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    'New lockdowns aim to keep guard up against COVID-19'

    BUENOS AIRES: New lockdown measures took effect in Argentina to ensure the public continues to keep its guard up against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said. However, "all measures will be insufficient if people do not become aware of the size of the problem," Fernandez told local radio on Friday as restrictions aimed to keep people...

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    US Defence Secretary in Israel for high-level talks

    TEL AVIV: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday began talks with Israeli leaders, in the first visit by a member of new US President Joe Biden's Cabinet. Austin was received with military honours before meeting his counterpart Benny Gantz, DPA news agency reported. The Israeli minister is expected to raise the recent negotiations between world powers and Iran over Tehran's nuclear...

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    ISI, Dawood get breather as US drops extradition request against top D-Company financier

    LONDON: After years of persuasion, the US has reportedly dropped an extradition request against Jabir Motiwala, the alleged financier of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Jabir, involved in drug trafficking and handling of international financial deals of Dawood Ibrahim, has been detained in London since 2018 on the request of the Federal Bureau of...

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    Joe Biden hails Korean battery dispute settlement

    US President Joe Biden on Sunday hailed the settlement of an electric vehicle battery dispute between LG Energy Solution Ltd. and SK Innovation Co. as a "win for American workers and the American auto industry." SK Innovation agreed to pay 2 trillion won ($1.78 billion) to settle the dispute with LG Energy Solution and withdraw all their other pending litigations to end their two-year...

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    German COVID situation 'very serious': RKI

    BERLIN: The coronavirus situation in Germany remains "very, very serious" according the country's Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control, which recorded high infection numbers on Sunday. Within 24 hours, the RKI reported 17,855 new infections and 104 deaths. On Sundays figures tend to be slightly lower due to less testing on the weekend. But one week ago, the RKI reported 12,196...

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    Bangladesh Minister warns of strict action against anarchy

    DHAKA: In reply to Hefazat-e-Islam mayhem, Bangladesh Law Minister Anisul Haque has warned the militant outfit Hefazat-e-Ismal and others of strict action if they try to create anarchy and harm people's lives and property of the country. Haque said, "People voted to Sheikh Hasina's government to discharge duties to serve them and if anyone tries to impede the process, the...

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    Russian fighter intercepts US reconnaissance plane

    MOSCOW: A Russian MiG-31 fighter has intercepted a US reconnaissance plane above the Pacific Ocean, the Russian Defence Ministry said. Russian airspace control systems detected an air target approaching the Russian state border and a MiG-31 of the Eastern Military District took off in response, the ministry said on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported. The crew of the Russian jet identified...

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    'China and Russia undermine international Myanmar response'

    BRUSSELS: The European Union's top diplomat said on Sunday, Russia and China were hampering a united international response to Myanmar's military coup and that the EU could offer more economic incentives if democracy returns to the country. "It comes as no surprise that Russia and China are blocking the attempts of the UN Security Council, for example to impose an arms...

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    Britons pay tribute to late Prince Philip

    LONDON: Despite COVID-19 restrictions, mourners have continued to travel to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who passed away on Friday at the age of 99. Britain's Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning. All British government buildings have been told to fly official flags at half-mast in tribute to the duke on the...

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    Iranian parliament files charges against president Hassan Rouhani

    TEHRAN: The Iranian parliament has filed charges against President Hassan Rouhani, in an intensifying power struggle between hardliners and moderates in the country. The deputies accuse him of having disregarded laws passed by parliament. Citing the Fars news agency, DPA reported on Sunday that 190 of the 235 lawmakers present voted in favour, without providing any further...

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