Tunisian army backs takeover president — for now

    TUNIS, Aug 4 — President Kais Saied launched his takeover of Tunisia by relying on the armed forces, an institution normally above politics, but analysts believe that retaining...

  • Japan warns of unprecedented Covid spread as Tokyo cases hit new record

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    Japan warns of unprecedented Covid spread as Tokyo cases hit new record

    TOKYO, Aug 4 — Japan warned today that coronavirus infections were surging at an unprecedented pace as new cases hit a record high in Tokyo, overshadowing the Olympics and...

  • Pope back to full-time work with call for Lebanon aid

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    Pope back to full-time work with call for Lebanon aid

    VATICAN CITY, Aug 4 — Pope Francis returned to work full-time today following a colon operation, urging the international community to help a struggling Lebanon. The 84-year-old...

  • Britain granted ‘dialogue partner’ status by Asean nations

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    Britain granted ‘dialogue partner’ status by Asean nations

    LONDON, Aug 4 — Britain has been granted ‘dialogue partner’ status by the Association of South-east Asian Nations, a joint communique issued by the group said. “We agreed...

  • Taliban claim Kabul bombing as Afghan forces defend besieged cities

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    Taliban claim Kabul bombing as Afghan forces defend besieged cities

    KABUL, Aug 4 — The Taliban today claimed responsibility for a huge bomb attack in Kabul targeting the defence minister as the insurgents fought for control of a string of...

  • Death toll in German chemical blast climbs to six

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    Death toll in German chemical blast climbs to six

    FRANKFURT, Aug 4 — The death toll from an explosion at a German chemical park has risen to six, Cologne prosecutors said today, after another victim was discovered under the...

  • Asean appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

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    Asean appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

    JAKARTA, Aug 4 — Foreign ministers from the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) have appointed Brunei’s second minister for foreign affairs, Erywan Yusof, as...

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    Police: Man threatens to detonate grenade in Ukraine government building

    KYIV, Aug 4 — Kyiv police said today that an unknown man broke into the building of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and threatened to detonate a grenade. Video on the...

  • Three killed, dozens hurt in Czech train crash

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    Three killed, dozens hurt in Czech train crash

    MILAVCE, Aug 4 — Three people died and dozens more were injured today when two trains collided at a village in the west of the Czech Republic, according to railway officials....

  • S.Korea Covid-19 count spikes amid vacations, spread of new variants

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    S.Korea Covid-19 count spikes amid vacations, spread of new variants

    SEOUL, Aug 4 ― South Korea posted a sharp increase in its coronavirus cases today as it struggled to tame its fourth wave of infections amid the spread of new virus variants...

  • Thai hospital tycoon who promised Pfizer vaccine says deal now unlikely

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    Thai hospital tycoon who promised Pfizer vaccine says deal now unlikely

    BANGKOK, Aug 4 ― The chair of Thailand's Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG) said today that a deal to import 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was unlikely...

  • Covid-19: China mass testing shows virus cases at six-month high

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    Covid-19: China mass testing shows virus cases at six-month high

    BEIJING, Aug 4 ― China today reported its highest daily number of local coronavirus cases in months as mass testing and contact tracing campaigns uncovered a trail of Delta...

  • Japan signals chance of rolling back controversial Covid-19 hospital policy

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    Japan signals chance of rolling back controversial Covid-19 hospital policy

    TOKYO, Aug 4 ― Japan's health minister today signalled the government may consider rolling back a controversial new policy asking Covid-19 patients with less serious symptoms...

  • Australia records one of its youngest Covid-19 deaths amid Sydney outbreak

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    Australia records one of its youngest Covid-19 deaths amid Sydney outbreak

    SYDNEY, Aug 4 ― An Australian man in his 20s died at home of Covid-19 in Sydney, authorities said today, one of the country's youngest coronavirus deaths. The man, who was...

  • Democratic lawmakers press White House on lapsed Covid-19 eviction moratorium

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    Democratic lawmakers press White House on lapsed Covid-19 eviction moratorium

    WASHINGTON, Aug 4 ― US congressional Democrats yesterday pushed the White House to reinstate an expired moratorium on residential evictions that kept millions of people from...

  • Report: US may offer Covid-19 vaccine to migrants crossing from Mexico

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    Report: US may offer Covid-19 vaccine to migrants crossing from Mexico

    WASHINGTON, Aug 4 ― The Biden administration is preparing to offer coronavirus vaccines to migrants in US custody along the Mexico border, the Washington Post reported...

  • Australia's Brisbane warned of prolonged Covid-19 lockdown as cases rise

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    Australia's Brisbane warned of prolonged Covid-19 lockdown as cases rise

    SYDNEY, Aug 4 ― Australia's Queensland state reported 16 locally acquired Covid-19 cases today as authorities warned a lockdown in state capital Brisbane might be extended...

  • US FDA aiming to give final approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine by early next month, says report

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    US FDA aiming to give final approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine by early next month, says report

    WASHINGTON, Aug 4 ― The US Food and Drug Administration is aiming to give full approval for the Pfizer Covid vaccine by early September, the New York Times reported yesterday,...

  • New York becomes first US city to order Covid vaccines for restaurants, gyms

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    New York becomes first US city to order Covid vaccines for restaurants, gyms

    NEW YORK, Aug 4 ― New York City will become the first major US city to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, Mayor Bill de Blasio said...

  • Car bomb hits near Kabul 'Green Zone'; six dead including attackers

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    Car bomb hits near Kabul 'Green Zone'; six dead including attackers

    KABUL, Aug 4 ― A car bomb blast followed by sporadic gunfire hit Afghanistan's capital Kabul yesterday near the heavily fortified “Green Zone”, leaving three civilians and...

  • Taliban seek 'lion's share of power' in deadlocked peace talks, says US envoy

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    Taliban seek 'lion's share of power' in deadlocked peace talks, says US envoy

    WASHINGTON, Aug 4 ― The Taliban and the Kabul government are far apart in US-backed talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan, with the insurgents demanding “the lion's share of...

  • Turkey criticises US statement on resettlement of Afghans

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    Turkey criticises US statement on resettlement of Afghans

    ANKARA, Aug 4 ― Turkey yesterday criticised a US programme to offer potential resettlement to Afghans who may be targets of Taliban violence due to their US affiliations, saying...

  • Cuomo's accusers speak of harassment, humiliation, shock and fear

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    Cuomo's accusers speak of harassment, humiliation, shock and fear

    NEW YORK, Aug 4 ― A New York State trooper said governor Andrew Cuomo ran his hand from her belly to her hip as she held a door open for him. An executive assistant described...