Masks, bottled holy water, sterilized pebbles: New normal as Saudi Arabia gets ready for Haj 2020

keeping the coronavirus pandemic in mind, new guidelines on Haj 2020 were announced by Saudi Arabia authorities on Monday as the nation prepares for a very limited haj, which for the first time will not include pilgrims from outside the country.

US envoy arrives in South Korea as North Korea rejects talks

A US envoy arrived in South Korea on Tuesday in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with North Korea, hours after it issued a statement saying it has no intention of sitting down with the United States and told South Korea to "stop meddling".

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters' questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Photo: AP)

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

After the June 30 implementation of the security law, some are worrying they might be punished for what they post on Facebook Twitter or even TikTok.

Mysterious damage to Iran nuclear site: What we know

The incident came at the end of a week marked by two explosions in Tehran, including one near a military site. Officials said the blasts were accidents, but many Iranians suspected covert Israeli operations were responsible.

Beijing reports zero Covid-19 cases for first time since new outbreak

A total of 335 people have been infected since a cluster emerged at the city's massive Xinfadi wholesale market in early June.

As US decides to throw out foreign students studying online, academicians, lawmakers call it 'horrifying'

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday announced that foreign students pursuing degrees in America will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only classes in this fall referring to the September to December semester.

China censors Hong Kong internet, US tech giants resist

China imposed the law on semi-autonomous Hong Kong a week ago, targeting subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces -- its wording kept secret until the moment it was enacted.

North Korea says it won't sit down with US, urges?South Korea to 'stop meddling'

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led the talks with the North Koreans, is due to arrive in Seoul later on Tuesday for talks with Seoul officials over ways to revive the negotiations.

US?pandemic aid program saved 51.1 million jobs, but wealthy and connected also benefited

The colossal data set released by the U.S. Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA), after initial resistance, gives Americans their first full look at who got cash from the first-come-first-served PPP that has been dogged by technology, paperwork and fairness issues.

US: Televangelists, Dallas megachurch approved for millions in coronavirus aid

First Baptist Church of Dallas was among the tens of thousands of religious organizations that received a total of $7.3 billion in pandemic aid from the Small Business Administration.

China's Sinovac Biotech starts late stage trials for its coronavirus vaccine

Sinovac initiated the development of the coronavirus vaccine candidate in late January and is preparing a coronavirus vaccine plant.

US charges ex-Panama president's sons with bribery, money laundering

Luis Enrique Martinelli, 38, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, 40, were arrested earlier in the day in Guatemala City as they attempted to board a flight to Panama.


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