Monday, 21 Sep 2020

1 new coronavirus case, 18 recoveries reported in Saskatchewan

Chatridge 2 fire: Live updates from a wildfire burning in Douglas County

Mandatory evacuations are in place due to the Chatridge 2 fire in Douglas County. Live, up-to-the-minute updates will be provided in the live blog below. Mobile users, having trouble seeing the live blog? Tap here.

U.S.'s Pompeo to address U.N. Security Council on Tuesday on Iran arms embargo

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will address the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday on the expiration of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.

The United States is pushing the 15-member U.N. Security Council to indefinitely extend an arms embargo on Iran, which is currently set to end in October under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The U.N. Security Council will decide on the matter and veto-powers Russia and China have signaled they oppose reimposing the ban.

George Floyd memorial service held in US city of Minneapolis

Floyd, whose death in police custody sparked protests across the US and globally, has been celebrated by civil rights icons and family members.

A memorial service has been held honouring George Floyd – the Black man whose death in police custody sparked protests across the US and around the world.

Floyd was celebrated by civil rights icons and family members in an emotional ceremony in Minneapolis – the city where he died.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports.

Lebanon's talks with IMF not dead but different approach needed, official who quit says

BEIRUT, June 29 (Reuters) – A senior Lebanese official who quit his post as director general of the finance ministry on Monday said negotiations with the International Monetary Fund were not dead but a different approach was needed.

Alain Bifani was speaking at a Beirut news conference. Bifani is the second member of Lebanon’s team at the IMF talks to resign this month.

Coronavirus: Scott Moe says reopen dates coming for nearly all Saskatchewan businesses

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says details are coming soon on when nearly all businesses in the province will be allowed to reopen.

He said many businesses are already operating again, except for some bingo halls and casinos.

Senegal police crack down on anti-lockdown protesters

While the country appears to be containing the spread of the virus, demonstrators fear it will lead to them going hungry instead.

Police in Senegal have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding an end to coronavirus restrictions.

While the country appears to be containing the spread of the virus, people fear it will lead to them going hungry instead.

Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque has more from the capital, Dakar.

Japan May industrial output drops 8.4% month/month

TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) – Japan’s industrial output fell 8.4% in May from the previous month to mark a fourth straight month of declines, government data showed on Tuesday, underscoring the pain inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic on factory activity.

The fall compared with a median market forecast of a 5.6% decline in a Reuters poll of economists.

Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) expect output to rise 5.7% in June and increase 9.2% in July, the data showed.

For the full tables on METI’s website:

here (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

Tensions ease in US as 3 more arrested over George Floyd death

While demonstrations have continued, they have been largely peaceful and some curfews have been lifted.

Tensions have eased in many cities across the United States after the arrest of another three police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

While demonstrations have continued, they have been largely peaceful and some curfews have been lifted.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports.

India's fuel prices at the pumps rise despite low oil prices

The rising cost of petrol and diesel in India is provoking protests in many cities, but the government says it has raised fuel taxes to offset the economic crisis caused by the lockdown.

The rising cost of petrol and diesel in India is provoking protests in many cities.

Prices at the pumps have increased almost daily for the past three weeks, despite low oil prices.

The government says it has raised fuel taxes to offset the economic crisis caused by the lockdown.

Critics accuse leaders of making huge profits from the struggling poor.

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.

Peru hospitals run out of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients

The president has issued an emergency decree ordering factories to increase production.

Hospitals in Peru are running out of oxygen used to treat patients with the coronavirus.

The president has issued an emergency decree ordering factories to increase production.

Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby has more.

India bans 59 mostly Chinese apps following border clash

India has banned 59, mostly Chinese, apps including TikTok, WeChat and Weibo, its government says. 

The country’s ministry of information technology said the apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

In a statement, it said it had received concerns about data security and risk to privacy while using the apps.

1 new coronavirus case, 18 recoveries reported in Saskatchewan

One new coronavirus case was reported in Saskatchewan on Monday, raising the overall total in the province to 779.

The new case was reported in the far north, which continues to have the majority of active cases.

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