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NORTH KOREAN leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said Saturday, ending

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INDIA Public health officials in India have shelved plans to administer the untested anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, or HCQ, to thousands in Mumbai’s crowded slums as a way of preventing infections

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CHINA Wuhan again reported no new coronavirus cases or deaths yesterday and its hospitals remained empty of virus patients for a second straight day. China’s six new cases were three

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CHINA’s ambassador reportedly warned Australia that its pursuit of a coronavirus inquiry could set off a boycott by Chinese consumers. China also cited faults with the U.S. response to the

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INDIA Lightning killed at least 10 villagers during thunderstorms and heavy rain in eastern India yesterday, said Pratay Amrit, a Bihar state disaster management official. Nine villagers died as they

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JAPAN Neither the Japanese organizers nor the International Olympic Committee has said what it will cost to delay the Tokyo Games for one year. Early estimates range between $2 billion

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NORTH KOREA is saying nothing so far about outside media reports that leader Kim Jong Un may be unwell and there’s renewed worry about who’s next in line to run

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HONG KONG reported no new cases yesterday for the first time in nearly seven weeks. Prior to Monday, the city had seen eight consecutive days of single-digit infections, dwindling from

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SOUTH KOREA reported just eight more cases of the coronavirus yesterday, the first time a daily increase has dropped to single digits in about two months. The Korea Centers for

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UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General António Guterres is urging stepped up efforts to prepare Africa for the expected spread of the coronavirus pandemic, warning that the continent “could end up suffering the

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USA Bernie Sanders (left) has endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, encouraging his progressive supporters to rally behind the presumptive Democratic nominee in an urgent bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

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JAPAN The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where — or under

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JAPAN Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a monthlong state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures yesterday to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the

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INDONESIA The deadly coronavirus may infect as many as 95,000 people in Indonesia by next month before easing, a minister said, as authorities ordered people to wear face masks to

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  CHINA Wang Quanzhang, a well-known Chinese rights lawyer, was released from prison yesterday after being held for more than four years, his wife said. It was unclear whether he would

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CHINA  yesterday recorded another 35 confirmed and 20 suspected coronavirus cases, all from overseas. Another 55 asymptomatic cases were also recorded, 17 of them imported, bringing to 1,075 the number

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RUSSIA Moscow woke up to a lockdown obliging most of its 13 million residents to stay home, and many other regions of the vast country quickly followed suit to stem

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NORTH KOREA yesterday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea and Japan said, continuing a streak of weapons launches that suggests leader Kim Jong Un is trying

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WHO A petition to oust the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has now surpassed 500,000 signatures, the media reported. On Jan. 31, a netizen named Osuka Yip started

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AUSTRALIA yesterday criticized China for formally charging a Chinese-Australian writer with espionage during the coronavirus pandemic. Yang Hengjun was taken into custody upon arriving in China from New York in

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