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Countries ponder over lockdown with Ramzan approaching

AP Bangkok The world inched toward a new phase in the coronavirus crisis on Thursday, as some countries like Vietnam and New Zealand with few new cases moved toward ending their pandemic shutdowns while others like Singapore and Japan were doubling down on measures to prevent a surge in infections. Like the US, many countries are moving from crisis mode …

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North Korea media silent on Kim’s health, whereabouts

Seoul: North Korean state media on Wednesday made no mention of leader Kim Jong Un’s health or whereabouts, a day after intense international speculation over his health was sparked by media reports he was gravely ill after a cardiovascular procedure. North Korean media presented a business as usual image, carrying routine reporting of Kim’s achievements and publishing some of his …

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UK PM draws flak over handling of coronavirus crisis

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday faced a call for an inquiry into his government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis after failing to fully explain partial death data, limited testing or the lack of equipment for hospitals. Johnson initially refrained from approving the stringent controls that other European leaders imposed but he later closed down the country when …

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US State Missouri sues China for causing “irreparable damage” globally

Washington: Missouri has become the first US State to sue China, alleging that Beijing suppressed formation, arrested whistleblowers and denied the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus that led to the loss of life and caused “irreparable damage” to countries globally. Filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the lawsuit was filed by Missouri Attorney …

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US accuses WHO of becoming tool of ‘Chinese propaganda’

Washington: The World Health Organization has become a tool of “Chinese propaganda”, the Trump administration has alleged, asserting that the global health agency has lost all its credibility during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. US President Donald Trump recently announced he would put a hold on America’s funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing the UN health body of becoming …

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WHO warns hurry to lift lockdown could see COVID-19 resurgence

APBangkokThe World Health Organisation said Tuesday that rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness, a warning that comes as governments start rolling out plans to get their economies up andrunning again.“This is not the time to be lax. Instead, we need to ready ourselves for a new way of living for the foreseeable …

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Under the cover of coronavirus, Pak clears 4,000 terrorists from watchlist

IANS New Delhi/Washington Pakistan has discreetly removed the names of around 4,000 terrorists from its watchlist, including that of one of the major planners of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) startuphas revealed. Due to Pakistan’s long history of exporting terror to India and the rest of the world, the country has been placed under grey list …

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Authoritarian states threaten freedom of press in wake of pandemic

AFP Paris The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating threats to press freedom around the world, with authoritarian states including China and Iran suppressing details of the outbreak, activists said on Tuesday. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual press freedom rankings that the pandemic was “highlighting and amplifying the many crises” already casting a shadow on press freedom. The …

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Gunman kills 16 in Canada’s worst mass shooting

Toronto: A gunman disguised as a police officer went on a rampage across the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, shooting people in their homes and setting fires, leaving 16 people dead Sunday, in the deadliest such attack in the country’s history. Officials said the suspected shooter was also dead. A police officer was among those killed. Several bodies were found …

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Millions to claim as UK furlough scheme goes live

London: A UK government pay scheme to keep staff on the payroll despite not working due to the coronavirus pandemic went live on Monday. Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the government will cover 80 per cent of workers’ wages, up to 2,500 pounds a month, if they were put on leave, the BBC reported. Millions of workers are expected …

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