Australia evacuates parts of its capital as bushfire conditions return

SYDNEY: Some residents of Australia’s capital Canberra were evacuated briefly on Wednesday after a bushfire broke out near the airport as searing hot weather ended a few days of respite and the number of out-of-control blazes surged in the southeast of the country. Roads were closed and the authorities told people to leave or stay […]

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Malaysia to buy more Indian sugar to resolve palm oil spat

MSM Malaysia Holdings Berhad will buy 130,000 tonnes of raw sugar from India worth 200 million ringgit ($49.20 million) in the first quarter, the company told Reuters. It bought around 88,000 tonnes of raw sugar from India in 2019. MSM is the sugar refining arm of the world’s largest palm oil producer, FGV Holdings, which […]

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450 schools shut as pollution chokes Thai capital

BANGKOK: Authorities in the Thai capital ordered nearly 450 schools to close on Wednesday as pollution levels reached dangerously unhealthy levels. Bangkok, the world’s most visited city, saw levels of PM 2.5 particles at 78.3 pg/m3. A level above 35 is considered unhealthy, according to independent air quality monitor AirVisual. PM 2.5 particles can include […]

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US senate hears arguments for Trump’s impeachment

WASHINGTON: Democrats began presenting their opening arguments at the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, took the podium on the floor of the Senate to make the case that Trump should be removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. […]

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New coronavirus cases rise to 571 in Chinese mainland

Cases of the new coronavirus pneumonia disease rose to 571 on the Chinese mainland as of Wednesday, including 95 in critical condition, and fatalities rose to 17, China’s National Health Commission said on Thursday morning. In addition, 393 suspected cases were reported as of Wednesday. All the reported deaths were in Hubei province, the epicentre […]

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US confirms first case of China virus as death toll reaches six

The United States on Tuesday announced its first case of a new virus that has claimed six lives in China and sickened hundreds, joining countries around the world in ramping up measures to block its spread. The man, a US resident in his 30s who lives near Seattle, is in good condition, according to federal […]

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Iran acknowledges Russia-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet

DUBAI: Iran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran’s main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. The new preliminary report by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation however stopped short of blaming the TOR-M1 for the crash […]

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Sparks fly as Trump’s impeachment trial opens

WASHINGTON: Sparks flew on Tuesday over proposed rules for the Senate trial of President Donald Trump, as Democrats accused Republicans of attempting a “cover-up” of evidence that the US leader abused his powers. The first full day of the historic trial saw the Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell submit a resolution on procedures that does […]

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US Senate blocks three Democratic bids for documents in Trump impeachment trial

The Republican-controlled United States Senate rejected three Democratic efforts on Tuesday to obtain documents and evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, an early sign the proceeding could advance along lines favourable to Trump. As the third impeachment trial in US history began in earnest, senators voted 53-47 along party lines to block three separate […]

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Saudi dismisses reports crown prince is behind hacking of Amazon boss Bezos’ phone

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday that a media report that the Kingdom is behind the hacking of Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos’ phone was “absurd”. Bezos’ phone was hacked in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had been sent from the personal account of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The Guardian had reported on Tuesday, citing […]

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