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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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  • Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Friday said that the United States should end its "illegal" presence in the region. "The U.S. cannot blame others for the consequences of its illegal presence in Iraq," Mousavi made the remarks in a reaction to the U.S. claims blaming others for a ...

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  • The Walt Disney Co. has postponed the release of its upcoming China-set live-action movie "Mulan" amid a global spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. "We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we are all experiencing, unfortunately, we have ...

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  • Turkish and Russian military delegations have agreed on more details on the cease-fire in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, said Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Friday. Turkey and Russia will establish joint coordination centers and the military activities in Idlib will be managed ...

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  • FUZHOU                  -          The death doll has risen to 29 in a hotel collapse in eastern China’s Fujian Province, as rescuers found another victim on ...

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  • WUHAN          -            Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronaviraus outbreak in central China’s Hubei Province, on Monday suspended another public-facility-turned temporary hospital as the number of COVID-19 patients continued to ...

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  • JERUSALEM        -             Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday submitted a request to delay his corruption trial scheduled on March 17. Amit Hadad, one of Netanyahu’s lawyers, submitted the request to the State ...

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  • PARIS        -             Chinese technology firm Huawei has opened its first flagship store in France, highlighting the hi-tech image of Huawei with fashion. With an area of around 850 square meters, the store offers the public an abundance ...

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  • A passenger bus fell into a ravine in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir on Sunday evening, leaving at least 10 people killed and 12 others injured, police said. According to police officers in the area, around 25 people were travelling on the bus when it slipped and fell into the ravine while taking a ...

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