Trump warns Iran of 'very heavy price' if it launches 'sneak attack' on US assets in Iraq
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Trump warns Iran of ‘very heavy price’ if it launches ‘sneak attack’ on US assets in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, April 01, 2020 (AFP/WNP): US President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Iran of a “very heavy price” if the country or its proxies launch a “sneak attack” on US troops deployed there. “If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!” Trump tweeted. The US president also wrote: “Upon information and […]

Erdogan vows to sustain economy as pressure for lockdown grows
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Erdogan vows to sustain economy as pressure for lockdown grows

ANKARA, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (Reuters/WNP): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is under growing pressure from unions and the opposition for a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, but insists that Turkey should “keep wheels turning” in the economy and that people continue going to work. Ankara has stopped all international flights, limited domestic travel, […]

Mass disinfections to combat coronavirus pose another health hazard
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Mass disinfections to combat coronavirus pose another health hazard

SINGAPORE, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (Reuters/WNP): A drone dispersed clouds of disinfectant in the sky above Indonesia’s second-largest city Surabaya on Tuesday, a response to the coronavirus pandemic which is catching on around the world despite warnings from health experts. Mass disinfections, often by workers in protective gear resembling characters from the comedy film Ghostbusters, […]

Saudi forces intercept missile over Riyadh: state media
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Saudi forces intercept missile over Riyadh: state media

RIYADH, Saturday, March 28, 2020 (AFP/WNP): Saudi forces intercepted a missile over Riyadh late Saturday, state media said, after at least three explosions were heard in the curfew-locked capital amid efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Yemen’s Iran-aligned Huthi rebels have previously targeted Riyadh […]

UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
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UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON, Friday, March 27, 2020 (CNBC/WNP): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first major world leader known to have contracted the disease. Johnson, 55, said in a video posted to Twitter that he had developed “a temperature and a persistent cough,” and that he would […]

First coronavirus death reported in Saudi Arabia as infections surge to 767
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First coronavirus death reported in Saudi Arabia as infections surge to 767

RIYADH, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (AFP/WNP): Saudi Arabia reported its first death on Tuesday from coronavirus as the total number of infections spiked to 767, according to the health ministry. An Afghan resident in the western city of Medina died from the virus, the ministry said, while reporting 205 new infections — the biggest jump […]

Man dies of hantavirus in China: Report
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Man dies of hantavirus in China: Report

ANKARA, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (Anadolu/WNP): As the coronavirus pandemic slows down in China, one person has died in the country from hantavirus, another infectious disease, local media reported on Tuesday. Chinese daily The Global Times said a person from southwestern Yunnan province passed away after contracting the virus. “A person from Yunnan Province died while on […]

Envoy Moin ul Haq condoles sad demise of 1st Pakistani due to coronavirus
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Envoy Moin ul Haq condoles sad demise of 1st Pakistani due to coronavirus

PARIS, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (WNP): Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque and other members of the embassy Tuesday express their deepest sorrow and grief over the sad demise of the first Pakistani due to coronavirus yesterday. اِنَّا للہ وَاِنَّآ اِلَیہِ رَاجِعُونَ “Our thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family members,” they, […]

Coronavirus pandemic continues to adversely impact world stocks
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Coronavirus pandemic continues to adversely impact world stocks

NEW YORK, Monday, March 23, 2020 (AFP/WNP): Global stocks mostly tumbled Monday despite fresh stimulus announcements as the economic toll from the coronavirus continued to mount. The US Federal Reserve unveiled a batch of additional aggressive measures to support the economy, but the boost was countered when a stalemated United States economy again failed to […]

North Korea missile fire 'inappropriate' amid coronavirus, says South Korea
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North Korea missile fire ‘inappropriate’ amid coronavirus, says South Korea

SEOUL, Saturday, March 21, 2020 (Reuters/WNP): North Korea fired two projectiles that appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday, South Korea’s military said, calling the action “highly inappropriate” given the global coronavirus pandemic. The suspected missiles were fired around 6:45-50 a.m. KST into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula from […]