Grim milestones: 77k new cases in US, Brazil infections hit 2 million

[ad_1] The US has reported more than 77,000 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, setting yet another single-day record amid a fierce debate over the need to reopen the country with the Trump administration urging schools to resume in-person teaching. There was grim news from Brazil as well – the worst-affected country in […]

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‘UnIslamic’ Buddha statue discovered in Pakistan’s Mardan vandalised by workers

[ad_1] A Buddha statue, which was discovered while digging the foundation for a house in Pakistan’s Pashtun-dominated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Mardan district, was smashed into pieces by local construction workers on Saturday because they considered the relic to be unIslamic, drawing the ire of the authorities concerned. The statue was discovered in Mardan’s Takht Bhai […]

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China’s restive Xinjiang province reports Covid-19 cluster with 16 new cases

[ad_1] China’s Xinjiang reported 16 new locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases on Friday, health authorities said Saturday as the country readies to battle a new front against the outbreak in the remote northwestern region. The jump in cases on Friday followed one new case, and eight more asymptomatic ones, which were reported on Thursday. All the cases […]

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Political options run out for PM Oli in Nepal cliff-hanger

[ad_1] Options seem to be running out for Nepal prime minister KP Sharma Oli with the high powered nine-member secretariat of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) scheduled to meet on Saturday in Kathmandu to decide the political future of the country. The meeting will be held at 3pm in Baluwatar. According to political sources […]

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Twitter hack: Company says attackers manipulated employees’ credentials to access internal systems

[ad_1] The high-profile hijacking of Twitter accounts which was carried out earlier this week took place by targetting certain Twitter employees through a social engineering scheme, the social networking giant said in a statement on Saturday. It added that the hackers manipulated a small number of employees and used their credentials to access Twitter’s internal […]

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US state, local leaders should be as forceful as possible on masks: Fauci

[ad_1] Top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Friday said state and local leaders should be as forceful as possible on wearing masks to prevent spreading the deadly coronavirus, as the state of Georgia and its major cities tussle over masks. “I would urge the leaders -the local political leaders in states and cities […]

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Brazil’s Covid-19 tally crosses 2 million; death toll at 76,000

[ad_1] A thousand deaths a day. Since late May, three months after Brazil’s first reported case of the coronavirus, it has recorded more than 1,000 daily deaths on average in a gruesome plateau that has yet to tilt downward. On Thursday evening, the federal health ministry reported that the country had passed 2 million confirmed […]

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After dwindling Covid-19 cases, UK PM Johnson hopes for normalcy by Christmas

[ad_1] Pleased with ‘steady progress’ on dealing with the coronavirus challenge, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hoped that the UK will be able to allow a more significant return to normality from November, “possibly in time for Christmas”. Several restrictions have been eased in recent weeks. Johnson said people could now return to work […]

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