UPDATE 2-UKMTO says vessel attacked off Oman coast
DUBAI, July 30 (Reuters) - A vessel was attacked off the Omani coast, in the Arabian Sea, on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on Friday.
UPDATE 4-Hong Kong man jailed for 9 years in first national security case
HONG KONG, July 30 (Reuters) - The first person convicted under Hong Kong's national security law was jailed for nine years on Friday for terrorist activities and inciting secession, judges said, in a watershed ruling with long-term implications for the city's judicial landscape.
India's Serum Institute ties up with industry in push to vaccinate rural areas
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Serum Institute of India (SII) said on Friday it had partnered with an industry body to expand the reach of COVID-19 shots in India's countryside as it had "plenty of supply" of the AstraZeneca drug.
Japan eyes fresh stimulus package as new curbs weigh on growth
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Japan will act "without hesitation" to cushion the economic blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Friday, signaling the government's readiness to compile another spending package as the crisis weighs on growth.
UPDATE 1-Australia PM wants 80% of adults vaccinated before border opening
SYDNEY, July 30 (Reuters) - Australia will have to vaccinate 80% of its adults against COVID-19 before it can consider reopening its border, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday as he announced a four-stage plan to greater freedom.
Australian coal miner TerraCom reports fatality at S.Africa mine
(Reuters) - Australian coal miner TerraCom said on Friday a contractor had died at its South African mine on May 6, leading to an 11-day halt in operations at the time.
Airlift begins for Afghans who worked for U.S. during long military campaign
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 200 Afghans were set to begin new lives in the United States on Friday as an airlift got under way for translators and others who risk Taliban retaliation because they worked for the U.S. government during its 20-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.
FEATURE-U.S. cities try to head off eviction wave as federal ban expires
WASHINGTON, July 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rebecca, a 54-year-old retired nurse from Clearwater, Florida, said she was pressured to sign papers confirming she would pay extra rent - which she could not afford - to stay in her home after her landlord filed for an eviction in March.
China will maintain stable macro polices in H2 to ensure growth
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's politburo, the country's top decision-making body, said on Friday it would maintain the stability, continuity and sustainability of its macro policies in the second half and ensure economic growth within a reasonable range, the official Xinhua news agency said.
UPDATE 1-Israel's president gets third COVID-19 shot, urges boosters for over-60s
JERUSALEM, July 29 (Reuters) - Israeli President Isaac Herzog received a third shot of coronavirus vaccine on Friday, kicking off a campaign to give booster doses to people aged over 60 as part of efforts to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
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