LISBON — The Portuguese government announced on Friday that Portugal will leave from the “state of calamity,” its highest response to a national emergency, to the “state of contingency” beginning on Aug. 23.
At a press conference, Minister of State for the Presidency Mariana Vieira da Silva highlighted the positive development in the control of the COVID-19 pandemic and announced that the Council of Ministers decided to anticipate the easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures to reopen the country. (Portugal-Health-COVID-19)
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NEW DELHI — At least three unidentified militants were killed in the Tral area of India-controlled Kashmir, the local police confirmed on Saturday.
The slain militants were said to be affiliated with the proscribed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). (India-Militants-Death)
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KHARTOUM — Sudan on Friday vowed to support the efforts to achieve peace and stability in Somalia in cooperation with all Somali parties and the regional and international partners.
Sudan welcomed the recent agreement reached between the African Union (AU) Commission and the federal government of Somalia to extend the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), said Sudan’s foreign ministry in a statement. (Sudan-Somalia-Ties)
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KAMPALA — Uganda will face a more lethal third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic if the public tires of following the preventive measures in the face of limited vaccines, authorities said Friday.
Scientists predict that the third wave of the pandemic is likely to peak at 4,000 cases per day, over two times higher than the second wave, Health Minister Ruth Aceng told reporters. (Uganda-COVID-19-Pandemic)