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Australia to lift cap on citizens returning as thousands left stranded

Australia to lift cap on citizens returning as thousands left stranded

Australia will slightly lift the cap on the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return each week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as local Covid-19 cases slow to single digits.

Short queues in China as Apple's newest iPhone 12 hits stores

Short queues in China as Apple's newest iPhone 12 hits stores

Two of Apple's latest iPhone 12 models went on sale in China on Friday, after early pre-order data showed strong consumer interest in the 5G-enabled device in the firm's second-largest market.

Born without arms, plenty of moxie, Pakistani man masters snooker

Born without arms, plenty of moxie, Pakistani man masters snooker

Muhammad Ikram, 32, takes aim, flexes his neck and strikes with his chin, sending the cue ball across the table and sinking his shot in a corner pocket. Born without arms, Ikram has nevertheless mastered the game of snooker.

In final Trump-Biden showdown, less chaos but plenty of clashes

In final Trump-Biden showdown, less chaos but plenty of clashes

US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply contrasting views on the still-raging coronavirus pandemic at Thursday's final presidential debate, seeking to persuade the few remaining undecided voters 12 days before their Nov. 3 contest.

France extends curfew as Covid second wave surges in Europe

France extends curfew as Covid second wave surges in Europe

France extended curfews to around two thirds of its population on Thursday and Belgium's foreign minister was taken into intensive care with Covid-19, as the second wave of the pandemic surged across Europe.

Hekmatyar urges Pakistan to facilitate Afghan investors

Hekmatyar urges Pakistan to facilitate Afghan investors

Veteran Afghan politician and Hizb-e-Islami’s leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said Pakistan should facilitate Afghan investors and businessmen to enable them to bring their investment to Pakistan from the rest of the countries.

Boxer Amir Khan declines offer to join Pakistan politics

Boxer Amir Khan declines offer to join Pakistan politics

British-Pakistani Boxing star Amir Khan has declined the offer to join politics, saying that Pakistan is being run by the ‘amazing’ Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Trump, Biden face off in high-stakes final debate

Trump, Biden face off in high-stakes final debate

Donald Trump and Joe Biden were due to hold a high-stakes debate yesterday that may be the final opportunity for the president – trailing in the polls – to present his case for re-election to a primetime American television audience of millions.

Ireland on lockdown again as Covid surges worldwide

Ireland on lockdown again as Covid surges worldwide

Businesses closed across Ireland yesterday for a second national coronavirus lockdown, as record infection surges in Germany and Italy helped spread gloom across the continent.

BJP under fire for pledging free Covid vaccine in Bihar

BJP under fire for pledging free Covid vaccine in Bihar

A promise of a free coronavirus vaccine for the people of Bihar in the election manifesto of the BJP has provoked criticism from the opposition in the state.

Refusing to wear a mask in Ethiopia could cost you two years in jail

Refusing to wear a mask in Ethiopia could cost you two years in jail

Ethiopia can jail people for up to two years if they deliberately violate restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the attorney general’s office said, amid concern that citizens are becoming lax after a state of emergency was lifted.

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of firing ballistic missiles, Armenia denies

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of firing ballistic missiles, Armenia denies

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence said that Armenian armed forces fired ballistic missiles towards its territory in Gabala and Kurdamir districts, north of the country, targeting civilians.

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