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  • India building collapse toll climbs to 35, search and rescue efforts continue

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    India building collapse toll climbs to 35, search and rescue efforts continue

    MUMBAI, Sept 23 ― Rescue workers battled rain and cramped conditions to scour through rubble and look for possible survivors as the toll from an apartment building collapse on...

  • Possible missile carrier spotted at N.Korea parade practice, says US think-tank

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    Possible missile carrier spotted at N.Korea parade practice, says US think-tank

    SEOUL, Sept 23 ― A vehicle that may be carrying a ballistic missile has been spotted at a parade training ground in North Korea amid signs it is preparing a big military display...

  • S.Korea's Moon proposes regional initiative to battle Covid-19, engage N.Korea

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    S.Korea's Moon proposes regional initiative to battle Covid-19, engage N.Korea

    SEOUL, Sept 23 ― South Korea's President Moon Jae-in called yesterday for a regional infectious disease control and public health initiative involving China, Japan, Mongolia,...

  • Freed Taliban have returned to battlefield, says top Afghan official

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    Freed Taliban have returned to battlefield, says top Afghan official

    WASHINGTON, Sept 23 ― A number of Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition for peace talks have taken up arms again, top official Abdullah...

  • Canada's Trudeau to unveil plan to address Covid-19 outbreak, revive economy

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    Canada's Trudeau to unveil plan to address Covid-19 outbreak, revive economy

    OTTAWA, Sept 23 ― Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil today what he says is a far-reaching plan to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic while...

  • Japan PM Suga, China's Xi to hold phone talks Friday, says source

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    Japan PM Suga, China's Xi to hold phone talks Friday, says source

    TOKYO, Sept 23 ― Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Chinese President Xi Jinping plan to hold talks by telephone on Friday evening, a source with direct knowledge of the...

  • Japan PM wants basic policy on new digital agency by year-end

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    Japan PM wants basic policy on new digital agency by year-end

    TOKYO, Sept 23 ― Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said today he wanted to compile a basic policy on a new digital agency by the end of this year and submit the bills to...

  • Indonesia president warns over super-power tensions in UN address

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    Indonesia president warns over super-power tensions in UN address

    JAKARTA, Sept 23 ― Indonesia's President Joko Widodo used his first address to the United Nations General Assembly to warn today that global stability and peace could be...

  • Covid-19: Australia's virus hotspot may speed up easing curbs as cases drop

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    Covid-19: Australia's virus hotspot may speed up easing curbs as cases drop

    MELBOURNE, Sept 23 ― Australia's coronavirus hot spot of Victoria is considering easing more curbs from September 26 than previously flagged, the state's premier said today, as...

  • Japan to further ease Covid-19 entry curbs but not for tourists, says report

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    Japan to further ease Covid-19 entry curbs but not for tourists, says report

    TOKYO, Sept 23 ― Japan is considering allowing more foreigners into the country for longer stays starting as early as next month, while keeping the Covid-19 entry curbs in place...

  • World should not be dominated by China-US 'rivalry', says French president Macron

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    World should not be dominated by China-US 'rivalry', says French president Macron

    NEW YORK, Sept 23 ―World leaders must not let themselves be dominated by a power struggle between the US and China, French President Emmanuel Macron told the UN yesterday,...

  • Rouhani says next US leader must cede to Iran demands

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    Rouhani says next US leader must cede to Iran demands

    NEW YORK, Sept 23 ― Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed yesterday that the next US leader must accept Tehran's demands, ruling out compromise as Donald Trump vies for...

  • China calls for global 'green revolution' as Trump goes solo on climate

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    China calls for global 'green revolution' as Trump goes solo on climate

    WASHINGTON, Sept 23 ― Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to boost his country's Paris climate accord target yesterday and called for a green revolution, just minutes...

  • US House passes stopgap funding Bill to avoid government shutdown

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    US House passes stopgap funding Bill to avoid government shutdown

    WASHINGTON, Sept 23 ― The Democratic-led US House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding Bill yesterday to keep the federal government operating through December 11, after...

  • Covid-19 'firepower': Britain imposes six-month curbs against second wave

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    Covid-19 'firepower': Britain imposes six-month curbs against second wave

    LONDON, Sept 23 ― Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the British people yesterday to work from home where possible and ordered restaurants and bars to close early to tackle a...

  • US warns 'foreign actors' aim to sow doubts over mail-in voting

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    US warns 'foreign actors' aim to sow doubts over mail-in voting

    WASHINGTON, Sept 23 ― US federal law enforcement and cybersecurity agencies yesterday warned that “foreign actors” will likely try to discredit the November presidential...

  • Pentagon vows to help Israel keep military superiority

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    Pentagon vows to help Israel keep military superiority

    WASHINGTON, Sept 23 ― US Defence Secretary Mark Esper pledged yesterday to help maintain Israel's military superiority in the Middle East, amid its concerns over a possible US...

  • Romney, Senate Republicans pave way for vote on Trump Supreme Court pick

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    Romney, Senate Republicans pave way for vote on Trump Supreme Court pick

    WASHINGTON, Sept 23 ― Senate Republicans including Mitt Romney yesterday lined up behind President Donald Trump's push to widen the US Supreme Court's conservative majority,...

  • New York says new cluster of Brooklyn Covid-19 cases causes 'significant concern'

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    New York says new cluster of Brooklyn Covid-19 cases causes 'significant concern'

    NEW YORK, Sept 23 ― New York City's Health Department has identified a new cluster of Covid-19 cases in Brooklyn, and said yesterday a marked uptick in infections there and in...

  • Canada at 'crossroads' as Covid-19 cases surge

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    Canada at 'crossroads' as Covid-19 cases surge

    OTTAWA, Sept 23 ― Covid-19 infections have surged in Canada and if people do not take stringent precautions, they could balloon to exceed levels seen during the first wave of...

  • Turkey's Erdogan, France's Macron discuss Eastern Mediterranean tensions

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    Turkey's Erdogan, France's Macron discuss Eastern Mediterranean tensions

    ISTANBUL, Sept 23 ― Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and France's Emmanuel Macron said yesterday they had held their first conversation in months following a standoff between...

  • As US surpasses 200,000 Covid-19 deaths, Wisconsin sounds alarm over surges in cases

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    As US surpasses 200,000 Covid-19 deaths, Wisconsin sounds alarm over surges in cases

    NEW YORK, Sept 23 ― Wisconsin governor Tony Evers yesterday declared a new public health emergency and extended a face mask mandate into November to fight a coronavirus flareup,...

  • Trump to campaign in Pittsburgh as Biden earns Cindy McCain's endorsement

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    Trump to campaign in Pittsburgh as Biden earns Cindy McCain's endorsement

    WASHINGTON, Sept 223 ― President Donald Trump headed for an evening campaign rally in the battleground state of Pennsylvania yesterday, as Democratic rival Joe Biden stayed off...

  • Saudi Arabia to re-allow umrah from Oct 4, says state news agency

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    Saudi Arabia to re-allow umrah from Oct 4, says state news agency

    CAIRO, Sept 23 ― Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims residing inside the country to undertake the umrah pilgrimage beginning on October 4, after a seven-month pause due to...

  • US FDA to tighten Covid-19 vaccine authorisation standards ahead of election, says report

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    US FDA to tighten Covid-19 vaccine authorisation standards ahead of election, says report

    WASHINGTON, Sept 23 ― The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to soon announce new, more stringent standards for an emergency authorisation of a Covid-19 vaccine,...

  • EU rule of law action against Hungary, Poland to continue, says Germany

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    EU rule of law action against Hungary, Poland to continue, says Germany

    BRUSSELS, Sept 22 — The EU procedure over breaches of the rule of law in Hungary and Poland will continue after the EU executive showed neither had made sufficient improvements,...

  • Trump says UN must ‘hold China accountable’ for Covid-19

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    Trump says UN must ‘hold China accountable’ for Covid-19

    NEW YORK, Sept 22 — US President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly today that China must be held accountable by the world for its actions over the Covid-19 pandemic. In...

  • Johnson contrasts Italy, Germany with ‘freedom-loving’ UK

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    Johnson contrasts Italy, Germany with ‘freedom-loving’ UK

    LONDON, Sept 22 — Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested today that coronavirus infections were higher in Britain than in Italy or Germany because it was a...

  • UN chief warns against ‘new Cold War’

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    UN chief warns against ‘new Cold War’

    NEW YORK, Sept 22 — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today urged the world to prevent a Cold War between the United States and China and halt conflicts so it can focus on...

  • Turkey, Greece ready to resume exploratory talks, says Turkish presidency

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    Turkey, Greece ready to resume exploratory talks, says Turkish presidency

    ANKARA, Sept 22 —Turkey and Greece stated they are ready to resume exploratory talks to address their contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, the...

  • India’s new coronavirus infections at lowest in almost a month

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    India’s new coronavirus infections at lowest in almost a month

    NEW DELHI, Sept 22 —  India reported its lowest daily tally of coronavirus cases in almost a month today as it prepares for clinical trials of a potential Russian vaccine...

  • US Senate Republicans huddle over Trump’s Supreme Court plans

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    US Senate Republicans huddle over Trump’s Supreme Court plans

    WASHINGTON, Sept 22 — US Senate Republicans today have their first formal gathering since liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death gave them a chance to...

  • Spain to cut coronavirus quarantine to 10 from 14 days, SER radio says

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    Spain to cut coronavirus quarantine to 10 from 14 days, SER radio says

    MADRID, Sept 22 — The Spanish government and regional authorities are set to cut the quarantine imposed on those who have had contacts with people tested positive to coronavirus...