UK govt set to reveal big spending plans: Think-tank

LONDON:The UK's ruling Conservative Party is widely expected to say goodbye to the austerity era as the Boris Johnson government pledges to spend more to level up across the country, according to a think-tank.

Australia warns of far-right, espionage threats

CANBERRA:Threat from the far right was real and growing in Australia, which also faces the danger of unprecedented foreign espionage and interference, a top intelligence official said here.

Pakistan quarantines pilgrims returning from Iran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has started the quarantine of pilgrims returning from Iran where the deadly coronavirus has claimed 12 lives and infected 64 others, it was reported on Tuesday.

S.Korea ups anti-COVID-19 fight as cases near 900

SEOUL:With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases nearing 900 on Tuesday, South Korea has vowed to maximize its containment measures in Daegu city and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang Province, where 724 infections were reported so far.

MI 7' shuts down production in Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak

ROME:Filming on the latest "Mission: Impossible 7" movie in Venice, Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.

'Minorities have complete freedom in Pakistan'

KARACHI: Members of minority groups in Pakistan can practice their religion openly and move about with complete freedom in the Muslim-majority country, a Minister has clamed.

Malaysian PM submits resignation

KAULA LUMPER: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday submitted his resignation to the King, his office has confirmed.

COVID-19 outbreak worst health crisis in modern China: Xi

BEINING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that the coronavirus outbreak was the most serious health crisis the country has experienced since the founding of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949.

Stay out of American elections: Sanders tells Russia

WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders has condemned Russia for its reported attempts to help his campaign, telling it to "stay out of American elections", the media reported on Saturday.

Trudeau calls for immediate end to rail blockades in Canada

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for an immediate end to rail blockades against a gas pipeline project in the country.

Italy reports 1st COVID-19 death with 16 confirmed cases

ROME: A 78-year-old man has become the first person in Italy to die after being infected with the coronavirus, with authorities confirming 16 cases of the disease in the country, it was reported.

US, Taliban ceasefire from midnight, peace deal on Feb 29

NEW DELHI: A week-long "reduction in violence" pact between the Taliban, the United States and Afghan security forces will come into effect from midnight on Friday night, paving the way for the peace deal which is to be signed on February 29.

China unveils new lists of US items excluded from additional tariffs

BEIJING: China on Friday unveiled the first set of lists of US goods to be excluded from the second round of tariff counter-measures against Washington.

Chinese workers resume work in SL after quarantine

COLOMBO: Chinese workers in Sri Lanka, who were subjected to a 14-day quarantine amidst fears of the novel coronavirus, have resumed work this week, a media report said on Friday.

'Trump's border policies constitute crimes against humanity'

WASHINGTON: The policies carried out by US President Donald Trump's administration to stem the flow of undocumented migrants across the US-Mexico border constitute crimes against humanity, Democratic presidential candidate and billionaire hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer said.

Residential lockdowns cover half of China's population: Reports

BEIJING: More than half of China's population now faces some form of restrictions due to the country's ongoing fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), say reports based on analysis of government announcements.

Pak PM directs authorities for action against smuggling

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Premier Imran Khan has directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Interior Ministry and other law enforcement agencies to take stringent action against smuggling in the country.

US President commutes Blagojevich's sentence

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacated US Senate seat.


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