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Climate advisers point Britain towards path to green recovery

London: Britain should use its economic stimulus measures to speed a shift away from fossil fuels, including by helping people work remotely and make their homes greener in a post-pandemic world, state-appointed climate advisers said on Wednesday. Its proposals reinforce global pressure on governments to consider the environment as they pour money into their economies at levels unseen since World …

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Pakistan Air Force gets its first Hindu pilot

Islamabad: In a first, a Pakistani Hindu youth has become the first person from the minority community to join the Pakistan  Air Force. Rahul Dev has been recruited as a General Duty Pilot Officer, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said in a tweet. Dev hails from Tharparkar district of Sindh province. Sharing the picture of the young man, the PAF …

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UK registers highest deaths in Europe; cases spike in Russia

London: Britain reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe on Tuesday and infections rose sharply again in Russia, even as other nations made great strides in taming the virus. China marked its third week with no new virus deaths and South Korea restarted its professional baseball season. In the US, some states began halting steps to lift the …

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US to see 3,000 deaths daily by June 1: report

Washington: The number of coronavirus deaths in the US will jump to over 3,000 and new cases to about 200,000 per day by June 1, an internal draft report has said, even as more than two dozen American states announced to open up their economy amid the health crisis. The US is the worst-hit country from the pandemic. By Monday, …

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Supercomputer simulations show hepatitis-C drug can fight coronavirus

Berlin: Several drugs approved for the treatment of hepatitis C viral infection have been identified as potential candidates against COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to a study based on extensive calculations using supercomputer simulations. Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany simulated the way that about 42,000 different substances listed in open databases bind to certain …

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190 Pakistanis stranded in India to return home

Lahore: Over 190 Pakistanis who were stranded in India for over two months due the coronavirus-induced lockdown on Tuesday returned to Pakistan through the Wagah Border. The Border Security Force (BSF) handed over 193 people, including women and children, to the Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah Border. These Pakistanis had been stranded in different parts of India for about two …

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Israel makes significant breakthrough in developing anti-body against COVID-19

Jerusalem: Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has said that scientists at the country’s main biological research institute have made a “significant breakthrough” in developing an antibody to the novel coronavirus, as the researchers wrapped up the development phase and moved to patent and mass produce the potential treatment. Bennett visited the labs of the Israel’s Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), …

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China hid virus’ severity to hoard supplies, claims US intelligence report

Washington: US officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show. Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from the world in early January, according to a four-page Department of Homeland Security intelligence report …

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US will have COVID-19 vaccine by year’s end: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump expressed confidence that the country would have a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year and revised the number of deaths due to the disease in America up to a minimum of 80,000. “We are very confident we’re going to have a vaccine at the end of the year, by the end of the …

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UK PM calls on countries to ‘pull together’ in battle against coronavirus pandemic

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened a virtual global conference on COVID-19 on Monday by calling on all countries to step up their efforts and work together on fighting the coronavirus pandemic, the “most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes”. The Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference was co-hosted by the UK and eight other countries and organisations including …

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