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Roadside bomb kills nine civilians in southern Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills nine civilians in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR: A roadside bomb tore through a small bus in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing nine civilians including women and children, officials said. The bombing, which occurred in Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, came a day after a blast in a mosque in Kabul’s fortified Green Zone killed two people including a well-known imam. […]

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US probes digital services tax imposed by India & others, could hit back with tariffs

US probes digital services tax imposed by India & others, could hit back with tariffs

Washington: The Trump administration is starting investigations into digital services taxes considered by several trading partners from the European Union to India that could lead to tariffs being imposed on the countries’ exports to the U.S. The probe announced Tuesday encompasses digital taxes that have been either adopted or are under consideration in Austria, Brazil, the […]

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Turkey’s Grand Bazaar reopens, along with cafes and restaurants

Turkey’s Grand Bazaar reopens, along with cafes and restaurants

ISTANBUL: Turkey reopened restaurants, cafes and Istanbul’s iconic 15th century Grand Bazaar market on Monday as the government further eased coronavirus restrictions. Many other facilities including parks, beaches, libraries and museums reopened across the country, while millions of public sector employees returned to work. At Istanbul’s landmark Grand Bazaar, traders were dusting the shelves and […]

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Malaysia’s ruling party dumps Mahathir, dissenters

Malaysia’s ruling party dumps Mahathir, dissenters

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s ruling party on Thursday terminated the membership of his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad, a move widely seen as an attempt to consolidate power as he faces a possible challenge to his nascent premiership. Mahathir, 94, had said he would seek to oust Muhyiddin from office for making a “backdoor […]

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China’s parliament approves Hong Kong national security bill

China’s parliament approves Hong Kong national security bill

China’s parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved directly imposing national security legislation on Hong Kong to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in a city roiled last year by months of anti-government protests. The National People’s Congress voted 2,878 to 1 in favour of the decision to empower its standing committee to draft the legislation, […]

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YouTube has been deleting comments critical of China’s Communist Party

YouTube has been deleting comments critical of China’s Communist Party

San Francisco: YouTube has been deleting comments critical of China’s ruling party due to a software flaw, the company said on Tuesday in response to criticism of the practice. Users of the online video giant, a division of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, flagged that certain comments posted below videos critical of the Chinese Communist Party were quickly […]

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North Korea’s Kim, in first appearance in weeks, vows to bolster nuclear ‘deterrence’

North Korea’s Kim, in first appearance in weeks, vows to bolster nuclear ‘deterrence’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear capabilities, state media said on Sunday, marking his first appearance in three weeks after a previous absence sparked global speculation about his health. Ruling Workers’ Party officials wore face masks to greet Kim as he entered the meeting of the party’s powerful Central […]

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Ahead of big WHO meet, 100+ countries back calls for probe into Covid-19 origin

Ahead of big WHO meet, 100+ countries back calls for probe into Covid-19 origin

The European Union-drafted resolution to seek a probe into the origin of the coronavirus disease that has killed over 300,000 people and the WHO’s response has gained the support of over 100 countries including India, according to documents filed ahead of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) biggest annual event on Monday. The World Health Assembly, the WHO’s […]

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Medical cannabis for kids is what Canadian paediatricians are grappling with

Medical cannabis for kids is what Canadian paediatricians are grappling with

Most Canadian pediatricians are shying away from medical cannabis for patients, knowing that it can hurt the developing brain and that there isn’t much research to guide them. But physicians say they are getting increasing requests for cannabis from parents, for a growing list of conditions. Dr. Adam Rapoport, medical director of the pediatric palliative […]

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Coronavirus causes spike in blood disorder Kawasaki disease in kids, Italian study finds

Coronavirus causes spike in blood disorder Kawasaki disease in kids, Italian study finds

Melbourne: The coronavirus may have triggered a 30-fold jump in cases of a serious but rare pediatric inflammatory disease, according to an Italian study that provides an ominous warning to other pandemic-affected nations about the risk to children. A detailed analysis from Bergamo, the epicenter of the Italian Covid-19 outbreak, found 10 cases of a […]

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