Your World Today is the daily edition which brings you gist of all the global developments. The top international developments today are,
- In a fresh ray of hope, the first phase of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial is now published. Richard Horton, the Editor in Chief of UK based medical Journal ‘The Lancet’ tweeted the information and he also added that the vaccine is “safe, well-tolerated and immunogenic.” According to him, the results are extremely encouraging.
- The International Cricket Council has postponed the Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 which was scheduled to be held in Australia. The world cup now will be held in October 2021 –Nov 2021 with the final on 14 Nov 2021. ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will be held in India Oct-Nov 2023 with the final on 26 Nov informed ICC in a notification.
- The UK government has signed agreements to buy 90 million doses of two promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates. The doses would be enough to vaccinate and protect “priority groups” identified, such as frontline health and social care workers, and those at increased health risk, the government said in a statement. With Monday’s agreement, the government has secured access to three possible different types of COVID-19 vaccine.
- Indonesia has finally decided to conduct exercises in the vicinity of the Riau Islands, the Foreign Brief reported. Over the years there has been an increase in China’s incursions into the 200-mile exclusive economic zone surrounding the Natunas group of islands. Though the US has time and again challenged China over its expansionist policies, the ASEAN countries have been scared to follow the lead for the fear of possible economic and military retaliation.
- The United Arab Emirates launched its first-ever interplanetary Hope Probe mission to Mars from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre at 01:58 a.m. (local time) on Monday.”United Arab Emirates (UAE) launches its first mission to Mars, the ‘Hope Mars Mission’ from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center,” UAE Space Agency said on its Twitter page. The spacecraft is expected to reach Mars orbit in about 200 days from now and then begin its mission to study the Red Planet’s atmospher.
Iranian national Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, accused of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency and giving away information about movements of assassinated military commander Qasem Soleimani, was executed on the morning of Monday, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported.
- Some 23.86 million residents have been affected by heavy floods in 24 provincial-level regions across China since the start of July, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) said. Floods in regions including Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei, and Hunan have left 31 people dead or missing, and forced the evacuation of around 2.04 million people, it said. About 151,000 houses were damaged, and direct economic losses amounted to 64.39 billion yuan.
- The US and Chinese embassies in Myanmar engaged in a war of words after an American diplomat accused Beijing of eroding Myanmar’s sovereignty. In an op-ed written for US Embassy, Myanmar, Ambassador George N Sibley lashed out at China for aggressively cracking down on the independent democratic spirit of Hong Kong. The US embassy also highlighted that Chinese actions in the South China Sea and Hong Kong are part of a “larger pattern to undermine the sovereignty of its neighbors”.
With inputs from ANI