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Over 743 coronavirus deaths in US in 24 hours

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Monday recorded 743 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, bringing its total to 105,099 since the global pandemic began. The country has officially logged 1,809,109 cases of COVID-19, the tracker set up by the Baltimore-based university …

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Trump signs order targeting social media after tweets flagged

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump signed an order Thursday seeking to strip social media giants like Twitter of legal immunity for content on their platforms in a move slammed by his critics as a legally dubious act of political revenge. The executive order calls on government regulators to evaluate …

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India-China standoff intensifies at eastern Laddakh with troop buildup

The standoff between India and China at the disputed eastern Laddakh border area intensified with Indian media reports claiming both sides are increasing their troops in the area. As per a report by ThePrint, Beijing has also beefed up its security on its side of the Line of Actual Control …

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US threatens permanent freeze on WHO funding in 30 days

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump threatened to permanently freeze US funding to the World Health Organization unless “substantive improvements” were made within the next 30 days. Washington suspended payments to the WHO in mid-April, accusing it of being too close to Beijing and covering up and mismanaging the coronavirus …

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World paying ‘heavy price’ for muddled virus strategies: UN chief

GENEVA (AFP) – The planet is paying a heavy price for countries ignoring the recommendations of the World Health Organization to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Monday. “Different countries have followed different, sometimes contradictory strategies and we are all paying a heavy price,” the secretary-general told …

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US adds 1,237 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States recorded 1,237 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing its grim total to 88,730, according to the latest real-time tally Saturday reported by Johns Hopkins University. The country — hardest hit by the pandemic in terms of the number of fatalities — has …

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