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Kyrgyzstan president declares state of emergency

BISHKEK: Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency in the capital Bishkek on Friday and ordered the military to end days of unrest, as supporters of rival political groups fought on the streets. A Reuters journalist in the capital heard gunshots and saw demonstrators from rival groups throwing ...

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FBI says thwarted plot to kidnap US state governor

NEW YORK: The FBI said on Thursday it thwarted a plot to overthrow the Michigan state government and kidnap its governor, Gretchen Whitmer, and had probable cause to charge six men with a failed operation that involved reaching out to a militia group. The operation will be announced at a ...

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Trump says contracting COVID was ‘blessing from God’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump claimed that his COVID-19 infection was a “blessing from God” shortly after he returned to the Oval Office. Trump said that when he went to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday he “wasn’t feeling so hot” after contracting the virus that has ...

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Covid-19 vaccine may be ready by year-end, says WHO’s Tedros

GENEVA: A vaccine against Covid-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and political commitment by all leaders to ensure equal distribution of vaccines when they become available. “We will need vaccines and there ...

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Washington urges key allies to unite against China

TOKYO: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on key Asian allies to unite against China’s “exploitation, corruption and coercion” in the region, as he held talks on Tuesday in Tokyo. Pompeo was speaking at the start of discussions with his Japanese, Indian and Australian counterparts, the so-called Quad grouping, ...

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Iran fears regional war as fighting rages around Karabakh

TEHRAN: Iran’s president warned that fighting between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces in the South Caucasus could trigger a regional war as the death toll rose on the 11th day of hostilities. More than 300 have now died in the renewed fighting in and around the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, ...

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Kyrgyz opposition groups make rival power grabs after toppling govt

BISHKEK: The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan slid deeper into chaos as rival opposition factions jostled for power on Wednesday, a day after they stormed government buildings, forcing the prime minister to quit and a parliamentary election to be annulled. Left isolated by the resignation of Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov s ...

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All of Iran on coronavirus red alert as deaths hit records

TEHRAN: Iran’s health ministry said on Monday nearly the whole country was on a coronavirus red alert as cases and deaths rose to record levels, with a member of the state task force’s warning field hospitals might be needed if people flout the rules.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state ...

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France steps up search efforts after floods

BREIL-SUR-ROYA: Rescue services stepped up their search efforts in southwestern France after floods cut off several villages and killed two people in Italy, with eight still missing in France. Breil-sur-Roya, a French village close to the Italian border, was a scene of devastation with houses buried in mud and turned-over ...

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