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Japan’s COVID-19 response in focus as woman let off cruise ship tests positive

By Friday, nearly 1,000 passengers who had tested negative for the COVID-19 virus had disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after a quarantine period came to a close. But rather than representing a positive turning point in the two-week saga, a growing number of questions are now being raised over the government’s decision not to isolate the passengers allowed ...

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China’s Xi says epidemic ‘grim,’ calls for action to revive economy

Warning that China’s virus epidemic is “still grim and complex,” President Xi Jinping called Sunday for more efforts to stop the outbreak, revive industry and prevent the disease from disrupting spring planting of crops. Xi defended the ruling Communist Party’s response as “timely and effective” in a video conference with officials in charge of anti-disease work, according to the official ...

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US-Taliban truce begins, raising hopes of peace deal

US-led forces, Kabul forces and Taliban fighters will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence, officials say. A week-long “reduction in violence” between the Taliban, the United States and Afghan security forces took effect on Friday, raising hopes for a resolution to the 18-year-long war. The agreement struck during negotiations between US and Taliban representatives, if maintained, could secure a ...

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‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable:’ Trump braces for a beef-free menu in India

When President Donald Trump travels abroad — be it to Saudi Arabia or Singapore– his hosts usually try make him feel at home with his favorite meal: steak with miniature bottles of ketchup on the side. But what’s a beef-lover to do in India? The President, whose diet is often a rotation of steaks, burgers and meatloaf, faces a potential ...

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Yalta: World War Two summit that reshaped the world

In February 1945, three men met in a holiday resort to decide the fate of the world. Nazi Germany was on its knees. Soviet troops were closing in on Berlin, while Allied forces had crossed Germany’s western border. In the Pacific, US troops were steadily but bloodily advancing towards Japan. As their armies poised for victory, the so-called Big Three ...

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Man who slapped female reporter’s bottom on live TV arrested

A Georgia man who was videotaped slapping a female reporter’s bottom on live TV was arrested on Friday on a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. A Savannah police spokeswoman, Bianca Johnson, confirmed that Thomas Callaway, 43, of Statesboro was charged in connection with the incident that occurred while WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian was broadcasting live as runners streamed past her ...

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Thousands join biggest protest in Bangkok since 2014 coup

Thai anti-government rally held in response to ban on Future Forward opposition party Thousands of people joined the biggest protest in Bangkok since a 2014 coup on Saturday, after Thai authorities moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of the former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha. The demonstration, called a day earlier by the Future Forward ...

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Blackwater founder Erik Prince secretly met Venezuela vice-president

Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater and prominent supporter of Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez – one of Nicolás Maduro’s closest allies. The visit, described by one source as “outreach” to Maduro’s government, came just eight months after Prince floated a plan to deploy a private army ...

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Rohingya fury at Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial to world court

Muslim victims of Myanmar ‘clearances’ voice outrage as peace prize winner dismisses atrocity chargesWhen Aung San Suu Kyi rose to denounce genocide charges against her country at the “world court” last week, three victims of Myanmar’s ethnic violence were sitting close behind the Nobel peace prize winner – disbelieving and seething with anger. Hamida Khatun, Yousuf Ali and Hasina Begum ...

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Vietnamese families provide DNA samples in attempt to help identify victims of British truck tragedy

Police in Vietnam have taken hair and blood samples to get DNA from relatives of people feared to be among the 39 who died in the back of a truck near London last week, their family members said. The bodies were found on Wednesday in a truck container in Grays, about 32km east of central London, and British police are ...

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