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UK PM to unveil action plan to battle coronavirus spread

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to unveil a so-called battleplan to contain the spread of coronavirus in the UK, as the number of positive cases rose to 39. The new steps will involve possible school closures, cancelling events and bringing staff from the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) out of retirement. Over time, unnecessary travel could also …

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WHO says world in uncharted territory as US virus toll rises

Beijing: The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on Tuesday but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six. Globally, the virus has killed more than 3,100 people and infected over 90,000 even as a clear shift in the crisis …

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Buttigieg exits race, Biden back in contention as ‘Super Tuesday’ looms

Washington: Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay US presidential candidate, on Sunday ended his campaign to be the Democratic nominee — giving a major boost to fellow centrist Joe Biden. The 38-year-old Buttigieg’s surprise decision was set to shake up the race this week when 14 states vote on “Super Tuesday.” It is expected to further boost the fortunes of Biden …

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8 suspected Rohingya gangsters shot dead in Bangladesh

Dhaka: Bangladeshi security officials on Monday fatally shot seven suspected members of a Rohingya refugee gang allegedly involved in drug dealing and human trafficking, officials said. In a separate incident, another Rohingya man was killed early Monday during a gunfight with members of the Bangladesh Border Guards. The killings of the seven suspected Rohingya gangsters occurred near a refugee camp …

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N Korea fires ‘short-range ballistic missiles’

Seoul: North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Monday, the South’s military said, weeks after Pyongyang threatened to demonstrate a “new strategic weapon” and its deadline for Washington to offer sanctions relief expired. The launch was the nuclear-armed North’s first for more than three months and came as nuclear negotiations with the United States remain …

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3 killed in blast in east Afghanistan

Khost: A bombing at a football match killed three people and injured 11 others on Monday in eastern Afghanistan, a police official told AFP, as the Taliban announced an end to a partial truce in the country. “A motorcycle rigged with a bomb exploded during a football match,” said Sayed Ahmad Babazai, police chief of eastern Khost province, giving details …

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Muhyiddin Yassin sworn in as new Malay PM

Kuala Lumpur: Mahathir Mohamad called Sunday for an urgent sitting of Malaysia’s Parliament to contest the appointment of a former ally as prime minister under a Malay-majority coalition that could further split the nation following the collapse of Mahathir’s multiracial reformist alliance. Muhyiddin Yassin, a seasoned politician who once famously quipped that he is Malay first and Malaysian second, was …

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UK Opposition wants Priti Patel’s Parliament statement on bullying claims

London: The UK’s Opposition Labour Party on Sunday called on Home Secretary Priti Patel to address Parliament on the allegations of bullying against her following the resignation of one of her top civil servants. Sir Philip Rutnam resigned from the important post of Permanent Secretary in the Home Office on Saturday blaming the 47-year-old Indian-origin minister for failing to engage …

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EU border agency on ‘high alert’ deploys extra staff to Greece

Brussels: The EU’s border protection agency Frontex said Sunday it is on “high alert” on Europe’s borders with Turkey as thousands of migrants seek to enter the bloc, adding it is deploying support to Greece.  “We… Have raised the alert level for all borders with Turkey to high,” the Frontex spokeswoman said.  “We have received a request from Greece for …

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Turkey’s Erdogan says Europe borders open as refugees gather

AP Ankara Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that his country’s borders with Europe were open, as thousands of refugees gathered at the frontier with Greece. Migrants played a cat-and-mouse game with Greek border patrols throughout the night and into Saturday, with some cutting holes in the fence only to be turned back by tear gas and stun grenades. …

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