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  • The move comes as the prime minister also unveiled a stimulus package to alleviate the economic aftermath of the coronavirus disease in the country that has infected 4,845 and killed 108. Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in the capital Tokyo, Osaka, and five other ...

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  • Given the new find, researchers emphasised the importance of following the recommendations to stay at home, practice self-distancing, and to wash one's hands frequently. Coronavirus droplets ejected when a person coughs, sneezes, or even speaks can remain floating in the air for minutes instead of ...

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  • On Saturday, Donald Trump said that he "does not care about OPEC" and that he will put tariffs on oil imports to the United States if he has to in order to protect the oil industry at home. US President Donald Trump has stated he does not rule out that if necessary, the US may reduce oil production ...

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron, in a phone conversation with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, stated the readiness of France and European partners to continue their humanitarian cooperation with Iran, the Elysee Palace said in a statement. "The President of the Republic had a meeting today ...

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  • In late March, the US military deployed its Patriot missile defence system to the Ayn al-Asad base in Iraq in a move to "protect against another potential Iranian attack”. Reuters on Monday reported, citing its sources, that missiles hit near sites of foreign and state-run oil companies in ...

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  • Pakistan on Monday reported the demise of another doctor from coronavirus, raising safety concerns among health professionals who have been complaining about lack of proper safety gears. Dr. Abdul Qadir Soomro, a veteran physician, breathed his last at a local hospital in southern port city of ...

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  • On Saturday, Iran’s ambassador to Belgium Gholamhossein Dehghani underscored that the US’ anti-Iranian sanctions “undermine Tehran's ability to effectively fight the virus in the long run without international support”. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has ...

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  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to declare a state of emergency in the country on Wednesday to contain a rapid spread of COVID-19, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday, citing a government official. Declaring the state of emergency will allow local authorities to tell the ...

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  • Global oil prices suffered a sharp decline as a result of the collapse of the OPEC+ deal after its members failed to negotiate the extension of production cuts. US President Donald Trump claimed that the deal was not prolonged due to Russia and Saudi Arabia entering into a price war. Canada's ...

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  • Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban is optimistic that OPEC+ countries will be able to reach a new agreement at the alliance’s upcoming meeting scheduled for 9 April, spokesman from Iraq’s Oil Ministry Asem Jihad said. "Thamer Ghadhban, deputy prime minister for energy and the minister ...

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  • On Tuesday, Nicolas Maduro addressed the leaders of governments across the world to request their assistance amid US attempts to arrest him over accusations of drug trafficking, which he has slammed as "false" and not based on any evidence. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro tweeted on ...

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  • US President Donald Trump has ordered to deploy 1,000 military personnel, consisting mostly of doctors, nurses, and healthcare specialists to New York City amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Live from New York City after US President Donald Trump ordered to deploy 1,000 military personnel to aid ...

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  • Late last month, the US-led international coalition’s headquarters in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh near the Syrian border was reportedly transferred to the Iraqi Army, who earlier took over several local military bases left by coalition troops. Colonel Myles Caggins, spokesman for ...

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  • Oil prices have collapsed recently both due to the lowered demand amid the rapid spread of COVID-19 and OPEC+'s failure to reach an agreement on cutting oil output in April. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he "does not care about OPEC" and that he will put tariffs on oil imports to the ...

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  • According to Iztok Prezelj, the chair of Defence Studies and a member of Defence Research Centre at the University of Ljubljana, "Security policy simply is about prioritization of threats and responses, it is impossible to focus on e.g. 5 threats at the same time", Prezelj said. The expert ...

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  • Last year, Michael Atkinson notified the US Congress that he received a complaint from an intelligence officer concerning the July telephone conversation between the US President and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. The content of the conversation ultimately became the reason for the ...

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  • A coalition agreement between Likud and Kahol Lavan is expected to be signed any day now. Israeli observers have explained Benny Gantz's sudden decision to team up with Benjamin Netanyahu and whether a government will be formed at long last. In a dramatic twist of fate, Benny Gantz, who repeatedly ...

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  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of using “agents of terror” disguised as diplomats to carry out assassinations and engage in bomb plots across Europe on Thursday amid reports citing US intelligence that an Iranian hit squad was behind the death of a dissident Iranian ...

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  • Queen Elizabeth II in her televised address to the nation will call on the citizens of the United Kingdom to self-discipline in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Financial Times newspaper reported, citing excerpts from the Queen's speech scheduled for Sunday. "I hope in the years to ...

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  • A total of 300,915 COVID-19 infections have been reported in the US, and at least 8,162 people have died from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University. US President Donald Trump said that 1000 military personnel are deploying to New York City amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. He said ...

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  • The global death toll from coronavirus crossed 60,000 on Saturday, according to figures compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University. The virus known as COVID-19, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 181 countries and regions around the globe, while confirmed cases ...

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  • The Russian cabinet said on Saturday that it had approved the draft of the country's energy policy for the period until 2035 and allocated over 562 million rubles ($7.4 million) from its reserve fund to be paid to agencies on the frontline of tackling the COVID-19 outbreak. "The government's ...

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  • Russia continues oil production cooperation with Venezuela and the two countries maintain close contacts within the framework of OPEC-non-OPEC agreements, Russian Ambassador in Caracas Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov said. "As for oil production in Venezuela, we continue our cooperation. However, the ...

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  • Venezuela is condemning the European Union's endorsement of the United States' proposal to establish a transitional government in the Latin American country as silence in the face of Washington's "aggression against Venezuelan sovereignty," Venezuelan Foreign Minister Gorge Arreaza has ...

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  • The US and the United Arab Emirates completed a series of bilateral live-fire exercises in the Persian Gulf region, Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement. “Operation Thundercloud was a staff exercise dedicated to increasing fire mission interoperability at the battalion level”, ...

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  • Global oil prices began to fall in January, while in early March the market saw a huge surplus sending prices to their lowest points in the past two decades. The Saudi Foreign Ministry has refuted rumours that Riyadh wanted to sink oil prices to destroy the shale oil market, saying instead ...

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  • Ankara is expected to activate the S-400s in the coming weeks, but Washington has not given up on its plans to get the much-feared weapons out of Turkey. Stick has not worked, apparently, so not is the time to offer some carrot. The United States may come to Turkey’s aid in Idlib in exchange ...

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  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau calls US stop on medical supplies ‘mistake’ It would be a “mistake” for the United States to stop masks badly needed by health care professionals from coming into Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau was reacting to the ...

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has so far infected 972,303 people globally, with over 50 thousand deaths, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO); in Pakistan the death toll has reached 40, with 2,696 reported to have contracted the virus. Since February, Pakistani movie stars Sanam Saeed, Sarah ...

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  • Earlier, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Graham Medley said as quoted by The Times that there might be a need to reconsider the controversial herd immunity strategy, which implies allowing people to catch the coronavirus to build up a ...

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