World News in Brief: May 8

Sunday, 2022-05-08 22:24:20
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Turkey currently hosts 4,082,693 refugees, 3,762,686 of whom are Syrians, Turkish deputy Interior Minister Ismail Catakli was quoted by daily Hurriyet as saying on Sunday. (Representative Picture)
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Cambodia reported no new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the first time since the third wave of community transmission broke out in February last year, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said.

* The Philippine police and military said on Sunday they were on high alert as last-minute preparations continued for the country's general election, even as the overall situation remained "relatively peaceful".

* Russia held the final rehearsal on Saturday for this year's Victory Day military parade to mark the 77th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

* Ukraine has evacuated all women, children and the elderly from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Saturday.

* A UN report published Saturday called for a strategic approach to address the economic and fiscal crisis facing the Palestinian Authority and urged all parties "to respond in a coordinated and integrated way to solve this precarious situation."

* Qatar's emir will visit Iran, Germany, Britain and other European states starting this week on a trip expected to discuss efforts to revive Iran's 2015 nuclear deal and energy security in Europe, a source briefed on the visit said on Sunday.

* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited his closest regional ally Iran on Sunday for talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during which both leaders called for stronger ties between Tehran and Damascus, Iranian state media reported.

* Iraq's Ministry of Defence signed contracts with the United States and France to import advanced weapons and strengthen artillery, the state news agency (INA) reported on Sunday citing a senior military commander.

* China’s Beijing reported 39 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases between 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, said local authorities Sunday. The new cases were all from people under quarantine.
* India's COVID-19 tally rose to 43,102,194 on Sunday, with 3,451 new cases registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.
* The United States is set to mark a grim milestone of 1 million coronavirus-related deaths but the COVID-19 pandemic is not done yet, said a report of American media outlet ABC6.

* Malaysia reported 1,372 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Saturday, bringing the national total to 4,456,736, according to the Health Ministry.

* New Zealand reported its first case of Omicron BA.5 variant at the border amid 12,392 community cases during the weekend, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday.

* Portugal recorded 76,183 COVID-19 cases between April 26 and May 2, which represent a 27-fold increase compared to the same period last year, according to a weekly report released on Saturday by the Directorate-General of Health (DGS).

* Foreign investments in Tunisia rose by 73% in the first three months of 2022 compared to the same period a year earlier, the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency reported, according to Tunisia's state news agency.

* Afghanistan received a batch of 32 million USD in humanitarian cash assistance on Sunday, the country's central bank said.

* Bangladesh has issued an alert over Cyclone Asani that is heading towards its coastlines.