Iran, US heat up war of words on Iraq despite virus pandemic

TEHRAN: Iran said on Thursday that it "only acts in self-defence" after President Donald Trump warned it against attacks on United States troops in Iraq, as a new war of words heated up despite the coronavirus pandemic. Tensions between the arch-foes flared in Iraq where the US deployed Patriot air defence missiles prompting neighbouring Iran to warn of consequences and...

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Coronavirus outbreak proves a trial for celebrities

Taylor Swift is sending cash to some of her fans and Rihanna has donated $6 million to support people whose livelihoods have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Movie and record producer David Geffen said he is self-isolating in the Caribbean on his multi-million-dollar yacht, and Madonna posted a now-deleted video of herself in a bathtub filled with rose petals...

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Pakistani business family, conglomerate announce Rs1bn in aid for coronavirus combat

Business giant Engro on Thursday announced it would be pledging Rs1billion to the prime minister’s relief fund. “Mr Hussain Dawood, today, on behalf of Engro, Dawood Hercules and his family pledged a contribution in services, kind and cash of PKR 1 billion for the short, medium and long-term,” a statement read. The statement further said Dawood was committed to helping...

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Coronavirus: Recovered patient donates blood plasma for treatment

Yahya Jafri, a coronavirus survivor, has donated his plasma to doctors to help them in the fight against the novel infection. In a press conference on Thursday, Jafri said that he is ready to help his country in any way and thanked God for his recovery from the illness. “This virus will become history and our efforts will be remembered,”...

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Deaths surges in New York to more than 1,900

New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers on Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis. As hot spots flared around the US in places like...

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Asian markets sink as Trump warns of ‘horrific’ days ahead

Asian equities fell for a second session on Thursday, after a dire warning about the US coronavirus death toll had investors looking to the safety of dollars and bonds and bracing for more bad news from US jobless figures. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.2%. Japan's Nikkei extended Wednesday's heavy drop with a 1.5% fall, and...

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Coronavirus lockdown: HRW urges Pakistan to take special measures to protect workers’ welfare

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Pakistani government to take urgent steps to mitigate the economic impact of coronavirus on the most vulnerable workers in the country. In a statement released by HRW on Wednesday, the group urged the government to adopt measures to protect workers from suffering a loss of income which they believe can push them...

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PM Imran announces refunds of Rs100bn to businesses

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the government will announce a Rs100 billion package for the construction industry as the government tries to keep the country afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We have decided we will give necessary incentives to the construction industry in order to provide job opportunities to people during this time of crisis,” PM Imran said...

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Pakistan dismisses India’s move to change demography of IoK

Pakistan on Thursday condemned and rejected the introduction of "Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Order 2020” which it termed as an attempt to illegally change the demographic structure of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK). The Foreign Office, in a press release, said that the order was another illegal step by India to settle non-Kashmiris in the occupied territory by changing the domicile...

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Daniel Pearl murder case: SHC converts death penalty for prime accused, acquits three accomplices

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday acquitted three persons accused of being involved in the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl back in 2002. The court also converted the death penalty of the prime accused in the case, Omer Saeed Sheikh, into a seven-year imprisonment. A two-judge bench of the high court, headed by Justice Mohammad Karim...

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