Category: Foreign News

Malaysian PM Mahathir sends resignation letter to king

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted his resignation to the king, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday, amid talks of forming a new coalition to govern the country.

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COVID-19 could damage global growth in 2020 – IMF

The coronavirus epidemic could damage global economic growth this year, the IMF head said on Sunday (Feb 16), but a sharp and rapid economic rebound could follow.

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Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

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China records first virus death in Beijing as toll passes 100

A new strain of virus spreading across China has claimed its first victim in Beijing, officials said on Tuesday, as the death toll climbed to 106, the United States warned citizens against trips to the country and financial markets again recoiled.

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Malaysia sends back 150 containers of trash, says it won’t be world’s rubbish bin

Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minister warning on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.”

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Ukrainian Boeing 737 with at least 170 aboard crashes in Iran

A Ukrainian airliner with at least 170 people on board crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported.

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Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing a top Revolutionary Guards commander, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.

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Plane with 100 on board crashes in Kazakhstan

A plane with 95 passengers and five crew members on board crashed near Almaty on Friday, the airport of Kazakhstan’s biggest city said.

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U.S. House impeaches Donald Trump for abuse of power, obstruction

Donald Trump on Wednesday became the third U.S. president to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a historic step that will inflame partisan tensions across a deeply divided America.

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Maldives wants to restructure debt to China

The Maldives foreign minister says his country needs to restructure its massive debt to China, which he says has put the Indian ocean archipelago in a difficult situation.

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Former Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

Former Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Tuesday night following cardiac arrest, hospital sources said. She was 67.

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Gunman kills 20 in rampage at Walmart store in Texas

A gunman armed with a rifle killed 20 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday and wounded more than two dozen before being arrested, authorities said, after the latest U.S. mass shooting sent panicked shoppers fleeing.

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Anti-India banners fly above during India – Sri Lanka match

In yet another incident that has political overtone, unnamed aircrafts flew over the Headingley stadium with anti-India banners during the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka  at Leeds on Saturday.

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China and U.S. agree to restart trade talks

The United States and China agreed on Saturday to restart trade talks and Washington will not levy new tariffs on Chinese exports, China’s foreign ministry said, raising hopes for the world’s two largest economies to resolve their trade war.

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Mass shooting in US state of Virginia kills 12, several injured

US police say 12 people have been killed and several others injured in a mass shooting at a municipal building at Virginia Beach, in the state of Virginia.

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ISIS bans women burkas after chiefs attacked by veiled assassins

In a bizarre turn of events, Islamic State fighters are now banning women from wearing burkas in security centres in the northern Iraqi city of Monsul and have declared the full-face veils are now a security risk.

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