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Brief: 08-07-2021

  • Trump announces suits against Facebook, Twitter and Google, claiming bias

Trump said he was serving as lead plaintiff in the class-action suits, claiming he has been wrongfully censored by the companies.

“We’re demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and cancelling that you know so well,” Trump said at a news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course.

  • Megaship heads out of Suez after Egypt deal

The megaship MV Ever Given which blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March headed out of the waterway on Wednesday as Egypt and the vessel’s Japanese owners signed a final compensation deal.

  • First Arab woman astronaut in training

The UAE’s Nora al Matrooshi is the first Arab woman to start training to be an astronaut, one of two Emiratis picked from thousands of applicants as the Gulf nation looks to the stars.

The 28-year-old mechanical engineer from Sharjah — one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE — has dreamt about space since she was a girl, learning about planets and stars at school.

  • Zahoor Agha appointed new Balochistan governor as Amanullah Yasinzai resigns

Amanullah Khan Yasinzai resigned from his position on Wednesday, more than two months after Prime Minister Imran Khan asked him to step down. In April, Prime Minister Imran had requested Yasinzai to resign, saying he intended to appoint a new governor in view of the “transformed political challenges” facing Pakistan.

  • KP reports no death for first time since Covid outbreak

No death was recorded due to Covid-19 on Wednesday in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

  • NCOC asks chief secretaries to curb violations of SOPs

The number of new Covid-19 cases has doubled in just nine days. During the meeting of the NCOC, chaired by federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, the forum expressed concern over violations of the SOPs in different sectors and directed the authorities to focus on activities related to Eid-ul-Azha.

  • Babar Azam continues to rule ODI rankings, Kohli stays at number 2

Babar Azam remains at the top with 865 points, Kohli has 857.

COVID-19 Updates:

  • With 1,683  new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 34,531 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 22,493
  • 1,084 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 3.3%
  • Over 184.1  million are infected globally
  • More than 3.9 million have died due to the virus
  • Over 133.7  million recovered from COVID-19
  • Pakistan reports 1,084 Covid recoveries
  • 416,363 Covid vaccine doses administered across Pakistan on July 7: NCOC
  • Sydney sees worst day of 2021 as Delta Covid-19 outbreak spreads
  • Brazil registers 54,022 new Covid cases, 1,648 deaths
  • Japan to declare Covid-19 emergency for Tokyo as it mulls Olympics without fans
  • KP reports no death for first time since Covid outbreak

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