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Uzbekistan: 70,000 evacuated after dam wall collapses

TASHKENT: Some 70,000 people have been evacuated from eastern Uzbekistan as hundreds of houses were submerged under waters from a collapsed dam, said government officials on Saturday. Agricultural lands and some residential areas in the region were flooded, hundreds of houses were damaged, and 56 people were injured in the Sirdaryo ...

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Global coronavirus confirmed cases exceed 2.9m

LONDON: Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with about 2.9 million confirmed cases in 185 countries, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. The university’s data showed that the number of virus-linked deaths reached 203,332, while the number of people who recovered stands at 824,002. ...

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US backs NATO call for Afghan cease-fire over COVID-19

The US’ special envoy backed NATO’s call for a humanitarian cease-fire in Afghanistan to help the country deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and move towards lasting peace. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad welcomed the NATO statement “focused on key next steps … necessary for peace and stability ...

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WHO warns worst of coronavirus yet to come

GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the “worst is yet ahead [of] us” from the novel coronavirus outbreak. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a video conference that the world must act together on a national and global scale to overcome the pandemic. He ...

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Australia Demands Coronavirus Probe, China dismissed

MELBOURNE:. Australia added to growing pressure on China over its handling of the novel coronavirus, questioning its transparency and demanding an international investigation into the origins of the virus and how it spread. The coronavirus is believed to have emerged in a market selling wildlife in the central Chinese city ...

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Virus affects 81% of global workforce

LONDON: The International Labour Organization (ILO) told the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) that workplace closures have risen so fast that 81% of the global workforce live in countries with mandatory or recommended closures. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder urged the IMF and World Bank to focus their response ...

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Global COVID-19 death toll crosses 120,000 mark

LONDON: The global death toll from the novel coronavirus crossed the 120,000 mark, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University. Data compiled by the university showed that the global number of deaths reached 120,449, while the total number of people who recovered exceed 461,500. There are also over 1.9 million ...

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France: Massive strikes strangle Paris for 12th day

PARIS: Massive strikes in France continued for a 12th day to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reform, causing serious disruptions in transportation, health and the public sector in the capital Paris and other cities. In Paris, eight metro lines and around 20 metro stations were closed with other lines ...

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70 soldiers killed in attack on Nigerian military camp

NIAMEY: Suspected militants attacked a military camp in western Niger, killing at least 70 soldiers, authorities said, according to local media. The overnight attack took place in the village of Inates near the border with Mali, where fighters linked to Islamic State have long been active. “It was a position ...

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