NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 21 million on Thursday as 412,262 new cases were registered across the country in the past 24 hours, said federal health ministry.
This is the second time this month that over 400,000 cases have been registered in a single day. (India-COVID-19 Cases-Record)
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MALE -- Maldives' Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) has declared that the country is experiencing the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections as daily infections broke the local record for four consecutive days, local media reported on Thursday.
HEOC member Mohammed Ali said Wednesday a recent surge in infections has increased the chances for a spread of new variants. Meanwhile, the Health Protection Agency data showed the record for new daily cases was broken for the fourth day. (Maldives-COVID-19-Fourth Wave)
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SANAA -- UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said Wednesday a recent UN-brokered negotiation between Yemen's warring sides and other relevant parties has failed to produce any agreement.
The recently-concluded negotiation, which took place in Saudi Arabia and Oman, aimed to install a ceasefire across Yemen, including in the central province of Marib, where the Houthi rebels have been launching massive offensives on the governmental forces since February. (Yemen-Warring Sides-UN-brokered Negotiation)
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DUBLIN -- A member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Ireland on Wednesday called on the European Union (EU) to cooperate with China instead of being "led along by the nose by the Americans" into confrontation with China.
Mick Wallace, an incumbent MEP from the south constituency of Ireland, made the calls by tweeting a video speech he made at an April meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, a legislative body of the EU. (European Parliament-China-Cooperation)
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BRAZZAVILLE -- Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo Clement Mouamba on Wednesday handed in his resignation letter and that of his government to President Denis Sassou Nguesso, according to a source close to the presidency.
The resignation was accepted by the president, who thanked all the ministers for their work during the past five years of collaboration, the cabinet said in an announcement. (Republic of the Congo-PM-Resignation)