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Study shows around 45% COVID-19 cases never showed symptoms

IANS New York Asymptomatic patients may account for as much as 45 per cent of all Covid-19 cases, playing a significant role in the early and ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a new research. The study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that an extraordinary percentage of people infected by the ongoing deadly Covid-19 …

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Biden narrows down his list for vice president

AP Washington Joe Biden’s search for a running mate is entering a second round of vetting for a dwindling list of potential vice presidential nominees, with several black women in strong contention. Democrats with knowledge of the process said Biden’s search committee has narrowed the choices to as few as six serious contenders after initial interviews. Among the group still …

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India at UNSC will promote ‘world as one family’

PTI New York India’s presence in the United Nations Security Council will help bring to the world its ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, the country’s envoy to the global body has said, ahead of elections for the non-permanent seat of the powerful UN organ. India is all set to join the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member, elections for which …

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Gandhi statue among monuments boarded up in London ahead of protests

London: The statue of Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Parliament Square is among several monuments being covered and boarded up here ahead of another set of planned protests, which erupted after the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd. The steps below Gandhi’s statue and the sculpture of former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill nearby were among those targeted with graffiti during …

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Syria PM sacked amidst growing economic crisis

Damascus: In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in the last decade, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has dismissed Prime Minister Imad Khamis after four years. The surprise move on Thursday came just a month before parliamentary elections in the war-torn country, reports Efe news. Assad named Hussein Arnous, formerly the Minister of Water Resources, as the …

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Lebanese take to the streets over tumbling currency

Beirut: Hundreds of Lebanese poured into the streets to protest the tumbling of the national currency to a new low against the dollar on Thursday, blocking roads and highways in several places across the small country that had started slowly opening up after months of coronavirus restrictions. In Beirut, protesters also burned tires and pieces of wood, chanted slogans and …

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Trump mulls suspending H1B, other visas

Washington: US President Donald Trump is considering suspending a number of employment visas including the H-1B, most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, in view of the massive unemployment in America due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media report. The proposed suspension could extend into the government’s new fiscal year beginning October 1, when many new visas are issued, …

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Over one billion people could live in poverty post COVID-19

New York: Global poverty could rise to over one billion people due to the COVID-19 pandemic and more than half of the 395 million additional extreme poor would be located in South Asia, which would be the hardest-hit region in the world, according to a new report. Researchers from King’s College London and Australian National University published the new paper …

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UK Court extends ‘fugitive’ Nirav Modi’s custody until July 9

PTI London Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, fighting extradition to India on charges over the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, was remanded in further custody until July 9 by a UK court on Thursday. The 49-year-old jeweller, who has been lodged at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London since his arrest in March …

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We will get back land from India through dialogue, says Nepal PM

PTI Kathmandu Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said that his government will seek a solution to the Kalapani issue through diplomatic efforts and dialogue on the basis of historical facts and documents. “We will get back the land occupied by India through holding a dialogue,” Oli said while responding to questions in Parliament on Wednesday. He claimed …

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