- ScienceAl Jazeera
The tsunami warnings issued across the Pacific Ocean after a shallow earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck the Alaska Peninsula have been lifted. The quake struck at 10:15pm on Wednesday (06:15 GMT Thursday) at a depth of 35km (22 miles), The US Geological Survey (USGS) said. In Alaska, the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) had issued the warnings for southern parts of the state, the Peninsula, and Pacific coastal areas from Hinchinbrook Entrance to Unimak Pass.
- SportArabian Business
Deep Dive Dubai, the home of the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving, has announced that public bookings are now open online at deepdivedubai.com. It is the first time that members of the public can book to explore the world-record-breaking, 60-metre deep pool, and its sunken city, since it was first unveiled to the world in July.
- PoliticsArabian Business
The United Arab Emirates will allow all resident doctors to apply for “golden visas,” a 10-year permit covering specialised sectors including science, innovation and health care. Doctors licensed by UAE health regulators can apply before September 2022, state-run news agency WAM reported Wednesday. All doctors licensed by the UAE health regulatory bodies can apply for the golden visa between July 2021 and September 2022, through the website smartservices.ica.gov.ae.
- HealthAl Jazeera
India’s southern state of Kerala has announced a two-day lockdown as federal authorities plan to send experts to fight the spread of infections in the country’s leading COVID-19 hotspot. India’s daily cases have fallen after a devastating second wave that overwhelmed the healthcare system, and vaccination efforts are gaining steam. But experts have warned the authorities against reopening cities too quickly.
- PoliticsAl Jazeera
Afghanistan would become a “pariah state” if the Taliban takes control by force, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says, as a top-level delegation from the armed group visits China to assure officials of their international obligations. An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its own people would become a pariah state,” Blinken told reporters in India on Wednesday during his first official visit.
- SportAl Jazeera
Ledecky led from beginning to end, finishing in 15 minutes 37.34 seconds to claim her sixth Olympic gold medal overall. Erica Sullivan, of the US, claimed the silver in 15 41.41, while Germany’s Sarah Kohler grabbed the bronze in 15 42.91. Britain, meanwhile, won the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the Olympics for the first time since 1908, but just missed a world record.
- PoliticsAl Jazeera
Hundreds of thousands of children continue to suffer from hunger in Lebanon after last year’s devastating Beirut Port blast and the ongoing economic crisis in the country, a report said. Since the August 4 explosion, the result of hundreds of tonnes of poorly stored and highly explosive ammonium nitrate igniting, the gap in finances families need for basic survival has increased for almost all wealth groups, Save the Children found in a new analysis.