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Beijing bans ‘uncivilised’ behaviour to improve public hygiene

Beijing: Beijing has banned “uncivilised” behaviour such as not covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, the city government said Sunday, in a new set of regulations to improve public hygiene amid the coronavirus outbreak. The laws aim to promote “civilised behaviour” and relate to combating the pandemic which has infected more than 82,000 in China alone. Rulebreakers …

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Trump says he was sarcastic in his ‘disinfectants’ comment

PTI Washington Trying to wriggle out of the backlash he received for his outlandish suggestions, US President Donald Trump has said that he was being “sarcastic” when he told his medical experts that they should consider using UV light, heat, or injecting disinfectants into the COVID-19 patients as a potentialtreatment. Trump faced intense rebuke on Thursday for his far-fetched suggestion …

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Saudi Arabia apex court abolishes flogging

AFP Riyadh Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the supreme court announced, hailing the latest in a series of “human rights advances” made by the king and his powerful son. Court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia — sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes — have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. But they say the headline legal reforms …

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Indian-American Seema Nanda to resign as CEO of DNC

PTI Washington Seema Nanda has announced her decision to step down as the CEO of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the top administrative position in the main Opposition party, ahead of the presidential elections in November. Nanda, 48, became the first Indian-American to be appointed as the CEO of the Democratic National Committee in June, 2018. She, however, did not …

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Trump’s stance towards immigration points to keep foreigners at bay

PTI New York President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily halt issuance of green cards aims to “turn off the faucet” of new immigrant labour and is the beginning of a broader strategy to reduce the flow of foreigners into the US, architect of Trump’s immigration agenda Stephen Miller has said. President Trump signed the executive order on Wednesday to …

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Trump’s “dangerous” advice draws flak from health experts

Washington: President Donald Trump has suggested the possibility of studying injecting disinfectants into COVID-19 patients or bringing UV light “inside” their bodies to kill the deadly virus, drawing immediate flak from American health experts who urged people not to listen to such “dangerous” advice. Launching a new scientific study conducted by his department, Homeland Security for Science and Technology Under …

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Fit-again UK PM faces lockdown conundrum

London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces the biggest conundrum of his premiership as he recuperates from COVID-19: how to lift a lockdown that is destroying swathes of the British economy without triggering a deadly second wave of the outbreak. Johnson, 55, is on the mend at his country residence after spending three nights in intensive care at a London hospital …

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Prince Charles launches emergency fund for India, three other Asian countries

London: Britain’s Prince Charles on Friday launched a new COVID-19 emergency appeal fund for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in his role as the Royal Founding Patron of the British Asian Trust, a diaspora-led development organisation for South Asia. The 71-year-old heir to the British throne, who himself recovered from the coronavirus at the end of last month, praised …

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