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180th Day Of Lockdown

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South Asia

 International salvage experts boarding the fire-stricken tanker, New Diamond, in the Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka's eastern coast. - International experts boarded an oil tanker stricken off Sri Lanka to begin salvage operations, the navy said on September 10, as firefighters looked to contain a large oil slick in the Indian Ocean. (Photo: Sri Lanka Navy / AFP)

Salvage team working to stop fuel leak from fire-hit supertanker

Authorities want to avoid damage to the coast line like that suffered by Mauritius after a bulk carrier struck a coral reef off the island

 Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (left) and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (AFP)

Sri Lanka's proposed replacement of 19th Amendment faces resistance within ruling party

PM Rajapaksa will be the hardest-hit by the amendment, while his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa will gain full legal immunity as President

 Houses are on fire in Gawdu Zara village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar. Two soldiers who defected from Myanmar's army and confessed on video to taking part in massacres, rape, and other crimes against the Muslim Rohingya minority are believed to be in the custody of the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands and should be prosecuted to obtain their evidence, a human rights organization said Tuesday. (AP)

UN council members urge halt to Myanmar-Arakan Army fighting

UN called on Myanmar to address the long-term causes of the crisis that led more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh

 China’s approach runs counter to that of many Western countries, where experts have warned against authorizing the emergency use of vaccines that have not completed testing. (AP)

In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed

Vaccine safety came into sharp focus last week when AstraZeneca Plc paused late-stage clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine

 While the navy says no crude oil has escaped the cargo of the New Diamond, leaked diesel fuel had created a two-kilometre-long slick in the Indian Ocean that was visible from the air. (Sri Lankan Air Force via AP)

Sri Lanka navy fixes fuel leak on fire-stricken oil tanker

Sri Lanka's authorities fear a marine disaster if the tanker is allowed to transfer its oil to another ship in the country's waters


 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, receives flowers from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga after Suga was elected as new head of Japan's ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election, in Tokyo. (AP)

Shinzo Abe's cabinet resigns ahead of Suga becoming Japan's new PM

Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, is set to take office as Japan's Prime Minister today

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus visit the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)

Seoul city seeks $4 million in damages from church over new COVID-19 outbreak

A fresh wave of infections erupted at a church whose members attended a large protest in downtown Seoul in mid-August

Keith Krach (top C), US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, gestures after landing at the Sungshan airport in Taipei on September 17, 2020. - A top US diplomat landed in Taiwan on September 17, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 40 years, in a further sign of Washington's willingness to defy China and its campaign to isolate the self-ruled island. (AFP)

China begins military drills as senior US official visits Taiwan

Concerned over the ever-closer relationship between Taipei and Washington, China has stepped up military exercises near the island

People wearing face masks cross a road in Seoul on September 11, 2020. (AFP)

South Korea eases virus curbs in Seoul region

Chuseok is one of the South Korea's biggest holidays with millions travelling to visit family in nation's largest annual migration.

Middle East

 U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban say the long-awaited peace talks with the negotiating team selected by the Afghan government are to begin on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar. The announcement on Sept. 10, came in a statement from the Taliban in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office, and also as an announcement from Qatar's foreign ministry. (AP File)

Peace talks to begin between Taliban, Afghan government 19 years after 9/11 triggered war

The US-backed negotiations come six months later than planned owing to bitter disagreements over a controversial prisoner swap

Fire burns in the port in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 10. 2020. A huge fire broke out Thursday at the Port of Beirut, triggering panic among residents traumatized by last month's massive explosion that killed and injured thousands of people. (AP)

Large fire erupts in Beirut port area, a month after massive blast

The fire erupted in the duty free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke above the city

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told the Arab League in Wednesday's meeting that the Palestinian Authority called for an emergency meeting following the announcement of the UAE-Israeli deal. (AP)

Palestinian FM urges Arab states to dismiss Israel-UAE deal

Most of the Arab world has long rejected diplomatic ties with Israel in the absence of a peace deal establishing a Palestinian state

 Israeli protesters hold a poster of their prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gagged by a surgical protection mask during an anti-government demonstration in front of Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on September 12, 2020, demanding his resignation over several corruption indictments and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. (AFP)

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases surge

Lockdown is credited with having brought down what were much lower infection numbers, but it wreaked havoc on Israel's economy

US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Friday. (AFP)

Donald Trump announces peace between Israel and Bahrain

In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the agreement.


The balloting was held amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the commission said it took all necessary measures so voters could cast their ballots. (AFP)

Egypt to prosecute some 54 million who boycotted Senate vote

It is unlikely to lead to actual trials as Egypt does not have the financial means needed to prosecute such a large majority of the voters

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a televised announcement from Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. (AFP)

Maduro announces arrest of 'American spy' near Venezuelan refineries

The arrest occurred after a 'plan to cause an explosion' was 'discovered and dismantled' at El Palito refinery, authorities say

 Dolphins lay dead on the shore on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. (AP)

39 dolphins, 3 whales wash up on Mauritius after oil spill

Residents of Mauritius plan to march in the capital after weeks of demanding why the government didn’t act more quickly on the issue

 Customers have their nails done near the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 16, 2020. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to address the nation later in the day, as case numbers and death from Covid-19 hit the lowest in months. (AP)

South Africa says 12 million 'probably' had coronavirus

Some South African experts suggest that Africa's most developed economy may be approaching herd immunity


 People enjoying the autumn sunshine on Primrose Hill, London, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. From Monday, social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England both indoors and outdoors and Boris Johnson hinted that such restrictions will potentially remain in place until or through Christmas. (AP)

COVID infections in Europe to spike in Oct, Nov: WHO

The number of cases in Europe has risen sharply in recent weeks, especially in Spain and France

Alexei Navalny. Navalny's aides said that Navalny's team collected the bottle and other items that may have left toxin traces in the hotel room after hearing he fell ill.(AP File Image)

Navalny aides say Novichok agent found on water bottle in hotel room

The aides said they believed Navalny was poisoned 'before he left his room to reach the airport'

Protesters with old Belarusian national flags carry a banner reading "athletes with the People" during a Belarusian opposition supporters' rally protesting the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Protests calling for the Belarusian president's resignation have broken out daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election that officials say handed him a sixth term in office. (AP)

Seventeen OSCE nations appoint team to probe Belarus election

Minsk prevented the deployment of OSCE election observers by not inviting them and has ignored repeated offers by the OSCE chairman to visit

 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his controversial plan to override sections of the Brexit deal that he negotiated with the European Union, arguing that the bloc has an 'extreme' interpretation of the treaty that could jeopardize the future of the U.K. (AP)

UK's Johnson faces rebellion over plan to break Brexit treaty

The EU has ramped up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, which would be chaotic for business, markets and nearly $1 trillion in annual trade

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself, centre, and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, posing for a photo in a hospital in Berlin, Germany. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted the picture of himself in a hospital in Germany and says he's breathing on his own. He posted on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020: "Hi, this is Navalny. I have been missing you. I still can't do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day." (Navalny instagram via AP)

'Poisoned' Putin critic Navalny shares hospital photo of himself

Navalny’s spokeswoman said that once he has recovered, the Putin critic plans to return to Russia


 Mill Creek Hotshots set a backfire to protect homes during the Bobcat Fire on September 13, 2020 in Arcadia, California. California wildfires that have already incinerated a record 2.3 million acres this year and are expected to continue till December. The Bobcat Fire, burning in the San Gabriel Mountains, has grown to about 32,000 acres and is only 6% contained. (AFP)

Trump and Harris head for California as US wildfires ignite political row

The history-making blazes have now burned through nearly five million acres (two million hectares) across the US West

Oregon firefighters put out embers in Mill City, Oregon, on September 10, 2020, as they battle the Santiam Fire. - California firefighters battled the state's largest ever inferno on September 10, as tens of thousands of people fled blazes up and down the US West Coast and officials warned the death toll could shoot up in coming days. At least eight people have been confirmed dead in the past 24 hours across California, Oregon and Washington, but officials say some areas are still impossible to reach, meaning the number is likely to rise. (AFP)

Winds a worry as death toll reaches 35 from US' West Coast fires

Warnings of low moisture and strong winds that could fan the flames added urgency to the battle

 Image provided by NOAA shows the formation of Tropical Storm Sally. Tropical Storm Sally has formed off south Florida, becoming the earliest 18th-named tropical storm on record in a busy Atlantic hurricane season. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Paulette rolls toward Bermuda; Sally threatens Gulf Coast

Paulette is the strongest in terms of winds of six disturbances the center was tracking in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico

Firefighters with the Monitor Fire Department wait alongside the road surrounded by smoke in an area destroyed by a wildfire Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, near Mill City, Oregon. (AP)

Search on for bodies in charred path of wildfires, Trump to visit California

More than 4,000 homes and other structures have been incinerated in California alone over the past three weeks


A woman takes a walk in Melbourne on September 6, 2020 as the state announced an extension to its strict lockdown law while it battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AFP)

Melbourne will remain in lockdown until at least October 26

Scuffles between protesters and police resulted in more than 160 fines for contravening lockdown measures or not wearing a mask

Police arrest a protester at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on September 5, 2020 during an anti-lockdown rally protesting the state's strict lockdown laws as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AFP)

Anti-lockdown protests erupt in Australia just as cases start to come down

Four men were arrested and charged with incitement over the so-called 'Freedom Day' protests planned for several Melbourne locations

A man looks at his phone as he sits in front of a mural of a koala in Melbourne on September 10, 2020. - A dispute over protection measures for Australia's endangered koalas threatened September 10 to topple the government of the country's biggest state. (AFP)

Koala row threatens leader of Australia's biggest state

The uniquely Australian political stoush comes months after unprecedented bushfires destroyed vast swathes of koala habitat

 While COVID-19 has rattled some diplomatic ties, the 30 countries that make up the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programmes teamed up early to keep the virus out. (AP)

Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?

Until this year, conversations with incoming visitors focused on preparing the newcomers. Now the advice goes both ways

 New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern. (Image:Facebook/Jacinda Ardern)

New Zealand sees first case-free day in five weeks

Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of community transmission