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China’s factory activity expands in Feb as the rest of Asia stalls

China’s factory activity expands in Feb as the rest of Asia stalls

TOKYO: China’s factory sector grew in February at the fastest pace in more than a decade, a standout in Asia where manufacturing growth stalled elsewhere, weighed down by slowing global demand, high inflation, and interest rates, surveys showed on Wednesday. Stronger signs that Chinese factories are rebounding after the removal of COVID curbs late last […]

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China urges peace in Ukraine after US warns against aiding Russia

China urges peace in Ukraine after US warns against aiding Russia

KYIV: China said on Monday it sought dialogue and a peaceful solution for Ukraine despite US warnings that Beijing might be considering weapons supplies for its ally Russia’s invasion. Air-raid sirens blared in the capital Kyiv and other cities overnight and a Russian missile killed one person in the western town of Khmelnitskyi, Mayor Oleksandr […]

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Syria is facing double-disaster, warns UN food agency

Syria is facing double-disaster, warns UN food agency

UNITED NATIONS: Syria faces a double disaster as the areas hardest hit by this month’s earthquake had already been destroyed in 12 years of unrelenting conflict, warned David Beasley, who heads the World Food Programme (WFP), after returning to New York from the devastated regions of Syria and Turkiye on Saturday. “The impact of this […]

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Maxwell, Marsh back from injury for India one-dayers

Maxwell, Marsh back from injury for India one-dayers

SYDNEY: Glenn Max­well and Mitchell Marsh will make their international returns from lengthy injury layoffs after being named on Thursday in Australia’s One-day Inter­national squad for the series in India. All-rounder Maxwell broke his leg and underwent surgery in November after slipping and falling during a friend’s 50th birthday party. Marsh went under the knife […]

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Turkiye expands probe into construction sector

Turkiye expands probe into construction sector

ANKARA: Turkish authorities have expanded a criminal probe into individuals responsible for buildings levelled by a deadly earthquake with 564 suspects identified, the interior minister has announced. A 7.8-magnitude tremor on Feb 6 and its aftershocks have killed more than 43,000 people in Turkiye and left millions without homes. “160 of them have been detained, […]

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Russia wants to solve conflict with Ukraine ‘peacefully’ but West prepare ‘different scenario’: Putin

Russia wants to solve conflict with Ukraine ‘peacefully’ but West prepare ‘different scenario’: Putin

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow wanted to solve the conflict in Ukraine peacefully but the Western countries had prepared a “different scenario” behind its back, Reuters reported. “We were doing everything possible to solve this problem peacefully, negotiating a peaceful way out of this difficult conflict, but behind our backs, a very […]

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Xi preparing to visit Moscow for summit with Putin

Xi preparing to visit Moscow for summit with Putin

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS: Chinese leader Xi Jinping is preparing to visit Moscow for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the plan. Xi’s meeting with Putin will be part of a push for multi-party talks on peace in Ukraine and allow China […]

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3 killed as fresh quake hits Syria, Turkiye border

3 killed as fresh quake hits Syria, Turkiye border

ANTAKYA: Three people were killed after another earthquake struck the border region of Turkiye and Syria on Monday, just two weeks after the area was devastated by a larger quake which killed more than 47,000 people and damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. Monday’s quake, this time with a magnitude of 6.4, was […]

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Israeli air strike leaves 15 dead in Damascus

Israeli air strike leaves 15 dead in Damascus

BEIRUT: An Israeli air strike on Damascus killed 15 people early on Sunday and badly damaged a building in a district housing state security agencies, a war monitor said. Civilians, including two women, were among those killed in “the deadliest Israeli attack in the Syrian capital” since the civil war began, said Rami Abdel Rahman […]

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Most baby formula health claims not backed by science: study

Most baby formula health claims not backed by science: study

PARIS: The vast majority of health claims used to advertise baby formula worldwide are not supported by rigorous scientific evidence, a study said on Thursday, leading researchers to urge that breast milk substitutes be sold in plain packaging. The study comes a week after a group of doctors and scientists called for a regulatory crackdown […]