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San Francisco declares state of emergency amid coronavirus panic

The city of San Francisco, California has declared a state of emergency over the deadly coronavirus after health officials warned its spread across the United States was inevitable. San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the state of emergency in a statement on Tuesday, saying “the global picture” surrounding the Wuhan coronavirus was “changing rapidly” and city officials “need to step-up preparedness.” “We see...

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German suspected right-wing extremist shots dead nine in shisha bar

HANAU: A suspected right-wing extremist shot dead nine people, some of them migrants from Turkey, in an overnight rampage through a German city before killing himself, officials said. The attack late on Wednesday targeted two shisha bars in Hanau, a town close to Frankfurt in the western state of Hesse. Police chased a car used to leave the scene of...

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Ashraf Ghani secures second term as Afghan president, says final poll result

KABUL: Ashraf Ghani has secured a second term as president of Afghanistan, according to final results of the September 28, 2019 poll released Tuesday by the country’s election commission. “The election commission… declares Mr Ashraf Ghani, who has won 50.64 per cent of the votes, as the president of Afghanistan,” election commission chief Hawa Alam Nuristani told a press conference...

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Arab world’s first nuclear power plant to be opened by UAE after authorities issue reactor licence

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates is set to become the first Arab country to open a nuclear power plant after the authorities on Monday issued a licence for a reactor at its Barakah nuclear power plant. The national nuclear regulator "has approved the issuance" of the operating licence for the first of four reactors at the plant, said Hamad al-Kaabi,...

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India rejects UN chief’s occupied Kashmir mediation offer

New Delhi on Monday rejected an offer by United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres for mediation on the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, pronouncing that the matter will only be discussed bilaterally, reported The Hindu. Guterres, who is on a four-day trip to Pakistan, had last week said in Islamabad that he was “ready to help if both countries agree for mediation”....

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Neighbouring countries played crucial role in Afghan peace process: US envoy Khalilzad

ISLAMABAD: US special representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said on Monday that the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan have played a major role in the Afghan peace process. The US envoy made the remarks while addressing the international conference titled "40 years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity" in Islamabad. During his address, Khalilzad said the...

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UN chief Antonio Guterres praises Pakistan’s hospitality in hosting Afghan refugees

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed gratitude towards the people and government of Pakistan over their heartfelt hospitality of the Afghan refugees of war. The UN secretary-general made the remarks while meeting a delegation of Afghan refugees in Islamabad today. Representatives from Afghanistan, Yemen and Tajikstan were part of the delegation. Speaking on the occasion, the UN chief said...

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Pakistan among 33 countries that provided medical supplies to fight coronavirus: China

BEIJING : The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Friday said that 33 countries including Pakistan, all-weather friend and strategic partner of China and four international organizations have provided China with medical supplies to fight the novel coronavirus. “According to what we have learned from diplomatic channels, altogether 33 foreign governments and 4 international organizations have provided China with medical supplies.,” Geng...

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Coronavirus virus death toll nears 1,400, US bemoans ‘lack of transparency’

BEIJING: The death toll from China’s virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday, as the United States complained of a "lack of transparency" from Beijing over its handling of a crisis that has fuelled global panic. Nearly 64,000 people are now recorded as having been made ill by the virus in China, with the last two days showing a steep rise...

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US welcomes JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s conviction on terror financing charges

The United States on Thursday welcomed the conviction of outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed on charges of terror financing. United States chief diplomat for South Asian affairs Alice Wells commended the steps taken by Pakistan to combat terror financing and pointed out that this was in line with what Prime Minister Imran Khan had said. “The conviction of Hafiz Saeed...

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US-Taliban dialogue nears breakthrough as Ghani reports progress

KABUL: The US and the Taliban appeared closer on Wednesday to a breakthrough in talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said there had been "notable progress" in negotiations. Washington and the insurgents have been locked in gruelling discussions that have stretched over more than a year for a deal that would see...

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Bernie Sanders wins in New Hampshire as Joe Biden crashes and burns

Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's high-stakes Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to US network projections, leaving rivals including party stalwart Joe Biden in his wake as he staked his claim to challenge US President Donald Trump in November. Sanders, the flag-bearer for the party's progressive wing, had 26 percent of votes with most of the count complete in the northeastern...

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Suicide attack on Afghan military academy claims five lives

KABUL: A suicide attack targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital killed at least five people early Tuesday, the first major assault in the city in months. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the dawn attack, which comes after nearly three months of relative calm in Kabul. The ministry of defence said five people were killed and at least...

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Coronavirus death toll crosses 1,000 as president Jinping calls for decisive measures

BEIJING: The toll from China's deadly coronavirus outbreak passed 1,000 on Tuesday after President Xi Jinping called for more "decisive" measures to tackle the outbreak in a rare visit to a frontline hospital. The Chinese president donned a face mask and had his temperature checked while visiting medical workers and patients affected by the deadly coronavirus that has killed at...

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Thai gunman among 27 dead in ‘unprecedented’ mass shooting

A Thai soldier who killed at least 26 people before being shot dead in a mall by commandos went on the rampage because of a debt dispute, the kingdom's premier said on Sunday, offering the first official motive for the "unprecedented" shooting spree. Sharp-shooters brought an end to a 17-hour-ordeal when they killed the gunman on Sunday morning after a...

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IOK observes strike to mark execution anniversary of Afzal Guru

Shops and businesses were shut in occupied Kashmir on Sunday and authorities imposed a lockdown in some parts of the region's main city after Kashmiri fighters called for a strike to mark the execution anniversary of a Kashmiri fruit vendor, Mohammed Afzal Guru, who was convicted for an attack on the Indian parliament in Delhi. Hundreds of police and paramilitary...

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Chinese doctor who was punished for warning about coronavirus outbreak dies

BEIJING: The coronavirus crisis in China is deepening as the number of people infected by the virus has reached 31,000 and a doctor who was punished after raising alarm about the outbreak died from the pathogen on Friday. More than 630 people have now been killed by a virus that ophthalmologist Li Wenliang and colleagues had first brought to light...

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