• Lifestyle
    Al Jazeera

    England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU, US visitors

    England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United States to arrive without needing to quarantine from next week, in a huge and long-awaited boost for airlines and travel companies. We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted. The policy will come into force from 4:00am (0300 GMT) on August 2.

  • Politics
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    Chinese officials and Taliban meet, in sign of warming ties

    China’s foreign minister has met a Taliban delegation, signalling warming ties as the United States-led foreign forces continue their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Wang Yi on Wednesday told the nine visiting Taliban representatives, which included the group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, that Beijing expected it to “play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan”, according to a readout of the meeting from the foreign ministry.

  • Health
    Al Jazeera

    COVID-19 still has a 'devastating toll' on the Americas: PAHO

    During the last week, she said more than 1.26 million new cases and nearly 29,000 deaths in the Americas have been reported – an increase from last week’s figures when the region recorded 967,000 new cases and 22,000 deaths. Amid low overall vaccination rates in the region, the highly transmissible Delta variant has been detected in 20 of the Americas’ 35 countries, she said.

  • Sport
    Al Jazeera

    Olympics latest: Katie Ledecky fights back to win 1,500m

    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.

  • Health
    Al Jazeera

    'I was a proud father – and now I have become a beggar'

    As coronavirus cases ravaged India this spring, Anil Sharma visited his 24-year-old son Saurav at a private hospital in northwest New Delhi every day for more than two months. In May, as India’s new COVID-19 cases broke global records to reach 400,000 a day, Saurav was put on a ventilator. The sight of the tube running into Saurav’s throat is seared in Sharma’s mind.

  • Sport
    Arabian Business

    World's deepest pool in Dubai opens to the public on Wednesday

    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.

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    'Our lives are in danger': Afghans queue up to get passports

    Like thousands of his compatriots, Abdel Khalid Nabyar waited outside Afghanistan’s main passport office to apply for the precious travel document that would allow him to leave the war-torn nation. With the Taliban making huge advances in the countryside as foreign forces wind up their withdrawal, many Afghans – those with the means, at least – are looking for a way out.