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‘Not enough info’ to evaluate Russian coronavirus vaccine: Live

The World Health Organization has not received enough information on the Russian COVID-19 vaccine to evaluate it, the assistant director of its regional branch, the Pan American Health Organization, Jarbas Barbosa has said. President Vladimir Putin said Russia has developed the first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against coronavirus. Worldwide coronavirus cases have surpassed 20 million, with Brazil and Mexico reporting a combined 27,000 infections in just one day. More than 12.2 million have recovered, and almost 735,000 have died from the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Here are the latest updates: Tuesday, August 11 17:00 GMT – France’s new COVID-19 infections nearly double in a day French health authorities reported ...

Judges sceptical about dropping case against Trump ex-aide Flynn

United States appeals court judges on Tuesday signalled scepticism toward a bid by President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn to compel a federal judge to immediately drop the criminal case against him as the Department of Justice has demanded – even though Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Ten judges from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit were hearing arguments in the politically charged case after a three-judge panel, in a 2-1 ruling on June 24, directed US District Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant the Justice Department’s motion to clear Flynn. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was charged under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed Moscow’s election meddling....

US: Baltimore explosion death toll climbs as survivor rescued

Two people are now confirmed dead following a natural gas explosion that destroyed three row houses in the eastern United States city of Baltimore and sent seven people to the hospital, authorities said Tuesday. Baltimore Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams said Tuesday morning that a man was pulled from the debris shortly before 1am (05:00 GMT). A woman had been pronounced dead at the scene shortly after Monday morning’s explosion. Seven others were hospitalised, five in critical condition, Adams said. The conditions of the other two were still being determined, she said. More than 200 people in the neighbourhood were affected by the blast, and about 30 have been in temporary shelters since the explosion, Adams said. The natural gas explosion Monday morning levelled three row ho...

‘Endemic corruption’ caused Beirut blast, says Diab: Live updates

Lebanon’s Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad, and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have all resigned from their posts. Lebanese police fired tear gas to try to disperse rock-throwing protesters blocking a road near Parliament in Beirut on Sunday in a second day of anti-government demonstrations triggered by last week’s devastating explosion. International leaders joined a virtual donor conference led by France and the UN in the aftermath of the devastating explosion, pledging nearly $300m in humanitarian assistance that will be “directly delivered to the Lebanese population”. US President Donald Trump has announced that the US will give “substantial” aid to Lebanon, but did not specify how m...

Hong Kong: China imposes tit-for-tat sanctions on US legislators

China has imposed sanctions on 11 United States citizens, including legislators, in a tit-for-tat response to the United States’ sanctions on 11 Hong Kong and Chinese officials accused of curtailing political freedoms in the Asian financial hub. Among those targeted on Monday were US Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Pat Toomey and Representative Chris Smith, as well as individuals at non-profit and rights groups. “In response to that wrong US behaviour, China has decided to impose sanctions on individuals who have behaved egregiously on Hong Kong-related issues,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular press briefing. He did not specify what the sanctions entail. “Last month #China banned me. Today they sanctioned me....

Lebanon PM Hassan Diab resigns amid anger over Beirut blast

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has announced his resignation almost a week after a massive explosion that devastated the capital, Beirut, killing some 200 people and wounding 6,000 others. Diab made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Monday. The move risks opening the way to dragged-out negotiations over a new Cabinet amid urgent calls for reform. Diab said is taking “a step back” so he can stand with the people “and fight the battle for change alongside them.” “I declare today the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon,” he said, repeating the last phrase three times. “This crime” was a result of endemic corruption, Diab added, and called for the trying those responsible for the deadly blast. ...

UK coronavirus cases top 1,000 for first time in months: Live

Britain reported over 1,000 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily rise in new COVID-19 cases late June. The United States has set a record for coronavirus cases, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end. Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease. New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries like Vietnam and Australia battle a resurgence in infections. At least 19.67 mill...

Lebanon’s environment minister quits gov’t as anger grows: Live

International leaders joined a virtual donor conference led by France and the United Nations. In opening remarks, French President Emmanuel Macron urged world leaders to come together and help “Lebanon and its people”. Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad announced her resignation, saying Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government failed to live up to the aspirations of the Lebanese people. Shortly after, environment minister Damianos Kattar also resigned from his post. At least 728 people have been wounded in clashes with authorities as thousands of protesters hit the streets of central Beirut as riot police fire tear gas at those trying to break through a barrier to the parliament building. One police officer was also reported killed. At le...

In Darfur, civilians pay price in new wave of deadly violence

Khartoum, Sudan – Ibrahim Arbab had no option but to flee. Having heard of a mass killing in a nearby village, the 34-year-old and his family late last month sought shelter in el-Geneina, the capital of Sudan’s West Darfur state. Thousands of others did the same. “The Janjaweed will definitely come after you,” Arbab said, referring to the feared militias who have long been accused of committing atrocities in Darfur, in the west of Sudan. At least 60 people were killed – mostly unarmed civilians from the Black African Masalit tribe – when some 500 armed men attacked Masteri village, according to the United Nations, the latest in a string of attacks that have left several villages burned and markets looted. Locals blamed the Janjaweed, nomadic Arab militia...

Beirut protesters ‘take over’ Lebanon foreign ministry: Live

Thousands of protesters have gathered in central Beirut seeking justice over Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion as riot police fire tear gas at those trying to break through a barrier to get to the parliament building. Lebanese authorities have taken into custody 19 people as part of an investigation. US President Donald Trump says he will join a conference call to discuss aid to Lebanon. At least 158 people were killed in the explosion and more than 6,000 others injured, but numbers are expected to rise as search-and-rescue operations continue for missing people. Here are the latest updates: Saturday, August 8 15:47 GMT – Protestors take over Lebanese ministry of economy building A group of protesters have taken over the offices of the ministry of economy in downt...

Paris to impose masks amid surge in coronavirus cases: Live

Authorities in the French capital will impose the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors in busy areas from Monday amid a rise in coronavirus cases.  The total number of United States coronavirus deaths surged past 160,000 with more than 4.9 million confirmed infections across the country. More than two million people have now been confirmed infected in India, which is the third-worst hit country by COVID-19.  At least 19.3 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, while the global death toll crossed 719,000. Nearly 11.7 million have recovered. Here are the latest updates: Saturday, August 8 16:20 GMT – Italy reports 347 new coronavirus cases  Italy has reported 347 new coronavirus infections, a day after it surpassed the 500-case barrier for...

Mauritius declares emergency over oil spill from grounded ship

Anxious residents of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius have stuffed fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to create makeshift oil spill barriers as tonnes of fuel leaking from a grounded ship put endangered wildlife in further peril. The government on Saturday declared an environmental emergency as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near wetlands that the government called “very sensitive”. Wildlife workers and volunteers ferried dozens of baby tortoises and rare plants from an island near the spill, Ile aux Aigrettes, to the mainland as fears grew that worsening weather on Sunday could tear the Japanese-owned ship apart along its cracked hull. Residents and environmentalists alike wondered why authorities did not act more quickly aft...