The global number of those infected with the coronavirus has increased by over 259,000 over the 24 hours, the highest daily total so far, the World Health Organisation dashboard showed on 18 July.
The global COVID-19 toll now stands at 13,876,441, according to the WHO. The death count is at 593,087 people, with over 7,360 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, the WHO dashboard shows. The Americas are leading with 7,306,371 cases. The WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March.
After trials on two groups of volunteers, Russia’s Gamaleya Research Centre announced it has created the first vaccine against COVID-19. According to Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the first batch of the drug, known as "Sputnik-V", will be produced in 2 weeks and delivered for voluntary vaccination in Russian hospitals.
The vaccine is a two-component treatment based on the human adenovirus, which, according to scientists, makes people develop immunity to the virus for at least two years.
Mass protests that turned into riots began across Belarus on the evening of 9 August after the official results of the presidential election showed incumbent president, Alexander Lukashenko, winning a landslide victory with over 80 percent of the vote.
According to the results published by the Central Electoral Commission, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya finished second with 10.09 percent. Tikhanovskaya's campaign has refused to recognise the official results and claimed that the data from every region in Belarus would put her at 70-80 percent.
Some 5,000 people have been detained during the demonstrations. According to the Interior Ministry, one man died while attempting to throw an unidentified explosive device at law enforcement officers.
A massive explosion took place in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on 4 August resulting in at least 80 fatalities and over 4,000 injuries and devastating large parts of the city.
Following the tragic incident, the city's governor said that half of Beirut's buildings were damaged, and hospitals were overcrowded due to a large number of injured people. According to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the blast was caused by improper storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
The Lebanese government has declared a three-day mourning period for the victims of the tragedy.
Oil prices fell by more than 30 percent on Monday, in the wake of the OPEC oil producers’ failure to agree on deeper production cuts amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
After the talks failed, Saudi Arabia slashed the official selling price for its crude.
OPEC has had production cutting pacts since 2016 with its non-member allies, led by Russia. The wider alliance, known as OPEC+, met in Vienna on 7 March to discuss a potential cut of another 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) above an existing pact to reduce production by as much as 2.2 million bpd from the start of 2020.
As scientists from various countries are speeding up their efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, nations across the world are gradually restarting their economies and easing lockdowns, even though some restrictions on public gatherings and businesses will remain in place.
The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases across the globe surpassed 6 million as of 31 May and the virus has claimed nearly 370,000 lives, according to the latest tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The unknown type of viral pneumonia was first reported in Wuhan in late December and has since been confirmed by China and the World Health Organisation to be a new strain of the coronavirus, currently labeled as 2019-nCoV or Novel Coronavirus. The virus has also been detected in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. Over a dozen people have died and hundreds have been infected so far.
In late June, The New York Times claimed, citing unnamed intelligence sources, that Russia could have paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to assassinate US troops in Afghanistan. The publication added that President Donald Trump had been presented with an intelligence report on the issue.
Trump called the article another attempt at a Russia hoax to make Republicans look bad in an election year, while the allegations were denied by the White House, the Pentagon, and the NSA, as well as by the Taliban itself. The group stated that its actions are not related to foreign intelligence agencies or governments, dubbing the allegations an attempt to obstruct the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
Russian officials have denied the allegations as false and characterised them as being part of the internal political infighting in the United States.
The widespread protests sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer that swept countries worldwide are still ongoing, with statues of historical figures being toppled and new slogans chanted.
Twitter experienced its worst security breach on 15 July 2020, with numerous verified accounts hijacked by hackers, who then urged people to send them bitcoins. The list of hacked accounts includes Elon Musk, Kanye West, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Apple, Uber, and many others. According to the company, a Twitter employee assisted the hackers, providing them with access to internal systems and tools.
While China shows the first signs of recovery from the coronavirus, as the lockdown in Wuhan where the first cases were reported in December 2019 was lifted, most of the rest of the world remains under quarantine.
Over 1.85 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide so far, with over 114,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University, which collects statistics from various national sources.
Widespread protests provoked by the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of white police officers that once swept across cities in the US, have now turned international with people challenging racism and police brutality worldwide.
Riots have been raging in Minnesota for several days after 46-year-old black man George Floyd died in custody on 25 May after being tackled and pinned to the ground by police. The protests have quickly turned violent and spread to other US states, many of which have already introduced curfews, called in National Guard, and declared state of emergency.
One of the four officers involved held a knee to the neck of the man, whose close-to-last words were "I can't breathe". The police were responding to a call from a local grocery store where Floyd had allegedly tried to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill.
Amid the complicated situation, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz decided to call the National Guard to help deal with the civil unrest, the first time this has happened in 12 years.
On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine’s eastern region of Donetsk, killing all 298 people on board. According to the preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board, the Malaysia Airlines flight broke up in the air probably as the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from the outside.
Dutch experts that arrived at the crash site of the Malaysian MH17 flight in eastern Ukraine to collect the passenger plane’s wreckage have excluded the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) from the new version of the November 10 protocol, the republic’s Emergencies Minister Alexei Kostrubitsky told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
"Extinction Rebellion" activists and allied movements kicked off a two-week environmental protest action on 7 October, vowing to block streets in the biggest cities around the world.
Tens of thousands of activists are expected to engage in the campaign, with police warning of possible arrests of those violating the law
The wave of protests is expected to spread across 60 cities worldwide, including London, Amsterdam, New York, Berlin and Madrid among others.
Established in the UK in May 2018, "Extinction Rebellion" is an environmental pressure group which uses civil disobedience to press governments to act more on climate change and environmental protection, with the declared long-term objective of completely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.
Nations across the world are ramping up measures against the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in order to prevent a second outbreak. Even though many countries have announced certain relaxations of the COVID-induced lockdown, some restrictions on public gatherings and businesses will remain in place.
The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 3.8 million as of 7 May and the virus has claimed nearly 270,000 lives, according to the latest tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The highest number of those infected has been registered in the United States, with over 1,250,000 confirmed cases. In Europe, the UK, Spain, and Italy are viewed as the main hot spots of the outbreak.
The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to spread, having infected almost 870,000 people in the US and more than 1,200,000 in Europe. The total numbers globally stand at around 2,730,000 infected, while the death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 192,000 as of 24 April, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States occupies first place in terms of the number of fatalities and confirmed cases, while in Europe, Spain and Italy continue to be the main centres of the outbreak.
Most countries have introduced lockdowns and social distancing measures to curb the health crisis. For now, the world is waiting for the peak of the outbreak and further recovery from the pandemic. In the meantime, the disease has also resulted in serious economic decline, which has led to a collapse of the oil markets and jeopardised industries across the world.