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  • The Chinese Football Affiliation (CFA) plans to have their beat flight groups tried for COVID-19 once a week after the association kicks off on July 25, neighborhood media detailed Sunday. The CFA will enforce strict virus-preventive measures to make sure the Chinese Super League (CSL) 2020 ...

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  •  A senior official of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Movement unveiled on Saturday that Fatah considers declaring a Constituent Assembly to adopt a Palestinian constitution. Mahmoud el-Aloul, deputy chairman of the movement told Xinhua that the proposals are on the table for ...

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  • ISTANBUL            -        Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) on Monday announced that it would offer a 40-percent discount on tickets for healthcare workers across the globe. ...

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  • The joint teams formed to control and mitigate the locust attack had conducted survey and control operation across the affected areas of the country and about 500,000 hectares have been controlled from locusts. According the details released by the National Locust Control Center (NLCC), joint ...

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  • Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Saturday received Chinese Ambassador to Iraq Zhang Tao and the two discussed means to boost bilateral ties. Zhang congratulated al-Kadhimi for taking office after gaining the confidence of the Iraqi parliament. The ambassador also confirmed China's ...

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trial over charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust opened on Sunday in the Jerusalem District Court, a week after he was sworn-in for a fifth term, marking the first time a sitting Israeli prime minister stands criminal trial.

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  • On March 14, when some 880 pilgrims suspected of contracting the novel coronavirus reached Pakistani eastern city of Dera Ghazi Khan from Iran, Nauman Hussain Chaudhry was among the team of 46 healthcare providers and janitorial staff assigned duties in an isolation center established about 20 km ...

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  • The Saudi G20 Presidency announced on Tuesday a G20 energy ministers' virtual meeting will be held to discuss how to stabilise energy markets, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The meeting will be held on April 10 to foster global dialogue and cooperation to ensure stable energy markets and enable ...

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  • NEW YORK                -              The United States became the first nation with more than 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University. As of Wednesday afternoon, a total ...

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  • China is trying to blunt the impact of the novel coronavirus on its anti-poverty drive and vowing to realize the poverty-alleviation target at the end of the year, an official said Wednesday. The country is actively addressing the challenges brought by the epidemic on poverty alleviation, with ...

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  • Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered on Wednesday a complete closure of three cities to curb COVID-19 spread, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The cities are Riyadh, Mecca and Medina, and no one can leave or enter them. The orders would take effect from Thursday, and the curfew will ...

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  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that stricter measures will be taken to secure social health and immunity amid the combat against novel coronavirus spread, state TV reported. We may be stricter toward (intercity) trips and problems that they cause for the people," Rouhani said ...

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  • Italian general practitioners remember seeing strange pneumonia cases as early as November, which could mean the virus was circulating in parts of Italy before doctors became aware of China's COVID-19 outbreak, a U.S. radio outlet reported, citing a paper on Italy's coronavirus crisis. The report ...

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  •  The pandemic of COVID-19 has killed 11,184 people worldwide as of midnight Friday, an increase of 1,344 deaths compared with the previous day, according to the daily situation report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on late Saturday. A total of 32,000 new infections were ...

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  • Emirates, a Dubai-based international airline, announced Sunday it would temporarily suspend all passenger operations from Wednesday over the COVID-19 outbreak. "The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth ...

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  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to temporarily lift sanctions on Iran, one of the worst-hit countries by COVID-19. "I want to appeal to President Trump on humanitarian grounds to lift the sanctions against Iran till the COVID-19 pandemic is over," the ...

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  • Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education on Saturday announced 20,610 coronavirus cases in the country, of whom 1,556 people have died, according to official IRNA news agency. Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the ministry, said that a total of 7,635 ...

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  • BRUSSEL         -            COVID-19 is not a Chinese virus, said a senior EU official on Thursday, as he called for global cooperation in confronting the “massive threat.” “Viruses don’t have a nationality and they ...

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  • The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said on Wednesday that an estimated 1.7 million jobs will be lost in the Arab world in 2020 because of the outbreak of COVID-19. "More than 1.7 million jobs could be lost in 2020, with the unemployment rate increasing by 1.2 percentage ...

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  • Beijing            -           China on Thursday marked a major milestone in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic as it recorded zero domestic infections for the first time since the ...

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  • CHENGDU              -                The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda on Tuesday welcomed the birth of the world’s first pair of captive-bred giant panda twins this year. The mother panda ...

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  • MANILA           -            China has decided to donate 100,000 more test kits and other urgently-needed medical supplies to the Philippines to help the southeast Asian country fight COVID-19 spread.  Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said ...

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  • Palestine on Wednesday called on the international community to prevent Israeli attempts to annex territories of the occupied West Bank. The appeal by the Palestinian foreign ministry came after Miki Zohar, an Israeli lawmaker of the Likud party, presented two bills to allow annexation of the ...

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  • The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has reached 239 after the emergence of 29 new cases in east Punjab and south Sindh provinces on Tuesday, health officials said. Murtaza Wahab, spokesperson of the Sindh government, said they found 172 positive cases in the province including at ...

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  • Pakistan army said on Tuesday that one of its soldiers was killed in Indian forces' firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region. An army statement said the Indian troops "resorted to unprovoked fire" in Shahkot sector along the LoC with heavy weapons. Pakistan's army responded ...

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  • Iraqi President Barham Salih on Tuesday appointed Adnan al-Zurfi as the prime minister-designate who will form an interim government, the official television reported. Salih received al-Zurfi in his office in the Presidential Palace in central Baghdad and handed him the task letter to form a new ...

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  • With 69 new cases emerging on Monday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 121 in Pakistan, said officials. The total number of cases in south Sindh province rose to 88 on Monday, out of which 26 cases were reported from Karachi, one case from Hyderabad and 61 cases are the pilgrims ...

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  • The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 52 on Sunday, with 19 new cases reported, said officials. A total of 17 new infected cases have been reported in Sindh, while one each new case emerged in eastern Punjab province and the capital of Islamabad. In Sindh, 13 new cases of ...

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  • Pakistan joined regional countries in a video conference of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) members on Sunday to discuss responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday proposed a conference of SAARC to explore coordination and strategy ...

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  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday ordered the postponement of the parliamentary elections as part of the preventive measures against the novel coronavirus, according to the state news agency SANA. The elections were delayed to May 20 after they were initially due to be held in Syria on ...

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