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China praises PM Modi’s letter to XI on coronavirus assistance

PTI Beijing China on Monday appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter to President Xi Jinping offering solidarity and assistance to deal with the deadly coronavirus outbreak, saying it “fully demonstrated” New Delhi’s friendship with Beijing.  In a letter to Xi, Modi expressed solidarity with the president and people of China over the outbreak of the virus that has claimed over …

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65 more coronavirus cases on Japan cruise ship: govt

PTI Tokyo Another 65 people aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, the health ministry said Monday, bringing the total number of known infections to 135. The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since arriving off the Japanese coast early last week after the virus was detected in a former passenger …

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Irish PM Leo Varadkar’s party pushed to 3rd place in general

PTI London Ireland’s Indian-origin Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has suffered a huge setback in the general election as his liberal-conservative Fine Gael party took a battering in the face of an unprecedented surge in the fortunes of the nationalist party Sinn Fein. As the poll results poured in overnight on Sunday, Varadkar’s party was pushed down to third place with …

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‘Parasite’ makes history as first non English film to win at Oscars

PTI Los Angeles “Parasite”, a stinging satire on class divides in South Korea, jumped the “one inch long subtitle barrier” to land on the Oscar stage — and in record books — as the first non-English film to win an Academy Award for best picture. Coloured in various shades of black, Bong Joon Ho’s wicked comedy that found resonance the …

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2 new cases of coronavirus detected in UAE

PTI Dubai Two new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the UAE, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the deadly disease to seven, the country’s health ministry has said.  The death toll in China’s coronavirus outbreak rose to 811 on Sunday, while over 37,000 people have been confirmed as being infected with the virus that is …

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Spain confirms 2nd virus case

AP Madrid Spain has confirmed its second case of the new virus from China and a plane evacuating more than 200 people from the Chinese city at the centre of the epidemic landed Sunday in Britain. Spain’s National Microbiology Center said Sunday the coronavirus case was detected in Mallorca, a popular vacation island in the Mediterranean Sea. The Spanish Health …

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Over 70 exhibitors pull out of Singapore Airshow

PTI Singapore Over 70 exhibitors, including US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and 12 Chinese companies, have pulled out of Asia’s biggest aviation and defence event Singapore Airshow amid mounting concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak in China that has claimed 811 lives and spread to more than 25 countries.  The organiser of the six-day event starting on Tuesday said on …

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Thailand mass shooting: death toll rises to 26; gunman killed

AFP Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand) A Thai soldier who killed at least 26 people before being shot dead in a mall by commandos went on the rampage because of a debt dispute, the kingdom’s premier said on Sunday, offering the first official speculation for the motive of an “unprecedented” shooting spree. After a night which seesawed between heavy exchanges of gunfire …

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Pakistan considering proposal for passport-free entry of Indian pilgrims

PTI Islamabad Pakistan is considering a proposal for allowing Indian pilgrims to enter the Kartarpur corridor without passport in order to attract more visitors to the revered Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah informed the country’s Parliament. In November last year, Pakistan and India separately inaugurated the historic corridor on their sides of the border. The corridor provides the …

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Iran may hand over downed plane’s black boxes to Ukraine

IANS Kiev Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine Manouchehr Moradi has said that Tehran might hand over the black boxes of a downed Ukrainian Boeing passenger plane to Ukraine or another country if the Islamic republic could not decipher them, Ukrinform reported. The diplomat made the remarks during a forum held at the Iranian Embassy in Kiev on Friday, Xinhua reported, citing …

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