South Korea has banned English language classes for first- and second-grade students in elementary schools to "minimize negative effects of early English education practices". The ban, which came into effect on Thursday, is part of a policy that, the government says, is in line with a Constitutional Court ruling in 2016 that said teaching English may hinder the students' proficiency in Korean.
Iran’s UN envoy spoke against any imposition of unilateral economic sanctions against world nations, saying such “coercive” restrictive measures would leave a negative impact on developing countries and the entire global economic cooperation.
Iran said on Saturday that it has been able to receive payments for exports of its petrochemical products through an international bank in Spain. The country said this has now officially opened the channel for banking transactions over its export activities that had been blocked for five years as a result of sanctions.
India has adopted severe traffic restrictions for millions of residents in the capital, New Delhi, in an effort to tackle air pollution that has already passed the safe limits of the World Health Organization (WHO).