Tuesday, 30 June 2020 07:57

World news headlines

**WHO says worst of pandemic 'yet to come': Coronavirus latest

The WHO warns the pandemic 'is not even close to being over', as the number of deaths worldwide exceeds 500,000.

** Amazon deforestation may hurt Brazil's corn yields, study warns
Researchers linked deforestation to a 5 to 10 percent drop in corn yields in Brazil's largest grains-producing region.
The researchers also looked into future possible scenarios, including having the entire savanna or southeast Amazon converted to cropland, in which case corn yields were predicted to fall up to 20 percent in some areas.

**TikTok Stop. 59 Chinese Apps Banned By India
The move came amid tension with China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action and more than 70 were injured.

** Guru Purnima: Know Why We Celebrate Guru Purnima
Happy Guru Purnima 2020: This festival is traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains to revere their chosen spiritual teachers and leaders and express their gratitude.
New Delhi: Guru Purnima is a spiritual tradition dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers of every field. It is celebrated as a festival in India, Nepal and Bhutan. In Nepal, Guru Purnima is celebrated as Teachers Day which in India is marked on September 5.

** EU to allow in visitors from 14 'safe' countries.
The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed "safe" to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic - but the US, Brazil and China are excluded.
Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea.
The EU is ready to add China if the Chinese government offers a reciprocal deal for EU travellers, diplomats say.

** Hebei: China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike near Beijing.
China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a small surge in cases.
The restrictions have come into force in Anxin county in Hebei province near the capital.

** Bangladesh boat crash kills at least 32, as ferry sinks in 20 seconds.
Dhaka (CNN)More than 30 bodies have been recovered from a river in Bangladesh, and more people are feared dead, after two ferries collided on Monday morning.

A vessel called the Morning Bird, which was carrying up to 60 passengers, sank in just 20 seconds after colliding with Mayur-2, a larger ferry, at around 8:55 a.m. in Dhaka, local police chief Shah Jamal told CNN.

** Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help
The US killed General Soleimani and others in a January drone attack near Baghdad International Airport.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.



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