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Prison riot kills 23 in Colombia as Chile enforces virus curfew

Prison riot kills 23 in Colombia as Chile enforces virus curfew

AFP :Panic over the spread of the coronavirus sparked a prison riot in Colombia that killed 23 inmates on Sunday, as Chile became the latest Latin American country to announce

US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks

US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks

AFP :The Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US special envoy

US Secretary of State Pompeo visits Kabul amid multiple crises

US Secretary of State Pompeo visits Kabul amid multiple crises

AFP  :US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, a pool report said, amid an ongoing political crisis, a raging Taliban insurgency and rising

Queen Elizabeth II moves out of palace as aide tests virus positive

NDTV :The 93-year-old monarch shifted out of the palace to Windsor Castle indefinitely on Thursday as a "precaution" and reports are that she is healthy.The aide is believed to have

Fears Bali will emerge as Indonesia's coronavirus hotspot

Fears Bali will emerge as Indonesia's coronavirus hotspot

Al Jazeera News :Denpasar, Indonesia - Authorities in Bali will allow tens of thousands of people to attend Hindu ceremonies for the island's new year, or Nyepi, celebrations this week

Zero coronavirus cases in North Korea?

Zero coronavirus cases in North Korea?

AFP :North Korea has said it has released almost all the foreigners it quarantined as a precaution.With international focus on the coronavirus, North Korea has doubled down on its missile

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theory

AP, Dubai :Iran's supreme leader Sunday refused U.S. assistance to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be man-made by America.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments

N Korea says Trump's letter offers anti-virus cooperation

N Korea says Trump's letter offers anti-virus cooperation

AP, Seoul :President Donald Trump sent a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seeking to maintain good relations and offering cooperation in fighting the viral pandemic, Kim's

Netanyahu offers to step down next year in unity deal

Netanyahu offers to step down next year in unity deal

AP, Jerusalem :Israel's prime minister Saturday said he is ready to step down next year as part of a proposed power-sharing agreement with his chief rival meant to steer the

Virus concerns lead to 'public' meetings without the public

Virus concerns lead to 'public' meetings without the public

AP, Jefferson City :First, Oklahoma lawmakers excluded the public from the Capitol because of coronavirus concerns.Then with the public gone, lawmakers made an emergency change to the state's open-meetings law

Virus rebels from France to Florida flout lockdown practices

Virus rebels from France to Florida flout lockdown practices

AP, Paris :Young German adults hold "corona parties" and cough toward older people. A Spanish man leashes a goat to go for a walk to skirt confinement orders. From France

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UN welcomes positive responses to fighting pause in LibyaAP, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed positive responses from Libya's warring parties to calls for a humanitarian pause in

Pentagon successfully tests unarmed hypersonic missile

Pentagon successfully tests unarmed hypersonic missile

The United States announced Friday it has successfully tested an unarmed prototype of a hypersonic missile, a nuclear-capable weapon that could accelerate the arms race between superpowers.The Pentagon said a

Remains of missing Colorado boy found in Florida

AP, Colorado Springs :Human remains found in Florida are believed to be those of a Colorado boy reported missing in January by his stepmother, who was later arrested and charged

WADA issues dope testing guidelines amid coronavirus pandemic

WADA issues dope testing guidelines amid coronavirus pandemic

AFP, Montreal :The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued new guidelines on Friday to facilitate continued testing amid the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic.Noting that the spread of COVID-19 had evolved

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Cuba, Bolivia close borders, Brazil slashes growth expectationsAFP, MontevideoCuba and Bolivia announced on Friday they were closing their borders while Brazil drastically slashed its growth projections for 2020 over the

Trump says US on top as virus outbreak shuts largest cities

Trump says US on top as virus outbreak shuts largest cities

AFP, New York :New York and Illinois followed California Friday in locking down to stem the coronavirus pandemic as President Donald Trump declared the United States was already "winning" the

UK govt to pay 80 pc workers' wages in virus crisis: Rishi Sunak

UK govt to pay 80 pc workers' wages in virus crisis: Rishi Sunak

PTI, London :Britain's Indian-origin finance minister announced that the UK government would pay 80 per cent of wages for employees not working, up to 2,500 pounds a month.Britain's Indian-origin finance

US-led coalition troops pull out of base in western Iraq

US-led coalition troops pull out of base in western Iraq

AP, Baghdad  :Troops from the U.S.-led coalition pulled out from a base in western Iraq on Thursday as part of a planned drawdown, Iraqi and coalition officials said, while training

Saudi King warns of ‘difficult’ coronavirus fight

Saudi King warns of ‘difficult’ coronavirus fight

AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Arabia's King Salman warned Thursday of a "more difficult" fight ahead against the new coronavirus, as the kingdom faces the double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing

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Arabs urge Yemen's Houthis to allow UN to assess oil tankerAP, United Nations Six Arab countries are urging the U.N. Security Council to exercise "maximum efforts" to persuade Yemen's Houthi

Merkel calls coronavirus 'biggest challenge since WW2'

Merkel calls coronavirus 'biggest challenge since WW2'

AFP, Berlin :Germany is facing its biggest challenge "since the Second World War" in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a television address urging citizens

Trump calls himself ‘wartime President’ as he battles virus

Trump calls himself ‘wartime President’ as he battles virus

AP, Washington  :Describing himself as a "wartime president" fighting an invisible enemy, President Donald Trump invoked rarely used emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against the coronavirus pandemic. Trump

Africa should 'prepare for the worst' with virus, WHO says

Africa should 'prepare for the worst' with virus, WHO says

AP, Johannesburg  :Africa should "prepare for the worst" as the coronavirus begins to spread locally, the World Health Organization's director-general said Wednesday, while South Africa became the continent's new focus

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88

AP, Cape Canaveral :Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, died Wednesday at age 88.Worden died

Indonesia halts Islamic assembly, quarantining 9,000 people

Indonesia halts Islamic assembly, quarantining 9,000 people

AP, Makassar :Indonesia halted a mass congregation of nearly 9,000 Muslim pilgrims and began quarantining them and checking their health Thursday to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus amid

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Khamenei to pardon 10,000 more prisonersAP, TehranIran's top leader will pardon 10,000 more prisoners in an apparent effort to combat the coronavirus, state TV reported Thursday.As part of steps to

Kim admits troubled medical system amid virus fears

Kim admits troubled medical system amid virus fears

AP, Seoul, South Korea :North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged that his country lacks modern medical facilities and called for urgent improvements, state media said Wednesday, in a rare

Militia 'sect' wreaks havoc in remote DR Congo region

AFP, Bunia, DR Congo :With three fingers chopped off his left hand, Father Guy-Robert Mandro bears physical witness to a resurgence of violence in DR Congo that has gone widely

US drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

US drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

The US Justice Department abruptly dropped its criminal case Monday against the company controlled by a confident of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in