Afghan VP Saleh unharmed in bomb attack in Kabul: Spokesman

Afghan VP Saleh unharmed in bomb attack in Kabul: Spokesman

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A roadside bomb in Kabul targeted Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday morning, his spokesman said, but he escaped the attack unharmed. Initially, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said at least two civilians died but the death toll later rose to 10. The ministry said at least 15 people were wounded. The Taliban, who have…
Moria ablaze: Hundreds forced to flee overcrowded camp in Greece

Moria ablaze: Hundreds forced to flee overcrowded camp in Greece

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People flee from fires burning at the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos [Elias Marcou/Reuters] Fires were burning both inside and outside the overcrowded Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos in the early hours of Wednesday, forcing hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers to flee, according to the fire service.  The…
US elections live updates: Trump campaign’s reported money woes

US elections live updates: Trump campaign’s reported money woes

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United States President Donald Trump was reportedly weighing giving up to $100m to his campaign as he headed to Florida and North Carolina on Monday, both battleground states.  The US Senate returned to session on Tuesday, as House Democrats launched probe into Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's past Republican fundraising.  New Hampshire and Rhode Island held…
AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial suspended: Live news

AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial suspended: Live news

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Vinicius Molla, a haematologist and volunteer in the clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, examines a patient in a consulting room in Sao Paulo, Brazil [File: Amanda Perobelli/Reuters] Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.  AstraZeneca says it has suspended trials of the…
‘It hasn’t gone away’: UK sees sharp coronavirus spike – Live

‘It hasn’t gone away’: UK sees sharp coronavirus spike – Live

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South African economic output has shrunk 51 percent in the second quarter, as a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus shut down most activity.  China's President Xi Jinping has told a ceremony in Beijing that the country had acted in an "open and transparent" manner over the coronavirus. There have been more…
Malta using ‘despicable, illegal tactics’ to turn away migrants

Malta using ‘despicable, illegal tactics’ to turn away migrants

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An Amnesty International report has blamed Malta for using "ever more despicable and illegal tactics" to turn away migrants and refugees from North Africa. In its report released on Tuesday, Amnesty said Malta has arranged "unlawful pushbacks to Libya", diverted migrants boats to Italy and illegally detained "hundreds of people on ill-equipped" offshore quarantine ferries. The rights…
Belarus opposition figure ‘detained’ at Ukraine border

Belarus opposition figure ‘detained’ at Ukraine border

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Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova has been detained while trying to enter Ukraine in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to Belarusian border officials, a day after her allies said she had been grabbed off the street by masked men. The circumstances of her attempted journey to Ukraine were not immediately clear, with some…
Myanmar soldiers ‘in Hague after confessing to killing Rohingya’

Myanmar soldiers ‘in Hague after confessing to killing Rohingya’

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Two Myanmar soldiers have been taken to The Hague after confessing to murdering Rohingya minority during a 2017 crackdown, two news organisations and a rights group have reported. The two men admitted to killing dozens of villagers in northern Rakhine state and burying them in mass graves, according to the New York Times, the Canadian…
Pakistan Christian man sentenced to death for ‘blasphemous texts’

Pakistan Christian man sentenced to death for ‘blasphemous texts’

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Islamabad, Pakistan - A court in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has sentenced a Christian man to death for having committed "blasphemy", his lawyer says, in the latest case of Pakistan's strict religious laws being applied against minorities. Asif Pervaiz, 37, has been in custody since 2013 when he was accused of having sent…
‘Complete mockery’: Saudi Arabia condemned over Khashoggi ruling

‘Complete mockery’: Saudi Arabia condemned over Khashoggi ruling

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A Saudi court on Monday overturned five death sentences over dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, a final ruling in the case that saw the Washington Post columnist killed and dismembered by a Saudi hit squad. The court handed 20-year sentences to five people and three others were sentenced to between seven to 10 years, state media reported. The eight…