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15 die, total number of coronavirus cases surpass 300 in the US

WASHINGTON: Authorities across the United States reported 301 cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths in latest updates. According to the New York Times the West Coast is bearing the brunt of the toll. Washington State has recorded the most cases — more than 80 — and the highest number of …

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Warren ends US presidential bid

WASHINGTON: Massa­chusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, once a frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, ended her campaign on Thursday, setting up a two-man duel between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. “I’m suspending our campaign for president,” the 70-year-old progressive lawmaker said in remarks to her campaign staff. “I …

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US urges halt to Afghan violence, puts faith in Taliban

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday demanded an immediate reduction in violence in Afghanistan but said he still had confidence that Taliban insurgents were committed to a landmark agreement to end the war. Just days after Pompeo joined the signing of a deal with the Taliban in …

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Coronavirus was produced in a laboratory: Former CIA intel officer

WASHINGTON: A former American counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA has said that the “Coronavirus did not occur naturally through mutation but rather was produced in a laboratory, possibly as a biological warfare agent.” Since the novel coronavirus outbreak began in China last December, it has infected …

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California declares emergency over coronavirus

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared an emergency as he reported the state’s first fatality from the COVID-19 illness — an elderly person who had taken a cruise to Mexico — while health officials in nearby Washington state said a 10th person had died there, AFP reported. “The State of California …

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Tensions rise as US death toll from coronavirus reaches 9

SEATTLE: Tensions over how to contain the coronavirus escalated Tuesday in the United States as the death toll climbed to nine and lawmakers expressed doubts about the government’s ability to ramp up testing fast enough to deal with the crisis. All of the deaths have occurred in Washington state, and …

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Trump talks to Taliban leader for 35 minutes

KABUL: President Donald Trump spoke by phone to the leader of the Taliban, the militant group and the US leader said on Tuesday, days after Washington signed a historic deal with the militants. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he had “a very good talk with the …

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