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China rejects US charge of lack of transparency in sharing coronavirus info

Beijing: China on Friday rejected US allegations that it is not transparent enough in sharing the details about the coronavirus outbreak, saying it was working with the international community in an “open and highly responsible manner” to contain the global crisis. China’s comments came after Larry Kudlow, the director of President Donald Trump’s Economic Council, said that the US is …

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Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Sunak is UK’s Finance Minister

PTI London In a massive elevation, Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak was appointed the UK’s new Finance Minister on Thursday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an extensive cabinet reshuffle amid reports of serious differences within Downing Street. Goan-origin Suella Braverman (39), another Indian-origin MP, got a promotion in the cabinet reshuffle. She was appointed as the Attorney General. The 39-year-old …

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US cruise ship blocked over virus fears to dock in Cambodia

AFP Sihanoukville (Cambodia) A US cruise ship blocked from several Asian ports over concerns that a passenger could have been infected with the new coronavirus arrived off Cambodia Thursday, as frustrated holidaymakers expressed hope that their ordeal may soon be over. The Westerdam was supposed to be taking its 1,455 passengers on a dream 14-day cruise around east Asia, beginning …

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Japan cruise ship virus cases jump to 218 as elderly offered escape

AFP Yokohama (Japan) Japan said Thursday it would allow some elderly passengers off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging, as the number of new coronavirus cases on the vessel jumped to 218. Thousands of passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess — the single largest cluster of infected people outside China — face several days more of quarantine, …

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UK ministers brace for post-Brexit cabinet reshuffle

IANS London Senior UK Ministers were bracing themselves for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first major cabinet reshuffle since the ruling Conservatives’ December 2019 general election victory, it was reported. The Prime Minister will make a number of changes over the next 24 hours although it was unclear how wide-ranging they will be, the BBC said in a report. Most of …

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CIA spied on India, other countries for years: report

Washington : The CIA read encrypted messages of several countries, including India, for decades through its secretly owned Switzerland-based company trusted by governments all over the world to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret, according to a leading American daily. According to a report by ‘The Washington Post’ and German public broadcaster ZDF published on Tuesday, …

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Boeing sounds alarm about virus impact

Singapore: Boeing issued a stark warning Wednesday about the impact of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, saying there was “no question” it would hammer the aviation industry and the broader economy. The virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected tens of thousands in China, and spread to over two dozen other countries in what is now considered a global …

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Nepal shuts resort where 8 Indian tourists died

Kathmandu: Nepal has suspended the licence of a mountain resort for three months after a probe found security lapses at the hotel for the incident that led to the death of eight Indians, including four minors, due to possible asphyxiation, a senior official said on Wednesday. Tragedy struck a group of 15 tourists from Kerala when eight of them died …

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Japan cruise ship virus cases climb to 174

Yokohama: Another 39 people aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, authorities said Wednesday, as thousands more steel themselves for a second week in quarantine. With 174 confirmed cases, the ship that arrived with over 3,700 passengers and crew has become the largest single cluster of the newly named COVID-19 virus outside …

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UAE-based Indian sustains burns while trying to save wife

Dubai: A 32-year-old UAE-based Indian man sustained severe burn injuries while he tried to save his wife from a fire at their apartment in Umm Al Quwain, here, police said on Wednesday. Anil Ninan, sustained 90 per cent burn injuries and is fighting for his life at the Mafraq hospital in Abu Dhabi, a close relative told Khaleej Times. “Doctors …

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