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Storm buffets venues but Tokyo Games go on

Storm buffets venues but Tokyo Games go on

Wind and rain buffeted the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, causing delays to competition and event rescheduling, but stopping short of battering the host city as initially feared.

Pakistan reopens Afghan border crossing to help shipment of goods

Pakistan reopens Afghan border crossing to help shipment of goods

Pakistan yesterday reopened a major southwestern border crossing with Afghanistan that is currently under Taliban control on the Afghan side, Pakistani customs officials said, allowing over 100 trucks carrying goods to cross into Afghanistan.

Dad builds exoskeleton to help wheelchair-bound son walk

Dad builds exoskeleton to help wheelchair-bound son walk

“Robot, stand up” — Oscar Constanza, 16, gives the order and slowly but surely a large frame strapped to his body lifts him up and he starts walking.

Khan’s ruling party wins Kashmir polls

Khan’s ruling party wins Kashmir polls

The ruling party of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has won a majority of seats in Pakistan-administered Kashmir’s regional assembly, the head of the election commission announced yesterday.

France, Britain sign accord on fighting Channel terror threat

France, Britain sign accord on fighting Channel terror threat

Britain and France yesterday signed a new security deal aimed at protecting the public in the event of a terror attack in the Channel against a large vessel such as a passenger ferry, the British government said.

India’s poor ‘face outsized air pollution death risk’

India’s poor ‘face outsized air pollution death risk’

The poorest 10% of Indians face a risk of dying from air pollution that is nine times higher than for the richest 10%, according to research released yesterday.

Karnataka chief minister Yediyurappa steps down

Karnataka chief minister Yediyurappa steps down

The chief minister of India’s Karnataka, the only state ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party in the country’s prosperous south, resigned yesterday in the latest political shake-up in the Hindu nationalist group.

Malaysian doctors protest amid rising coronavirus cases

Malaysian doctors protest amid rising coronavirus cases

Hundreds of junior doctors at state-run Malaysian hospitals staged walkouts yesterday demanding better conditions as the country faces its worst coronavirus outbreak yet.

Covid-19 sufferers in Indonesian capital rent oxygen cylinders

Covid-19 sufferers in Indonesian capital rent oxygen cylinders

Muhammad Ihsan gratefully lugs an oxygen cylinder into a small office in Jakarta’s outskirts, lining the breathing equipment up with scores of others against a wall.

Malaysia says emergency to end as parliament sits after virus shutdown

Malaysia says emergency to end as parliament sits after virus shutdown

Malaysia’s government will not extend a controversial coronavirus state of emergency beyond August 1, a minister said yesterday, as parliament convened after a months-long suspension that sparked widespread anger.

Court charges opposition leader with terror-related crimes in Tanzania

Court charges opposition leader with terror-related crimes in Tanzania

A court in Tanzania has charged the leader of the main opposition party with terrorism-related crimes, police said yesterday, following his arrest while preparing for a meeting to discuss proposals for a new constitution.

Equatorial Guinea to close embassy in London

Equatorial Guinea to close embassy in London

Equatorial Guinea will close its diplomatic mission in London, the country’s foreign minister said yesterday, after Britain last week sanctioned the son of its president for misappropriating millions of dollars.

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