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US rejects formation of parallel government in Afghanistan

IANS Washington The United States has rejected the formation of an Afghan government led by opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah parallel to that of President Ashraf Ghani. Both Ghani and Abdullah held parallel swearing-in ceremonies in Kabul on Monday throwing the country into a major political crisis amid the ongoing peace process, Efe news reported. “We strongly oppose any action to …

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North Korea fired 3 projectiles: South’s military

AFP Seoul North Korea fired three unidentified projectiles into the sea on Monday, Seoul’s military said, the second such weapons test by Pyongyang in a week. The three devices were fired in a northeasterly direction from the Sondok area in South Hamgyong province, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, without further details. “The military is monitoring for additional launches …

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Johnson to hold emergency meet after UK’s 3rd COVID-19 death

IANS London UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair an emergency meeting of senior Ministers on Monday to discuss the coronavirus crisis in the country after a third death was reported. Public Health England confirmed on Sunday evening that a man in his 60s, with underlying health problems, died at North Manchester General Hospital after testing positive for the deadly …

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North Korea fired 3 projectiles: South’s military

AFP Seoul North Korea fired three unidentified projectiles into the sea on Monday, Seoul’s military said, the second such weapons test by Pyongyang in a week. The three devices were fired in a northeasterly direction from the Sondok area in South Hamgyong province, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, without further details. “The military is monitoring for additional launches …

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Italy to put millions under quarantine to contain COVID-19

Rome: The Italian government has imposed a sweeping quarantine on the Lombardy region and 11 northeastern provinces that are together home to some 16 million people in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, has so far claimed the lives of 233 people. Taking effect on Sunday and remain in force through April 3, the measure would prohibit …

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UN Afghan mission calls for including women in peace talks

Kabul: The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday called for inclusion of women in peace talks. Marking International Women’s Day, the UNAMA said in a statement that with anticipation building that the door for intra-Afghan peace talks will open, women’s advocacy groups and activists across Afghanistan have focused on developing strategies to protect and advance the gains they …

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Virus-hit US cruise ship to dock at New York

Los Angeles: A US cruise ship hit by coronavirus was given permission late Saturday to dock, while New York announced a state of emergency as confirmed cases across the country surged past 400. The fast-spreading virus has already spread to 30 US states, killing at least 19 people, while the American capital announced its first case Saturday and citizens were …

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Coronavirus cases hit 100,000 as cruise ship fears grow

Beijing: The number of cases from the new coronavirus topped 100,000 worldwide as official data on Saturday showed a significant hit to Chinese exports after the deadly outbreak brought much of the country to a halt. The World Health Organisation called the spread of the virus “deeply concerning” as a wave of countries reported their first cases of the disease …

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Egypt says cruise ship quarantined over new virus cluster

Luxor: A cruise ship on Egypt’s Nile River with over 150 tourists, including Indians, and local crew was in quarantine on Saturday in the southern city of Luxor, after 12 people tested positive for the new coronavirus. A Taiwanese-American tourist who had previously been on the same ship tested positive when she returned to Taiwan. The World Health Organisation informed …

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3 senior members of Saudi royal family arrested

Riyadh: Three senior members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, including the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s brother, have been arrested for unexplained reasons, media reports said on Saturday. The detentions took place on Friday morning, the BBC quoted the New York Times and Wall Street Journal as saying in their reports.  The three men reported to have been arrested …

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