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Spy chief Kadhemi named Iraq’s third PM-designate this year

AFP Baghdad Iraqi President Barham Saleh nominated spy chief Mustafa Kadhemi on Thursday as the country’s third prime minister-designate this year, moments after his predecessor ended his bid to form a government. Kadhemi, the ..

India seals coronavirus hotspots, masks made compulsory

DPA New Delhi Indian authorities have identified and sealed dozens of hotspots in the Indian capital New Delhi as well as some major states amid intensified efforts to curb the growing number of coronavirus infections. At least 20 ..

Iran says virus deaths pass 4,000 but cases dropping

AFP Tehran Iran’s health ministry on Thursday said 117 new deaths from the novel coronavirus took the total to 4,110 in one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic. But ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the latest figures ..

Islamabad Pakistan’s army said on Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in the disputed territory. According to a statement from the army ..

AFP Addis Ababa African Union officials said on Thursday the continent is struggling to compete with rich countries for testing kits and other equipment necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “We need aid for testing ..

Beirut At least 27 Syrian regime fighters were killed on Thursday in an Islamic State group attack in the central province of Homs amid fierce clashes, a war monitor said. Pro-government fighters backed by Russian air strikes were ..

DPA Sana’a Calm was prevailing in war-wracked Yemen, witnesses said on Thursday, a day after a Saudi-led alliance fighting Iran-linked rebels announced a temporary ceasefire to focus attention on battling the new coronavirus.  ..

DPA Manila Police in the Philippines said on Thursday that they had arrested three men for flagellating themselves despite a ban on Holy Week rituals amid a lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The men, aged 18 and 20, were ..

Nairobi A controversial suggestion made by French doctors to test a coronavirus vaccine in Africa smacks of colonialism and will not be pursued, the deputy head of the African Union Commission said on Thursday. “We condemn in no ..

Jakarta Indonesia on Thursday recorded its highest number of deaths from coronavirus in a single day since the country’s first cases were announced early last month.  The death toll from Covid-19, the disease caused by the ..

DPA SEOUL SOUTH Korean health authorities reported the lowest number of daily new coronavirus infections in seven weeks on Thursday. There were 39 new cases detected on Wednesday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease ..

AFP TAIPEI TAIWAN demanded an apology on Thursday from the World Health Organization chief after he accused the island’s government of leading personal attacks against him and his agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. ..