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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

‘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 ...

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...

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...

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...