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US ready to resume nuclear talks with N Korea: official

Seoul: The US stands ready to resume denuclearization negotiations with North Korea as soon as possible and hopes to hear back from Pyongyang on the same, a senior American official said. Christopher Ford, assistant secretary of state for international security and non-proliferation, made the comment on Thursday during a press briefing marking the 50th anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, reports …

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As virus cases near 100,000, fear of ‘devastation’ for poor

AP Bangkok The number of people infected with the new virus charged toward 100,000 Friday, with the global scare upending routines, threatening livelihoods and prompting quarantines in its spread. Asian and European shares were down following a rough day on Wall Street and the consequences of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, were becoming clear to people around the …

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Australia announces 1 billion dollars to fight spread of coronavirus

PTI Melbourne Australia will spend one billion dollars to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday as the cases of the deadly infection in the country touched 61 on Friday.   Morrison said the federal government will go 50-50 with the states to meet the public health cost of the coronavirus treatment. In an …

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Death toll in Pakistan building collapse rises to 18

PTI Karachi The death toll from a building collapse in a congested residential area of Karachi increased to 18 on Friday as rescuers pulled out more bodies from the rubble while search is on to trace the missing persons.  A top government official said the casualties were high as residents had illegally built the three-storey building on a 80 square …

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Nepal to conduct quarantine checking at India border crossings

IANS Kathmandu The Nepali government has decided to conduct quarantine checking of people at over 30 border crossings with India as the New Delhi government has confirmed 31 c, a senior official from the Ministry of Health and Population said. Nepal shares a porous border with India and the people can travel without a visa. “The government’s high-level coordination committee …

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Over 290 mn students’ education disrupted: UNESCO

PTI United Nations Education of over 290 million students in 13 countries has been disrupted after their schools were shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic, according to the UN education agency UNESCO. The global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled and disadvantaged children are the worst-hit by the emergency measures, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. …

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US virus death toll hits 11; feds investigate nursing home

Seattle: Federal authorities announced an investigation of the Seattle-area nursing home at the center of an outbreak of the new coronavirus as the US death toll climbed to 11, including the first fatality outside Washington state. Officials in California’s Placer County, near Sacramento, said Wednesday an elderly person who tested positive after returning from a San Francisco-to-Mexico cruise had died. …

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Indian girl in Dubai tests positive for COVID-19

Dubai: A 16-year-old Indian girl here has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infection cases in the UAE to 28, according to media reports. Health officials here confirmed on Wednesday that a new coronavirus case was detected in the girl who attended an Indian school in Dubai, Al-Arabiya website reported. The girl tested positive …

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World girds for months of trouble as virus pushes west

Bangkok: People around the world girded for months of disruptions from the new virus Thursday as its unrelenting spread brought ballooning infections, economic fallout and sweeping containment measures. “Countries should be preparing for sustained community transmission,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, leader of the World Health Organization, said of the 2-month-old virus outbreak. “Our message to all countries is: This is not …

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US launches airstrike against Taliban to defend Afghan forces

Kabul: The US launched an airstrike against Taliban fighters to defend Afghan forces on Wednesday, an American military spokesman said, as violence spirals after a string of deadly attacks by the insurgents, throwing the country’s nascent peace process into grave doubt. News of the airstrike in southern Helmand province — the first in 11 days — came hours after US …

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