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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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Brits flock to work on farms amid coronavirus crisis

Braunton: Thousands of Britons have answered the call for backbreaking work on the country’s fruit and vegetable farms this summer as the coronavirus crisis keeps Eastern European workers away but it may still not be enough to secure the harvest. The National Farmers Union (NFU) says 70,000 to 80,000 jobs need to be filled and the clock is ticking. Already …

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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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‘Unhappy’ Trump wants to send US team inside China for COVID-19 probe

Washington: The US wants to send a team of experts to China to investigate coronavirus, President Donald Trump has said, a day after he warned Beijing of “consequences” if it was knowingly responsible for the spread of COVID-19 which has killed more than 165,000 people globally, including over 41,000 in America. Describing the coronavirus as a plague, Trump, during his …

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