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Study shows 2nd-wave risk if lockdowns eased early


March 27, 2020

LONDON: Extending school and work closures at the coronavirus’ ground zero in China may delay a second wave of infections, researchers said on Thursday, urging the rest of the world to take note. With containment measures largely successful and the epidemic’s epicentre now in Europe, China has loosened a two-month lockdown in the city of Wuhan where the new coronavirus …

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‘Gossip Girl’ presents the final cast for the reboot


March 27, 2020

Attention Upper Easter-Siders! Our one true source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite is just around the block, as the final cast for the Gossip Girl reboot has finally been tied up. According to the latest intel on the reboot, Deadline reports that the star cast for the HBO Max sequel will include Whitney Peak, Eli Brown, Jonathan Fernandez, Thomas Doherty and Jason …

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PIA stopped from operating special flights for UK, Canada


March 27, 2020

RAWALPINDI: The sharp spread of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom and Canada has forced the government to withdraw the permission it gave to the Pakistan International Air­lines to operate four special flights to the two countries. PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said in a statement on Thursday that in view of the recent spike in the number of diagnosed coronavirus …

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New Zealand mosque shooter changes plea to guilty


March 27, 2020

WELLINGTON: An Australian far-right extremist charged with murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in last year’s mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques unexpectedly flipped his plea to guilty on Thursday. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Muslim community expressed relief at the surprise decision, which removes the need for a lengthy trial that authorities feared would be used to spout neo-Nazi …

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US indicts Venezuelan leader for ‘narco-terrorism’


March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department announced the indictment of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday for “narco-terrorism” and offered $15 million for information leading to his capture. In an extremely rare criminal case brought against a foreign head of state, the department accused Maduro of being the leader of a cocaine trafficking group called “The Cartel of the Suns.” Investigators …

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Anyone coughing at police in Britain faces two years in jail


March 27, 2020

LONDON: Anyone claiming to have coronavirus who deliberately coughs at emergency workers faces being jailed for two years, Britain’s Director of Public Prose­cutions said on Thursday. Max Hill said there had been reports in recent days of people coughing in the faces of police, other emergency workers and shop staff. Those responsible could face charges of common assault, he said. …

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Coronavirus cases rise in Middle East


March 27, 2020

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates directed most of the public and private sectors to have the majority of staff work from home, and imposed overnight curfews as a temporary measure this weekend for a nationwide disinfection to combat the coronavirus. The regional business hub, which has confirmed 333 cases of the virus and two deaths, has not announced an official …

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G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy in fight against coronavirus


March 27, 2020

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject over $5 trillion into the global economy to limit job and income losses from the coronavirus and “do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic.” Showing more unity than at any time since the G20 was created during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the leaders said they committed …

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China’s auto industry wastes no time coaxing drivers back to showrooms after lockdown


March 27, 2020

China’s auto industry has gone from zero to sixty in its post-pandemic campaign drive, with manufacturers and dealers quick to woo back lockdown-weary consumers through campaigns as unusual as a makeup-promoting personality touting car leasing. Social media celebrity Lipstick King urged millions of fans on a live-streamed shopping show to sign up to a lease deal for General Motors Co’s …

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In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close


March 27, 2020

Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced on Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The city-state has introduced a series of new measures to tackle the virus, including closing bars and cinemas as well as banning large events. One step aimed at ensuring …

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