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89th Kashmir Martyrs’ Day: Complete strike in place in IOK to mark the ocassion

ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis and Kashmiris are marking the Kashmir Martyrs' Day on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), today (Monday) to pay tribute to the martyrs of the 1931 carnage. On July 13, 1931, around 22 Kashmiris were martyred by the troops of Dogra Maharaja for appearing outside the Central Jail in Srinagar...

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Trump cuts WHO funding over coronavirus pandemic

United States President Donald Trump has said he would halt funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, at a White House news conference on Tuesday , said the WHO had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable.” He said the group had promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus...

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New York coronavirus death toll tops 10,000

NEW YORK: Death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 10,000 in New York on Monday as the officials believe that the “worst is over” for the worst affected state of the US. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said lower average hospitalization rates and intubations suggested a "plateauing" of infections in America’s coronavirus epicentre but warned the outbreak could worsen...

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India extends lockdown to May 3 as coronavirus cases cross 10,000

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended a nationwide lockdown until May 3 as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 10,000. Modi, in an address on national television on the world’s biggest shutdown, said the challenge was to stop the virus from spreading to new parts of the country. “Till May 3, every Indian will have to stay...

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Saudi Arabia to suspend taraweeh prayers in Ramazan amid coronavirus pandemic

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced that taraweeh prayers during Ramazan will only be performed at home as the suspension of prayers at mosques will not be lifted until the eradication of the coronavirus, according to a report in Al Riyadh. The newspaper quoted Dr Abdul Latif Al Sheikh, Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, as saying: “The suspension of performing the five daily...

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Bangladesh hangs Mujibur Rahman’s killer after nearly 25 years

DHAKA: Bangladesh has executed a military captain less than a week after he was arrested after nearly 25 years on the run over the assassination of the country’s founding leader, a minister said Sunday. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was killed along with most of his family in a military coup on August 15, 1975,...

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British PM Boris Johnson discharged from hospital: Downing Street

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital on Sunday, a Downing Street spokesman said, a week after being admitted for treatment for coronavirus and spending three days in intensive care. "The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery, at Chequers," the spokesman said, referring to the prime minister's country estate outside London. "On the...

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5.3 magnitude earthquake rocks near California-Nevada border

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake has struck near Yosemite National Park, along the California-Nevada border. Occurring at a depth of six miles (10km), the quake hit shortly after 7:30am on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. Its epicenter was around 90 miles (144km) southeast of Lake Tahoe, just north of the sprawling Yosemite National Park. you. RTLIVE search A...

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Trump keen to lift restrictions as coronavirus curve appears to flatten

WASHINGTON: US health officials made cautiously optimistic noises about coronavirus despite high death tolls Thursday, suggesting Americans might be able to take summer holidays, as falling hospitalization rates hint at a turning point in the battle against COVID-19. With unemployment skyrocketing and the economy tanking, President Donald Trump is keen to lift social confinement measures and get the United States...

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Up to 150 members of Saudi royal family infected with coronavirus, claims NYT

RIYADH: More than six weeks after the Kingdom reported its first case of coronavirus, the contagion has now infected several members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family, according to a New York Times report. As many as 150 royals in the kingdom are now believed to have contracted the virus, claimed the report published on Thursday. According to the publication, a senior prince...

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Biden vs Trump: General election battle is now set

The stage is set for November. Barring unforeseen disaster, Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump this fall, the former vice president’s place on the general election ballot cemented by Bernie Sanders’ decision to end his campaign. Biden likely won’t secure the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination until June. But without any Democratic rivals...

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Daesh claim responsibility for US airbase attack in Afghanistan

Daesh have claimed responsibility for the five rockets which hit a major US air base in Afghanistan on Thursday. The attack comes weeks after Taliban and the United States reached a deal on the withdrawal of US-led international troops in exchange for Taliban security guarantees. Daesh have not been included in the pact. "Five rockets were fired at Bagram airfield...

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Bernies Sanders pulls out of US democrat presidential race

US Senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential campaign, his team said Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump in November. Sanders, a 78-year-old leftist who challenged Hillary Clinton for the nomination in 2016, was holding a staff conference call on Wednesday when he "announced that he is...

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US reports nearly 2,000 coronavirus deaths in record single-day jump

The state of New York overtook Italy on Tuesday, reporting 138,836 cases of the novel coronavirus, according to a Reuters tally. Even as medical teams struggled to save an onslaught of gravely ill coronavirus patients and deaths hit new highs, the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations seemed to be levelling off in New York state, the US epicentre of the pandemic, Governor Andrew...

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China claims no new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday

WUHAN: China on Tuesday reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January, just a day before it plans to lift travel curbs from the contagion's epicentre of Wuhan. The twin milestones illustrate the progress China says it has made in its all-consuming battle against the pandemic, which originated in Wuhan and spread...

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Who is Dominic Raab? The Brexiteer ex-lawyer deputizing for Boris Johnson

LONDON: When Boris Johnson announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would deputise if the British prime minister was incapacitated. Few expected him to do so, as Johnson and his office repeatedly maintained the prime minister's symptoms were mild. But after Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday night, and transferred to intensive care just 24 hours...

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Boris Johnson receives oxygen treatment in ICU amid questions about who’s running the UK

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been receiving oxygen treatment for coronavirus in intensive care, a senior member of the Cabinet confirmed. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said in an interview with the BBC that the Prime Minister was "not on a ventilator" but had "received oxygen support." He told BBC Radio 4's Today program that Johnson was "receiving the very best care"...

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