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Lebanese call for an uprising after protests rock capital Beirut

People defied dozens of teargas canisters fired at them and hurled stones and firecrackers at riot police, some of whom were carried away to ambulances. One policeman was killed and the Red Cross said more than 170 people were injured.
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US-China row: Trump advisers urge delisting of US-listed Chinese firms that fail to meet audit standards

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Treasury officials revealed the development on Thursday, which came after President Donald Trump tasked a group of key advisers, including Treasury Secretar

‘Felt like a mini atomic bomb’: Police fire tear gas at protesters furious after Beirut explosion

Tuesday’s blast, the biggest in Beirut’s history, killed 158 people and wounded 6,000, the health ministry said. Twenty-one people were still reported as missing from the explosion which destroyed

Sri Lanka’s strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to take oath of PM for 4th time on Sunday

The party won in 145 constituencies, bagging a total of 150 seats with its allies, a two-thirds majority in the 225-member Parliament. It polled 6.8 million votes (59.9 per cent).

These things should be changed. If needed, the new government has the power to amend the Constitution, Peiris said.

Northwest Pakistan faces shortage of anti-snake venom vaccines due to stoppage of import from India

Taimur Saleem Jhagra, the health minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said this during question hour in the provincial assembly session on Friday.

He said the vaccine would be provided to all the hospitals in the province after obtaining data from them.

China does not want Trump, Russia denigrating Biden ahead of election: US officials

US officials also believe China does not want Trump to win a second term and has accelerated its criticism of the White House, expanding its efforts to shape public policy in America and to pressure p

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Russia warns it will see any incoming missile as nuclear attack

US-Russia relations are at post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the accusations of Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election and other differences.

Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s man for all seasons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first world leaders to congratulate Rajapaksa on his victory on Thursday and said the two countries will work together to further advance all areas of bilate

Pakistan Parliament approves FATF-related Bill

If Pakistan fails to comply with the FATF directive by October, there is every possibility that the global body may put the country in the 'Black List' along with North Korea and Iran.

Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa clan registers landslide win in parliamentary polls; gets two-thirds majority

Meanwhile, the biggest casualty from the election outcome was the United National Party (UNP) of former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Trump administration seeks crackdown on Chinese companies listed in US

As per the proposal, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, the Chinese companies listed on American stock exchanges like New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ be subject to audit by US regulators or el

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Lebanon probes blast amid rising anger, calls for change

Anger is mounting against the various political factions, including the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, that have ruled the country since the 1975-1990 civil war.

Sri Lanka general election: Counting begins, Rajapaksa clan eyes landslide win

The election, conducted amidst COVID-19 pandemic fears, concluded in a peaceful manner on Wednesday, with a voter turnout of over 70 per cent, according to Chairman of the National Election Commission

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Beirut explosion: At least 100 dead, over 4,000 wounded, says Lebanese Red Cross

Beirut explosion: Lebanon was already on the brink of collapse amid a severe economic crisis, and its capacity to deal with the disaster is crippled. With buildings severely damaged, potentially large

Beirut explosion: Fireworks, ammonium nitrate likely fuelled massive explosion in Lebanon

Experts typically determine the power of the blast by measuring the crater left behind, which appeared massive in aerial footage shot on Wednesday morning by the AP.

But the compound itself typically doesn't detonate on its own and requires another ignition source. That likely came from a fire that engulfed what initially appeared to be fireworks that were stored at the port.

Trump says America’s attitude towards China ‘changed greatly’ since COVID-19 hit US

Trump, who has in the past upped the ante against Beijing over its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that the coronavirus should not have hit the world.

Donald Trump says generals feel Beirut blast was likely an ‘attack’

A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the matter Tuesday night, referring questions back to the White House.

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Huge explosion rocks Beirut with widespread damage, injuries

The explosion appeared to be centred around Beirut's port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away.

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COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne City may result in 250,000 job losses: Victorian premier

Andrews on Monday announced shutting up thousands of businesses in the city as of Thursday under the tougher measures to enforce the stage 4 lockdown for the next six weeks period.

"Unless we have literally hundreds of thousands of people at home and not going to work then we will not pull this virus up, we will not see those numbers reduce," Andrews said.

Pakistan International Airlines sacks 63 employees for fake degrees, embezzlement

All five of the sacked pilots were holding fake licences, said PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan, adding that all the employees were dismissed in accordance to the law.

Two employees were fired on charges of embezzlement and one employee was fired for incompetence.

Sri Lankans to vote in parliamentary election on Wednesday

Over 16 million people are eligible to vote to elect 196 out of a total of 225 lawmakers for the next five years. Twenty-nine others will be named from a national list according to the number of votes

The counting would take place only on the following morning - a departure from the practice of counting the ballots from 8 pm on the election night.

COVID-19: First students resume class in Germany after coronavirus shutdown

Since schools largely closed down due to the pandemic in mid-March, parents, teachers and children across the country have been eyeing the reopenings warily as states have grappled with the challenge

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US election 2020: Key advantage in battleground states could re-elect Trump, says his son Donald Trump Jr

In September, nearly 50,000 Indian-Americans attended a packed rally in Houston co-headlined by President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Most of the opinion polls show that Biden is several points ahead of Trump.

RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final

The subset of delegates in Charlotte will be casting proxy votes on behalf of the more than 2,500 official delegates to the convention. Alternate delegates and guests have already been prohibited.

Privately some GOP delegations have raised logistical issues with travelling to either city.
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