48 lives were lost after relentless air strikes by Israel targeting Hamas and other Islamist groups fuelled growing fears that violence between Israel and Palestinians could spiral into “full-scale war”. Palestinian militants have launched more than 1,000 rockets since Monday, said Israel’s army. It was the heaviest offensive between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza.
The World Health Organization has approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinopharm. WHO’s decision opens the possibility that Sinopharm’s offering could be included in the United Nations-backed COVAX programme in coming weeks or months, and distributed through United Nations children’s agency UNICEF and WHO’s Americas regional office. A summary posted online by WHO suggests the vaccine is about 78 percent effective.
Saudi authorities have released new detailed images of Maqam-e-Ibrahim in Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Masjid al-Haram. Maqam-e-Ibrahim is the stone that bears the imprint of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) where he stood while building the Khana-e-Kaaba when the walls became too high. The detailed images were captured with a new technique that uses stacked panoramic focus.
For the first time in history, Saudi officials captured crystal clear close-up images of the Hajr-e-Aswad (sacred Black Stone) of the Ka’aba in Makkah. Adviser to the Saudi information ministry in a statement on Monday said that it took 7 hours to take the pictures which are up to 49,000 megapixels. He said since the Black Stone is “piece of
Nasa has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen. In its first activation, the toaster-sized instrument dubbed “MOXIE”, short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilisation Experiment, produced about five grams of oxygen, equivalent to roughly 10 minutes’ worth of breathing for an astronaut.
Pakistan continues to slide on “Inclusive Internet Index” to drop to 90th rank among 120 countries, according to a global report for the year 2021. Pakistan not only remained the lowest in South Asia, but also lags behind other regional states, like Iran. The index includes overall score based on the scores of the “Availability, Affordability, Relevance and Readiness categories”.
Google Earth’s newest Timelapse feature lets users look back from current day all the way to 1984 and see how both human activity and natural forces have changed the face of Earth over last 40 years. The feature makes use of some 24 million satellite photos gathered by Google Earth from NASA, the US Geological Survey (USGS), the European Union, and the European Space Agency (ESA).
NASA’s miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity made history by performing a successful takeoff and landing on Mars, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet. The success of this new experiment could pave the way for new modes of exploration on Mars and other destinations in the solar system, such as Venus and Saturn’s moon Titan.
Authorities in Dubai have decided to deport a group of individuals involved in a naked photo shoot on a high-rise balcony in the emirate. Images of the shoot were widely circulated on social media. The decision was taken as authorities believe the incident was out of line with the values of the United Arab Emirates.
Prince William has added another title to his rank by beating the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham and Pitbull. Researchers found that the 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge was described as “sexy” 17.6 million times in blogs, reports and pages found through Google search, and has hence been named the World’s Sexiest Bald Man.