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Possibility of US sanctions still a reality in Indo-Russia missile deal

PTI Washington The possibility of US sanctions on India for buying the multi-billion dollar S-400 missile system from Russia remains on the table, a top American diplomat has said, asserting that New Delhi will have to make a strategic commitment to technologies and platforms. In October 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units …

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UNICEF warns 19 mn children at risk of cyclone Amphan aftermath

PTI United Nations At least 19 million children in parts of Bangladesh and India are at “imminent risk” from flash flooding and heavy rain as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall and the state of West Bengal is expected to take a direct hit from the powerful storm, the UN’s children agency has warned. The extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan made a …

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US topping world COVID cases is ‘badge of honour’, says Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump has said it is a “badge of honour” for America to “lead” the world with 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases since it means the US is testing more people for the disease that has killed over 300,000 people across the world. The US has 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and over 91,000 deaths, both the world’s …

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Taiwan President rejects Beijing rule; China says ‘reunification’ inevitable

Taipei: Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy , President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China’s sovereignty claims and likely setting the stage for an ever worsening of ties. China responded that “reunification” was inevitable and that it would never tolerate Taiwan’s independence. In a speech after being sworn …

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Over 60 mn people may fall into ‘extreme poverty’ due to coronavirus: WB

Washington: The coronavirus pandemic is expected to put over 60 million people into extreme poverty globally, the World Bank has said as it announced emergency operations worth USD 160 billion in 100 developing countries to fight the deadly virus. “The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty — erasing much …

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Coronavirus likely to drive down declining US births more

New York: US births continued to fall last year, leading to the fewest number of newborns in 35 years. The decline is the latest sign of a prolonged national “baby bust” that’s been going on for more than a decade. And some experts believe the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy will suppress the numbers further. “This unpredictable …

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Trump pulls up WHO, asks it to be ‘independent’ from China

PTI Washington In an ultimatum to the WHO, US President Donald Trump has said he would “reconsider” America’s membership of the UN health body and threatened to “permanently freeze” the funding to it if it failed to demonstrate its “independence” from China in the next 30 days.  Trump halted America’s funding of up to USD 500 million annually to the …

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US introduces legislation to bring back companies from China

PTI Washington An influential US lawmaker has introduced a legislation in Congress to provide incentives to American companies to move back their manufacturing units from China in view of the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 90,000 people in the country. The Bring American Companies Home Act, introduced by Congressman Mark Green, seeks to cover the 100 per cent of …

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Australia to avoid a trade war with China

AP Canberra Australia’s trade minister said Tuesday that his country does not want a trade war with China, but maintained Beijing had erred by imposing stiff tariffs on Australian barley in what is widely seen as punishment for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. China effectively ended imports of Australian barley by putting tariffs of more than 80% on …

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