At least five members of the newly elected parliament in Iran tested positive for COVID-19 amidst a fresh wave of infections that prompted the government to impose new curbs on Saturday. The restrictions, which go into effect on July 5, include wearing masks or getting denied state services and shutting off workplaces for a week that fail to comply with health restrictions. On Saturday itself,

5 July 2020

Iran dispatched the first-ever transit-only shipment to India via the Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar, local media reports. Director General of Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organization, Behrouz Aghayee said “A number of 30 refrigerated and nine conventional containers, including transit cargo, were loaded on HAZEL container carrier and sent to India with 28 empty containers.” This was in line with an agreement signed

4 July 2020

A ruling by Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday paves the way for a man convicted of involvement in the gruesome 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl to walk free later this week, AP reported. As per AP report, the country's Supreme Court refused a government request to suspend a lower court’s ruling exonerating Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh of Pearl’s murder before a 90-day

30 June 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced it would be sending a team to China to investigate the source of the Coronavirus pathogen in the hope of being better able to fight the pandemic which has now killed more than half a million people. “Knowing the source of the virus is very, very important,” the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “We can fight the

30 June 2020

Iran issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining U.S. President Donald Trump along with 39 others who are allegedly responsible for ordering and carrying out the drone strike which killed a top Iranian general in January. Tehran prosecutors said Trump has been accused of being involved in the January 3 drone attack that killed the anti-terror Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani

30 June 2020

Global Coronavirus cases surged past 10 million as they passed a grim milestone of almost half a million deaths in seven months. The global fatalities stand at 502,048 while the total number of confirmed cases is 10,154,984 as of Monday. On Sunday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) also reported the largest single-day record of 189,077 cases registered worldwide with several countries reporting their highest numbers. The

29 June 2020

At least seven people were killed, including the attackers, when gunmen stormed the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in the financial hub of Karachi. Police officers at the site said the dead included two security guards, a policeman and the four attackers. Seven others were wounded. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Two gunmen were killed at the gates of the building which is

29 June 2020

At least five people were killed when gunmen stormed into the Karachi Stock Exchange building and opened fire on Monday morning. All four assailants were shot down, the Pakistan police said. The gunmen attacked the building’s main gate with grenades and then stormed the building, firing indiscriminately. The premises have been evacuated, and the area around the Stock Exchange has been sealed off. A security guard and

29 June 2020

Mark Zuckerberg lost $7.2 billion after giants such as Unilever, Verizon, Hershey’s, Coca Cola pulled out of Facebook ads and boycotted promotion on the social media platform at the urging of civil rights advocacy groups. Major rights organisations launched the #StopHateforProfit campaign asking companies to boycott the platform for allowing “racist, violent and verifiably false content.” Zuckerberg assured that the social network will take additional

27 June 2020

India raced past the half a million mark and recorded 18,552 cases in the last 24 hours, its highest single day surge of fresh Coronavirus infections on Saturday. The Health Ministry reported 384 more fatalities as the death toll touched 15,700. The recovery rate has gone about 58% with around 295,881 patients recovered to date. The country took 110 days to record 100,000 cases but just

27 June 2020