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EU in favour of opening borders to restart tourism

REUTERS Brussels The European Union pushed on Wednesday for a safe reopening of borders, while insisting on protective measures such as masks on planes, to try and salvage the ravaged tourism sector for the lucrative summer season as coronavirus infections recede. Museums, beaches and plazas have been empty under an almost continent-wide travel halt from mid-March that has destroyed jobs, …

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Coronavirus vaccine may never be found, warns UK PM

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that a mass vaccine for the novel coronavirus may be over a year away and, in the worst-case scenario, may in fact never be found. In his foreword to the government’s new 50-page guidance on a step by step easing of the lockdown measures in place to control the spread of the …

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Gunmen storm maternity clinic in Kabul

Kabul: Gunmen stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off a shootout with the police and killing four people as Afghan forces carried out newborn babies and their mothers to evacuate the facility under fire, officials said. The day’s spasm of violence extended beyond the Afghan capital. A suicide bomber in eastern Nangarhar province …

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Trump campaign raises $61 mn in April; Biden collects $60 mn amidst COVID-19 crisis

Washington: US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has raised a record USD 61.7 million in April while his Democratic rival Joe Biden also collected USD 60.5 million at a time when the world’s biggest economy has come to a virtual standstill and over 33 million Americans have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Presidential elections are scheduled to …

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Aussie arrested after 32 years for killing gay student

Sydney: Police in Australia on Tuesday charged and arrested a man for the murder of a gay student in Sydney in 1988. Scott Price, 49, was arrested at his Sydney home on Tuesday. He was refused bail and will face a court on Wednesday, reports the BBC. The body of Scott Johnson, the 27-year-old American victim, was found dead at …

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Closest relative of novel coronavirus suggests it evolved naturally, not in lab

Beijing: Scientists have identified a close relative of SARS-CoV-2 in bats which offers more evidence that the virus behind the COVID-19 disease evolved naturally, and not in a laboratory. There is ongoing debate among policymakers and the general public about where SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease came from, according to the researchers from Shandong First Medical University in China. …

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Johnson unveils ‘new plan’ to reopen British society

PTI London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his blueprint for a gradual restarting of the UK’s coronavirus-hit economy and a “conditional plan” to reopen the society under which people can spend more time outdoors with adequate social distancing measures. In a televised address to the nation, Johnson, a COVID-19 survivor,  unveiled a five-level alert system that the government …

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Local official sacked after COVID-19 returns in Wuhan

PTI Beijing A local official was sacked for poor management in the central Chinese city of Wuhan after six new infections were reported in the COVID-19 epicentre which remained virus free for over 30 days, the state-run media reported on Monday. Zhang Yuxin, who was the secretary and member of the Changqing Street working committee of the ruling Communist Party …

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Netanyahu to form Israeli govt under power-sharing agreement

IANS Jerusalem After securing support from a majority of lawmakers last week and dodging several legal hurdles, sitting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will continue his fifth term in office as he prepares to form a government in the coming days uner the power-sharing agreement. The new government comes after over a year of political stalemate and three consecutive elections …

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Iranian naval ship accidental missile strike kills 19 sailors

AP Tehran The Iranian army says a missile strike on a naval vessel taking part in an exercise in the Gulf of Oman has killed 19 sailors and wounded 15. The statement Monday drastically raised the death toll in the incident Sunday. Earlier Iranian state media reports said the Konarak, a Hendijan-class support ship, was too close to a target …

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