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Azerbaijan votes in snap election garnering mixed reactions


February 10, 2020

BAKU: Polls closed on Sunday in Azerbaijan’s snap parliamentary election which were decried by the opposition as a sham while international observers said the polls were “well organised”. Faced with public discontent over a slowing economy President Ilham Aliyev, 58, hoped to improve the government’s image by holding early elections and replacing discredited old elites with younger technocrats, critics said. …

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Rain extinguishes Australian wildfires, causes flooding


February 10, 2020

SYDNEY: Weakening tro­pical cyclone “Damien” battered northwestern Aust­ralia’s Pilbara region on Sunday, as storms brought heavy rains and flooding to the country’s bushfire-ravaged east. The cyclone was downgraded to a Category One storm on Sunday after making landfall late Saturday as a Category Three, when it brought winds of 195 kilometres per hour at its peak and forced residents to …

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Strike on Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front’s call draws good response in IOK


February 10, 2020

SRINAGAR: Occupied Kashmir was hit by a general strike on Sunday called by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) to mark the anniversary of martyrdom of a man who was executed for allegedly taking part in an attack on India’s parliament in 2001. The JKLF on Thursday called for strikes on Sunday and Tuesday to observe the anniversary of the …

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China’s virus deaths surpass Sars toll, but number of new cases fall


February 10, 2020

BEIJING: China’s virus death toll rose by 89 on Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 Sars epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a possible sign its spread may be slowing as other nations stepped up efforts to block the disease. Some 2,656 new virus cases were reported in the 24 hours ending at …

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UN secretary general likely to visit Pakistan later this month


February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON: United Nations Secretary General António Guterres is likely to visit Pakistan later this month to attend a refugee conference, UN and diplomatic sources told Dawn on Sunday. An official statement in Islamabad said that Pakistan would hold an international conference later this month to mark four decades of the presence of Afghan refugees in the country. The two-day conference …

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Israel blocks Palestinian exports amid trade crisis


February 10, 2020

RAMALLAH: Israel on Sunday imposed a ban on Palestinian agricultural exports, in a move the Palestinians blasted as a “dangerous” escalation in a five-month trade war. “Starting from today … export abroad of Palestinian agricultural product through the Allenby crossing will not be allowed,” COGAT, the Israel defence ministry unit that oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories, said in …

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China stutters back to work as coronavirus deaths rise to over 900


February 10, 2020

Millions of people in China were returning to work on Monday after an extended holiday designed to slow the spread of a virus that has already killed more than 900 people. At least 40,000 others have been infected by 2019-nCoV, which is believed to have emerged late last year in a market in Wuhan. And although the World Health Organisation …

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Citizen journalist reporting from epicentre of coronavirus missing: report


February 10, 2020

A citizen journalist who was reporting from Wuhan — the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak — allegedly went missing last week, CNN reported on Monday quoting his friends and family. According to CNN, Chen Qiushi had arrived in Wuhan on January 24 from where he uploaded videos online of what he saw during visits to “overflowing hospitals, funeral parlours and makeshift isolation wards”. The …

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Polio vaccination campaign in Karachi to begin from Feb 10


February 10, 2020

A polio vaccination drive will be carried out in Karachi starting February 10 and will go on till the 16th of the month, an official at the National Emergency Operations Centre for Polio told Dawn.com. The drive will be conducted in all six districts of Karachi and will target children less than five years of age. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the …

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Legend of Maula Jatt producers reach settlement with original filmmakers


February 10, 2020

Looks like the legal battle over The Legend of Maula Jatt has finally come to an end. Muttaqi Sarwar, the son of Muhammad Sarwar Bhatti, who produced the hit 1979 film starring Sultan Rahi and Mustafa Qureshi has been claiming for a while now that the upcoming Maula Jatt flick directed by Bilal Lashari and produced by Ammara Hikmet is being marketed in violation …

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