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Putin says Russia develops the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced that Russia has developed the world’s first vaccine against COVID-19 that works “quite effectively” and forms a “stable immunity” against the disease as he disclosed that one of his daughters has already been vaccinated.

Prince Harry felt thrown under the bus’, claims new book

London: Britain’s Prince Harry felt he was thrown under the bus to protect the royal family ahead of his exit as frontline royalty with wife Meghan Markle, claims a new unofficial biography of the couple released here on Tuesday. By Aditi Khanna

COVID-19: Nepal halves entry points for Indians, extends suspension of flights until Aug 31

Kathmandu: Nepal has decided to halve the number of designated entry points for Indian nationals to 10 from the existing 20 and extended the suspension of domestic and international flights until August 31 due to the spike in coronavirus cases in the country. By Shirish B Pradhan

Singapore’s economy sees worst ever quarterly contraction of 13.2%

Singapore: Singapore’s economy contracted by 13.2 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the April-June quarter, its worst quarterly economic performance on record amidst the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released on Tuesday. By Gurdip Singh

India sending more relief, humanitarian materials to explosion-hit Lebanon

United Nations: India is sending more relief and humanitarian materials, including medicines and foodstuff, to Lebanon after a massive explosion last week devastated parts of Beirut, killing more than 160 people and injuring 6,000 others. By Yoshita Singh

Taliban warn against attacks on freed prisoners going home

Islamabad: Ahead of an upcoming release of Taliban detainees held in Afghan prisons, the insurgent group warned the government in Kabul on Tuesday against any attacks on those released, saying such incidents would jeopardise the peace talks. (AP)

Trump abruptly escorted from press briefing after shooting near White House

Washington: US President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated by a Secret Service agent from a live press briefing in the White House after shots were fired outside the highly-secured building. By Lalit K Jha

Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday said authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. (AP)

Lebanon marks one week since deadly Beirut explosion

Beirut: A nation still burying its dead on Tuesday marked a week since the explosion in Beirut that flattened much of the Lebanese capital’s port, damaged buildings and left thousands of people dead and injured. (AP) PTI TEAM