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Kim Jong Un in first appearance in weeks as coronavirus rages next door

Seoul: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un marked the birth anniversary of the country’s former leader Sunday, in his first reported public appearance in over three weeks as a deadly coronavirus rages in neighbouring China. Kim “paid high tribute” to his father Kim Jong Il at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang that holds the embalmed bodies of his …

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‘Indian consignment of medical supplies to China soon’

Beijing: India will soon send a consignment of medical supplies to China to assist Beijing in combating the deadly coronavirus outbreak, Indian Ambassador Vikram Misri said on Sunday as he expressed solidarity with the people of China in their fight against the epidemic. The death toll from COVID-19 outbreak in China has climbed to 1,665 after 142 more people died, …

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Beyond Mexico wall ‘mural of love’

Mexico: Dozens of red hearts were painted on the metal barrier that separates the Mexican city of Tijuana from San Diego in the US as part of a recurring project by independent artist Enrique Chiu to spread a message of love and brotherhood. Children, adolescents, and adults arrived at the venue on Mexico’s border frontage with paintbrushes and full of …

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Making efforts to disembark Indians from cruise ship: Indian Embassy

Tokyo: The Indian Embassy in Japan on Saturday said it is making efforts to disembark all the Indians on board the cruise ship moored off the Japanese coast after the end of the quarantine period as authorities confirmed that 218 people, including three Indians, have been infected with the deadly disease on the ship. A total of 138 Indians, including …

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40 killed in attacks in restive central Mali

Bamako: Forty people, including nine soldiers, have been killed in a spate of attacks in central Mali, authorities said Friday, with most of the deaths caused by inter-ethnic violence in the deeply troubled region. Thirty-one people were killed in an attack overnight in Ogossagou, a village mainly inhabited by Fulani people where 160 died last March in a massacre blamed …

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Sharif exempted from personal appearance by court

Lahore: An accountability court here has exempted Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from appearing before it in a money laundering case on medical grounds and adjourned the hearing till February 28 in the matter, according to media reports on Saturday. The 69-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo is undergoing treatment in London for coronary artery disease. Sharif appealed to …

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African Union ready to go to Libya to monitor ceasefire regime

Munich: The African Union (AU) is ready to send observers to Libya to monitor the ceasefire regime, AU’s Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui said. “The African Union would be ready to go to Libya. It is very important to maintain a ceasefire on the spot,” Chergui said at the Munich Security Conference, adding that it could be both …

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Japan lets some passengers leave ship for quarantine on land

Yokohama, Japan: Japan on Friday began allowing elderly passengers who test negative for the new coronavirus to leave a quarantined cruise ship and finish their isolation in government-designated lodging. Japan’s government has given passengers aged 80 or older in poor health or confined to windowless inner cabins on the Diamond Princess the chance to move from the ship to accommodation …

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Erdogan calls Kashmir issue close to both countries

Islamabad: Notwithstanding India’s objection, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday once again raked up the Kashmir issue, vowing that Ankara will support Pakistan’s stand as it is a matter of concern to both the countries. Addressing a joint session of Pakistan’s Parliament, Erdogan, who arrived here on a two-day visit, announced that Turkey will back Pakistan in its efforts …

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