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Facebook said on Thursday that it has banned all remaining accounts linked to the Myanmar military, citing the junta use of deadly force against anti-coup demonstrators. The move, which takes effect immediately, applies to the military and entities under the control of the armed forces on both Facebook and Instagram. It added that “military-linked commercial entities” were also banned from advertising on the platforms. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated...

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At least 15 labourers were crushed to death by a truck in India early Tuesday while they were sleeping by a road, police said. The accident took place near a village in the Surat district in India’s western state of Gujarat, area police chief Varadbhai Patel said on phone. The dumper truck ran over the sleeping workers, killing 12 of them at the scene, Patel said. Eight were wounded and taken to hospital, where three...

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the United States (U.S) the “biggest enemy” of his country, threatening to continue advancing its nuclear capabilities, state media said Saturday. Kim also said Washington’s policy against Pyongyang would not change regardless of who was in the White House, adding that an end to its hostile stance would likely be the key to future relations between the two countries, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Kim...

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Ten newborn babies died on Saturday in a fire at a state-run hospital in western India, officials said. There were 17 infants in the unit for sick newborn babies when the fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday at the Bhandara District General Hospital in Maharashtra state. Seven infants died due to smoke suffocation, and three from burn injuries, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope told reporters. Seven babies were rescued by the nurses...

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An Indian man Tammu Raghavaiah attacked his parents, killed his mother instantly and fatally wounded his father in a fit of rage, police said on Wednesday. Tammu attacked his parents with a log, furious with them for sending away his wife who had returned to him after three years of leaving him, the police said. While Tammu’s mother Veeralankamma died on the spot, his father Nageswara Rao is in critical condition at the Machilipatnam hospital...

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India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated India’s first-ever driverless train on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, stressing that Delhi was the capital of a major global, financial and strategic power. Modi also inaugurated India’s National Common Mobility Card on Monday on the Airport Express Line, both events held via video conferencing. “The inauguration of the first driverless metro train shows how fast India is moving towards smart systems. Today Delhi Metro is being connected...

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Japan saw more than 3,000 new infections of the novel coronavirus for the first time in one day on Saturday, public broadcaster NHK reported. This is as the number of cases continues to rise in the winter. A total of 3,041 people were newly infected, NHK said. Tokyo, Japan’s capital and largest city, on Saturday confirmed 621 new cases. While Japan has not seen anywhere near the kind of massive outbreaks that have hit the...

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The number of coronavirus cases in India topped three million on Sunday, government data showed. This is as the South Asian country logged the world’s biggest daily rise in cases for almost three weeks. India, a country of 1.3 billion, has so far reported 3,044,940 infections, with 69,239 cases being reported in the last 24 hours, the Federal Health Ministry said. India is ranked third behind Brazil and the United States in the highest number...

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China’s top law-making body on Friday tabled a draft of a national security law critics fear will undermine the freedoms and autonomy promised to Hong Kong under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework. The draft, currently in its first reading at the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s 19th session in Beijing, will target acts of subversion, secession, terrorism, and “collusion with foreign powers,” state media reported. The law is expected to pass in time for...

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The Chinese Government on Tuesday suspended long-distance bus services linking Beijing with the rest of the country as part of efforts to contain a coronavirus outbreak. The suspension was as a result of the discovery of new cases traced back to the city’s largest agricultural market. Health Ministry in China reported 40 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, of which 27 were in Beijing. Four new cases were also identified in Hebei province,...

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