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World paying ‘heavy price’ for muddled virus strategies: UN

GENEVA: The planet is paying a heavy price for countries ignoring the recommendations of the World Health Organization to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, UN chief Antonio Guterres said. “Different countries have followed different, sometimes contradictory strategies and we are all paying a heavy price,” the secretary-general told a virtual meeting ...

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Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions for vaccine

BRUSSELS: World leaders, organisations and banks on Monday pledged 7.4 billion euros for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus, but warned that it is just the start of an effort that must be sustained over time to beat the disease. The funds, pledged at a video-conference summit ...

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International tourism to plunge up to 80% due to virus

MADRID: The number of international tourist arrivals will plunge by 60 to 80 percent in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Tourism Organization said Thursday, revising a previous forecast of a 20-30 percent drop. Tourist arrivals fell by 22 percent in the first quarter of the year, with ...

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WHO wants invite to China’s probe into virus origins

GENEVA: The World Health Organization said it hoped China would invite it to take part in its investigations into the animal origins of the novel coronavirus. “WHO would be keen to work with international partners and at the invitation of the Chinese government to participate in investigation around the animal ...

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Suu Kyi criticised in court over ‘silence’ on Myanmar rape claims

LONDON: The Gambia condemned Aung San Suu Kyi’s “silence” over the plight of Rohingya Muslims after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate defended Myanmar against genocide charges at the UN’s top court. Lawyers for the mostly Muslim African country said her arguments that Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown was a “clearance operation” ...

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UN says ‘94,000 Syrians have returned to their homes’

NEW YORK: At least 94,000 civilians have returned to areas liberated by anti-terror operation in northern Syria over the last 10 days, the UN said. At the beginning of Operation Peace Spring, there were over 200,000 people who had left their homes, Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for ...

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Mahathir stands by Kashmir comments despite Indian traders palm oil boycott

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said he would not retract his criticism of New Delhi’s actions in occupied Kashmir despite Indian traders calling for an unprecedented boycott of Malaysian palm oil. The impasse could exacerbate what Mahathir described as a trade war between the world’s second ...

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UN Security Council needs structural reform: Shinzo Abe

NEW YORK: The prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, while speaking at the 74th United Nations General Assembly, noted that both the United Nations and the UN Security Council should be reformed. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for structural reforms of the UN Security Council , expressing hope ...

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World tourism numbers up 4pc in first half of 2019: UN

MADRID: International tourist arrivals rose by 4.0 percent in the first half of 2019, but trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty could hinder growth, the UN World Tourism Organization said Monday. Worldwide destinations received 671 million foreign visitors between January and June, almost 30 million more than in the same period ...

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