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US reports record Covid cases, hospitalisations

NEW YORK, Dec 03 (BBC): Record-high Covid infections and hospitalisations have been reported in the US, with fears they will not slow in the run-up to Christmas.The number of people in hospital passed 100,000 for the first time, a figure that has doubled since early November.New cases rose by a...

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Israel receives its most advanced warship

JERUSALEM, Dec 03 (Reuters): Israel received its most advanced warship on Wednesday, describing the German-made vessel dubbed "Shield" as a bulwark for vulnerable Mediterranean gas rigs as tensions with Tehran soar over the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.The Saar-6 corvette that docked in Haifa port, and three of...

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HK pro-democracy tycoon Lai detained for fraud

HONG KONG, Dec 03 (BBC): Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter Jimmy Lai has been charged with fraud and detained until a court hearing in April next year.On Thursday a court denied him bail over a charge relating to the illegal use of his company's premises.It comes a day...

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Call for disability-inclusive recovery from Covid

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 03 (Xinhua): UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir on Wednesday called for a disability-inclusive recovery from COVID-19."We were not prepared for the onset of the pandemic. However, we can prepare for a thorough, well-planned recovery. In doing so, we have an obligation to ensure that recovering better...

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Muslim man held in India under 'love jihad' law

NEW DELHI, Dec 03 (BBC): Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state have arrested a Muslim man for allegedly trying to convert a Hindu woman to Islam.He's the first to be arrested under a new anti-conversion law that targets "love jihad" - a term radical Hindu groups use to accuse Muslim...

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US tightens visa rules for CCP members

NEW YORK, Dec 03 (New York Times): The Trump administration Wednesday issued new rules to curtail travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their immediate families, a move certain to further exacerbate tensions between the countries.The new policy, which took immediate effect, limits...

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Mystery object 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid: Nasa

CAPE CANAVERAL, Dec 03 (AP): A mysterious object temporarily orbiting Earth is a 54-year-old rocket, not an asteroid after all, astronomers confirmed Wednesday.Observations by a telescope in Hawaii clinched its identity, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.The object was classified as an asteroid after its discovery in...

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China's moon probe to return rock samples to Earth

BEIJING, Dec 03 (AP): China's latest lunar probe has finished taking samples of the moon's surface and sealed them within the spacecraft for return to Earth, the government announced Thursday.The Chang'e 5, the third Chinese probe to land on the moon, is the latest in a series of increasingly ambitious...

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