Day: May 5, 2020

Iran: Virus’ death toll surges to 6,340

May 5, 2020

 The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus rose to 6,340, as 63 new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, state media said on Tuesday. A total of 1,323 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases to 99,970, Iran’s state broadcaster reported, citing a statement […]

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Turkish agency sends COVID-19 aid to Southeast Asia

May 5, 2020

 The Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) dispatched food packages to residents and refugees affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in Southeast Asian countries. “IHH has sent more than 9,500 packages for families in need,” Mucahit Demir, an official of the foundation in Southeast Asia, told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday. The foundation has distributed the aid to […]

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Amid pandemic, US, China rival in the South China Sea

May 5, 2020

 At a time when the world is struggling to contain the global coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, US and China are engaged in military maneuvers in the South China Sea, a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean encompassing an area around 3.5 million square kilometers (1.4 million square miles). One of the world’s busiest waterways, the […]

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Israeli police detain 7 Palestinians in Jerusalem

May 5, 2020

 Israeli police rounded up seven Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to local residents. The detainees include Maj.-Gen. Bilal Al-Natsheh, Secretary-General of the National People’s Congress — a security body affiliated with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), his assistants Emad Awad and Emad al-Ashhab, businessman Mustafa Abu Zahra, journalist Tamer Obaidat […]

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OPINION – Globalization at a crossroads with COVID-19

May 5, 2020

 Today global supply chains are so central to the world economy that it feels like this has always been the case. Actually, in many ways, globalization is a phenomenon of the post-1980 world, and even the term itself became popular only in the 1990s. It has transformed our world at a very high speed and […]

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Oman, Bahrain report more coronavirus cases

May 5, 2020

  Health authorities in Oman and Bahrain confirmed new infections from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. The Omani Health Ministry said 98 more people infected with the COVID-19 virus were registered, raising the total to 2,735, including 12 deaths and 858 recoveries. Also, Bahrain’s Health Ministry recorded 62 cases, pushing the total to 3,533. The […]

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Turkish Central Bank boosts swap sale limit

May 5, 2020

  The Turkish Central Bank on Tuesday boosted its lira swap sale limits from 30% to 40%. “The total Turkish liras swap sale limit in the Central Bank’s Turkish lira currency swap market was raised from 30% to 40% for swap transactions that have not matured,” banking sources told Anadolu Agency, speaking anonymously due to […]

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New Zealand, Australia agree on lifting travel curbs

May 5, 2020

 New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday agreed to ease travel restrictions between the two countries as soon as it is safe to do so, according to media reports. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said relaxing travel restrictions at an appropriate time will clearly benefit both countries. Addressing a news briefing in Auckland, aired by […]

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