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ANKARA: Turkish lira set a new high against the US dollar on Monday after the central bank refused to raise its main interest rate and tensions rose sharply with the country's western allies The lira was at 803 against the dollar around 7:30 a.m. GMT, with a loss of nearly one percent since the start of the day The Turkish currency also hit its lowest level against the euro, trading near 952 The lira lost 26 % of its value against the dollar since the beginning of the year
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah on Sunday rejected a proposal by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin asking him to declare a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis, saying he saw no need for it Critics say Muhyiddin's emergency regime request, which would include the suspension of parliament, is an attempt by the prime minister to stay in power amid a leadership challenge Malaysia is experiencing a resurgence in viral infections and on Saturday reported its largest daily increase in cases with 1228 new cases
DUBAI: Actors Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo showed their support for US actor Chris Pratt after Twitter users called him "Hollywood's worst Chris" Hate towards Pratt began with a challenge on the platform -social media form that was posted earlier this week asking fans to vote which famous Chris - among Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine or Chris Evans - "must go" Twitter users criticized Pratt for not speaking American elections
DUBAI: Senior UAE officials on Tuesday signed a series of unprecedented cooperation agreements with Israel after an inaugural delegation disembarked in Tel Aviv Plans were also announced for a $ 3 billion investment fund dollars to be managed with the United States, in order to stimulate private sector projects in the region "Today we are writing history in a way that will last for generations," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the day-long meeting
LONDON: UK university launches major study on potential link between vitamin D and protection against coronavirus The 'Coronavit trial' will involve academics at Queen Mary University in London who question whether increased levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of winter respiratory infections, including coronavirus The project, funded by Barts Charity, a UK hospital fund, aims to test more than 5,000 people who will receive vitamin D supplements by mail, thereby avoiding the need for face to face contacts
ALULA: The AlUla Open Air Historical and Cultural Museum in northwest Saudi Arabia will reopen its heritage sites to tourists on Oct. 31 The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has confirmed that the UNESCO World Heritage site, Hegra, the ancient kingdom of Dadan and the whispering canyons of Jabal Ikmah will be the first sites to reopen to the public, having been part closed to visitors for more than two years
AMMAN: 16-year-old Jordanian boy lost both hands and one eye in a revenge attack by a criminal gang that targeted his father in the industrial city of Zarqa in Jordan Video of the victim went viral, sparking public outrage King Abdullah II took a personal interest in the case and demanded that the boy be treated at King Hussein medical center He also called on the police to prosecute the perpetrators
MELBOURNE: The Australian Prime Minister of Victoria is stepping up his fight against members of the public who fail to comply with pandemic regulations, saying close contacts of those infected who refuse a test will have to spend 21 days in quarantine The state government has announced that the mandatory quarantine will be extended by 10 days for close contacts if they decide not to be tested on the 11th day of isolation The change will take effect at midnight Sunday
DUBAI: United Arab Emirates on Sunday recorded 1,096 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic has reached 106,229, while the number deaths rose to 445 The ministry also said 1,311 recovered cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 97,284 Meanwhile, the Dubai Health Authority met with chiefs of police and education to discuss the impact of the pandemic and the level of intervention taken by the authority to stop its spread
PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday accused Lebanese leaders of betraying their promises on failed government formation following giant Beirut port explosion in August At rare press conference devoted to Lebanon, Macron said the political elite had decided to "betray" their obligations and had committed "collective betrayal" by failing to form a government Lebanese Prime Minister Mustapha Adib resigned on Saturday, saying he had not been able to form a reforming government

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