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Saudi-led coalition begins ceasefire in Yemen war

AFP Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition began a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen’s long war on Thursday, saying it hoped the initiative to prevent coronavirus in the impoverished country would lead to a wider political solution. The Iran-backed Huthi rebels have not made any comment on the coalition’s declaration of a two-week pause in the five-year conflict that took effect from 0900 …

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‘COVID-19 could push half a billion people into poverty’

IANS United Nations The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could increase global poverty by as much a half a billion, said a UN study into the financial and human cost of the global crisis. It will be the first time that poverty has increased globally in 30 years, the BBC cited the study, written by experts at King’s College …

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China urges for intensified screening of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

IANS Beijing China has urged for intensified detection and prompt response to people infected with the novel coronavirus but showing no symptoms, a circular issued by the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council said on Thursday. Asymptomatic cases refer to people who tested positive for the coronavirus but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore …

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Bangla president rejects mercy plea of Bangabandhu’s assassin

PTI Dhaka Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid has rejected the mercy plea of a former military captain, sentenced to death for his involvement in the 1975 coup in which the country’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated, removing the last hurdle for his hanging. A district court in Dhaka on Wednesday issued a death warrant against Abdul Majed, who …

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UK firm begins arthritis drug tests for COVID-19

London: A UK-based bioscience company co-founded by an Indian-origin intrepreneur is testing a rheumatoid arthritis drug to explore its scope in the treatment of patients with rapidly worsening COVID-19 symptoms at hospitals in Italy. Izana Bioscience said the tests of its antibody therapy namilumab will take place over the coming weeks on COVID-19 patients at Humanitas Research Hospitals in Bergamo …

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EU nations fail to bridge bitter split over ‘coronabonds’

Brussels: EU finance ministers failed on Wednesday to agree on a bailout plan to help hard hit member states face the coronavirus outbreak, after Italy refused to abandon its plea for “coronabonds” to share the burden. “After 16 hours of discussions, we came close to a deal but we are not there yet. I suspended the Eurogroup and (we will) …

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Taliban attack kills 7 Afghan civilians

Kabul: At least seven Afghan civilians were killed when the Taliban attacked security forces in northern Balkh province, local officials said Wednesday. The insurgents abducted the civilians on Tuesday afternoon in the district of Sholgara and later killed them, according to Sayed Arif Iqbali, the local police chief. There was no immediate confirmation from the Taliban that they were behind …

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Nepal extends suspension of international flights till April 30

Kathmandu: Nepal has extended the suspension of international flights till April 30 to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and also decided to renew visas of tourists stranded amidst the lockdown in the country free of cost. A high-level government coordination committee took the decisions on Tuesday as part of the measures to combat the fast-spreading disease that has …

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