News archive of July 2020

Senate to meet in extraordinary session for another two weeks until August 19

The Senate is called in a new extraordinary session between August 1 - 19, as an extension of the current special session, the Standing Bureau of the legislative body decided on Friday. The Senate's agenda and work schedule for the August 1 - 19 extraordinary session will be approved in Friday's plenary sitting scheduled for 13:00.

Epidemiologist warns: It takes one wedding...

He said that the current assessment of the epidemiological situation is unfavorable, but under control, which means that we have, as a whole, a flattened curve at the level of Serbia, stabilization, with a slight decline, Sputnik reported.

Five arrested in Mykonos in cocaine smuggling ring

Police and Coast Guard officers arrested five people as suspected members of a cocaine smuggling gang during a raid on the island of Mykonos on Thursday.

Among the suspects is a 40-year-old man who is believed to be the leader of the ring.

Afghan truce begins ahead of possible talks

Afghans offered prayers marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on July 31 as a three-day ceasefire between Taliban and government forces began, with many hoping the truce will lead to peace talks and the end of nearly two decades of conflict.

Turkish ship off Cyprus brings fresh tension

The mission of the Turkish research ship Barbaros in the Cypriot continental shelf has come to further complicate matters between Athens and Ankara, just days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the suspension of activities of another vessel, the Oruc Reis, in the Greek continental shelf in light of a pending "unconditional" dialogue.

Virus wreaks economic havoc as global cases top 17 million

The scale of economic devastation from the pandemic was laid bare on July 30 as Western economies recorded historic slumps, just as resurgent caseloads forced many countries into agonizing new trade-offs between health and financial stability.

Battling the heat wave

A man battles the heat in the center of Athens on Thursday as temperatures approached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). The weather is expected to cool down as of Sunday, with rain forecast in parts of the country. [Pantelis Saitas/ANA-MPA]

Nepal reopens Everest despite pandemic uncertainty

Nepal has reopened its mountains - including Everest - for the autumn trekking and climbing season in a bid to boost the struggling tourism sector, officials said on July 31, despite coronavirus uncertainty.