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Palestinian economy could shrink up to 11% due to coronavirus, World Bank says
The Palestinian economy, which has long faced Israeli constraints on the movement of people and goods, grew by only 1% in 2019, the World Bank said.
Shooting the messengers: Journalists targeted in attacks as U.S. protests rage
By Saturday, as protesters and the police clashed across the nation, reporter Kaitlin Rust from Louisville, Kentucky local station WAVE News screamed on air "I'm getting shot! I'm getting shot!" as cameras caught her and her crew being targeted at gunpoint and shot at by local police with pepper balls.
SpaceX, NASA to try again for landmark launch of two astronauts from Florida
Barring weather or other unforeseen problems, the 24-story-tall SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is due to lift off at 3:22 p.m. EDT, propelling astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken aloft on a 19-hour ride to the International Space Station.
Asian Americans, harassed over coronavirus, push back on streets, social media
Asian Americans of varying national backgrounds have suffered a surge of attacks this year, which activists linked to the pandemic's emergence in China. Some said they feared harassment could worsen in a U.S. election year, with U.S.-China tensions ratcheting up over trade, Hong Kong and the coronavirus.
107-year-old Iranian woman recovers from coronavirus
According to Iran’s semi-official news agency – Fars, a 107-year-old Iranian woman had recovered from Coronavirus.
How one Indian company could be world's door to a COVID-19 vaccine
While most of the attention regarding vaccines typically goes to the pharmaceutical developer, India quietly plays a key role in manufacturing 60%-70% of all vaccines sold globally with the Serum Institute playing a lead role.
Huge fentanyl haul seized in Asia's biggest-ever drugs bust
In a signal that Asia's drug syndicates have moved into the lucrative opioid market, more than 3,700 litres of methylfentanyl was discovered by anti-narcotics police near Loikan village in Shan State in northeast Myanmar.
Heavy rains in India and Bangladesh as Cyclone Amphan bears down
Cyclone Amphan, a powerful cyclone approaching India and Bangladesh from the Bay of Bengal, is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. Authorities in both countries are scrambling to evacuate people who are directly in the cyclone's path.
Japan lifts emergency and lockdown in most areas but not in Tokyo, Osaka
The world's third-largest economy declared the nationwide state of emergency a month ago, urging citizens to reduce person-to-person contact by 80% to slow the spread of the virus and ease pressure on medical services.
Amazon indigenous groups launch international fund to fight coronavirus
The Amazon Emergency Fund aims to raise $3 million in the next two weeks and $5 million over 60 days, its organizers at the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin (COICA) said on a conference call.