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Afghan ceasefire holds as prisoner release expected

Afghan ceasefire holds as prisoner release expected

A surprise Taliban ceasefire appeared Monday to be holding for a second day, as authorities planned to release up to 2,000 insurgents held by security forces.

China official in Hong Kong says some protest acts "terrorist in nature"

China official in Hong Kong says some protest acts "terrorist in nature"

China's foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said on Monday some actions during last year's pro-democracy protests were "terrorist in nature" and "troublemakers" colluded with foreign forces

South Korean cafe hires robot barista to help with social distancing

South Korean cafe hires robot barista to help with social distancing

The new robot barista at the cafe in Daejeon, South Korea, is courteous and swift as it seamlessly makes its way towards customers.

India's among 10 worst-hit Covid-19 nations as cases jump; air travel reopens

India's among 10 worst-hit Covid-19 nations as cases jump; air travel reopens

India on Monday posted its biggest single-day jump in cases of Covid-19, overtaking Iran to become one of the 10 worst-hit nations, even as the government allowed domestic air travel to restart.

Singaporean cooks up Eid feast for migrant workers in lockdown

Singaporean cooks up Eid feast for migrant workers in lockdown

As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the fasting month, thousands of migrant workers in Singapore have had to spend the holiday in quarantine because of outbreaks of the novel coronavirus

French consortium launches production for saliva-based Covid screening test

French consortium launches production for saliva-based Covid screening test

A French consortium announced on Monday the launch of the production phase for a saliva-based screening test to detect the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Domestic flights to resume, but coronavirus cases rise

Domestic flights to resume, but coronavirus cases rise

Domestic flights will resume today across India after a day of “hard negotiations”, the federal civil aviation minister said yesterday after some states sought to limit the number of flights.

Army deploys to clean up cyclone-ravaged Kolkata

Army deploys to clean up cyclone-ravaged Kolkata

The Indian Army has been mobilised to help with the clean-up after a devastating cyclone hit the eastern city of Kolkata, as thousands again protested yesterday again over power and water shortages.

Politicians issue appeal as Italy lifts lockdown

Politicians issue appeal as Italy lifts lockdown

As the weather warms up and restrictions to contain the novel coronavirus are lifted, Italy’s politicians advised citizens to take care and maintain health precautions, warning that otherwise they could risk another wave of infections.

Madrid residents eager ahead of reopening of facilities this week

Madrid residents eager ahead of reopening of facilities this week

Residents of Madrid and Barcelona are eagerly anticipating the opening of parks, museums, churches and outdoor seating at bars this week, as Spain prepares to ease some of the strictest lockdown measures in Europe.

Pakistan goes wild for blockbuster Turkish drama

Pakistan goes wild for blockbuster Turkish drama

Dubbed the Muslim Game of Thrones, a drama about the makings of the Ottoman Empire sent Pakistan wild during Ramadan this year, smashing television records but exposing the country’s lack of original content.

As people return to St Peter’s Square, Pope urges defence of environment

As people return to St Peter’s Square, Pope urges defence of environment

The public returned to St Peter’s Square yesterday to receive Pope Francis’s blessing from his window for the first time in nearly three months as he convoked a year of reflection on the environment.

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