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.
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.
The breakdown in law in order across Britain is creeping up the political agenda but the reasons why youth crime is high and rising remain overlooked, despite the number of people willing to talk about it. In a series of articles for Sputnik, we hear what they have to say.
On 27 September, Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of carrying out provocations in the area of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority land that proclaimed independence from then Soviet Republic od Azerbaijan in 1991 and has since sought international recognition.
Yerevan and the Nagorno-Karabakh republic immediately took the decision to declare martial law and a full-scale mobilisation. Baku, for its part, declared partial martial law and shortly thereafter announced partial mobilisation. Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh have all reported casualties, both military and civilian.
The international community has urged the sides to the decades-old conflict to cease fire and return to the negotiating table within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.
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.
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.
The US carried out an airstrike in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 3 January, killing the head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis along with 10 other people. The airstrike was authorised by US President Donald Trump and was aimed at "deterring future Iranian attack plans".
The Iranian authorities pledged to exact "crushing vengeance" on Washington for killing its top military commander.
The strike came as the situation in Iraq escalated on 31 December when Shia protesters attempted to storm the gates of the US Embassy in Baghdad following airstrikes on an Iran-backed unit of Kataib Hezbollah operating in the country.
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.
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.
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.
The Wikileaks founder is awaiting extradition hearings scheduled for February 7-8 on the sexual abuse charges made by two Swedish women. Assange denies the allegations and says the case is politically motivated. He and his supporters fear that he may be extradited from Sweden to the United States, where he could face espionage charges.
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 mutiny in Mali started on Tuesday at a military base near the capital of Bamako. A group of rebels subsequently detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, and several high-ranking officials.
On 19 August, Keita announced his resignation and the dissolution of the parliament. The coup leaders have since declared the formation of a National Committee for the Salvation of the People, closed the country’s borders, and imposed a curfew.
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.
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.
A Boeing 737-800 plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines en route from Tehran to Kiev crashed on 8 January near Imam Khomeini International Airport soon after take-off, killing all 176 people on board.
Investigators are conducting a probe into the circumstances that led to the crash of the plane, which was carrying 167 passengers from Iran, Ukraine, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Sweden, as well as nine crew members.
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.
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.