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Coronavirus not man-made: Chinese Ambassador dismisses rumours

Reiterating that the rumours have the potential to stigmatise people around the world, China's Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said, "the virus is originated from nature and is not man-made. The virus is terrible but any rumour regarding it is even more terrible."  China on Tuesday dismissed rumours surrounding the origins of  coronavirus, saying the […]

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Niger stampede kills 20 at handout for refugees

The accident occurred at a youth and culture centre in Diffa, the main town of a region of the same name that hosts more than a quarter of a million refugees and internally displaced people. Fifteen women and five children were trampled to death on Monday in a stampede for food and money for refugees […]

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‘True Grit’ novelist Charles Portis dies at 86

Novelist Charles Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as “Norwood” and “Gringos” and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western “True Grit” was a best-seller twice adapted into Oscar nominated films, died Monday at age 86. Portis, a former newspaper reporter who apparently learned enough to swear off […]

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WHO warns against novel coronavirus ‘blanket measures’

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday warned against “blanket measures” over the novel coronavirus outbreak, pointing out the epidemic outside of China was only affecting a “tiny” proportion of the population. WHO also said that – with a mortality rate of around 2 percent — COVID-19 was “less deadly” than other coronaviruses such as […]

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Pakistan’s Interior Minister confirms escape of Taliban leader who justified Malala shooting

A high-profile local Taliban figure who announced and justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has escaped detention, Pakistan’s interior minister confirmed a few days after the militant announced his breakout on social media. Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban […]