Deep budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children worldwide "out of school forever" by the end of 2020, Save the Children warned in its new report on Monday. In the report, the London-based organisation revealed that in 12 countries, mainly in West and Central Africa but also including Yemen and Afghanistan, children

13 July 2020

Coronavirus cases spiralled with the World Health Organisation reported a record 230,370 new cases in 24 hours. According to the WHO’s daily update, the biggest surges were seen across the U.S., Brazil, India and South Africa on Sunday. Global COVID-19 cases approached 13 million on Sunday while more than 565,000 people have been killed to date. The UN health agency’s previous record for new cases was

13 July 2020

Silver Star recipient Master Sgt. Andrew Christian Marckesano died by suicide in front of his wife after returning home to Alexandria, Virginia, U.S., from a dinner with a former battalion leader on Monday night. The Green Beret had served six full tours in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne and the Ranger regiment and was the 30th member of the 2nd Battalion- 508th Parachute Infantry

12 July 2020

Mir Shakilur Rehman, an editor with Pakistan’s largest media group, has been arrested on “politically motivated charges” claimed Human Rights Watch (HRW) and urged the authorities to release him and stop harassing his family members. In an HRW statement on Friday, Pakistani authorities were accused of “using vague and overbroad anti-corruption laws against dissenting voices.” Rehman, 63, editor-in-chief of the Jang group, has been in

11 July 2020

Pakistan is looking into setting up markets along the Iran and Afghanistan borders to boost bilateral trade and benefit locals residing in the nearby areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan province. The markets are proposed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shaheedano Dhand in Kurram district, Kharlachi and Angor Adda in South Waziristan, Arundo in Lower Chitral, Gursal in Mohmand District and Ghulam Khan and Torkham crossing

8 July 2020

The first batch of international tourists landed in Dubai on Tuesday, marking the first day of reopening for tourism. Airports in Dubai had been closed since March 26 when the UAE authorities implemented restrictions to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Immigration officials at Dubai airport are also placing stickers with the message “Warm welcome to your second home” on passports. Meanwhile, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and

8 July 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak is accelerating and the world has not reached the peak of infections, the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief warned on Tuesday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that data shows it took 12 weeks for the world to reach 400,000 cases. However, just over the weekend more than 400,000 cases were added across the globe. "The outbreak is accelerating, and we have

8 July 2020

The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced that international students who are pursuing degrees in the country will have to leave if their universities decide to go completely online in the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were close to 170 F-1 and M-1 visas issued to Afghans in 2019 according to the U.S. State Department. Universities across the U.S. are

7 July 2020

With almost 700,000 cases, India has crossed Russia to become the country with the third-highest number of Coronavirus cases in the world, after the U.S. and Brazil. The health ministry added close to 23,000 new cases on Monday, taking India’s total to 697,413 and almost 20,000 deaths. On Sunday, India racked up a record daily jump with the addition of nearly 25,000 cases. This puts India

6 July 2020

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has designed a robot that can disinfect a floor of a 4,000-square foot warehouse in 30 minutes, and it can be used to clean grocery stores or schools one day, CNN reported. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in cooperation with Ava Robotics — a company that focuses on creating telepresence robots — and the Greater Boston

5 July 2020