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China ‘Open’ To International Effort To Identify COVID-19 Source – Minister

China is “open” to international cooperation to identify the source of the novel coronavirus but any investigation must be “free of political interference”, China’s foreign minister said Sunday.   Wang Yi blasted what he called efforts by US politicians to “fabricate rumours” about the pathogen’s origins and “stigmatise China”.   The United States and Australia …

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Afghan Taliban Announce Three-Day Eid Ceasefire

The Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday starting Sunday in a surprise move following months of bloody fighting with Afghan forces after the group signed a landmark agreement with the US.   President Ashraf Ghani swiftly welcomed the insurgents’ offer and ordered his forces to also comply.   Taliban spokesman Zabihullah …

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China Moves To Tighten Hong Kong Security Laws

China moved on Friday to quash Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement by unveiling plans for a new security law at the start of its annual parliamentary session that also laid bare the “immense” economic challenges caused by the coronavirus.   The 3,000-member National People’s Congress (NPC) began with a minute of silence for China’s victims of …

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COVID-19: Manchester United Loses £28m To Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has cost Manchester United £28m with the figure expected to rise, according to a statement by the Premier League giants on Thursday.   The club revealed this in their third-quarter results ending 31 March 2020 with the side’s Chief financial officer, Cliff Baty, explaining that they will return £20m in television revenue …

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US Warns China Against Destabilising Hong Kong

The United States on Thursday urged China to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy, warning that its proposed national security law for the city would be “highly destabilizing” and face global opposition.   “Any effort to impose national security legislation that does not reflect the will of the people of Hong Kong would be highly destabilizing, and …

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Bill Clinton, James Patterson To Co-Publish Second Crime Thriller

Former US president Bill Clinton will publish another crime novel, co-author James Patterson said Thursday, this time centered on the kidnapping of an American first daughter.   The two-term Democratic leader co-wrote the thriller entitled “The President’s Daughter” with renowned author Patterson, the pair’s second book following 2018’s behind-the-scenes White House drama “The President is …

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Russian Military Helicopter Crashes Outside Moscow

A Russian army Mi-8 helicopter crashed outside Moscow during a training flight on Tuesday, killing the crew, the defence ministry said.   “As a result of a crash landing the crew of the helicopter died of their wounds,” the defence ministry said.   Defence ministry spokespeople, reached by AFP, declined to specify how many crew …

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US Says WHO ‘Failure’ On COVID-19 ‘Cost Many Lives’

The United States on Monday slammed the World Health Organization’s “failure” to obtain and provide vital information on COVID-19 that could have reined in the pandemic and saved many lives.   “We must be frank about one of the primary reasons this outbreak spun out of control: there was a failure by this organisation to …

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UK Regulator Sanctions Oyakhilome’s LoveWorld Over COVID-19 Comments

Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has sanctioned LoveWorld Television Ministry, a Christian network founded by Chris Oyakhilome, for airing “potentially harmful statements” about the COVID-19 pandemic.   According to the regulator in a statement released on Monday, programmes aired in early April by Oyakhilome’s LoveWorld perpetuated baseless conspiracy that the virus is linked to the …

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