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Australia extends ban on visitors from China access_timeFebruary 13

SYDNEY–Australia on Thursday announced a ban on travellers from China would extend for at least a week beyond Saturday's planned deadline, as the death toll from the coronavirus soared. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government wou...

4 of Afghan family dead in avalanche access_timeFebruary 13

NILI,AFGHANISTAN– Four members of a family had been killed, one injured while two others went missing after avalanche hit a village in Afghanistan's central Daykundi province, provincial government spokesperson said Thursday. "The inc...

Airbus reports 2019 net loss of 1.36 bn euros access_timeFebruary 13

PARIS–Airbus on Thursday reported a net loss of 1.36 billion euros in 2019 after being hit by a 3.6-billion-euro fine over a bribery scandal and extra development costs for the A400M transport aircraft. The firm said operating profits rose to ...

Facebook-owned WhatsApp now has 2 billion users access_timeFebruary 13

SAN FRANCISCO–The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said Wednesday it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its commitment to strong encryption to protect privacy. WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014...

Sanders wins in New Hampshire as Biden crashes and burns access_timeFebruary 12

MANCHESTER– Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's high-stakes Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to US network projections, leaving rivals including party stalwart Joe Biden in his wake as he staked his claim to challenge President Donald ...

World leaders show support for China's fight against novel coronavirus epidemic access_timeFebruary 12

BEIJING– More state and government leaders and heads of global institutions have expressed their sympathy to China over the novel coronavirus outbreak and voiced support to the country's fight against the epidemic. Indian Prime Minister Na...

Kejriwal to take oath as Delhi CM on Feb 16 access_timeFebruary 12

NEW DELHI–AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal is slated to take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third time on February 16. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at Ramlila Maidan. AAP galloped to a landslide victory by winning 62...

Afghan Taliban accepts "significant reduction" in violence: Afghan president access_timeFebruary 12

KABUL–Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have held a telephone conversation discussing the ongoing U.S.-Taliban talks. During the conversation on Tuesday evening, Pompeo informed Ghani of a notable p...

Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes access_timeFebruary 12

KHARTOUM–Sudan has agreed to hand ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir and others to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, a member of Khartoum's ruling body said Tuesday. The Hague-based ICC has charged Bashir and t...

G77, UN express full support for China's efforts to contain novel coronavirus access_timeFebruary 11

UNITED NATIONS– The Group of 77 (G77) and the United Nations on Monday expressed full support for China's fight against the novel coronavirus. The G77 expresses its full support to the comprehensive efforts made by the Chinese government t...

21 centres set up for counting of votes on Feb 11: Delhi CEO access_timeFebruary 10

NEW DELHI– Twenty one centres for counting of votes on February 11 have been set up in the city-state, Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said on Sunday. "We have set up 21 centres for counting of votes, wherein there ...

3252 people under observation in Kerala for Coronavirus access_timeFebruary 10

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM–In the backdrop of Coronavirus threat, Kerala Health Department on Sunday informed that as many as 3,252 people are under observation across the state including 34 who are in various hospitals. The government claimed that 32...

Xi inspects novel coronavirus prevention, control work in Beijing access_timeFebruary 10

BEIJING– Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Monday inspected the novel coronavirus pneumonia prevention and control work in Beijing. Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Milit...

Scientists race to develop vaccine for new coronavirus access_timeFebruary 9

SINGAPORE–Scientists from the United States to Australia are using new technology in an ambitious, multi-million-dollar drive to develop a vaccine in record time to tackle China's coronavirus outbreak. The new virus has spread rapidly sinc...

27 dead after 'unprecedented' mass shooting: Thai PM access_timeFebruary 9

NAKHON RATCHASIMA–The soldier who gunned down 26 people before being shot dead by commandos in northeastern Thailand did it over a "personal problem", Thai premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha said Sunday. "It is unprecedented in Thailand,...

Two US troops killed by Afghan soldier in Nangarhar attack access_timeFebruary 9

KABUL–Two American troops were killed and six others wounded when an Afghan soldier armed with a machine gun opened fire, the US military confirmed Sunday. The deaths come at a sensitive time in the 18-year-old war, with President Donald Trump...

6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea access_timeFebruary 9

SYDNEY–A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit just after 4pm local time (0600GMT) at a depth o...

Trump tells Xi he has 'confidence' in China battling virus access_timeFebruary 7

WASHINGTON– US President Donald Trump expressed his "confidence" in China's ability to tackle the novel coronavirus epidemic during talks with his Beijing counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said. Trump "expressed confid...

National supervisory commission sends group to investigate issues involving Dr. Li Wenliang access_timeFebruary 7

BEIJING–The National Supervisory Commission has decided to dispatch an inspection group to Wuhan, capital city of Hubei Province and the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to thoroughly investigate issues related to Dr. Li Wenliang. ...

Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied in tight Iowa race access_timeFebruary 6

CONCORD–Democratic White House candidate Pete Buttigieg held a wafer-thin lead over leftist rival Bernie Sanders early Thursday as more delayed results arrived, after the US election season kicked off with caucuses in Iowa. With 97 percent of ...