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Heavy rain hits Australia’s bushfire-ravaged east coast

Sydney: Australia’s bushfire-ravaged east coast was lashed by heavy rain on Friday, prompting authorities to issue flood warnings for the region. In the midst of the worst drought on record, the huge downpour has been predicted to continue for at least a week, bringing relief to the long-suffering communities, reports Xinhua news agency. “A coastal trough near the northern and …

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Lankan govt to inform Parliament on Airbus deal allegations

Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Friday will give a detailed statement to Parliament into the alleged financial irregularities in the transaction between SriLankan Airlines and Airbus following reports that the multinational aircraft manufacturer paid massive bribes to executives of the flag carrier to secure contracts. Leader of the House Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Thursday confirmed this while responding to a question …

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US wants to help India deal with CAA fallout: Official

New York: A senior State Department official has said that the US was concerned about the developments in India over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and related matters and would like to help New Delhi work through them. The official said on Wednesday: “I’ve met with officials in India about what’s taking place in the nation and expressed concern, expressed …

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Indian-Americans upset with Iowa Democratic caucus

Washington: Members of the Indian-American community were disappointed with the chaos that took place within the Democratic Party in the Iowa caucus earlier this week, a media report said. All eyes were on Iowa on Monday night as its biennial caucuses officially kicked off the first major contest of the US presidential primary season, The American Bazaar said in a …

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Virgin Australia permanently cancels HK routes amid NCoV

Hong Kong: Virgin Australia on Thursday became the first international airline to completely withdraw all its services between Australia and Hong Kong amid the coronavirus outbreak, while announcing that the route was no longer commercially viable. The company said it had undertaken a comprehensive review of the routes, and confirmed that it would halt service on the Sydney-Hong Kong route …

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NASA astronaut who set female space record back on Earth

Washington: Astronaut Christina Koch who created a new female record by spending 328 days in space returned to Earth on Thursday after an 11-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying the Expedition 61 Flight Engineer Koch, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) reached Kazakhstan safely at …

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What CT scans of coronavirus patients in China revealed

IANS New York After doing CT scans of several patients infected by the novel coronavirus that originated in China’s Wuhan areas, doctors have found that one of the patients developed white patches in the right lower lobe of the lungs, an issue described as nodular ground-glass lesion. The researchers believe that the imaging features, detailed in the journal Radiology, can …

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Five killed in avalanche in eastern Turkey

IANS Ankara At least five people died after an avalanche has struck a minibus and construction equipment in Turkey’s eastern province of Van, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday. “Seven people were rescued during the search. Unfortunately, five others were found dead under the snow,” said the governor of Van Mehmet Emin Bilmez. At least two people may still be trapped, …

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Vietnam setting up field hospitals for possible virus influx

AFP Hanoi Vietnam is setting up field hospitals with thousands of beds to handle a potential influx of coronavirus cases, health officials said, as it prepares to receive its nationals from China. Vietnam shares a long porous border with China and the communist neighbours have close trade and tourism ties. So far Vietnam has 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus — …

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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific asks all staff to take unpaid leave

AFP Hong Kong Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its entire workforce to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, its CEO announced Wednesday, as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak. The request lays bare desperate times at Cathay, which was hammered last year by months of political chaos and …

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