Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, has died on Tuesday. He was 91.
He was expected to be succeeded by his 83-year-old half-brother and crown prince, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed, reports BBC quoting the state media.
In July, Sheikh Sabah was flown to the United States for medical treatment following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait.
He had ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state since 2006 after Emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah stepped down just nine days into his rule as parliament moved to depose him on health grounds.
The emir often acted as a mediator in regional disputes, including the ongoing diplomatic stand-off between Saudi Arabia, its allies and Qatar.
Kuwait also refrained from intervening in Syria's civil war, instead hosting several donor conferences for humanitarian aid.
He had been prime minister under the previous Emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and for several years had been seen as the de facto ruler.
Before then, he served as foreign minister from 1963 to 1991 and from 1992 to 2003.
Kuwait - which has a population of 4.8 million, including 3.4 million foreigners - has the world's sixth-largest known oil reserves and is a major US ally.
It has been ruled by the Sabah family for the past 260 years.
Sheikh Sabah had pushed for diplomacy to solve regional issues, such as the continuing boycott of Qatar by four Arab nations, and he hosted major donor conferences for war-torn nations such as Iraq and Syria, reported Al Jazeera.
Kuwait television earlier interrupted regular programming to cut to Quaranic verses on Tuesday, a move that often signifies the death of a senior member of the Gulf Arab state’s ruling family.
His death comes as the nation continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 103,981 people and caused 605 related deaths in the country of 4.1 million. Its health ministry said more than 95,500 people have recovered from COVID-19.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that the loss of 1 million people to the coronavirus is an “agonizing milestone" that has been made worse by the “savageness of this disease."
In a statement released after the global death toll from the pandemic crossed 1 million, Guterres called it a “mind-numbing figure,”reports AP.
“They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues,” he said.
“The pain has been multiplied by the savageness of this disease. Risks of infection kept families from bedsides. And the process of mourning and celebrating a life was often made impossible.”
Guterres warned “there is no end in sight to the spread of the virus, the loss of jobs, the disruption of education, the upheaval to our lives.”
Still he said he said the pandemic could be overcome with responsible leadership, cooperation and science, as well as precautions such as social distancing and wearing face masks.
He said any vaccine must be “available and affordable to all.”
A deadly brain-eating microbe was found in the public water supply of Lake Jackson in Texas.
The residents were warned about using tap water after tests confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri in the system. The amoeba can cause an infection of the brain, which is usually fatal.
Infections are rare in the US, with 34 reported between 2009 and 2018, reports BBC.
Officials in Lake Jackson said they were disinfecting the water supply but did not know how long this would take.
Eight Texas communities were originally told on Friday night not to use their water supply for any reason except to flush toilets.
The warning was lifted on Saturday for everywhere but Lake Jackson, a city of more than 27,000 residents.
Authorities in Lake Jackson later said that people could begin using the water, but must boil it before drinking it. Residents were also told to take other measures, including not allowing water to go up their noses while showering or bathing.
The city warned that children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems were "particularly vulnerable".
Officials said they were flushing the water system, and would then carry out tests to ensure the water was safe to use.
An investigation into the city's water supply began after a six-year-old boy contracted the microbe and died earlier this month, Lake Jackson City Manager Modesto Mundo told reporters.
Naegleria fowleri occurs naturally in freshwater and is found around the world. It usually infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose and then travels to the brain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in "warm freshwater places".
The CDC says people cannot get infected by swallowing contaminated water, and it cannot be passed from person to person.
Those infected with Naegleria fowleri have symptoms including fever, nausea and vomiting, as well as a stiff neck and headaches. Most die within a week.
From the state of Punjab in the north to Karnataka in the south, farmers across India intensified their protests on Monday against the "pro-corporate" reforms in the agricultural sector.
A federal judge has postponed Trump administration's ban order on popular video-sharing app TikTok, just a few hours before the controversial ban was set to take effect.
Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary ban on Sunday evening at the request of TikTok, reports BBC.
The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration's app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business.
The app had faced being blocked from Apple's App Store and Android's Google Play marketplace from 23:59 Eastern time.
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Existing US-based users would have been able to continue using it. But they would not have been able to re-download it if they deleted it from their phones, nor have been offered software updates.
Earlier this year, President Trump declared that TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, was a threat to national security and that it must either sell its US operations to American companies or be barred from the country, reports AP.
TikTok is still scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with Oracle, a huge database-software company, and Walmart in an effort to win the blessing of both the Chinese and American governments.
In the meantime, it is fighting to keep the app available in the US.
TikTok said in a statement that it was pleased with the court ruling and continues to work to turn its deal proposal into an actual agreement.
The Commerce Department, which is responsible for the specific orders banning TikTok, said it will comply with the judge's order but intends to vigorously defend the administration's efforts against the app.
Judge Nichols did not explain his reasoning publicly, and instead filed his judicial opinion under seal.
Initially both the US government's brief in the case and the entire Sunday morning hearing were also due to be sealed from the public, although the court later relented.