Coronavirus: UAE conducts over 77,000 COVID-19 tests, reports two deaths, 283 cases

The original post The United Arab Emirates reported 283 new cases of the novel coronavirus after conducting over 77,000 tests, which raises the total number of infections in the country to 64,102, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on Saturday. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. Two people died due to complications […]

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FBI involvement in Beirut blast investigation to bring more clarity: Ex-CIA official

The original post The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s participation in the probe into the deadly Beirut port blast will bring more clarity into how the disaster occurred, former top CIA official Norman Roule said in an interview with Al Arabiya. “The FBI will bring an extraordinary array of technical and scientific capacity. They have great […]

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20 photographs of the week

The original post The aftermath of the Beirut explosion, demonstrations after the election in Belarus and the impact of Covid-19: the most striking images from around the world Minsk, Belarus Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest after polls closed in Belarus’ presidential election. Photograph: Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images

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UAE-Israel peace deal is a victory for Trump’s policy ‘revolution,’ expert says

The original post The Israel-UAE agreement to normalize diplomatic relations was brokered by US President Donald Trump, and is a demonstration of Trump’s policy “revolution” compared to earlier administrations, one expert explained. Israel and the UAE announced the historic peace deal Thursday, with full normalization of diplomatic relations and bilateral agreements in investment, tourism, technology, […]

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'Time is our weapon': Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai speaks after arrest – video report

The original post Play Video 3:51 Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has told the Guardian he believes that how authorities handle his case will likely be a ‘litmus test’ for the future. The 71-year-old this week became the highest-profile pro-democracy figure so far to have been arrested under Beijing’s national security law, which makes […]

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Brad Pitt fires back at ex Angelina Jolie after she filed request to remove judge amid divorce battle

The original post Brad Pitt‘s attorneys slammed his ex-wife Angelina Jolie‘s attempt to dismiss Judge John W. Ouderkirk — a private judge — amid the couple’s ongoing divorce battle. In legal documents obtained by People magazine, the 56-year-old actor’s legal team accused his former spouse of making a “transparently tactical gambit” to delay proceedings, and ultimately it will hurt their […]

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Japan marks 75th anniversary of war end

The original post Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako (right) attend a memorial service in Tokyo. Reuters Japan on Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with Emperor Naruhito expressing “deep remorse” over his country’s wartime actions at a somber annual ceremony curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Naruhito pledged to […]

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US scientists developing coronavirus strain for human ‘challenge’ trials

The original post US scientists are developing a strain of the coronavirus that could be used to deliberately infect volunteers in so-called “challenge studies,” a government agency said Friday. The work is preliminary and the government is continuing to prioritize randomized clinical trials of vaccine candidates, the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) […]

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Iran tried to make Lebanon a training hub for terrorism: Former Lebanese official

The original post Iran’s foreign minister, who is on a visit to Beirut, is acting as if Lebanon is an Iranian district, former Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said Friday. “[Mohammad Javad] Zarif’s visit to Beirut is the epitome of disrespectful,” Rifi told Al Arabiya in a televised interview. For all the latest headlines, follow […]

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Stephen Colbert compares political ideology of Biden, Harris to 'Rockefeller Republicans'

The original post “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is the latest media member to describe the politics of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as further to the right than what they’ve campaigned on. On Thursday night, Colbert discussed the Biden-Harris ticket on Showtime’s “The Circus” with executive producers Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner. McKinnon was […]

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Zarif slams help to Lebanon from foreign countries that ‘impose their conditions’

The original post The international community should help Lebanon without imposing any conditions on its government, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday during a visit to the capital Beirut following the devastating explosion that killed more than 170 people in the city earlier this month. Zarif arrived in the Lebanese capital Thursday night […]

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UN chief hopes Israel-UAE deal can help two-state solution for peace in Mideast

The original post United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday he hoped the Israel-UAE deal can help realize a two-state solution for peace in the Middle East. “The secretary-general welcomes this agreement, hoping it will create an opportunity for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to re-engage in meaningful negotiations that will realize a two state-solution in […]

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'The Nanny' star Fran Drescher on feeling disrespected by Hollywood: ‘They saw me as the third banana’

The original post EXCLUSIVE: Fran Drescher has long recognized her value to herself and what she could potentially offer the world ever since she was a teenager growing up in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. The 62-year-old actress and comedian rose to fame in large part due to her role as the venerable and rambunctious Fran Fine on the iconic […]

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Rocket attack targets US military base inside Baghdad airport: Correspondent

The original post A rocket attack has targeted a US base inside Baghdad International Airport, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent in the Iraqi capital. Three Katyusha rockets fell in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport without causing any significant losses, according to a statement from the Iraqi security forces. The three rockets were launched from […]

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US can no longer accept empty promises, dysfunctional governance in Lebanon: Hale

The original post The United States can no longer accept “more empty promises and more dysfunctional governance” from Lebanese officials, a senior US diplomat said Friday. “The path forward, of course, can only be determined by the Lebanese. America and the international community are providing humanitarian support to the Lebanese people, but for the longer […]

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Putin suggests seven-way virtual summit to avoid ‘confrontation’ over Iran

The original post Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday proposed holding a seven-way online summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council together with Germany and Iran, to outline steps aimed at avoiding a confrontation over the Iran arms embargo. In a Kremlin statement, Putin said discussions were becoming increasingly tense over […]

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Turkish strikes kill three Kurds in northern Iraq: Official

The original post Turkish bombardment killed three Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, a local official said Friday, as Baghdad seeks to rally support to end Ankara’s offensive on its soil. Turkey launched a cross-border ground and air operation in mid-June against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels in the mountainous terrain of northern Iraq. “A Turkish […]

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'Ted Lasso' star Jason Sudeikis on how he created the titular character: 'What do you wear?'

The original post Jason Sudeikis created the character of Ted Lasso in 2013 for a promo on NBC Sports and now it’s Apple TV+’s latest sitcom. The series follows a classic fish-out-of-water formula as an American football coach has his career and life abruptly uprooted when he’s hired to be the manager of a struggling English Premier League soccer team. […]

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Massive Qatari media campaign targets Arab opinion following UAE-Israel peace deal

The original post Qatar has begun a massive campaign in order to influence Arab public opinion via media channels it funds following the landmark UAE-Israel agreement signed on Thursday to normalize relations. Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations […]

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US confirms the seizure of four Iranian tankers headed to Venezuela

The original post Washington confirmed Friday earlier reports that it had seized Iranian tankers believed to be carrying a multimillion-dollar fuel shipment to Venezuela. “These actions represent the government’s largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran,” a statement from the US Justice Department said. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online […]

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Eight moments that led to the UAE’s agreement with Israel

The original post On Thursday the UAE and Israel announced a historic peace deal to normalize relations between the countries, in exchange for the Israeli government halting its annexation of Palestinian land. The bilateral agreements set to be signed address a wide range of topics such as direct flights, telecommunications, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, […]

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Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal: Erdogan

The original post Turkey, which has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates and withdrawing its ambassador over the Gulf state’s accord to normalize ties with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. The Turkish foreign ministry said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical […]

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Macron plans to return to Beirut on September 1: French defense minister

The original post French President Emmanuel Macron plans to return to Beirut on Sept. 1 to follow up on the reconstruction efforts after the catastrophic blast which destroyed parts of the Lebanese capital last week, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said Friday. Parly, speaking after a tour of the French helicopter-carrier Tonnerre which arrived earlier […]

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Turkey agrees to Switzerland offer to mediate Mediterranean conflict: FM

The original post Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday France should refrain from steps thatescalate tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara is embroiled in a dispute with Greece over Turkish oil and gas exploration in disputed waters. Switzerland has offered to mediate in the row and Turkey has agreed in principle, Cavusoglu […]

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Coronavirus: India overtakes Britain’s COVID-19 death toll, is now fourth highest

The original post India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United […]

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry have ‘squandered tremendous opportunity’ to do good as royals, author claims

The original post EXCLUSIVE: There’s another shocking tell-all on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – and this time, it’s coming from a British aristocrat who, despite being critical of the royal couple, insisted she’s rooting for Meghan Markle. “I have said all along, and I still say, I am rooting for Meghan,” Lady Colin […]

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Major countries’ reactions to UAE-Israel deal is ‘encouraging’, says FM Gargash

The original post Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s initiative to reach a peace deal with Israel, by halting the annexation of Palestinian territories, has provided more time for opportunities for peace that could be achieved through a two-state solution, the United Arab Emirates’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash said on his official […]

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Why Lebanon’s president refuses an international investigation into Beirut explosions

The original post Lebanese President Michel Aoun said last week that an international investigation into the deadly Beirut explosions would undermine his country’s sovereignty and would cover up the truth. However, one day earlier, Aoun asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for satellite images of the Port of Beirut. Now, the current government – made […]

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Afghan authorities release final 400 Taliban prisoners as part of peace deal

The original post Afghan authorities said Friday they had started to release 400 Taliban prisoners, the final hurdle in launching long-delayed peace talks between the two warring sides. A group of 80 prisoners were released on Thursday, said National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal, tweeting that it would “speed up efforts for direct talks and […]

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Over 4 million coronavirus tests conducted in Saudi Arabia so far, says ministry

The original post Saudi Arabia has conducted over 4 million COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited the Ministry of Health as saying on Thursday. For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page. At the beginning of the pandemic, the Kingdom was conducting about […]

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Could a Belarus protest movement bring down Alexander Lukashenko? – podcast

The original post Since Sunday, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Belarus to contest the claimed election victory of the president, Alexander Lukashenko, and met a violent police response. Hanna Lubakova, a Belarusian journalist, describes being on the ground, while the Guardian’s Andrew Roth looks at how Lukashenko has remained in power […]

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Amy Schumer says she 'can't be pregnant ever again,' has 'thought about a surrogate'

The original post Pregnancy was tough on Amy Schumer, so she’s taking precautions. During an upcoming appearance on “Sunday Today with Willie Geist,”  the “Trainwreck” star, 39, revealed that despite discussions of a second child, pregnancy is out of the question. Schumer shares her 1-year-old son Gene with husband Chris Fletcher. AMY SCHUMER SHARES REASON WHY […]

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