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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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China relents on opposition to COVID-19 origin probe

Beijing: Under mounting global pressure, China has relented on its opposition for an inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus, expressing its backing for an EU draft resolution tabled at the World Health Assembly (WHA) calling for a probe into the source of the vicious virus that has killed over three lakh people. The WHA is the decision-making body of …

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UK ready to move to ‘level three’ of lockdown

London: The UK will soon be able to move to level three of the COVID-19 lockdown in “careful steps”, Business Secretary Alok Sharma has said. Speaking at the daily press conference on Sunday, Sharma stated that the alert levels were based on the R value and number of coronavirus cases in the UK, the Metro newspaper reported.  The higher the …

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UK rejects India’s extradition request for Dawood aide Tiger Hanif

London: India’s request for the extradition of Tiger Hanif, an alleged aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim wanted in India in connection with two bomb blasts in Surat in 1993, has been turned down by the UK government, official sources have confirmed. Hanif, whose full name is Mohammed Hanif Umerji Patel, was traced to a grocery store in Bolton, Greater …

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Tibetans demand China reveal fate of boy taken away in 1995

Beijing: Tibet’s self-declared government-in-exile has marked the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of a boy named as Tibetan Buddhism’s second highest figure by calling on China to account for his whereabouts. The Tibetan parliament in northern India, known as the Kashag, said the boy named the 11th Panchen Lama who was taken away at age 6 along with his family …

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Obama takes another jibe at Trump’s handling of crisis

PTI Washington For the second time in a week, former US president Barack Obama has made a veiled attack on his successor Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying the pandemic that had shown that many officials “aren’t even pretending to be incharge.” Obama criticised the handling of the coronavirus pandemic without mentioning President Trump, a Republican, by name, …

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China warns of long term effects of coronavirus on organs

PTI Beijing China’s health authority has officially included damage to a number of internal organs as among the potential effects of the novel coronavirus, expanding medical insurance coverage for patients as the long-term toll of the disease emerges. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) in its guidelines on COVID-19 survivors said some recovered patients would require treatment for lung and heart …

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