Lebanon bread price rises for the first time in 10 years

The price of bread in Lebanon has increased for the first time in 10 years, as the collapsing local currency causes food prices to soar. The lira has lost more than 80 percent of its value on the black market in the last eight months. The drop in value is part of a wider economic … Read more Lebanon bread price rises for the first time in 10 years

Millions of US jobs lost amid pandemic may never return

The latest job figures in the United States have just been released – and it appears that things are looking up – at least in the short term. About 4.8 million positions were added as states began reopening. But in total, tens of millions of jobs have already been lost this year, and as Al … Read more Millions of US jobs lost amid pandemic may never return

Myanmar: More than 160 killed in jade mine landslide

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar has killed at least 162 people and wounded another 54, officials say, in one of the worst-ever accidents to hit the treacherous industry. The incident took place early on Thursday in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state after a bout of heavy rainfall, the Myanmar … Read more Myanmar: More than 160 killed in jade mine landslide

Two dead as soldiers block mourners at Ethiopian singer’s funeral

Two people were shot dead and seven others injured on Thursday when soldiers opened fire on mourners wanting to attend the funeral of popular Ethiopian musician and activist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa. Security was high in the Ethiopian town of Ambo ahead of the funeral of Hundeessaa, whose killing in Addis Ababa earlier this week sparked two … Read more Two dead as soldiers block mourners at Ethiopian singer’s funeral

China adamant about enforcing Hong Kong security law

China is refusing to back away from enforcing its strict new security law on Hong Kong, despite mounting pressure from countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. Several people were arrested under the law on Wednesday, with many residents worried it is the end of Hong Kong’s autonomy as they know it. But … Read more China adamant about enforcing Hong Kong security law

Wales keeps strict lockdown measures as England reopens

While England wrestles with new lockdown measures, COVID-19 infection and death rates are much lower in Scotland and Wales. With pubs and restaurants set to reopen across England this weekend, Wales says its harsher restrictions will remain in place – because they are working. Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from South Wales. – Subscribe to … Read more Wales keeps strict lockdown measures as England reopens

Leicester lockdown: Business owners ‘depressed’ at new emergency

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talks up the economy, business owners in Leicester say they are depressed. The English city is the first to impose a local lockdown for at least two weeks because of a resurgence in coronavirus infections. Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from Leicester, UK. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more Leicester lockdown: Business owners ‘depressed’ at new emergency

India opens first plasma bank for COVID-19 treatment

India’s first plasma bank has opened in the national capital, New Delhi. Meanwhile, the country’s worst-affected state Maharashtra has started what it calls the world’s largest plasma therapy trial. Doctors say treating infected patients with plasma from recovered people could reduce the number of coronavirus deaths. Nearly 18,000 Indians have died and more than 600,000 … Read more India opens first plasma bank for COVID-19 treatment

Australia’s iconic Blue Poles goes under major restoration

The coronavirus pandemic has closed art institutions around the world, among them, the National Gallery of Australia. But the closure has allowed conservation work to begin on one of the most prominent paintings in its collection, Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles. Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage reports from Canberra, Australia. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – … Read more Australia’s iconic Blue Poles goes under major restoration

Netherlands tourism: Businesses wait to see reopening benefits

People in the tourism industry in the Netherlands have been hesitant about welcoming back visitors as pandemic restrictions are being eased. While tourists bring in significant earnings, health concerns remain. And that is reigniting the debate over making tourism sustainable. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe … Read more Netherlands tourism: Businesses wait to see reopening benefits

COVID-19: Brazil deploys army to help protect Indigenous people

Brazil’s coronavirus death toll has passed 60,000. And the infection rate continues to climb. As the pandemic rages, Indigenous people in the Amazon are especially at risk. Their communities are already under pressure from illegal mining and logging. Now they fear the pandemic could be the biggest threat yet. Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports. – … Read more COVID-19: Brazil deploys army to help protect Indigenous people

Turkey’s Hagia Sophia and the battle to reconvert it to a mosque

Turkey’s highest court is set to decide the status of the Hagia Sophia. The government wants to reopen it as a mosque, a decision that is adding to tensions with neighbouring Greece and the Orthodox Church. It was the biggest Christian cathedral in the world for nearly 1,000 years, and is considered the pinnacle of … Read more Turkey’s Hagia Sophia and the battle to reconvert it to a mosque

Bosnian Leader Alija Izetbegovic: From Prisoner to President (Part 2) | Al Jazeera World

After Yugoslavia fell apart in the early 1990s and descended into a bitter regional conflict, Alija Izetbegovic fought for the survival of his country and people. The first president of the independent Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Izetbegovic was no stranger to controversy and had served five years of a 14-year prison sentence in the … Read more Bosnian Leader Alija Izetbegovic: From Prisoner to President (Part 2) | Al Jazeera World

Report highlights high death toll in Indian-administered Kashmir

At least 229 people, including 32 civilians, have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in the past six months, according to rights group, the Coalition of Civil Society. The latest deaths happened on Wednesday when a civilian and a soldier were killed during a shootout in Sopore, north of Srinagar. Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports. – … Read more Report highlights high death toll in Indian-administered Kashmir

Hong Kong: Hundreds arrested over China security law protests

Hundreds of people have been arrested in Hong Kong as protesters rallied against the new national security law which criminalises actions against China. Critics say the new law is the greatest threat to the identity and freedoms of the former British territory and deepens fears of oppression. But Hong Kong’s leader says the legislation is … Read more Hong Kong: Hundreds arrested over China security law protests