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Qatar COVID-19 Tracing App Stirs Rare Privacy Backlash

Privacy concerns over Qatar’s coronavirus contact tracing app, a tool that is mandatory on pain of prison, have prompted a rare backlash and forced officials to offer reassurance and concessions. Like other governments around the world, Qatar has turned to mobile phones to trace people’s movements and track who they come into contact with, allowing...

Japan Set To Lift COVID-19 Emergency As Cases Slow

Japan was poised to lift its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Monday, gradually reopening the world’s third-biggest economy after new cases slowed to a crawl. Compared with hard-hit areas in Europe, the United States, Russia and Brazil, Japan has been spared the worst of the pandemic, with 16,581 cases in total and...

Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses: Chinese state media

The Chinese virology institute in the city where COVID-19 first emerged has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking chaos across the world, its director has said. Scientists think COVID-19 — which first emerged in Wuhan and has killed some 340,000 people worldwide — originated in bats and...

Afghan president vows to speed up release of Taliban prisoners

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vowed Sunday to speed up the release of Taliban prisoners after welcoming a surprise offer by the insurgents of a three-day ceasefire during the Eid holiday. “As a responsible government we take one more step forward — I announce that I will expedite the Taliban prisoner releases,” Ghani said in an...

Trump Orders All Places of Worship To Open, Declares Them Essential (+Video)

President Trump on Friday announced that houses of worship would now be considered “essential services”. He noted that the new Centers for Disease Control guidance will classify houses of worship as “essential,” as he called on governors to allow them to open “right now” after being closed during the coronavirus lockdowns in the US. Trump...

BREAKING: Pakistani Airliner Carrying Over 100 People Crashes

A Pakistan International Airlines plane has crashed. Flight PK8303 crashed on Friday near the neighbourhood of Model Colony. More than 100 people were on board the Airbus A320. The plane hit the ground in a residential area in Karachi and there are fears of additional casualties. Karachi is the country’s most populated city. Airline spokesperson Abdullah Khan told CNN...

Coronavirus: I Tested Positively Toward Negative – Trump [Video]

United States President, Donald Trump might have subtly confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus and then negative. On Thursday, he made a riddle wrapped in confusion when asked about how much longer he would be taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine. Trump had disclosed that he was taking the medication.“And I’m still here. I’m still...

Bill Clinton, James Patterson To Co-Publish Second Crime Thriller

Former US president Bill Clinton will publish another crime novel, co-author James Patterson said Thursday, this time centred on the kidnapping of an American first daughter. The two-term Democratic leader co-wrote the thriller entitled “The President’s Daughter” with renowned author Patterson, the pair’s second book following 2018’s behind-the-scenes White House drama “The President is Missing.” The...

Hungary Bars Citizens From Legally Changing Gender

Hungary’s parliament voted Tuesday to bar nationals from legally changing their gender, defying protests at home and abroad and warnings that transgender citizens will face greater discrimination. The text of the new law as passed says gender would be defined as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes”. The law makes it impossible to...

Trump threatens to pull out of WHO over virus response, China

President Donald Trump has threatened to pull the US out of the World Health Organization, accusing it of botching the global coronavirus response and of being a “puppet of China.” The American leader has been locked in a bitter spat with Beijing, alleging it covered up the initial outbreak in central China late last year...

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