An explosion struck at Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, leaving several people dead and wounded, the Taliban said on Friday. Taliban special forces have arrived at the scene to find out how the blast was carried out and to “punish the perpetrators,” Ministry of Interior Affairs spokesperson...
The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, strengthened 28 pips to 6.4386 against the U.S. dollar on Friday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System. In China’s spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 per cent from...
Lothar Wieler, the head of Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s official disease control body, has received a death threats related to the RKI’s key role in containing the coronavirus pandemic. “I wish the situation were more pleasant, but I’m still getting threats,” the Berlin professor told the Funke Media Group...
Australia’s New South Wales Premier, Dominic Perrottet on Friday said that quarantine and arrivals caps would be scrapped for fully vaccinated overseas travelers from Nov. 1. In a press conference, Perrottet said that hotel quarantine would be scrapped and not replaced by home isolation as previously. “Quarantine is scrapped for all...
The World Health Organization (WHO) says one in four adults of global population does not exercise enough, calling for better and fairer opportunities for physical activity to improve overall health. The UN health agency said in a new advocacy brief with the theme, ’Fair Play: Building a strong physical activity system for...
The European Union is closely monitoring developments in Lebanon following the deadly shooting attack in Beirut and is ready to revive the discussion on sanctions if necessary. The European Commission spokesman, Peter Stano, said on Thursday. “The EU is watching very closely what is going on in Lebanon and who behaves...
China planned to recruit 31,200 civil servants to work for 75 central agencies and 23 institutions directly attached to them in the 2022 civil servant intake. The State Administration of Civil Service announced the recruitment plan on Thursday. The Service said that applications would be accepted online from Oct. 15 to...
At least 11 people were wounded after an explosion ripped through a busy road in Asadabad, capital of eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province on Thursday, a witness said. “We heard a huge blast in Asadabad in the morning, causing panic among the residents. “The whole place has now been sealed off,’’ an...
Three crew members of a Royal Australian Navy helicopter were safe after ditching their helicopter in the Philippine Sea. The ditching happened during a routine flight overnight, the Australian Defence Ministry said on Thursday. The MH-60R Seahawk chopper was operating from the destroyer HMAS Brisbane as part of a regional presence...
At least six people were killed and 30 injured in Beirut as gunfire broke out at a protest against the judge investigating 2020 blast at the city’s port. The Lebanese Red Cross said the protest drew followers of the pro-Iran Shiite Hezbollah movement and its allies. Hezbollah movement was gathering at...
A delegation of election observers appointed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) arrived Cape Verde ahead of the nation’s presidential polls. The delegation known as ECOWAS Long-Term Observers as well as other core team members, are to monitor the polls and report back to the sub-regional body. The...
Indonesia on Thursday re-opened its tourist islands to visitors from 19 countries following a lull in COVID-19 cases, an official said. Luhut Pandjaitan, the official in charge of pandemic measures, said in a statement. “Following the president’s directive, we are allowing visitors from 19 countries to travel to Bali and Riau...
China has contributed significantly to tackling global development challenges such as poverty and climate change, a senior official of the United Nations (UN) said on Thursday. Armida Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said during a virtual interview with Xinhua...
A Syrian soldier was killed and three others wounded in an Israeli airstrike in central Homs province, Syrian media reported on Thursday. Syrian TV and the state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) said that shortly after midnight Israeli strikes hit the eastern countryside of Homs, targeting a communications tower and surrounding...
A new initiative by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is supporting African cities to measure their Gross Domestic Product (GDP,  a vital economic well-being indicator. This is contained in a statement on Thursday. The GDP estimates, the ECA said, will enable a more accurate understanding of the economic weight...
Indonesia on Thursday reopened its tourist islands to visitors from 19 countries following a lull in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, an official said. “Following the president’s directive, we are allowing visitors from 19 countries to travel to Bali and Riau Islands,” Luhut Pandjaitan, the official in charge of pandemic measures, said in...
Latvian President, Egils Levits has tested positive for the Coronavirus, his office announced on Thursday. The positive result was returned by a rapid test taken by Levits on Wednesday evening after coming back from a working visit to Sweden. A PCR test will now be carried out, said a spokesperson. Levits had...