Another watchdog at US State Department abruptly quit By AFP | Last Updated: 5th August, 2020, 21:56

Akard's departure comes just as his office finalizes a report on Pompeo's controversial decision to bypass Congress to sell $8.1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies

Another watchdog at US State Department abruptly quit

Hong Kong 'seeking arrest' of fleeing activists Hong Kong 'seeking arrest' of fleeing activists

The group reportedly includes former UK consulate worker Simon Cheng, well-known activist Nathan Law and US citizen Samuel Chu


Trump says will bar TikTok from US Trump says will bar TikTok from US

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States”

 


Media scion James Murdoch quits News Corp board Media scion James Murdoch quits News Corp board

James Murdoch, 47, has recently been critical of his father's business and its media coverage


Dangerous heat wave forecast for south-west US Dangerous heat wave forecast for south-west US

The National Weather Service (NWS) says temperatures could reach 50C (122F) in southern California on Saturday


Tsitsi Dangarembga - Booker Prize nominee arrested in Zimbabwe Booker Prize nominee arrested in Zimbabwe

The authorities say that the demonstration is not allowed because of coronavirus restrictions


Shias of Ladakh enjoys religious freedom after Article 370 scrapped Shias of Ladakh enjoys religious freedom after Article 370 scrapped

Asharaf Ali Batcha, President, Shia Community, Leh, told ANI that the constitutional change which was brought by the Indian government last year  has given them complete religious freedom


21 dead in Punjab from toxic liquor 21 dead in Punjab from toxic liquor

At least 21 people have died in several districts of Punjab in India allegedly after consuming toxic liquor


9 die in south India after consuming hand sanitiser 9 die in south India after consuming hand sanitiser

The victims reportedly consumed the alcohol-based hand sanitiser after they were not able to get liquor due to COVID-19 lockdown


Three terrorist associates arrested in J-K's Bandipora Three terrorist associates arrested in J-K's Bandipora

Three terrorist associates have been arrested and incriminating material has been seized from their possession in Jammu and Kashmir


Iran's Khamanei says sanctions failed, no talks with Trump Iran's Khamanei says sanctions failed, no talks with Trump

The 2015 deal between Tehran and major powers promised relief from sanctions in return for limits on Iran's nuclear programme


US, Australia announce working group to combat China’s ‘harmful’ disinformation US, Australia announce working group to combat China’s ‘harmful’ disinformation

The United States and Australia on Tuesday (local time) announced a new working group to check China’s “harmful” 


Hong Kong postpones elections for a year 'over virus concerns' Hong Kong postpones elections for a year 'over virus concerns'

The Hong Kong government has postponed September's parliamentary elections by a year, saying it is necessary


Britain imposes new lockdown rules around Manchester Britain imposes new lockdown rules around Manchester

England has lifted most of its restrictions nationally but imposed store closures around the central city of Leicester at the end of June



72 personnel infected with COVID-19 at Nepal Police HQ

72 personnel infected with COVID-19 at Nepal Police HQ

With this, the total number of police personnel detected with the viral infection nationwide has reached 250


Saudi king leaves hospital after gall bladder surgery: state media Saudi king leaves hospital after gall bladder surgery: state media

It is rare for Saudi Arabia to report on the health of the ageing monarch, who has ruled the top oil exporter and the Arab world’s biggest economy since 2015


Barack Obama calls for end to US voter suppression Obama calls for end to US voter suppression

He  decries the police killing of George Floyd and the subsequent use of federal agents against protesters


Police: Suspect shoots 3 Chicago officers who then shoot him Suspect shoots 3 Chicago officers who then shoot him

Ahern said he did not have any details on the condition of the suspect, whose name wasn’t released


US, China consulate closures deal losses to both nations US, China consulate closures deal losses to both nations

For China, the loss of its mission in Houston dims its view of America’s South and, according to U.S. officials, removes the nerve center of a Chinese spying network


UK and China relationship 'seriously poisoned', says Beijing's ambassador UK and China relationship 'seriously poisoned'

The ambassador urges UK to "resist pressure" from US to condemn China


Lee Teng-hui: Taiwan's 'father of democracy' dies Taiwan's 'father of democracy' Lee Teng-hui dies

Lee was credited with ending autocratic rule in favour of pluralism and democracy - but was also a controversial figure


Afghanistan: At least 17 killed in Eid car blast At least 17 killed in Afghanistan car blast

Taliban have denied responsibility for the attack while Islamic State has not yet commented


Congress president Sonia Gandhi hospitalised; She's stable, say doctors Sonia Gandhi admitted to hospital

Earlier in the day, Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with party’s Rajya Sabha members and discussed the current political situation with them


Russia jails US ex-marine for nine years Russia jails US ex-marine for nine years

His conviction follows the high-profile trial of another former US marine Paul Whelan last month on espionage charges in a case that has fuelled speculation of a prisoner exchange with the United States


Former Taiwan president dubbed ‘Mr Democracy’ dies aged 97 Ex-Taiwan president dubbed ‘Mr Democracy’ dies aged 97

He was credited with paving the way for Taiwan to become a modern, free society after decades of one-party dictatorship


12 killed, 13 wounded in southern Philippine clash 12 killed, 13 wounded in southern Philippine clash

 Twelve people, including two soldiers, have been killed and 13 soldiers wounded in a clash between government 


WFP appeals for $250 mn in extra aid to feed Zimbabweans WFP appeals for $250 mn in extra aid to feed Zimbabweans

Inflation, hovering above 700 percent, has left most of the country's 14.4 million inhabitants unable to afford basics, including the staple corn meal, whose price doubled last month


Boris Johnson rides made-in-India cycle at launch of health programme Boris Johnson rides made-in-India cycle

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rode a made-in-India Hero Cycles bike designed in the UK as he launched a new GBP 2-billion cycling 


Trump calls for delay to 2020 US election Trump calls for delay to 2020 US election

US President Trump calls for delaying 2020 election, citing possible mail-in voting fraud despite little evidence


Over 900 Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex Over 900 Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa complex

Hundreds of Jewish settlers forced their way into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex on Thursday


3 Assam Rifles soldiers killed, 5 injured in attack by Manipur terror group 3 Assam Rifles soldiers killed, 5 injured in attack by Manipur terror group

Though police officials confirmed the incident, the Assam Rifles is yet to issue an official statement till the filing of the report


Portland protests: Federal forces ready for phased pullout Federal forces to step back from Portland protests

Portland has been rocked by 62 consecutive days of demonstrations


Record-breaking Tropical Storm Isaias is heading toward the US Record-breaking Tropical Storm Isaias is heading toward the US

Isaias is forecast to make landfall over southern Dominican Republic before noon Thursday and then reach near Florida over the weekend


11 injured in explosion in Japan gas leak 11 injured in explosion in Japan gas leak

According to the officials, possible gas leak might have caused it


Yazidi children still haunted by Islamic State, Amnesty International says Yazidi children still haunted by IS, Amnesty says

Almost 2,000 known to have survived are not getting the care they need


4 arrested under new Hong Kong security law for online posts 4 arrested under new Hong Kong security law for online posts

Three males and one female, aged 16 to 21, are detained, a police official said at an 11 p.m. news conference


Pakistan man accused of blasphemy shot dead in courtroom Pakistan man accused of blasphemy shot dead in courtroom

Tahir Ahmad Nasim, 47, was a member of a persecuted sect whose faith has been deemed heretical in Pakistan


Iran fires underground ballistic missiles for first time Iran fires underground ballistic missiles for first time

The launches came a day after the Guard struck a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier with volleys of missiles near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for one-fifth of world oil output


Downsized hajj begins in Saudi Arabia amid coronavirus pandemic Downsized hajj begins amid coronavirus pandemic

The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world's largest religious gatherings


Two top aides to Pakistani PM step down over criticism Two top aides to Pakistani PM step down over criticism

Their resignations come days after the opposition lambasted the government following the latter’s move to make public details of the assets and dual nationality of 20 advisers and SAPMs

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