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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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Native American burial sites blown up for US border wall

IANS Washington Native American burial sites in Arizona have been blown up by construction crews building the US-Mexico border wall, according to lawmakers and tribal leaders. Authorities confirmed that “controlled blasting” has begun in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a Unesco recognised natural reserve about 185 km west of Tucson, the BBC said in a report on Tuesday. The UN …

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Trump admn proposes $1.5 billion fund

PTI Washington The Trump administration has proposed US$ 1.5 billion in budgetary allocation for 2021 fiscal for the strategic Indo-Pacific, which it said was part of its efforts to ensure that the region remains free, open, and independent of “malign Chinese influence”. China has been trying to spread its influence in the resource-rich Indo-Pacific region. To counter Beijing, the US …

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China defends Pak, Nepal’s decision on stranded foreigners

PTI Beijing China on Tuesday defended Pakistan and Nepal governments’ decision to not to evacuate their citizens from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city despite their desperate pleas, saying it has taken “effective measures” to respond to the concerns of the stranded foreign nationals. Hundreds of Pakistani and Nepali students are still held up in Wuhan and some of them have said …

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UK team tests China virus vaccine on mice

AFP London A team of British scientists believe they have become the first to start animal testing of a vaccine for the new coronavirus that has killed more than 900 people. Researchers at Imperial College London said their ultimate goal was to have an effective and safe way of halting the SARS-like strains spread by the end of the year. …

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