Thursday, 28 January 2021

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Canada advises citizens against travelling to Hong Kong

TORONTO: Canada has  “strong concern” over China’s new national security legislation in Hong Kong and updated advisory warning citizens from travelling to the special administrative region citing potential impacts of the new legislation. Canada’s foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a statement posted on his official Twitter page that “This ...

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WHO urges countries to ‘wake up’ and halt coronavirus

GENEVA: The World Health Organization urged countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities on the ground instead of bickering, and to “take control”. “People need to wake up. The data is not lying. The situation on the ground is not lying,” WHO emergencies director Michael ...

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Above 100 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

YANGON: The bodies of at least 100 jade miners were pulled from the mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, in one of the worst ever accidents to hit the perilous industry. Scores die each year while working in the country’s lucrative but poorly regulated jade industry, which ...

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David Clark stepped down as NZ Health Minister

WELLINGTON: David Clark stepped down as Health Minister after facing a backlash for his breaching of Level 4 quarantine rules. Recently he had been pressured to resign, as over 2,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling for him to be sacked. New Zealand’s Health Minister, David Clark, stepped down from ...

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Hong Kong security law sails through Chinese parliament

HONG KONG: China approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, a move many see as Beijing’s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

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Belgium takes down statue, king regrets colonial violence

BRUSSELS: Belgium confronted its colonial past and looked toward reconciliation Tuesday, with the king expressing regret for the violence carried out by the country when it ruled over what is now Congo. Later in the day, the bust of a former monarch held responsible for the death of millions of ...

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US could hit 100,000 new virus cases a day

WASHINGTON: A top US health expert warned Congress on Tuesday that new coronavirus cases could more than double to 100,000 per day if authorities and the public fail to take steps to suppress the pandemic. Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, a leading member of President Donald Trump s coronavirus task force, ...

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Indian diplomatic staff, family leave Pakistan via Wagah Border

WAGAH/ATTARI: 38 staff members of Indian High Commission including six diplomats and their families left for India via Wagah-Attari Border. Earlier Pakistan asked India to reduce strength of its High Commission in Islamabad by 50 percent as a counter measure to Indian move of cutting strength of Pakistani High Commission ...

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At least 32 dead as boat capsizes in Bangladesh

DHAKA: At least 32 bodies have been recovered so far after a boat capsized in the Buriganga River in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Monday (June 29). According to survivors, the boat named ML Morning Bird had around 50 passengers on board when it sank in the river along the Shyambazar ...

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