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Taliban kill 11 troops, cops in Afghanistan

KABUL, Mar 30 (AP): Taliban attacks in Afghanistan's north and south have killed at least 11Afghan soldiers and policemen, the country's Defense Ministry and a provincial official said Monday. The violence comes even as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last week announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban,...

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US-led coalition pulls out of 3rd Iraqi base in Mar

BAGHDAD, Mar 30 (AP): The U.S.-led coalition withdrew on Sunday from a military base in northern Iraq that nearly launched Washington into an open war with neighboring Iran. The K1 Air Base is the third site coalition forces have left this month in line with U.S. plans to consolidate its...

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Spain's coronavirus outbreak 'slowing'

MADRID, Mar 30 (BBC): The growth in coronavirus cases in hard-hit Spain appears to be slowing, the country's foreign minister has told the BBC.Another 6,400 cases were confirmed on Monday, the lowest increase in new cases for a week. The total of deaths reached 7,340 after 812 new fatalities.It comes...

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German finance official kills himself for virus crisis

BERLIN, Mar 30 (AP): The state finance minister of Germany's Hesse region, which includes Frankfurt, has been found dead. Authorities said he appears to have killed himself and the state's governor suggested Sunday that he was in despair over the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. The body of Thomas Schaefer,...

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Corona lockdowns make cities more walkable

MEXICO CITY, Mar 30 (Reuters): Cities under lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus are making more room on their streets for pedestrians, fulfilling a long-standing demand by residents for more walkability that could be hard to reverse, urban experts said on Monday.More than 720,000 people across the world...

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US sees 518 new virus deaths in 24 hours

WASHINGTON, Mar 30 (AFP): The US recorded 518 new coronavirus- linked deaths in the span of 24 hours, according to data published Sunday by Johns Hopkins University.The record toll, higher than the previous day's increase of 453, brings the country's total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic...

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N Korea slams Pompeo

SEOUL, Mar 30 (AFP): North Korea on Monday warned it could cut off dialogue with the United States and slammed Secretary of State MikePompeo for urging the international community to maintain sanctions on its regime.Pompeo last week told nations to "stay committed to applying diplomatic and economic pressure" over the...

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Pak scientists develop cheaper Covid-19 test kit

Two scientists in Pakistan have developed a test kit for Covid-19 and it will help cut the cost of the virus test to one-fourth of the money presently required, reports DAWN.The coronavirus diagnostic test presently costs over 8,000 rupees, but the two scientists claimed that the indigenously developed Molecular Diagnostic...

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France steps up coronavirus evacuations from packed hospitals

NANCY, Mar 30 (AFP): France staged its largest evacuation of coronavirus patients to date from hospitals in the hard-hit east on Sunday, increasing efforts to free up intensive care units as officials warned of an influx of serious cases in the coming days.Two specially equipped high-speed trains carried 36 patients...

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Bomb kills three police officers in Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Mar 30 (AFP): A homemade bomb killed three paramilitary gendarmes and wounded three more Sunday in northwest Burkina Faso, security sources said.The attack on the patrol happened at Gomboro, in the Boucle du Mouhoun region, a security source told AFP.The injured had been evacuated for treatment and the area...

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News in Brief-(31-03-2020)

India marshals more resources to stop virusNEW DELHI, Mar 30: India is adding more resources to tackle the inevitable rise in its number of coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift...

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