The Russian army will have unmanned vehicles in service by next year. The vehicles are made by legendary Soviet auto maker, Kamaz. The new self driving military trucks are currently going through final testing in the Arctic. According to Kamaz representatives, the new model has shown successful performance results.
A new discovery by Russian and Kazakh archeologists uncovered evidence of horsemanship. The discovery is very valuable, as it is 700 years earlier that was recorded previously. Horsemanship has been a very important aspect of history, which changed the military and how wars were conducted.
Three people are dead in protests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the appointment of Ronsard Malonda as the head of the nation’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI). The decision was already passed by the National Assembly last week, and it is awaiting the president’s signature.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s influential sister, Kim Yo Jong, says she doesn’t expect her brother to meet with United States President Donald Trump this year. She noted that she sees no reason why her country would give Trump such high profile encounters without receiving a fair reward in return.
At least 526 new cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in Armenia, pushing the total number of cases to 30,346. That’s according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Armenia. According to the report, 573 patients have been cured over the past day, and the total number of cured has reached 18,000.
A further 499 cases of coronavirus were identified in Nigeria on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 30,748. Data released by the country’s epidemics commission Thursday night showed that five people have died in 24 hours, with fewer than 15 dead on Wednesday.
Serbian authorities imposed new restrictions on Thursday, key amongst them, the banning of meetings of more than ten people in Belgrade, after a significant spike in recent days of COVID-19 cases in the capital. These restrictions come after two nights of unrest and protests against the government’s management of the pandemic.
Several cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were in turmoil on Thursday, responding to the call to protest launched by the UDPS of President Félix Tshisekedi. At least one person was killed in the capital, Kinshasa, and three others suffered gunshot wounds in the UDPS stronghold of Kananga.
Another 548 people were found to be infected with COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on Thursday, the Operative Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers said. According to the agency, 465 people recovered and ten died on Thursday. So far, the total number of people infected with the virus has risen to 22,464.
Israel made an attempt to return to normalcy, but due to a great increase in daily infections, Health Minister Yudi Edelstein has called for partial lockdown. After initially crushing the outbreak, Israel, a country with approximately 9 million people, has seen a huge spike of over 1,000 news cases each day.
All elementary and high school students in Kenya will have to repeat classes next year after the government canceled the tuition schedule this year due to the coronavirus epidemic. Hope that schools will open by September, or at least they will be allowed to return to school, has now disappeared.
Ballon Internet technology, from Google’s sister company Loon, was launched officially in Kenya, and will provide internet service in rural areas. The technology will offer 4G telephone services to enable people to regularly make telephone or video calls and connect to social networks.
Gangster turned politician of Uttar Pradesh, Vikas Dubey (alias Vikas Pandit) was arrested dramatically on the premises of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple (Ujjain ) by Madhya Pradesh Police early this morning. Vikas Dubey, a well known criminal absconded from Dicru Village of Choubepur Block of Kanpur Dehat, after attacking the police team who was going to arrest him from his village in the night of 2nd July, 2020. Eight policemen including DSP were brutally killed in this encounter. He was later declared absconder and a bounty of rupees 5 lakh was kept on his name.
At least 239 people were killed and dozens others arrested due to the unrest in Ethiopia following the death of a local musician, Hachalu Hundessa. The regional police commissioner, Mustafa Kedir, said that the Oromia region lost 229 people. It was hardest hit and home to Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group.
Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has promised to reform the country’s constitutional court. He made the announcement through a televised speech. “In the hours and days to come, the constitutional court will be reconvened and put into operation as soon as possible,” the president said.
Heavy rains continue pounding Japan, causing deadly floods in the southern part of the country. The floods have triggered landslides that have destroyed homes and made roads impassable. As of Thursday the death toll had risen to 59 as search and rescue operations continue.
Stating that his country’s problems with the United States are unprecedented, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi emphasized that China had never intended to take over the United States’ global position. He instead made clear proposals to identify and resolve differences between the two countries.
The mayor of Seoul, South Korea was found dead today in unclear circumstances in the nation’s capital. His daughter had earlier reported his disappearance and alerted that his father left a message “like a will” before leaving the house some four or five hours earlier.
In the past year, hundreds of Hong Kong demonstrators have fled to Taiwan. However, the current laws and regulations governing the admission of Hong Kong people in Taiwan are unclear. Most people have been unsure how to obtain the right of abode, and have difficulties in schooling and employment.
The violent clashes that ensued in Serbia on Tuesday continued for the third consecutive day today, with angry protesters storming the nation’s parliament. The demonstrations are most violent in the country’s capital city, Belgrade. The protesters are opposed to the government’s strategy of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, the EU demanded that China immediately and unconditionally release lawyers and rights activists who were arrested five years ago, as part of China’s “709 Crackdown.” The EU also tressed that it will continue to criticize China’s human rights situation. More than 200 people were detained as part of the crackdown in 2015.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday announced that the government will provide temporary visas for Hong Kong students in Australia and help them become permanent residents of the country. There are currently about 10,000 Hong Kongers staying in Australia on a temporary or student visa.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that US and allied forces seized a ship carrying Iranian weapons for Houthi rebels in Yemen on June 28. The names of all the passengers are not mentioned. Pompeo also renewed his call for the U.N. Security Council to extend its arms embargo on Iran.
Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly died on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting. Coulibaly was rushed to a hospital in the nation’s capital, Abidjan, after he began feeling unwell. He was 61. The prime minister had just returned to Côte d’Ivoire on July 2, after close to two months in France.
Algeria recorded 475 new positive cases on Tuesday, against 463 the previous day. The country totals 16,879 cases since the onset of the disease last February. Some regions are hit hard, particularly in Biskra, where the medical profession itself recorded the deaths of three doctors on Monday.
The remains of at least 180 men were found in mass graves in northern Burkina Faso, according to a Human Rights Watch report. The graves were found in an area where government forces are fighting a jihadist insurgency. The men were buried near the city of Djibo.
Human rights organization Amnesty International has called on Tanzania to drop charges against prominent comedian Idris Sultan. Idris Sultan is expected to appear in court tomorrow, responding to a pair of charges. Idris Sultan was arrested in May after a video showed him laughing at a picture of Tanzanian president John Magufuli.
The colonization of other planets is becoming a focus of the space agendas around the globe. In April, NASA released a new report outlining the development of selenium (on the moon), which turns it into a springboard for the preparation of the future Martian expeditions.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the international organization for the protection of journalists, has expressed deep concern over a “secret letter” from Pakistani security officials about six overseas journalists. In a statement issued on Wednesday, RSF said that the “secret memo” of the Interior Ministry was written on June 18.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today that he will reverse yesterday’s decision by the current US president, Donald Trump to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization (WHO) should he win this year’s US presidential elections. The former Vice President made his announcement in a tweet.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 255 more people in Nepal in the last 24 hours. With this increase, the total number of confirmed infections across the country has reached 16,423, as of Wednesday afternoon.
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who is on an official visit to Seoul and Tokyo, said today that Washington is not keen on meeting with North Korean officials, at a time when there is a negotiation stalemate between the two countries. Biegun is on an official visit to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
With the opening of a “security office” in Hong Kong, the Chinese leadership has taken another step toward abolishing the “one country, two systems” principle. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam spoke at an official unveiling of a memorial plaque next to the “Security Office” mansion.
At least seven police officers have been killed and in two separate attacks in Afghanistan. In one of the attacks, in Southern Kandahar province, three officers were killed and 20 others injured. In the second attack, in Nangarhar province, a landmine blast claimed the lives of four police officers.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, in a routine press conference, that Americans who “behave badly” on Tibet-related issues would be restricted from visiting the far west, predominantly Buddhist region. This was seen as another tit-for-tat on visa restrictions between Washington and Beijing.
U.S. media have reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been ordered to pay fines and compensation to the wounded and first-degree families of the victims of the 1996 terrorist attack on the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. The attack killed 20 and wounded 498 others.
Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, which jeopardizes humanitarian aid for civilians in northwestern Syria. The draft resolution was prepared by Germany and Belgium, with the 13 other members of the Council giving their approval.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Brussels today for her first foreign trip since the coronavirus outbreak. The purpose of this trip is to participate in the important conference of the European Union, on EU financial assistance to member states for the Coronavirus epidemic.
The Chinese government has opened a “National Security Safeguard Office” in Hong Kong, as enshrined in the newly adopted controversial national security law. The move comes barely a week after the enforcement of the new legislation, imposed on the city of Hong Kong by Beijing.