Washington, July 24: President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 symptoms improved overnight after his first full day on the Pfizer Inc drug paxlovide. Russia continues to attack Ukraine, a day after Moscow and Kyiv struck a deal to resume grain exports blocked by war.
Joe Biden probably has the highly contagious strain of COVID-19
President Joe Biden may have contracted a highly contagious form of the coronavirus that is spreading rapidly in the United States and is now suffering from body aches and a sore throat since his positive test, according to an update from his doctor on Saturday.
The variant, known as BA.5, is an offshoot of the Omicron strain that emerged late last year and is believed to be responsible for most of the country’s coronavirus cases.
Over 1,000 artefacts missing from Sri Lanka’s presidential palace
More than 1,000 valuable artefacts, including items of vintage and antique value, are reported missing from Sri Lanka’s presidential palace and the prime minister’s official residence here in Temple Trees after anti-government protesters occupied the sites earlier this month, police said on Saturday.
The numbers, however, are based on preliminary investigations, and it would be extremely difficult for the police to determine the exact number of missing items as the Sri Lankan Department of Archeology does not have records of antiquities and artefacts kept. Web portal Colombo Page reported citing police sources, despite the building being gazetted as a site of archaeological importance, the presidential palace.
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Russian missile attack on Odesa port in Ukraine
Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian missiles hit the port of Odessa, a key Black Sea terminal, a day after Moscow and Kyiv struck a deal to resume grain exports blocked by war.
“The enemy attacked Odessa seaport with cruise missiles. Two missiles were shot down by air defenses. Two hit port infrastructure,” Odessa region representative Sergei Brachuk said in a statement on social media.
Macron says Iran nuclear deal ‘still possible’
French President Emmanuel Macron told his Iranian counterpart Ibrahim Raisi by phone Saturday that reviving the 2015 nuclear deal is “still possible,” according to a statement from the Elysee Palace.
Macron insisted the deal needed to be revived “as soon as possible”.
The French president “expressed his disappointment” at the lack of progress after talks in Vienna were suspended. He said Iran must return to the deal and implement its nuclear commitments, the Elysee statement said.
UK, France trade blamed for Dover traffic chaos
Thousands of holidaymakers seeking to reach mainland Europe faced massive traffic jams outside the UK port of Dover for a second day on Saturday.
The delays came as customs officers carried out border checks that were reopened after Britain left the European Union last year, cutting off the free movement of people and goods between the UK and the European continent. Passengers must go through both UK and French border checks at Dover before boarding the ferry to northern France.
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