World
August 1

Vietnam reports more than 3 dozen new cases, 3rd death

Vietnam reported more than three dozen new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, while a third person died of COVID-19 complications a day after the country reported its first-ever death from the disease.
World
August 1

Crane collapses in Indian shipyard, killing 11 workers

A huge crane collapsed during load testing at a government-run shipyard in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 11 workers, a district administrator said.
World
August 1

Vietnam reports 2nd death, more cases linked to hospital

A second person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said Saturday, a day after the country recorded its first death from the virus, while more than two dozen new cases were confirmed.
World
August 1
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen pays her respects at a memorial for former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.

Taiwanese pay respects to former President Lee Teng-hui

Taiwan's leaders and its people were paying their respects Saturday to former President Lee Teng-hui, who died this week at age 97 after bringing full democracy to Taiwan and incurring the wrath of China in the process.
World
August 1
People march in the rain during a rally supporting Khabarovsk region's governor Sergei Furgal in Khabarovsk, 3,800 miles east of Moscow, Saturday, Aug

Thousands in Russian Far East protest area governor's arrest

Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in the Russian Far East city of Khabarovsk to protest the arrest of the regional governor, continuing a three-week wave of opposition that has challenged the Kremlin.
World
August 1
Thousands march along the 'Friedrichstrasse' during the demonstration against corona measures in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.

Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions

Thousands of protesters against German coronavirus restrictions converged Saturday in Berlin for a demonstration proclaiming "the end of the pandemic" has arrived just as authorities voice increasing concern about an upturn in new infections.
World
August 1

Emirati nuclear plant successfully starts up first reactor

A nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates successfully started up its first reactor, authorities said Saturday.
World
August 1

Cambodian labor leader arrested for political comments

A prominent Cambodian labor union leader who is a longtime government critic has been arrested on a charge of inciting social unrest because of his comments about a politically sensitive matter concerning the country's borders.
World
August 1

China condemns Germany's Hong Kong extradition suspension

China has condemned Germany's decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, accusing Berlin of a "serious breach of international law."
World
August 1

Vietnam reports 3rd death, more cases linked to hospital

A third person died of coronavirus complications in Vietnam, officials said Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.
Business
July 31
In June, French President Emmanuel Macron visited an industrial development lab at a plant in central France belonging to drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur's v

US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have announced they will supply 100 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the United States as governments buy up supplies in hopes of securing a candidate that works.
World
July 31

Truck smashes into bus in north Sudan, killing at least 13

A speeding truck trying to overtake a car crashed into a passenger bus on a highway in northern Sudan on Friday, killing 13 people and injuring 15, authorities.
World
July 31
Muslim pilgrims pray on top of the rocky hill known as Mountain of Mercy on the Plain of Arafat during the annual hajj pilgrimage near the holy city o

Final days of hajj and Eid festival impacted by coronavirus

Small groups of people performed one of the final rites of the Islamic hajj on Friday as Muslims worldwide marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday amid a global pandemic that has impacted nearly every aspect of this year's pilgrimage and celebrations.
World
July 31

Puerto Rico extends anti-coronavirus measures for 2 weeks

Puerto Rico's governor announced Friday that she would extend for two more weeks measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
World
July 31

Eusebio Leal, who oversaw renewal of Old Havana, dies at 77

Eusebio Leal Spengler, who oversaw the transformation of crumbling Old Havana to an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, becoming the de-facto mayor of the historic city center and one of the nation's most prominent public intellectuals, has died. He was 77.
World
July 31

Costa Rica groups test stuck Nicaragua migrants for COVID-19

Costa Rican doctors began giving free coronavirus tests Friday to about 200 Nicaraguan migrants who have been stranded at the two countries' border because the Nicaraguan government has demanded negative test results.
World
July 31
IFRC volunteers reached flooded communities on July 16 with drinking water and other support in Kurigram, Bangladesh.

First World blamed for climate change as the Third World suffers

This is one of the most striking inequities of the modern era.
World
July 31

East Libyan military court sentences journalist to 15 years

A military court in eastern Libya has sentenced a local photojournalist to 15 years in prison on vague terrorism-related charges, prompting an outcry Friday from human rights groups.
World
July 31

Nokia profit up despite pandemic as new CEO takes over

Nokia has reported better than expected second-quarter earnings on the back of improved margins for telecoms equipment and software despite the coronavirus crisis causing a substantial drop in revenue.
World
July 31

Iraqi prime minister: Early elections to be held next June

Iraq will hold early general elections next June, the country's prime minister announced Friday, fulfilling a promise made when he took office to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters.