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New Zealand marks 100 days of virus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease

UK weather: heatwave to continue before 'severe thunderstorms' roll in

The mercury is set to hit 35C in Kent and Sussex on Sunday before thunderstorms arrive early in the weekMany Britons are set to bask in another hot day, with temperatures well above 30C.The mercury looks set to reach as high as 35C on Sunday – with Kent, Sussex and parts of London being the most likely to see the warmest temperatures, according to Met Office forecaster Craig Snell.

Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of U.S. A-bombing

Days of torrential rain in South Korea leave at least 30 dead

More than a week of torrential rain in South Korea has left at least 30 dead and 12 missing in landslides, floods and other incidents, the government said Sunday while warning of further downpour.

Donald Trump bypasses congress, signs orders on coronavirus aid
Donald Trump bypasses congress, signs orders on coronavirus aid

The White House signalled Saturday that the president was soon expected to sign four executive orders, contending Washington's gridlock had compelled him to act as the pandemic undermined the country'...

WATCH thousands of protesters surround Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem
WATCH thousands of protesters surround Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem

Several thousand demonstrators have marched in Jerusalem, gathering outside of Israeli Prime Minister’s residence in yet another massive anti-government protest, as Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the media...

Days of torrential rain in S. Korea leave at least 30 dead

More than a week of torrential rain in South Korea has left at least 30 dead and 12 missing in landslides, floods and other incidents while the government is warning of further downpour

Kim Jong-un sends aid to North Korean border city in lockdown

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the distribution of aid to the border city of Kaesong after the area was locked down last month to fight the coronavirus, state media said on Sunday. Authorities raised the state of emergency to the maximum level for the city in July, saying they had discovered the country's first suspected virus case. A train carrying goods arrived in the "totally blocked" city of Kaesong on Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported. "The Supreme Leader has made sure that emergency measures were taken for supplying food and medicines right after the city was to...

Beirut explosion: World leaders to hold aid summit

French President Emmanuel Macron has organised Sunday's online talks to generate aid for Lebanon.

Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing
Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing

TOKYO (AP) - The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more...

Saskatoon community supporting local Lebanese restaurant after Beirut explosion
Saskatoon community supporting local Lebanese restaurant after Beirut explosion

The Lebanese Kitchen has been getting lots of community support after the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, last week.

See the scene in Beirut as protesters call for a 'revolution'

After a deadly explosion shook Beirut, Lebanon, killing at least 154 people and injuring at least 5,000, protesters gathered in the city to demand help, answers and accountability from the government.

Coronavirus Australia: Mathias Cormann says Coalition can change jobkeeper 'if facts change'

Australia’s finance minister indicates openness to more economic support and backs state border closures for first timeAustralia’s finance minister has kept the door open to making further changes to economic support measures such as the jobkeeper wage subsidy, saying the government would act “if facts change”.Mathias Cormann foreshadowed the Coalition’s openness to further changes in an interview on Sunday, during which the senior minister from Western Australia also declared that the federal government now supported the border restrictions imposed by numerous states, including WA.

Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing

The Japanese city of Nagasaki has marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban

Saudi ex-spy suing crown prince faces fresh death threat in Canada – report

Canada reportedly increases security around Saad Aljabri, who is suing Prince Mohammed bin Salman over alleged 2018 assassination attemptA former senior Saudi intelligence official who has accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of trying to have him assassinated in 2018 has been placed under heightened security after a new threat on his life, a Canadian newspaper has reported.The Globe and Mail said Canadian security services had been informed of a new attempted attack on Saad Aljabri, who lives at an undisclosed location in the Toronto region.

With dwindling survivors, Nagasaki marks 75th anniversary of US atomic bombing that killed more than 70,000 people

With dwindling survivors, Nagasaki marks 75th anniversary of US atomic bombing that killed more than 70,000 people

Eleven die in fire in Czech Republic tower block

Six died in the building, and another five were killed after jumping from the 11th floor.

Trump extends coronavirus relief as talks with Congress falter

Orders would provide $400 per week in unemployment payments, less than the $600 per week passed earlier in the crisis.

Twitter expressed interest in buying TikTok’s U.S. operations: sources
Twitter expressed interest in buying TikTok’s U.S. operations: sources

The news of Twitter and TikTok being in preliminary talks and Microsoft still being seen as the front-runner in bidding for the app's U.S. operations was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.

Southern NSW hit by up to 200mm rain as weather warnings issued for coast

Severe warnings for coast from Moruya to Kempsey, taking in Wollongong, Sydney and NewcastleUp to 200mm of rain has fallen in some parts of southern New South Wales, prompting more than 700 calls for help and 13 flood rescues by the State Emergency Service over the 48 hours to Sunday, after areas flooded only last week receive another drenching.Up to 200mm of rainfall hit a number of towns including Moruya, Nowra and Captains Flat over the 24 hours to Sunday, and heavy rain is forecast to linger until Tuesday.

Mauritius scrambles to counter oil spill from grounded ship

Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius are stuffing fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tons of fuel leak from a grounded ship

Venezuela jails former US soldiers for 20 years over botched bid to overthrow Maduro

Two ex-Green Berets hired to oust president were sentenced in a secretive hearing that their lawyers say breached their right to a defenceA Venezuelan court has sentenced two former US special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing president Nicolás Maduro.Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from the secretive jailhouse proceedings Friday night in what they consider a violation of their constitutional rights to a defence.

Hundreds of protesters injured as anger simmers in Beirut: Live

At least 728 hurt in clashes with authorities in Lebanese capital; Prime Minister Hassan Diab calls for early polls.

Boris Johnson 'would close pubs before schools' in local Covid-19 lockdown

Prime minister says it is a ‘national priority’ and ‘moral duty’ to get all pupils back into classroomsBoris Johnson has spoken of “a moral duty” to get all children back in class amid indications he would force pubs, restaurants and shops to close ahead of schools in the event of severe coronavirus flare-ups.The prime minister is understood to favour only closing schools as the last resort after scientific advisers warned more restrictions may be needed to reopen classrooms in England next month.

US COVID-19 cases hit 5 million; Brazil deaths at 100,000: Live

US to extend economic relief to unemployed as country's top health official offered hints of vaccine by year-end.

'Everything is gone': Flooding in China ruins farmers, risks rising food prices

Major flooding that walloped millions of acres of cropland in China, bad news for its economy, which is already in a fragile state because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massive brawl sees beachgoers batter each other with umbrellas and sunbeds in Belgium

HOT-headed beachgoers battered each other with umbrellas and used windsurfing poles “as weapons” during a beach brawl in Belgium. The dramatic scenes were filmed at Blankenberge beach on Saturday as sunseekers clashed with cops and lifeguards. Footage shows a chair being hurled across the sand as sunbathers wildly launch themselves at one another. One man

Belarus election: President Lukashenko faces toughest test in years

President Lukashenko is seeking a sixth term in office as Belarus votes after a series of protests.

Letter from Africa: 'How I helped put Gambians on Google Maps'

A journalist is instrumental in the introduction of an address system which could help save lives.

Two-year-old Australian boy among more than 150 killed in Beirut explosion

Family of Isaac Oehlers say they are ‘heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of our beautiful boy’A two-year-old has been named as the Australian victim killed of the Beirut explosion which tore through the Lebanese capital.The Department of Home Affairs is helping the family of Isaac Oehlers, who is believed to be from Western Australia.

Coronavirus live news: US nears 5m cases as Australian border closures ramp up

US approaches horrific milestone; border restrictions tightened in Australian state of New South Wales; Brazil passes 100,000 deathsEx-health minister attacks Bolsonaro as Brazil Covid-19 deaths tops 100,000Trump signs order for relief, with less help for jobless ‘Queensland first’: Palaszczuk closes the borders and amps up election rhetoric Boris Johnson ‘would close pubs before schools’ in local Covid-19 lockdown 12.44am BSTWhen he called the home affairs department again, the official he spoke to was sympathetic, but read to him advice from a government website that people submit their re...

Letter from Africa: 'How I helped put Gambians on Google Maps'

A journalist is instrumental in the introduction of an address system which could help save lives.

US election 2020: What is the electoral college?

How does the US electoral college elect the president?

Coronavirus: Fact-checking fake stories in Africa

We've taken a look into some of the most widely-shared false stories about the pandemic across Africa.

Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets

Tens of thousands of pets are abandoned every summer in France. What's behind this sad phenomenon?

12 months, 12 lives: Kashmiris in limbo and lockdown

The BBC speaks to 12 Kashmiris from different walks of life about an unprecedented year for the region.

Venezuela sentences ex-U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years over attack on president
Venezuela sentences ex-U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years over attack on president

Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were barred from the secretive jailhouse proceedings Friday night in what they consider a violation of their constitutional...

Footage from a church mid-explosion brings hope to Beirutis

This Greek Orthodox church's altar survived the blast unscathed - even its oil lamp stayed lit

Johann Preiss: The forgotten botanist who brought 200,000 Australian plants to Europe

One man was responsible for bringing 200,000 samples of plants from Australia to Europe, and yet very few know his name, writes Anna Haebich

James Baldwin was the eloquent voice of his era – is he the voice of ours too?

The writer spoke out against racial inequality from the mid-Sixties – in the wake of Black Lives Matter, and a new book on his work, Kenneth W Mack asks if Baldwin is just as relevant today

Beirut explosion: Tear gas and police clashes amid Beirut protest

Police and protesters have clashed in angry scenes after thousands of people took to the streets.

Oregon trooper injured, 24 arrested in Portland protests

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, defied police orders to disperse and threw rocks, frozen or hard-boiled eggs and commercial-grade fireworks at officers as unrest in the Northwest city continued early Saturday. An Oregon State Police Trooper was struck in the head by a large rock and suffered a head injury, police said in a release. Oregon State Police worked with Portland officers to clear the protesters.

‘I regret all the deaths,’ Brazil’s Bolsonaro says as over 100,000 die from coronavirus
‘I regret all the deaths,’ Brazil’s Bolsonaro says as over 100,000 die from coronavirus

The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May and reported 905 for the latest 24-hour period.

Coronavirus: US sets record with more than 5 million cases

The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than 5 million people now infected, as the country's top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by the end of the year.

Trump's order to bypass Congress on coronavirus relief faces likely legal challenges

With congressional negotiations stalled, Trump is using executive powers to try to get aid flowing. But it's unclear whether he has the power to do so.

Brazil makes grim milestone -- 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night, and five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease. The Health Ministry said there had been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections with the new coronavirus — death and infection tolls second only to the United States. In a tribute to COVID-19 victims Saturday morning, the non-governmental group Rio de Paz placed crosses on the sand on the famed Copacabana beach and released 1,000 red balloons into the sky.

A New Brunswick man was FaceTiming with his family in Beirut. Then came the explosion
A New Brunswick man was FaceTiming with his family in Beirut. Then came the explosion

Tuesday's blast devastated much of the city including its port, killing nearly 160 people and injuring almost 6,000. As of Saturday, dozens were still missing.

Protests erupt across Poland against country’s government’s anti-LGBTQ2 stance
Protests erupt across Poland against country’s government’s anti-LGBTQ2 stance

The protests came a day after LGBT rights supporters in Warsaw scuffled with police who arrested a transgender activist, Malgorzata Szutowicz.

Brazil makes grim milestone -- 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night, and five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease.

Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos lands in Abu Dhabi: reports

A photograph appears to show Spain's former monarch landing in Abu Dhabi after leaving his country.