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Spanish Princess becomes 1st royal to die from COVID-19


London: Princess Maria Teresa of Spain has died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first royal victim of the disease, it was reported. The Princess, who was King of Spain Felipe VI's cousin, died aged 86 in Paris, the London-based Metro newspaper said in a report. Her younger brother Prince Sixtus Henry of...

Saudi Arabia attacks Yemeni capital amid escalating tensions


Sanaa: A coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched at least 15 airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sanaa held by the Shia Houthi rebels amid escalating tensions despite the looming threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Houthis' al-Masira television channel reported that a man was killed and two others injured in the attacks on...

China lockdown may have prevented 7 lakh COVID-19 cases


London: Researchers claim that China's control measures during the first 50 days of the novel coronavirus pandemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country. The study, published in the journal Science, could be...

N Korea says it tested ‘super-large’ multiple rocket launchers


Seoul: North Korea has tested "super-large" multiple rocket launchers, Pyongyang's state media reported, a day after South Korea's military said the country fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles. The South Korean military said that the missiles were fired from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, flying 230 km with a maximum altitude...

100s of trucks, truckers stranded at Pak-Afghan border


Islamabad: Hundreds of Pakistani truckers and their helpers were stranded on the Afghan side of the border at two main border crossings despite Prime Minister Imran Khan orders for opening the border for good transport, it was reported. The Chaman and Torkham border crossings with Afghanistan and the Wagah border crossing with India were closed...

Exiled Pakistani journalist goes missing in Sweden


Islamabad: Fears are growing for a Pakistani journalist who, having escaped the South Asian country for safety reasons in 2012, has gone missing in Sweden where he was living in self-imposed exile. Rights groups are concerned the disappearance of Sajid Hussain, 39, could be related to his reporting. Swedish Police have also been informed about Hussain’s...

UN envoy warns against political brinkmanship in Afghanistan


United Nations: A UN envoy for Afghanistan warned against political brinkmanship in the war-torn country -- at a time when COVID-19 is making the situation even more complex. "Afghanistan appears to be reaching a defining moment," Ingrid Hayden, the UN secretary-general's deputy special representative for Afghanistan, told the Security Council, referring to the political impasse...

Tablighi Jamaat missionaries may be biggest Covid-19 carriers in S Asia


New Delhi / Islamabad: In a strange pattern, members of Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic proselytizing group, have been found unrestrainedly preaching in large religious gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in several countries in Asia, leading to hundreds of infections. Every year in February and March, over a million Islamic preachers from around the world...

From fitness moves to Tambola, Indians balconies come alive


New Delhi: As Netflix streaming became monotonous and Facebook a dreadful exercise, millions of Indians are taking to balconies across cities during the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown to stay fit, read books, play Tambola and finish homework in a community session. Fitness trainers fixed smartphones on tri-pods in balconies early in the morning and began training...