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Chinese gymnasts pull out of World Cup in Australia due to virus travel ban

MELBOURNE, Saturday, February 15, 2020 (Reuters/WNP): The Chinese gymnastics team entered into next week’s World Cup Gymnastics 2020 in Melbourne has pulled out due to Australian government travel restrictions put in place to limit the coronavirus outbreak, organisers said on Saturday. The restrictions on foreign nationals travelling from China were introduced in early February and […]

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China virus death toll surges past 1,500 as number of new cases fall

BEIJING, Saturday, February 15, 2020 (AFP/WNP): The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 1,500 on Saturday but new infections fell following a mid-week surge caused by a change in the way cases are counted. More than 66,000 people have now been infected in China from a virus that emerged in central Hubei […]

Coronavirus case detected at British doctors' practice, reports BBC
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Coronavirus case detected at British doctors’ practice, reports BBC

BRIGHTON, Monday, February 10, 2020 (Reuters/WNP): A staff member at a British doctors’ practice in the southern English city of Brighton has tested positive for coronavirus, the BBC reported. The County Oak Medical Centre has been temporarily closed down, the BBC said. It did not cite sources. Last week, health officials said a case of coronavirus had been […]

'Indian soldiers not mentally schooled to accept women officers in command'
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‘Indian soldiers not mentally schooled to accept women officers in command’

NEW DELHI, Saturday, February 08, 2020 (BBC/WNP): The Indian government has maintained before the Supreme Court that male soldiers of the country’s armed forces are not “yet mentally schooled to accept women officers in command”. It also said that women are not fit to be given ground combat roles in the country’s armed forces, BBC reported. Last […]

Exit polls suggest big defeat for Modi as millions in Delhi vote
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Exit polls suggest big defeat for Modi as millions in Delhi vote

NEW DELHI, Saturday, February 08, 2020 (AFP/WNP): Millions in the Indian capital voted Saturday in a key regional election, with exit polls suggesting a big defeat for right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a distant second behind the upstart Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man’s Party, led by […]

India extends detention of ex-chief ministers of occupied Kashmir under 'draconian' law
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India extends detention of ex-chief ministers of occupied Kashmir under ‘draconian’ law

NEW DELHI, Friday, February 07, 2020 (Reuters/WNP): India has extended the detention of four political leaders in occupied Kashmir, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who have been held by authorities since August of last year after the Indian government scrapped Article 370 of the Indian constitution that granted special status to the […]

Trump takes impeachment victory lap over 'vicious' Democrats
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Trump takes impeachment victory lap over ‘vicious’ Democrats

WASHINGTON DC, Friday, February 07, 2020 (AFP/WNP): President Donald Trump celebrated his impeachment acquittal on Thursday in a rambling, emotional speech raging against the investigations that have overshadowed his entire administration. Trump gathered scores of loyal Republican legislators, his legal team, wife Melania and White House aides in the ceremonial East Room and brandished the front […]

Amnesty terms Saudi secret court ‘weapon of repression’
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Amnesty terms Saudi secret court ‘weapon of repression’

DUBAI, Thursday, February 06, 2020 (AP/WNP): Amnesty Inter­­national accused Saudi Arabia on Thursday of using a secretive court established to try terrorism cases as “a weapon of repression” to imprison peaceful critics, activists, journalists, clerics and Shias, including some who were sentenced to death and executed. The London-based rights organisation examined court documents and spoke […]