COVID-19: US passes ‘unfathomable’ 200,000 death toll

COVID-19: US passes ‘unfathomable’ 200,000 death toll

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The US death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 on Tuesday, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world's richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. "It is completely unfathomable that we've reached this point," said Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public…
Palestine quits Arab League role in protest over Israel deals

Palestine quits Arab League role in protest over Israel deals

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'There is no honour in seeing Arabs rush towards normalisation during its presidency,' Maliki said [File: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters] Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal ties with Israel. Palestinians see the deals that the United…
Blast reported in Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon

Blast reported in Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon

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Southern Lebanon is a political stronghold of Hezbollah [Screengrab/Al Jazeera] An arms depot of the powerful Shia Muslim group Hezbollah exploded in southern Lebanon, sending a new shockwave across the country still reeling from a blast in the capital that killed almost 200 people in August. Lebanon's official news agency, NNA, said the explosion took…
Iran says ‘internal agents’ may be responsible for Natanz blast

Iran says ‘internal agents’ may be responsible for Natanz blast

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Tehran, Iran - The Iranian government said on Tuesday there are strong suspicions that "internal agents" played a role in a massive explosion that occurred at a key nuclear facility earlier this year. On July 2, a fire ripped through a building at Natanz, a major uranium enrichment site. Satellite images showed it caused the…
Rivalries challenge UN as it marks 75 years since founding

Rivalries challenge UN as it marks 75 years since founding

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World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the coronavirus pandemic and economic disruption challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the organisation that was set up after the horrors of World War II. Millions of people were forced into lockdown and economies were devastated as COVID-19 began to…
Turkey slams ‘biased’ EU sanctions over Libya arms embargo

Turkey slams ‘biased’ EU sanctions over Libya arms embargo

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Turkey says the EU's monitoring mission is biased as it overlooks armed shipments delivered by air and land routes [File: Matthias Schrader/AP] Turkey says the European Union's sanctions on a Turkish firm accused of breaking a United Nations arms embargo on Libya showed the bloc's double standards and biased stance. The EU on Monday froze…
Rescuers battle to save 270 whales stranded in Australia

Rescuers battle to save 270 whales stranded in Australia

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Rescuers were scrambling on Tuesday to save 270 whales stranded off the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania, amid fears that about a third of the animals had already died. Scientists said the long-finned pilot whales became stuck on sandbars at Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania's rugged and sparsely populated west coast, on Monday. Images…
US COVID-19 deaths near 200,000, one in five of global toll

US COVID-19 deaths near 200,000, one in five of global toll

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The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States was nearing 200,000 on Tuesday - accounting for more than one in five deaths globally, putting US President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic in the spotlight as he campaigns for a second term in office. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has reported at least…
US Justice Department threatens to cut funds to ‘anarchy’ cities

US Justice Department threatens to cut funds to ‘anarchy’ cities

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The United States Department of Justice has threatened to revoke federal funding for New York City, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, saying the three liberal cities were allowing anarchy and violence on their streets. "We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance," US Attorney General William…
Analysis: US election ‘October surprise’ comes early

Analysis: US election ‘October surprise’ comes early

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Every four years around this time, political observers become breathless in anticipation of an "October surprise," an event or disclosure or a gaffe that will change the dynamic of the upcoming US presidential election. And it is almost a given something will come up to shake things up. 2016 had two so-called "surprises": Donald Trump's…