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US threatens to block China Telecom from American market

Washington: The United States has threatened to cut off Beijing-controlled China Telecom from serving the US market because of legal and security risks, announced the Justice Department. A recommendation by the government’s top departments, including Defense, State and Homeland Security, said the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should “revoke and terminate” all authorizations for the Chinese giant’s US subsidiary, China Telecom …

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Rohingya camps in Bangladesh put under ‘complete lockdown’

Cox’s Bazar: Bangladesh has imposed a “complete lockdown” in Cox’s Bazar district — home to over a million Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar — to halt the spread of coronavirus, officials have said. Experts have warned that the disease could spread quickly through the cramped, sewage-soaked alleys where the persecuted Muslim minority are housed in canvas and bamboo shacks. No …

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Virus mars Easter holidays as death toll nears 100,000

Rome: Hundreds of millions of people around the world will spend the Easter holiday at home as lockdown measures intensify to combat the coronavirus, a pandemic with a global death toll rapidly approaching 100,000. Governments have forced businesses to close and limited the movement of half the world’s population, halting economic activity and prompting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to …

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Nepal, India agree to enhance cooperation in fight against coronavirus

Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday agreed to enhance cooperation to further intensify the fight against the coronavirus and underlined the need of taking care of the citizens left stranded in each other’s country due to the lockdown to contain the spread of the pandemic. Oli and Modi held a telephone conversation …

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Trump praises Modi for COVID drug export

PTI Washington President Donald Trump has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “terrific” for allowing the export of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to the US, seen as a possible cure for COVID-19, saying India’s help in the extraordinary times “will not be forgotten”. India, the largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, agreed to lift the ban on the export of the medicine …

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World economy in for worst slowdown: IMF

PTI    Washington The year 2020 could see the worst global economic fallout since the Great Depression in the 1930s with over 170 countries likely to experience negative per capita income growth due to the raging coronavirus pandemic, IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva said on Thursday. Georgieva made the remarks during her address on ‘confronting the crisis: priorities for the …

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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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