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‘A new day’: Weinstein convicted, Here is how the scandal...

 "He was a Jekyll and Hyde," one of the accusers said. “If he heard the word ‘no’, it was like a trigger for him.”

Coronavirus Outbreak: Toll in China rises to 2952; The story so...

Italy, one of the worst hit in Europe, imposed stringent measures and draconian rules including fines on people caught leaving or entering virus-affected areas

Chinese FM meets WHO chief in Germany

Yi said on Saturday whenever an epidemic occurs, rumours spread and cause panic, and there should be someone to be impartial and tell the truth.

SL strongly objects US travel restrictions on army chief

In a statement on Friday night, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said: "The government of Sri Lanka takes strong objection to the imposition of travel restrictions on Lt. Gen. Silva and his immediate family members by the Us, based on independently unverified information."

US-Taliban reach truce, paves way for Washington’s withdrawal

The deal was struck on Friday after protracted negotiations in the Qatari capital Doha and was announced after a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defence Secretary Mark Esper and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference reports Xinhua news agency.

Sri Lanka approves extension of free-visa facility till April 30

The visa-free programme was introduced by the former government on August 1, 2019, for a period of six months, the Daily Financial Times said in the report.

US announces proposal with Taliban to reduce violence in 7 days

"We've said all along that the best if not only solution in Afghanistan is a political agreement," Efe news quoted Esper as saying at the end of a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers here on Thursday.

Passengers disembark in Cambodia from cruise amid COVID-19 fears

The Westerdam, of the Holland America Line shipping company, docked at the Sihanoukville port, a day after it anchored off the coast, reports Efe news.

US Senate passes bill to curb Trump’s war powers on Iran

The Iran war powers resolution was approved by a vote of 55-45 - hours after Trump warned that it would make America less safe from Iran, the BBC reported on Thursday.

UK Ministers brace for post-Brexit cabinet reshuffle

The Prime Minister will make a number of changes over the next 24 hours although it was unclear how wide-ranging they will be, the BBC said in a report.

Sheikh Hasina rejects quota call for English-medium students

In a Parliament session on Wednesday, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) MP Harunur Rashid asked her whether the government would take steps to stop the "brain drain, especially top students of the English-medium institutions" from going abroad, reports bdnews24.

Cruise ship docks in Cambodia after entry denied to other nations

The Westerdam, which departed on February 1 from Hong Kong amid the growing outbreak and had been turned away from Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and the US territory of Guam, arrived in the port of Sihanoukville, where its operator Holland American Line, said it would remain several days, reports Efe news.

Five and a half years imprisonment, Hafeez Saeed sentenced in terror...

Pakistan: A Pakistani court sentenced Lakshar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed to five and a half years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Pakistani Rs. 30,000 concerning...

Iranians mark 41st anniversary of Islamic Revolution

In Tehran, the demonstrators burned the US and Israeli flags.

Government will announce measures to reduce food prices: ImranKhan

The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics last week reported that the inflation rate had risen to 14.6 percent in January from 12.6 percent in the previous month, scaling the highest level in 12 years

Robot delivers food, medicines in China hospitals

Taking to Twitter, a user posted a video in which robots are used to serve food and medicines in a hospital in China to the patients who were infected with the coronavirus.

Final evacuation flight from Wuhan due back in UK

The evacuees will be housed at Kents Hill Park conference center and hotel, where they will remain in isolation for two weeks - the incubation period of the virus - to ensure they are not infected.

Nurse treating corona virus patients mimes a hug to her daughter

The video was tweeted by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua with the caption: "A Chinese nurse in a coronavirus-hit hospital in Henan Province gives her sobbing daughter an 'air hug.' #coronavirus."

Pakistan Assembly passes resolution to publicly hang child sexual abusers

The resolution was presented by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and passed by all lawmakers, apart from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

China deploys robots on Nova Corona Virus front lines

More than 30 disinfection robots designed and produced by a Shanghai-based enterprise have entered major hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, to combat the epidemic.

61 test positive for nCoV on quarantined Japanese ship

The new cases on the Diamond Princess ship bring Japan's number of confirmed cases to 86, the second-highest figure after China which on Friday confirmed 636 deaths and 31,161 infections.

US makes new terms for violence reduction in Afghanistan

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah's spokesman, said that the US special envoy for Afghan peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, during his recent trip to Kabul said he had submitted proposals to the Taliban to extend the duration of the reduction in violence.

Virgin Australia permanently cancels HK routes amid NCoV

The company said it had undertaken a comprehensive review of the routes, and confirmed that it would halt service on the Sydney-Hong Kong route on March 2, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported.

Coronavirus toll in China jumps to 563

The National Health Commission on Wednesday received reports of 3,694 new confirmed cases and 73 deaths on Wednesday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tunisians rally in protest of US Mideast peace plan

The protesters on Wednesday include members of civil society, professional organisations and political parties as well as independent activists, Xinhua news agency reported.

Imran Khan admits India won’t reverse Kashmir decision

He was speaking at a special session of the legislative assembly of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to express solidarity with Kashmiri separatists. Islamabad had designated the day as 'Kashmir Solidarity Day'.

India-Pakistan nuclear war would harm ocean life

For the study, published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal, the researchers looked at how climate changes stemming from nuclear war would affect the oceans.

10 infected with corona virus on quarantined Japanese ship

The coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of a cold but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath).

Tech failure hits start of Democratic presidential nomination race

The results reporting app introduced by the party crashed on Monday in Iowa, the first of the 50 US states to hold the party election.

Abdullah opposes Ghani’s ‘reform’ of Foreign Affairs Ministry

Kabul : Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has opposed President Ashraf Ghani's "reforms" to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and urged to stop any type...

512 prisoners released in SL to mark I-Day

The amnesty has been granted on the recommendation of Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms, reports Xinhua news agency.

Pakistanis return from China as flights resume

Following the resumption of flights, two flights carrying Pakistanis arrived from China earlier in the day, a Dawn news report quoted Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza as saying.

180 Nepalis in China request to return home

The embassy in Beijing on Saturday issued a public notice, asking Nepalis in Hubei to fill out a form if they wish to return to Nepal, reports The Kathmandu Post.

Britain formally leaves EU, ending 47-year-long membership

The historic moment, which happened at 23:00 GMT, was marked by both celebrations and anti-Brexit protests.

US, India totally aligned on Indo-Pacific partnership: State Dept

Asked about Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's recent assertion that the US Indo-Pacific strategy was to exclude China, Walter Douglas, a Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said: "It excludes no nation, every nation should be part of it."

China coronavirus toll 170, WHO declares health emergency

A group of 15 experts announced the global alert almost one week after its first declaration when the organization assured the outbreak had not reached the status of a global epidemic.

Tokyo prosecutors get fresh arrest warrant for Ghosn

Ghosn fled Japan in breach of his bail conditions and under dramatic circumstances, possibly hiding in a large case used to carry musical equipment and departing on a private jet from Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture.

EU votes in favour of UK Brexit deal in emotional ceremony

MEPs held a debate on the Brexit withdrawal agreement in Brussels before voting 621 in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions, Efe news reported.

Trump signs USMCA revamping North American trade

The USMCA signed on Wednesday sets the framework for the annual $1.4 trillion trade between the three neighbours and replaces the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Historic Brexit vote in European Parliament on Wednesday

The 751 representatives will debate the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement in Brussels before, it is widely expected, giving their backing to the UK-EU treaty, reports the BBC.

WHO to send international experts to China over coronavirus outbreak

As of Wednesday, 132 people in China have died due to the coronavirus, with 5,974 confirmed cases.

Trump announces Mideast peace plan backing Israel

Even before the plan crafted under the guidance of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner over three years was unveiled, Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had rejected it Despite Trumps lure of a $50 billion for the Palestine state.

Anti-CAA protesters disrupt Calcutta university convocation

The students of different colleges forcibly entered the convocation venue Nazrul Mancha and said that they won't allow Dhankhar to attend the programme, calling him a "BJP stooge".

Health personnel arrive in Wuhan as coronavirus toll reaches 106

More than 4,100 doctors from various parts of China have arrived in Wuhan, with another 1,800 expected to join on Tuesday, Efe news reported citing officials as saying.

Sri Lanka confirms first coronavirus case

On Monday night, the Health Promotion Bureau said that the woman was admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and was confirmed to have been infected during treatment, reports the Daily Financial Times.

New Zealand PM announces general election date

"I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long-term challenges facing New Zealand," Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying.

Coronavirus kills 106, infects 4,515 in China

The National Health Commission said that 976 patients remained in critical conditions and a total od 6,973 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of Monday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

UK to unveil fast-track visa for scientists in Feb

The Global Talent visa will be open from February 20 to those who work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed by a recognised UK body, the BBC said in a report.

EU urges Myanmar to comply with ICJ Rohingya ruling

"The EU welcomes these important first steps towards acknowledging the severity and scale of the violence that occurred, the gross violations of human rights and the disproportionate use of force by Myanmar's military and security forces," Efe news quoted the bloc's delegation to the country as saying.

Indian-Americans protest against CAA, NRC, NPR on R-Day

The protest rally took place on Sunday in the city of Artesia, about 19 miles from Los Angeles, reports Indica News.

WHO chief to visit China over coronavirus outbreak

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Ghebreyesus said during his visit, he will meet government officials and health experts which will help his team understand the latest developments in an effort to provide further protection against the outbreak, reports Xinhua news agency.

Trump’s lawyers begin his defence at Senate trial

White House lawyer Pat Cipollone said the impeachment was a Democratic Party attempt to overturn the 2016 elections and bar him from the November election. Instead, he said, "Let the people decide that".

Torrential rain claims 30 lives in Brazil

Another 17 people were listed missing and 2,600 evacuated in Minas Gerais state, marooned by 48 hours of torrential rain, Sky News reported.

China coronavirus: HK declares highest level of emergency

Addressing the media here, Lam said that she will personally chair an inter-departmental steering committee which will hope to issue strategic and other measures as soon as practicable, reports the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Johnson signs Brexit withdrawal agreement

After three years of bitter dispute, Johnson's deal officially became law after clearing all parliamentary hurdles and receiving royal assent on Friday, reports metro.co.uk.

Fresh anti-US protests grip Baghdad

Protesters gathered in the Al Jadriyah neighbourhood of the capital after Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr called on Iraqis to demonstrate, reports Efe news.

Earthquake Strikes Turkey, Killing 18

The powerful quake jolted the Elazig province, some 750 km east of the capital Ankara. It took place around 8:55 p.m. local time (1755 GMT) at the epicenter, the town of Sivrice, according to the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute at Bogazici University, the Xinhua news agency reported.

France, Australia confirms coronavirus cases

The French Ministry for Solidarity and Health said on Friday that the first case of the coronavirus was a 48-year-old man who had recently returned from China where he spent several days and had also visited Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province and the epicenter of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, Xinhua news agency reported.

Iraqi Shia leader calls for scheduled pullout of US troops

Al-Sadr made the call in a letter sent to a massive rally of Iraqis in al-Jaderiyah district, central Baghdad, reports Xinhua news agency.

Johnson’s Brexit deal becomes law

Some MPs cheered as Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans confirmed the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act had been given the Queen's approval in a short announcement to the House of Commons on Thursday, reports metro.co.uk.

Myanmar denies genocide in Rakhine state

The statement from Myanmar's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued late Thursday comes after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier in the day had unanimously ruled that the country should "take all measures within its power" to prevent genocidal acts against the Rohingya on its territory, including the killing of its people.

Nepal Airlines permanent pilots warn of resigning en masse

In a notice served to the Executive Chairman of the flag carrier, the pilots said that there was a huge difference in remunerations for them and expat pilots, as their foreign counterparts have been hired on a contract basis and their taxes are being paid by the airline, the Kathmandu Post said in a report.

Kerala trade and culture fest to return to Sharjah

Set to be held from January 30 to February 1, the 'Come On Kerala Festival' is the second largest festival to be organised at the Sharjah Expo Centre, reports the Khaleej Times.

‘A ship of fools and a circus’: Voters react to Trump...

Barely days into Trump's impeachment trial, US voters who spoke with IANS are already dug in on how the trial currently on in Washington DC might affect outcomes in the US presidential elections this November.

Panicked China locks down Wuhan to control epidemic

Sources in Beijing said that the government has shut down the city's airport, railway stations, short-distance ferries and long-distance coaches in Central China's Wuhan city, following 18 deaths due to the 2019-nCoV, a new strain of coronavirus, previously not identified in humans.

ICJ orders Myanmar to protect Rohingyas from genocide

The judges unanimously pronounced in favour of the Gambia, which had accused Myanmar of committing genocidal acts against the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state and had requested the top United Nations court to enforce provisional measures to ensure that Myanmar complies with the 1948 Genocide Convention signed by the country in 1956, Efe news reported.

International Court to rule on Myanmar genocide case

The case was brought to the ICJ by the Gambia accusing the Southeast Asian nation of committing genocide against the Rohingya Muslims.

Bushfires rage in Australia, Canberra airport shut

Flights were cancelled out of Canberra Airport as fires raged nearby. Officials issued emergency warnings urging people to stay away from the airport as two blazes threatened to breach the airfield's perimeters.

Syrian rebels fire mortar shells on Aleppo city

The dozens of shells slammed several residential areas, caused injuries particularly among children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tulsi Gabbard file $50M defamation suit against Hillary Clinton

"Whether out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change within a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated" Clinton lied about Gabbard, her lawyers said in the case filed in the Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday.

Republicans beat back Democrat bid to call witnesses at Trump trial

At the trial that began on Tuesday afternoon under the presidency of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the acrimonious partisanship was on full display as the Senate tried to set the stage for the trial Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

No mention of Kashmir in US readout of Trump-Khan meet

The readout of the meeting in Davos on Tuesday makes only mention of "regional issues" among the many topics discussed, chief among them Afghanistan, where the US is negotiating a settlement with the Taliban.

China reports 440 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia

The cases had resulted in nine deaths, said Li Bin, deputy director of the National Health Commission, at a press conference, reported Xinhua news agency.

US Senate rejects Democratic bids for Trump documents

The motion, an amendment to the Republican-proposed resolution guiding the trial process, was brought up by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. It called for subpoenaing any "documents, communications and other records" kept by the White House, Xinhua reported.

China sentences ex-Interpol chief to 13 years in jail

The 56-year-old was also ordered by the Tianjin No 1 Intermediate People's Court to pay a fine of two million yuan ($289,540), reports the BBC.

Johnson govt loses 1st parliamentary votes since election

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which paves the way for the UK to leave the EU with a deal on January 31, was approved by MPs earlier this month without any changes, said a BBC report.

Myanmar President promises probe into Rakhine war crimes

The commission was established by the President's office in July 2018 to investigate human rights violations allegations in Rakhine state around the conflict between Myanmar's military and the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in 2017, Efe news reported.

South Korea to send troops to Hormuz Strait

The forces, however, will not join a US-led coalition, but conduct independent operations, the Ministry said, a move seen as reflecting Seoul's consideration of relations with Tehran and Washington's request for contribution to its campaign to secure the waters off Iran, Yonhap News Agency said in a report.

Ukrainian plane hit by two short-range missiles, says Iran

"Two TOR-M1 missiles were launched from the northern side at this plane," the state media said in a report citing the latest report by the Organization.

IMF blames India for ‘lion’s share’ of cut to global growth...

The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update cut the global economic growth projections made in October by 0.1 percent for last year to 2.9 percent and to 3.3 percent for the current year.