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Coronavirus outbreak: Global emergency declared, US warns citizens from China travel


January 31, 2020

BEIJING: The United States on Friday warned its citizens from traveling to China in the first major response to the World Health Organisation’s declaration of a global emergency over the spreading coronavirus, as Chinese authorities Friday increased the toll to 213 dead and nearly 10,000 infections. The State Department raised it warning alert to the highest level, telling its citizens …

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UK officials confirm first cases of novel coronavirus


January 31, 2020

LONDON: British health officials said Friday two people had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, in the country´s first cases since the deadly outbreak emerged in China and spread globally this month. The announcement came as Britain prepares to receive 87 of its citizens it has evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the epidemic which has …

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The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?


January 31, 2020

BEIJING: A virus similar to the SARS pathogen has killed 170 people and spread around the world since emerging in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. On Thursday, China´s National Health Commission said 7,711 people had been infected by the novel coronavirus. Outside China there have been at around 100 infections reported. Here are the places that …

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Is Pakistan the next big market for tech startups?


January 31, 2020

Pakistan may be Asia’s next big tech startup market, according to a report published by Germany’s Deutsche Welle on Wednesday. According to DW, Pakistan’s young population and increasing levels of local capital are creating opportunities for tech entrepreneurs to explore the country’s market. Pakistan has been named one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia in McKinsey & Co’s latest report on the Pakistani ecosystem, DW said. Quoting …

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New telescope reveals sun in remarkable detail


January 31, 2020

IMAGES from a powerful new telescope installed on top of a volcano in Hawaii show the surface of the sun in the closest detail yet, revealing features as small as 30km across. They were captured by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, which sits at around 10,000 feet above sea level near the summit of Haleakala …

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Facebook to remove coronavirus misinformation after WHO declares global emergency


January 31, 2020

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will take down misinformation about China’s fast-spreading coronavirus in a rare departure from its approach to health content, after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a global health emergency. The world’s biggest social network said in a blog post that it would remove content about the virus “with false claims or conspiracy theories that have …

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Zimbabwe bid for victory in second Test held up by rain


January 31, 2020

HARARE: Heavy rain and bad light in the afternoon frustrated Zimbabwe’s push to build a match-winning position on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Harare on Thursday. A downpour mid-afternoon forced the players off the field and, although they returned briefly after tea, only 54 overs were bowled in the day, restricting Zimbabwe to 241 …

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Injured New Zealand pace trio ruled out of India ODIs


January 31, 2020

WELLINGTON: Struggling New Zealand will have their bowling stocks further tested after their three leading seamers were ruled out from the squad named on Thursday for the One-day International series against India. New Zealand’s fortunes have plummeted since making the World Cup final last year, losing three Tests against Australia and three Twenty20 Internationals against India. Pace bowlers Trent Boult …

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Abid eyes equalling Azharuddin’s record in Rawalpindi Test


January 31, 2020

LAHORE: Prolific opening batsman Abid Ali of Pakistan is eyeing the record of former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin of scoring three consecutive centuries in his first three Tests when Bangladesh face Pakistan in the two-Test series starting on Feb 7 in Rawalpindi. “It will be a great opportunity for me to score a century against Bangladesh to equal the record …

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Bismah upbeat about Pakistan’s show at T20 World Cup


January 31, 2020

KARACHI: Despite the country’s chequered record in global cricket competitions, Pakistan women’s side skipper Bismah Maroof on Thursday expressed optimism for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia and expected an improved show from her charges. Addressing the pre-departure media conference at the National Stadium on Thursday, Bismah sounded confident about the challenges her team will face at the Feb …

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