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North Korea declares ‘shining victory’ over virus, blames Seoul

  • SEOUL, South Korea: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared victory over COVID-19 and ordered preventive measures eased just three months after acknowledging an outbreak, claiming the country’s widely disputed success would be recognized as a global health miracle. The North’s official Ko...
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London children to be offered polio booster as samples found 

  • LONDON: Around one million children in London will be offered a polio booster vaccine after the virus was detected in sewage samples across the capital, health officials said Wednesday. “Following the discovery of type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus in sewage in north and east London,” a target...
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North Korea: ‘All recovered’ after COVID-19 outbreak

  • SEOUL: North Korea reported zero fever cases Friday for a seventh straight day, state media said, adding that everyone who had fallen sick since the country confirmed its first COVID-19 infections had recovered. The isolated country, which has maintained a rigid coronavirus blockade since the ...
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A look at the missile that killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri

  • WASHINGTON: For a year, US officials have been saying that taking out a terrorist threat in Afghanistan with no American troops on the ground would be difficult but not impossible. Last weekend, the US did just that — killing Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri with a CIA drone strike. Other hig...
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Apple drops mask requirements for most of its corporate workers

  • LONDON: Apple Inc. is dropping its mask mandate for corporate employees at most locations, the Verge reported on Monday, citing an internal memo. This comes even as COVID-19 infections in the United States have been on the rise with the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the omicron variant accounti...
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India reports Asia’s first possible monkeypox death

  • NEW DELHI: Indian authorities reported on Monday Asia’s first possible monkeypox fatality after the death of a man who recently returned from United Arab Emirates testing positive. Kerala state’s health ministry said tests on the 22-year-old “showed that the man had monkeypox.” Three monkeypo...
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‘Send my bags to the resort please’: Welcome to TRSDC’s new airport

  • Flight testing held on July 20-21 at the Red Sea International Airport, which is under construction at The Red Sea Project, marks the beginning of a new era of tourism and travel in the Kingdom. With over five hours’ drive from the nearest existing major international airports of Jeddah ...
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North Korea claims no new fever cases amid doubts over COVID-19 data

  • SEOUL: North Korea on Saturday reported no new fever cases for the first time since it abruptly admitted to its first domestic COVID-19 outbreak and placed its 26 million people under more draconian restrictions in May. There have been widespread outside doubts about the accuracy of North Kore...
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China In-Focus — Stocks rebound; Asian giant certifies new civil helicopter; Brazil may export corn to China

  • RIYADH: China stocks rebounded on Tuesday as real estate developers continued to rise on news that Beijing was planning to set up a fund to aid the troubled industry. The CSI300 index rose 0.9 percent to 4,250.82 at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.8...
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Australia’s COVID-19 hospital admissions, deaths rise as variant surges

  • SYDNEY: Hospital admissions for COVID-19 in Australia have reached a new high for a second straight day, data showed on Tuesday, while the daily death toll rose to its second-highest as an outbreak fueled by a coronavirus sub-variant sweeps the country. Nearly 5,600 patients infected with COVI...
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