Jordan king announces nationwide election for 10 November despite economic, coronavirus woes
Jordan'sKing Abdullah IIdecreed that national elections will be held on 10 November, state media reported on Wednesday, asthe country reelsfrom the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic.The vote will decide the make-up of the Jordanian parliament, which has some legislative powers but with ultimate power resting with the king.The royal decree ratified later on Wednesday the kingdom's election body."The Board of Commissioners of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced that parliamentary elections will be held on November 10th later this year," Petra news agency re...
Locust invasions compound Arab region’s coronavirus woes
DUBAI: Battling an unprecedented pandemic that has infected more than 12 million people globally, countries in the Middle East and South Asia find themselves saddled with more bad luck.Swarms of locusts have invaded 23 countries across East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries, with India becoming the latest victim.According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the swarms of desert locusts represent the worst infestation for 25 years in Ethiopia and Somalia, 26 years in India and 70 years in Kenya.The World Bank belie...
Amid coronavirus woes, hospitalizations in Texas hold above 10,000
AUSTIN, Texas — More than 10,000 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in Texas, state health officials reported Monday.The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,405 hospitalizations, just five fewer than the number of patients reported Sunday, marking the end of 14 consecutive days of record hospitalizations.The health agency also reported 43 new coronavirus-related deaths Monday, bringing the statewide death toll of the virus to 3,325.The number of new fatalities reported Monday is a decline from the previous week, when the health agency reported four straight days of roug...
Hong Kongers hit hiking trails to escape coronavirus woes
Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kongers are escaping the coronavirus anxiety that has gripped the crowded city by heading for the hills to find fresh air and space to exercise.While the financial hub is known for soaring skyscrapers and cramped housing blocks, its steep mountains and remote hiking trails offer welcome relief from the COVID-19 fears which triggered the closure of public facilities.On a narrow nature trail that winds up to High Junk Peak, overlooking the turquoise shoreline of Clear Water Bay, hikers form a queue on the steep and rocky path up to the summit."I've been staying at home for...