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Iran to allow United Nations watchdog access to two suspected ex-nuclear sites Iran to allow United Nations watchdog access to two suspected ex-nuclear sites
- August 26, 2020

Wednesday's breakthrough in the dispute over the sites near Karaj and Isfahan was announced in a joint statement by Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency during a rare visit to Teheran by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi. Moreover, the participants in the deal - China, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and the United Kingdom - dispute the U.S. standing to trigger a snapback mechanism because of Trump's decision to unilaterally exit the agreement in 2018. (more...)
Tropical Storm Laura bringing heavy rains to portions of Puerto Rico Tropical Storm Laura bringing heavy rains to portions of Puerto Rico
- August 26, 2020

Computer forecast models varied so much that some saw Laura becoming a major hurricane nearing the US, while others saw it dissipating. There are now two storms marching towards the Gulf Coast of the United States. The National Hurricane Center said it expected the storms to stay far enough apart to prevent direct interaction as the region braces for the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, which is forecast to be unusually active. (more...)
Outrage as Pompeo Gives Convention Speech in Jerusalem Outrage as Pompeo Gives Convention Speech in Jerusalem
- August 26, 2020

According to the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency which polices the 1939 Hatch Act, the law limiting political activities of federal employees seeks to make sure federal programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, protect federal employees from political coercion and ensure they advance based on merit rather than political affiliation. (more...)
Alexei Navalny's health condition 'very worrying' Alexei Navalny's health condition 'very worrying'
- August 26, 2020

The founder of the activist group that arranged a medical evacuation for Alexei Navalny has called his condition "very worrying" as a hospital in Germany started the Russian opposition politician's treatment with "extensive" diagnostic tests following his arrival in Berlin on Saturday. (more...)
UK PM Johnson UK PM Johnson "really pleased" with work done to reopen schools
- August 26, 2020

The current advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is that face coverings are recommended for all members of the public over 11 years in indoor settings in which social distancing can not be maintained, including schools and school transport. (more...)
Trove of 1000-year-old gold coins unearthed in Israel Trove of 1000-year-old gold coins unearthed in Israel
- August 26, 2020

Liat Nadav-Ziv and Dr. Elie Haddad, the excavation's directors, explained that the gold coins would point towards worldwide trade from back in the day and that such a discovery is not something that happens regularly. The people who hid them even fixed the cruse with a nail so that it would not move. 'It was awesome, ' Oz Cohen, one of the young volunteers who unearthed the long-forgotten treasure, told Reuters . (more...)
India's new COVID cases top global tally for 18th straight day India's new COVID cases top global tally for 18th straight day
- August 26, 2020

As of August 25, 3.68 crore sample tests were conducted in the country. The number of recovered people is more than three times the number of active cases in the country. "A total of 7,04,348 patients are undergoing treatment". India now accounts for 10.67% of all active cases globally (one in every 9 active cases ), and 7.22% of all deaths (one in every 14). (more...)
China claims USA spy plane entered no-fly zone China claims USA spy plane entered no-fly zone
- August 26, 2020

The U-2 reconnaissance jet's flight over an area in northern China violated safety rules between the two nations, Xinhua reported, citing Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian. "This is a stark provocation; China has lodged a solemn protest with the USA about the issue, " Dpa quoted him as saying. More recently, the United States has also dismissed China's claims and stepped up its own operations in the region. (more...)
German hospital: Poisoning signs found in Russian dissident Navalny German hospital: Poisoning signs found in Russian dissident Navalny
- August 26, 2020

Supporters of the 44-year-old dissident believe he drank tea that contained poison. German medics testing a prominent Russian opposition activist say they've found "traces of a toxin" in his system. 'Those responsible for this act must be identified and brought to justice, ' the statement added. Soon thereafter, the gravely ill man was flown to Berlin for medical treatment, even though Russian authorities had argued he was too unwell to travel. (more...)
India deploys troops equipped with shoulder-fired air defence missiles in Ladakh India deploys troops equipped with shoulder-fired air defence missiles in Ladakh
- August 26, 2020

Defence services are tasked to monitor and carry out surveillance and prevent such transgressions from turning into intrusions". After the clash, both sides have engaged in de-escalation talks aimed at disengagement of troops with talks between military officials, however, reports say the Chinese troops have been slow to move out of strategic areas in the upper Himalayan region. (more...)
FDA Issues Emergency Authorization For COVID-19 Treatment FDA Issues Emergency Authorization For COVID-19 Treatment
- August 26, 2020

Trump is set to lay out his vision for four more years amid a global pandemic and staggering unemployment at the Republican National Convention starting Monday - and key to that vision will be overcoming the spread of coronavirus . Hahn said he had spoken to Marks and respected his judgment. Hahn said there was medical urgency to develop a vaccine. "Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd", he tweeted. (more...)
New Zealand's active cases of COVID-19 rise to 129 New Zealand's active cases of COVID-19 rise to 129
- August 26, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an extension to the current COVID-19 Alert Levels as NZ hits day 13 of increased restrictions following an outbreak. Tenants in the Crombie Lockwood tower, in Queen St, have been sent an email confirming the news someone in their building had tested positive for the virus. (more...)
Victoria cops break up second straight party at downtown apartment Victoria cops break up second straight party at downtown apartment
- August 26, 2020

A little after midnight Sunday, police were called to a one-bedroom suite for a noise disturbance where they found 15 people in the home. "The room was densely populated, hot, and moisture had built up on the windows", a release from the Victoria PD release reads. (more...)
German FM: A 'spark could lead to disaster' in eastern Med German FM: A 'spark could lead to disaster' in eastern Med
- August 26, 2020

Germany's foreign minister appealed Tuesday for a deescalation of tension in the eastern Mediterranean between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Greece and Turkey, warning that "any spark, however small, could lead to a disaster". (more...)
UAE, Israeli Ministers Pledge Defence Cooperation UAE, Israeli Ministers Pledge Defence Cooperation
- August 26, 2020

Israel's National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat will lead his country's delegation to Abu Dhabi, while his USA counterpart Robert O'Brien will also be aboard, alongside the president's son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner and special representative for Iran Brian Hook. (more...)
President Trump Issues Pardon to Jon Ponder Before RNC Appearance
- August 26, 2020

The White House released a video of the pardon earlier Tuesday, which shows the president signing the document as Ponder and his wife look on. According to Fox News, Ponder, who founded the nonprofit Hope For Prisoners, will speak at the convention along with Richard Beasley, the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who arrested him. (more...)
UNSC dismisses United States demand to impose 'snapback' sanctions on Iran UNSC dismisses United States demand to impose 'snapback' sanctions on Iran
- August 26, 2020

The United Nations on Tuesday blocked a controversial bid by the USA to reimpose worldwide sanctions on Iran, with the Security Council saying it could not proceed with the disputed move. She also criticized European nations for opposing "snap back". "The Trump administration has no fear in standing in limited company in this matter in light of the unmistakable truth in guiding our actions", she said. (more...)
Coronavirus: NI pupils to wear face coverings in corridors
- August 26, 2020

We have therefore chose to follow the World Health Organisation's new advice. The new guidance came after a 21 August World Health Organisation statement advising that "children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they can not guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area". (more...)
Nikki Haley Invokes Indian Identity at RNC Nikki Haley Invokes Indian Identity at RNC
- August 26, 2020

Don Jr.'s remarks were pure culture war venom from start to finish, delivered in a tone of insistent angry agitation. They came to America and settled in a small southern town. I married a Haley. CNN analyst Asha Rangappa drew backlash on Tuesday for attempting to use Nikki Haley's name against her over the former United Nations ambassador's claim that the U.S.is not a "racist" country. (more...)
Kim Jong-Un Reportedly in a Coma, Sister Set to Take Control Kim Jong-Un Reportedly in a Coma, Sister Set to Take Control
- August 26, 2020

However, the rumours were quashed after North Korea released vision of Kim attending the opening of a fertiliser factory in May. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (second from left) visiting the completed Suchon phosphate fertilizer factory after a 20-day absence from the public eye in South Pyongan Province, North Korea, May 1, 2020. (more...)

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