Pakistan concerned over curbs in held Kashmir despite virus

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed deep concern over continued restrictions in occupied Jammu and Kashmir despite so many confirmed cases of coronavirus and two deaths due to the disease. In a statement issued on Sunday, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui regretted that thousands of Kashmiri youths, members of civil society, journalists and Kashmiri leaders were incarcerated […]

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Virus could claim 200,000 US lives, says scientist

WASHINGTON: A senior US scientist issued a cautious prediction on Sunday that the novel coronavirus could claim as many as 200,000 lives in the United States, as state and local officials described increasingly desperate shortages in hard-pressed hospitals. Dr Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told CNN that models […]

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North Korea says tested ‘super-large’ rocket launchers

Nuclear-armed North Korea successfully tested “super-large multiple rocket launchers”, state media said on Monday, but leader Kim Jong Un was not described as commanding the drill as analysts say Pyongyang seeks to normalise its launches. With the world focused on the coronavirus pandemic and North Korea insisting it has not had a single Covid-19 case, […]

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Spain’s coronavirus cases rise to over 85,000, overtake China

Spain overtook China’s total number of coronavirus cases on Monday but business leaders and regional authorities criticised the government’s decision to further restrict the movement of people and keep non-essential workers at home until mid-April. An overnight death toll of 812 people brought total fatalities in Spain to 7,340, while the number of infections rose […]

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Air strikes hit Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa: witnesses

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen carried out several airstrikes on Monday on the capital Sanaa, witnesses and media said, killing dozens of horses at a military school. A number of sensitive sites including the presidential palace compound, the school and an airbase close to Sanaa airport were hit, and loud explosions […]

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Anyone coughing at police in Britain faces two years in jail

LONDON: Anyone claiming to have coronavirus who deliberately coughs at emergency workers faces being jailed for two years, Britain’s Director of Public Prose­cutions said on Thursday. Max Hill said there had been reports in recent days of people coughing in the faces of police, other emergency workers and shop staff. Those responsible could face charges […]

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In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced on Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The city-state has introduced a series of new measures to tackle the virus, including closing bars and cinemas as well as banning large events. […]

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Xi tells Trump China and US must ‘unite to fight virus’

China and the United States should “unite to fight” the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the globe, said President Xi Jinping in a call with his US counterpart on Friday, according to state media. The two countries have clashed in recent weeks over the virus, but Xi told President Donald Trump that China “wishes […]

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British PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, goes into self-isolation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating but will still lead the government’s response to the outbreak. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson said. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via […]

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