ATHENS, Greece: A wildfire that broke out Saturday in western Greece forced the evacuation of four villages and people on a beach by the Fire Service, the Coast Guard and private boats, authorities said.
ISTANBUL: Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported.
HARTFORD: With US health officials recommending that children mask up in school this fall, parents and policy makers across the nation have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate.
Doha: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 162 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) and 141 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people recovered in Qatar to 223,591.
Doha: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has announced that the registration requests for new students in government schools will not be received manually and registration will be only online through the portal.
Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday he hopes regulators as soon as next month could start granting full approval for the COVID-19 vaccines, a move he said could spur unvaccinated Americans to get the shots.
Manavgat: Days after a raging wildfire in southern Turkey drove his family from the home they lived in for four decades, Mehmet Demir returned on Saturday to discover a burnt-out building, charred belongings and ashes.
Brussels: A group of mostly smaller countries submitted new, more ambitious climate pledges to the United Nations this week, raising pressure on big emitters including China to do the same ahead of a major UN climate summit in November.
Doha: The State of Qatar has expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the bombing that targeted a bus carrying a football team in the southern Somali city of Kismayo, which led to the death of a number of players and the injury of a number of people.
Doha: The Public Prosecution launched an electronic services application for smartphones, to facilitate access to services and information at any time and from anywhere using various mobile platforms and operating systems.
Doha: As the race to provide faster 5G performance among countries intensifies, Qatar has emerged among the top countries in internet speed. Doha has ranked fourth globally in the list of top 15 world capitals with the fastest 5G download speed during the first two quarter of this year, according to Speedtest Intelligence by Ookla.
Doha: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced the opening of voters registration process to elect the Shura Council in its first session, in all electoral districts, starting from tomorrow, Sunday, and continuing until next Thursday.
The amount of ammonium nitrate that blew up at Beirut port last year was one fifth of the shipment unloaded there in 2013, the FBI concluded after the blast, adding to suspicions that much of the cargo had gone missing.
GENEVA: The world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads, but WHO-approved vaccines remain effective, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
MILAN: The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus has gained dominance in Italy, the National Health Institute (ISS) said on Friday, releasing data showing it accounted for 94.8% of cases as of July 20.
LONDON: The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England is estimated to have risen to 1 in 65 people in the week to July 24, Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday, adding the rate of increase might have slowed.
KARACHI, Pakistan: Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, is to undergo a week-long partial lockdown starting Saturday to curb the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant, as the city’s hospitals are close to saturation levels, the provincial chief minister said on Friday.
MOSCOW: Russia sought to reassure international partners on Friday that an incident which briefly knocked the International Space Station (ISS) off course had been contained and said it would press ahead with integrating a newly-attached Russian module.
HANOI: Vietnam's health ministry issued an urgent appeal on Friday for private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients as the Southeast Asian country battles a surge in infections driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.
Moscow - Moscow on Friday abolished a widely-flouted requirement for people to wear gloves in public places and shops as daily coronavirus cases in the Russian capital stayed below 4,000, down from over 7,000 earlier this month.
MANAVGAT, Turkey - The death toll from wildfires on Turkey's southern coast has risen to four and firefighters were battling blazes for a third day on Friday after the evacuation of dozens of villages and some hotels.
Doha: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 172 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) and 97 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people recovered in Qatar to 223,591.
New travel guidelines for Qatar to come into effect from 1200 noon Doha time from 2 August, with compulsory hotel quarantine reintroduced for visitors from India and some other countries, Indian Embassy in Qatar tweeted.
SYDNEY - Australia will have to vaccinate 80% of its adults against COVID-19 before it can consider reopening its border, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday as he announced a four-stage plan to greater freedom.
MOSCOW - Trials mixing a first dose of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine with AstraZeneca's shot revealed no serious side effects and no subsequent cases of coronavirus among volunteers, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Friday.
TOKYO - Japan decided on Friday to expand states of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, as COVID-19 cases spike in the capital and around the country, overshadowing the Summer Games.
The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has launched the Ajyal Film Club, an initiative by the young jurors of Ajyal Film Festival, to spotlight pressing global concerns and rally youth dialogue around them through the medium of film. The Ajyal Film Festival, DFI’s annual signature event, is a unique initiative that inspires creative interaction and cultural exchange among youth.
The 6th Local Dates Festival will conclude today at Souq Waqif. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), in a statement, stated, “We would like to invite you to visit the 6th Local Rutab Festival, which will be held at Souq Waqif from 4pm until 10pm.
The State of Qatar participated in the 12th edition of the International Economic Summit “Russia — Islamic world,” which was held in the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan, under the patronage of H E President of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation Rustam Minnikhanov.
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) announced the start of implementing the Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs Decision No .21 of 2021, amending some provisions of Resolution No. 8 of 2005 regarding regulating the conditions and procedures for licensing the recruitment of workers from abroad for the account of others.
Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No. 6 of 2021 on the issuance of the Shura Council’s Electoral System law. The law is effective starting from its date of issuance and is to be published in the official gazette.
In pandemic-pummeled Florida, angry parents clashed with Broward County school board members this week over whether their children will be forced to wear masks in class. In South Carolina, school officials reminded parents that state lawmakers have barred mask mandates.
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is calling for state, local and U.S. territorial governments to provide $100 payments for every newly vaccinated American to boost COVID-19 inoculation rates, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden asked Congress on Thursday to extend a moratorium on evictions to protect millions of U.S. renters and their families that is set to expire this week amid a deadly rise in coronavirus infections, the White House said.
LISBON: Portugal on Thursday announced a three-stage plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions, including scrapping a night-time curfew, as the country's vaccination rollout speeds up, helping to bring a recent surge in infections under control.
PRAGUE - Hundreds of people blocked traffic in the centre of Slovak capital Bratislava, protesting against a law which gives those who have had the COVID-19 vaccine easier access to public events and spaces, Slovak media reported on Thursday.