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Taliban says no to Afghan negotiators

The organisation said the government had failed to put forward an “inclusive” team. “We shall only sit for talks with a negotiation team that conforms with our agreements and is constituted in accordance with the laid out principles,” the statement said. The Taliban on Saturday rejected an Afghan government negotiation team set up to hold […]

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Coronavirus | Sri Lanka terms Chennai COVID-19 ‘high-risk zone’

Alert as 4 test positive after city visit. Sri Lanka on Saturday reported its first COVID-19 death, of a 65-year-old patient, who had diabetes and renal health complications, Health Ministry officials said. The island nation has 113 confirmed coronavirus patients so far. Sri Lanka’s health officials have also detected four COVID-19 positive cases in people […]

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Oxford recruiting volunteers for speedy Covid-19 vaccine trial

Researchers at the University of Oxford are working “at an unprecedented rate” to make a vaccine for coronavirus available, beginning the process to screen 510 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 to test a new one called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19. The trial has been approved by UK regulators and ethical reviewers. Researchers are working […]

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Coronavirus | Spain counts 832 deaths in 24 hours, pushing toll to 5,690

Madrid remains the worst-hit region, with 2,757 deaths and 21,520 infections, leaving hospitals and mortuaries overwhelmed The death toll from COVID-19 in Spain surged over 5,600 on Saturday after a record 832 people died in 24 hours, and the number of infections soared over 72,000, the government said. Spain has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death […]

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Not all or nothing: Anti-virus lockdowns could lift slowly

President Donald Trump gave one answer this week, saying he hoped businesses would reopen by Easter, on April 12, citing the severe damage restrictions have done to the economy. For the millions of Americans living under some form of lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, not knowing when the restrictions will end is […]