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Top photos: New Dubai facility to boost research; Egypt-Gaza Rafah border crossing reopens; Lebanon marks one week since deadly blast

Published on August 12, 2020 at 15.42

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the Mohammed bin Rashid Medical Research Institute, the UAE's first independent biomedical research centre. Photo: Wam
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Iranian youths cool down in the Cheshmeh Ali natural spring pool in Shahr-e-Rey neighbourhood in the south of the capital Tehran. Photo: AFP
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A commuter reads a copy of the Apple Daily newspaper on a train in Hong Kong, a day after authorities conducted a search of the newspaper's headquarters after the company’s founder Jimmy Lai was arrested under the new national security law. Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested on August 10 and led in handcuffs through his newspaper office as police raided the building, part of a sweeping crackdown on dissent since China imposed a security law on the city. Photo: AFP
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Firecrackers thrown by protesters explode in front of riot police amid clashes in the vicinity of the parliament in central Beirut following a huge chemical explosion that devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital. Photo: AFP
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A law enforcement officer in a silver vehicle directs people not to come down the street outside of the White House, after a shooting incident outside the White House, in Washington, US. Photo: Reuters
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A Palestinian man shakes hands with a relative before leaving Rafah border crossing with Egypt, which was reopened for the first time since it was closed in March over Covid-19 concerns, in the southern Gaza strip. Photo: Reuters
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Indian army's women soldiers patrol at Sadhna Pass in Kupwara district, for the first time, women soldiers have been deployed along the LOC in order to keep a check on weapons and drug smuggling in the area. Photo: PTI
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People wearing face masks wait their turn to be called for a PCR test for the Covid-19 outside a local clinic in Santa Coloma de Gramanet in Barcelona, Spain. Photo: AP
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People enjoy the hot weather in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. After days of scorching temperatures, large swathes of the UK could be hit by severe thunderstorms this week. Photo: AP
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A view of a section of the dried-out Loire river bed is pictured at Ancenis, western France as drought like conditions prevail over much of western France. Photo: AFP
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Children take part in a vigil for the victims of the deadly explosion which devastated the port and large parts of the city of Beirut, in front of the Lebanon Embassy in Santiago, Chile. Photo: AP
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People eat at a rooftop restaurant close to historical Badshahi Mosque, in back, following an ease in restrictions that had been imposed to help control the coronavirus, in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan's daily virus infection rate has stayed under 1,000 for more than four weeks prompting the government to further ease restrictions for restaurants, parks, gyms and cinemas. Photo: AP
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A child cools off under a public fountain as a heatwave rolls over Nice, France. Photo: Reuters
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Pupils arrive at Kelso High School on the Scottish Borders as schools in Scotland started to reopen amid concerns about the safety of returning to the classroom in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: AP
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An aerial view of makeshift tent installed at Geetanjali Stadium, converted into a Covid-19 care centre for patients showing mild symptoms, during Unlock 3.0, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Photo: PTI
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Protestors block Fourth Avenue outside Seattle City Hall and listen to Monday's Seattle City Council budget committee voting, which included potential Seattle Police Department cuts. Organisers said the protest puts pressure on defunding Seattle Police and reallocating funds into the Black community. Photo: AP
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Marcel Walser, Director Lead Generation of Swiss biotechnology company Molecular Partners works in a laboratory at the company's headquarters in Schlieren, Switzerland. Photo: Reuters
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Visitors wearing traditional Japanese-themed attire take pictures in the Japanese Village, which showcases a series of Japan-inspired attractions spread across a garden landscape on a hilltop, in Berjaya Hills in Bukit Tinggi, in Malaysia's Pahang state. Photo: AFP
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A park beside the Han river is flooded following heavy rainfall in Seoul. South Korea's monsoon season, which begun on June 24, tied the previous record of 49 days set in 2013, the Korea Meteorological Administration said, but will likely set a fresh record with more downpours expected until mid-August. Photo: AFP
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A newly married couple next to the the Ilosu Dam separating the newly constructed Hasankeyf town from the remains of the ancient town of the same name and its archaeological sites which were flooded as part of the Ilo~su Dam project located along the Tigris River in the Batman Province in southeastern Turkey. Photo: AFP
(Research: Mohammad Thanweeruddin/Khaleej Times)
 
 
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