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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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Italy set to restart tourism as early as July

AFP Rome Italy will reopen to European tourists from early June and scrap a 14-day mandatory quarantine period, the government said on Saturday, as it quickened the exit from the coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte enforced an economically crippling shutdown in early March to counter a pandemic that has so far killed more than 31,500 people in Italy. The …

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Pandemic hits Hinduja Brothers wealth in UK, slip to second in richest list

PTI London Two sets of Indian-origin siblings dominate the annual tally of Britain’s wealthiest as the Hinduja and Reuben brothers share the second spot with a fortune of 16 billion pounds each, while British inventor-entrepreneur James Dyson tops ‘The Sunday Times Rich List 2020’ with 16.2 billion pounds. Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, who run the Hinduja Group of companies, lost …

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US to donate ventilators to India to fight COVID-19

Washington/New Delhi: The US will donate ventilators to India to treat the COVID-19 patients and help it fight the “invisible enemy”, President Donald Trump has announced, as he underlined the close bilateral ties and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”. Responding to Trump’s tweet and remarks, Modi on Saturday said in times of global health crisis caused by …

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‘Frustrated’ Trump says he doesn’t want to talk to Xi Jinping right now

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he does not want to talk to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping right now, expressing his displeasure at Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak which has spread across the world, killing over 300,000 people. The US has expressed disappointment over China’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed 87,530 lives in …

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