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India's COVID-19 tally surpasses 7.5 mln

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NEW DELHI, Oct. 19 (Net) -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 7.5 million mark on Monday, reaching 7,550,273, as 55,722 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the data released by the health ministry.
The total death toll rose to 114,610, as 579 deaths took place across the country due to the pandemic since Sun-day morning.
This is the first time in nearly three months when the per day new cases fell below 60,000, and per day deaths below 600.
Still there are 772,055 active...

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

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BANGKOK (Net) — Thailand’s embattled prime minister said Monday that there were no plans to extend a state of emergency outside the capital, even as student-led protests calling for him to leave office spread around the country. Police, however, indicated they were working to censor coverage...

Iranian UN mission announces termination of travel, arm restrictions

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 18 (Net) -- The Iranian mission to the United Nations announced on Saturday the termination of travel and arms restrictions imposed upon the country as contained in Security Council Resolu-tion 2231 starting Sunday.
"Oct. 18, 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the JCPOA...

Pandemic, politics lead to closure of storied Hong Kong bar

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HONG KONG (Net) — Nearly 15 years ago, Grace Ma decided to name her bar Club 71, in commemoration of a July 1, 2003 rally where hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers protested a proposed national security law for the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
"I took the name Club 71, because somehow it is...

Pandemic leaves American Samoa residents stranded, homesick

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (Net) — Makerita Iosefo Vaʻa hasn’t been home for nearly eight months — the longest she’s ever been away from American Samoa.
She longs for the breezes that cool island humidity and the ocean sounds and smells that permeate her home in the village of Tula. She...

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