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Coronavirus enters White House, Pence’s secretary tests positive

AP Washington Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary has the coronavirus, the White House said, making her the second person who works at the White House complex known to test positive for the virus this week. President Donald Trump, who publicly identified the affected Pence aide, said he was “not worried” about the virus spreading in the White House. Nonetheless, …

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UK planning compulsory 14-day quarantine for air travellers

PTI London The UK is planning to bring in compulsory 14-day quarantine for all travellers arriving in the country from any part of the world, except the Republic of Ireland, as part of measures to track the spread of coronavirus, according to UK media reports. The new restriction, which means travellers including Britons arriving in the UK would have to …

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Putin marks Victory Day in virus-reduced ceremony

AP Moscow Russian President Vladimir Putin marked Victory Day, the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, in a ceremony shorn of its usual military parade and pomp by the coronavirus pandemic. Putin on Saturday laid flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier just outside the Kremlin walls and gave a short address honoring the …

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China admits COVID-19 has exposed shortcomings in its healthcare

AFP Beijing The coronavirus outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system, a top health official admitted Saturday, saying that reforms are underway to improve the country’s disease prevention and control mechanisms. China has faced criticism both at home and abroad for downplaying the virus and concealing information about the outbreak when it first emerged in the central city of …

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UN in favour of keeping live animal markets open

AP London The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that although a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan selling live animals likely played a significant role in the emergence of the new coronavirus, it does not recommend that such markets be shut downglobally. In a press briefing, WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek said …

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Strengthen immunity of societies against virus of hate, urges UN chief

United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres has voiced concern over the “tsunami of hate and xenophobia” unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic and appealed for an all-out effort to end hate speech globally. Recalling that he had launched the United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech last year to enhance the word body’s efforts against this scourge, Guterres …

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Netanyahu tasked with forming new Israeli government

Jerusalem: Israeli president has tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new unity government after Parliament passed legislations approving details of a power-sharing deal between the his Likud and centrist rival Benny Gantz’s Blue and White parties, ending more than a year of political impasse. Netanyahu, the longest serving Prime Minister in Israel’s history, will continue at the helm …

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UK PM formally divorces second wife

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally divorced his second wife, Marina Wheeler, paving the way for him to marry his fiancee Carrie Symonds, who gave birth to their son last month, it was reported. Wheeler applied for a decree absolute in February, which was secured before Johnson welcomed his newborn Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson on April 29, the …

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Kim praises Xi for keeping virus epidemic under control

Bangkok: North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un sent a personal message to Chinese President Xi Jinping praising what he described as China’s success in getting its coronavirus epidemic under control. The report by North Korea’s state media followed an assessment by South Korea’s spy agency that the pandemic is hurting the North’s economy, already crippled by decades of policy …

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Trump calls coronavirus attack worse than Pearl Habour, 9/11

PTI Washington US President Donald Trump has said the coronavirus outbreak has hit America harder than the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, or the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, pointing the finger at China. Since emerging in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, the coronavirus is confirmed to have infected 1.2 million Americans, killing …

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