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Hongkongers protests as government mulls to pass Chinese national anthem bill

Hong Kong riot police fired pepper pellets to disperse protesters in the heart of the global financial centre on Wednesday as new national security laws proposed by Beijing revived anti-government demonstrations. Police also surrounded the Legislative Council where a Bill was due to be debated that would criminalise disrespect of the Chinese anthem, amid soaring […]

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WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where coronavirus is declining

Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday (May 25). The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan […]

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SpaceX’s historic Demo-2 launch with NASA astronauts on Wednesday

Space X’s Crew Dragon spacecraft is set to launch on Wednesday and will hover its course to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket will host two NASA astronauts. It will be the first since 2011 that the American astronauts on an American rocket will launch on American soil. The mission will be called Demo-2. […]

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Wuhan performs 6.5 million coronavirus tests in 9 days to prevent second wave infections

The central Chinese city of Wuhan conducted more than 6.5 million novel coronavirus tests in just 9 days, according to state media, a drastic move by authorities to prevent a second wave of infections in the original epicenter of the global pandemic. Wuhan’s ambitious citywide nucleic acid testing drive came after six new cases emerged […]

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Black man dies after police officer kneels on his neck

A black man died in Minneapolis police custody after video shared online from a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. His death, which occurred Monday night after a struggle with police officers, was under investigation by the FBI and state agents. Minneapolis […]

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Violation of multiple SoPs by Pilot and ATC led to fatal PIA plane crash

Multiple standard operating procedures were violated in the fatal crash of PK-8303 both by cockpit crew and air traffic control as apparently the relevant warning signals and alarms in Airbus 320 were ignored which eventually led to the disaster. The Airbus has 21 types of warning signals and alarms to handle different situations. Pilot was […]

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WHO suspends Trump promoted hydroxychloroquine trial as COVID-19 treatment

The World Health Organization(WHO) said its “Executive Group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the solidarity trial while the data is reviewed by the data safety monitoring board.” In a tweet, WHO chief Tedros said that “on Friday, The Lancet had published an observational study on hydroxycholoroquine & chloraquine & its […]

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Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela port amid US tensions

An Iranian oil tanker docked in a Venezuela port today after entering its waters on Saturday night, escorted by the Venezuelan navy. A second tanker – the Forest is also being escorted by the Venezuelan Navy as authorities said five tankers were set to arrive in the country in the next few days. The development […]

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Japan lifts coronavirus state emergency as number of cases decline

Japan PM Shinzo Abe today lifted the state of emergency in the country which was imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic after decline in the number of cases. “Today we will lift the state of emergency nationwide,” the Japan PM said adding, “we had very stringent criteria for lifting the state of emergency. We have […]

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Coronavirus is killing Brazil’s indigenous people at an alarming rate

Brazil’s indigenous people are dying at an alarming rate from Covid-19 with little help in sight. The mortality rate is double that of the rest of Brazil’s population, according to advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) which tracks the number of cases and deaths among the country’s 900,000 indigenous people. APIB has […]

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Trump promoted hydroxychloroquine drug shows no benefit as Covid-19 treatment, study finds

A drug touted by US President Donald Trump as a treatment for Covid-19 has not benefit on hospitalised patients and could raise the risk of heart problems and death, according to a study of nearly 100,000 cases. The conclusions were based on data from 671 hospitals on six continents, and released in a paper published […]

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Covidiots flock to beaches on Memorial Day weekend flouting coronavirus restrictions

Americans flocked to beaches and lakes for Memorial Day weekend, often flouting restrictions imposed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. In Florida, state police dispersed an unauthorised gathering of hundreds of people in Daytona Beach on Saturday. In Missouri, bars at the Lake of the Ozarks were packed with revellers, who violated social-distancing rules. US coronavirus […]