New Zealand’s next parliament is set to be the most diverse ever

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s next parliament is set to be the most inclusive ever, with several people of colour, members from the rainbow communities and a high number of women. The ruling Labour Party was handed a resounding mandate in the

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Top Palestinian official Saeb Erekat hospitalised for COVID-19 treatment

RAMALLAH: Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), was hospitalised on Sunday after his COVID-19 conditions worsened, Anadolu Agency reported according to the PLO. In a statement, the PLO said Erekat was rushed from his home in Jericho

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Italy’s Premier unveils new measures against virus surge

ROME: Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday unveiled further measures aimed at containing the second wave of the COVID-19 contagion and avoiding a new lockdown that would hit the economy hard. The latest government measures came as the number of new coronavirus infections hit fresh daily highs, putting additional pressure

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Newborn baby pulls doctor’s face mask in viral picture. Internet hearts it

Dubai-based doctor Samer Cheaib posted a picture from the hospital on Instagram in which a newborn baby was seen pulling his face mask. With the coronavirus crisis dominating 2020, all we need is some positivity and hope. A picture of

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Iran: Regional, int’l players could work on establishment of peace in Nagorno-Karabakh

TEHRAN: Iran is ready to help the peace process and solution of conflicts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in close engagement with regional and international players, reported Xinhua news agency, quoting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday. The framework for

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PM Suga’s Vietnam visit to forge bilateral links: Japanese governor

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s upcoming visit to Vietnam will be a historic trip that is expected to contribute to enhance the links between the two countries in the time ahead, said Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture. The

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Global COVID-19 cases surpass 38 mln – Johns Hopkins University

NEW YORK: Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 38 million on Tuesday, reported Xinhua news agency. According to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, the global case count reached 38,006,121, with a total of

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US military chief vows to provide ‘extended deterrence’ to S. Korea

SEOUL: The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to South Korea’s security, including providing “extended deterrence,” during annual talks between the military chiefs of the two countries, both sides said Wednesday. US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman (JCS) Mark Milley

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Mars to reach closest point to earth

DOHA: The Qatar Calendar House (QCH) said that the red planet (Mars) will appear brighter and larger than normal days from Tuesday evening till Wednesday dawn, Qatar news agency (QNA) reported. This happens because Mars will reach the nearest point

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Trump can return to public events by Saturday: Doctor

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s physician said Thursday that he fully anticipates the president’s safe return to public engagements by Saturday, reported Anadolu Agency. In a memo, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Trump has completed his course of therapy

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