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Bill Gates warns world ‘vulnerable’ to deadly epidemic in next decade

LONDON:  Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Friday that the world was vulnerable to a deadly epidemic of an illness like flu, with the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks underlining weaknesses in global efforts to tackle health crises swiftly. Gates, whose foundation invests in improving healthcare in developing countries, said the …

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India mine collapse toll rises to 11 as rescuers search

NEW DELHI: The toll from a deadly mine collapse in eastern India’s Jharkhand state rose to 11 on Saturday with rescue workers searching for more dead bodies under the rubble. A massive mound of earth caved in late Thursday at the Lalmatia open cast mine, around 240 miles (390 kilometres) from …

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Central Baghdad blasts kill at least 18: police

BAGHDAD :  Two bombs exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdadon Saturday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, Iraqi police said. The blasts ripped through shops in the Al-Sinek area, a police colonel said, adding that at least 38 people were wounded. There was no immediate claim …

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Trump praises ‘very smart’ Putin for holding off on reprisals against US

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for not quickly hitting back at Washington for the punitive measures imposed over alleged interference in the November election. “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Trump tweeted. Russia’s embassy …

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China stockmarkets among world’s worst in 2016

SHANGHAI: China is the world’s second-largest economy and has one of the fastest growth rates of any G20 nation, but its stock markets have been among the worst performing in the world this year. Starting with a botched attempt to reduce volatility that instead triggered a spectacular meltdown, Chinese bourses have …

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Russia moves to expel 35 US diplomats: Lavrov

Moscow : Russia’s foreign ministry has requested President Vladimir Putin turf out 35 American diplomats from the country in a tit-for-tat response to a similar move by Washington over hacking allegations, Moscow’s top diplomat said Friday. “Russia’s foreign ministry… has requested that the Russian president approve declaring as personae non …

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US evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions after election hacks

HONOLULU/WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking US political groups in the 2016 presidential election. The measures, taken during the last days of Obama’s presidency, mark a new post-Cold War low in …

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Syria ceasefire off to a shaky start with early clashes

BEIRUT: A nationwide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey which back opposing sides in the conflict, got off to a shaky start after midnight on Friday (2200 GMT on Thursday) in the latest attempt to end nearly six years of bloodshed. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally …

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Activists allege Bahrain royal family involved in journalist murder

A 28-year-old Bahraini sports journalist Eman Salehi, working for the state’s TV channel, was killed on December 23, in what activists allege is an attack by the royal family. The attacker aimed at the news reporter’s head, after she stopped mid-driving in Riffa, a locality popular with foreign activists and …

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Indians line up at banks to deposit savings as deadline looms

NEW DELHI: Indians lined up outside banks across the country on Friday, the last day for them to deposit their savings or see them become worthless after large denomination notes were scrapped in a bid to fight corruption. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month said 500 and 1,000 bank notes …

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