World News Briefs — June 29, 2020

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The Hill: WHO director warns coronavuris pandemic ‘not close to being over’

June 29 (UPI) — The director of the World Health Organization warned Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is “not close to being over,” a day after after cornavirus pandemic topped 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths worldwide.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a video conference from the agency’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, that despite “unprecedented measures to suppress transmission and save lives,” the virus has not been completely stopped.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria faces mass starvation or mass exodus without more aid, WFP says.

Iraq arrests over a dozen men suspected of attacks targeting American military presence.

Coalition denies Iraqi militia’s claim that it caused C-130 crash in Iraq.

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani.

Interpol says it can’t act on Iran’s request to arrest Trump for ordering the k.illing of General Soleimani.

Iran’s currency plummets to lowest level against the US dollar.

Netanyahu’s annexation plan threatens Palestinian, Israeli economies already struggling after Covid-19.

Netanyahu’s annexation plan in disarray as Gantz calls for delay.

Lebanon top finance official resigns citing bad crisis management.

Civilians killed in rocket attack on Afghanistan cattle market.

China-India border rift simmers with reports of troop moves on both sides.

India bans dozens of Chinese apps including TikTok.

Coronavirus: India reports nearly 20,000 cases a day as it struggles to contain pandemic .

Pakistan: Several dead after gunmen attack stock exchange.

Hong Kong: ‘Silent protest’ march targets national security law.

Chinese state media accuses Australia of spying campaign, says agents were arrested in 2018.

Locusts overtake India’s capital region.

Islamist militants abduct four aid workers in north-east Nigeria.

Libya: Haftar’s forces mobilise mercenaries for Sirte battle.

Talks may lead to end of blockade of Libyan oilfields.

Ethiopia to begin filling Nile dam in 2 weeks.

Malawi opposition leader sworn in as president after repeat vote.

Somalia to delay elections by 13 months, says official.

Nigeria wants cancellation of African artifacts auction in Paris.

Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 ‘safe’ countries.

Macron and Merkel push Covid-19 recovery fund as Germany takes on EU presidency.

Irish Parliament elects Michael Martin as new prime minister.

Polish President Duda faces tough run-off vote July 12, according to exit polls.

The US Navy’s top admiral in Europe says China is copying Russia’s interference playbook there.

US says Putin seeking to stay in power for life.

Russia denies being behind a mysterious radiation leak making its way across Scandinavia.

Ukraine declassifies secret Soviet documents on Chernobyl explosion.

Low voter turnout in French local elections tells a tale of disillusionment.

AMERICAS

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion restrictions.

US Supreme Court declines to take up federal inmates’ execution appeal.

Trump pushes back on Biden criticism: ‘Russia ate his and Obama’s lunch’.

Protests target Bolsonaro after Brazil’s worst coronavirus week.

Coronavirus worsens Cuba’s economic woes.

Mexico launches raids after assassination attempt of police chief.

Argentina and Brazil crops threatened by locust swarm.

Pandemic leads to rise in Canada fatal drug overdoses.

Nova Scotia gunman was paranoid survivalist – but not informer, say police.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Washington raises bounty on Daesh leader Mawla to $10 million amid reports of his death.

Pakistan a ‘safe haven’ for ‘terror groups’: U.S. State Department.

India seeks extradition of Mumbai attacks suspected mastermind Sajid Mir.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Coronavirus: UK hardest hit by virus among leading G7 nations.

US to join summit on global green recovery from Covid-19 crisis.

Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy protection, terminates 3,500.

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