Day: May 25, 2020


Trump to attend Florida launch of SpaceX flight: White House

25/05/2020

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US President Donald Trump will attend the May 27 launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX mission — the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years, the White House said Saturday. US astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are scheduled to blast off from Kennedy’s historic Launch Pad 39A at 2033 GMT on Wednesday for the ISS, arriving the next day.

Pakistan plane ‘jolted’ thrice before crash: Survivor

25/05/2020

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The PIA plane was flying “smoothly” but while attempting to land, it “jolted” thrice and then the pilot “adroitly lifted” the aircraft off the ground, only to crash moments later, recounts Muhammad Zubair, one of just two passengers who survived the crash. Zubair was among 99 passengers on board the PIA flight that crashed on Friday, killing 97 people.

Pakistan govt forms investigation team to probe PIA plane crash

25/05/2020

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Pakistan government has constituted an investigation team to probe the airplane crash in Karachi that claimed the lives of 97 passengers on Friday.

China must adhere to multilateralism, market forces: President Xi Jinping

25/05/2020

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China must adhere to multilateralism and remain open even though protectionist thinking is on the rise internationally, state broadcaster reported the country’s President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, state media reported. ​​He made the comments on the sidelines of the country’s annual meeting of parliament.

Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

25/05/2020

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President Donald Trump played golf at one of his courses Saturday during the Memorial Day weekend as he urged US states to reopen after coronavirus-related lockdowns. Yet many Americans remained cautious as the number of confirmed cases nationwide passed 1.6 million.

China to set up national security agencies in Hong Kong to back up controversial security law

25/05/2020

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China is preparing to set up national security agencies in Hong Kong to deal with pro-democracy agitators, the state media reported on Saturday, a day after Beijing introduced a controversial national security law to firm up control over the former British colony. Currently, a Chinese Military garrison of 10K troops – a symbolic presence – is stationed in Hong Kong.

North Korea’s Kim holds meeting to discuss bolstering nuke forces

25/05/2020

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un convened a key military meeting to discuss bolstering its nuclear arsenal and putting the country’s strategic armed forces on a high alert, state media reported on Sunday, in his first known public appearance in about 20 days.

Soaring infections dampen Eid festivities in Southeast Asia

25/05/2020

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The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, with more than 240 million people, has reported nearly 22,000 infections and 1,350 fatalities, the most in Southeast Asia. It means no congregational prayers at mosques and open fields, no family reunions, no relatives bearing gifts for children.

Wuhan lab head calls virus leak claims ‘pure fabrication’

25/05/2020

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Claims promoted by the Trump administration that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a “pure fabrication,” the institute’s director said. “The institute did not have any knowledge before that nor had we ever met, researched or kept the virus…” he added.

Coronavirus challenge looms as Muslims, Christians set to gather

25/05/2020

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Muslims and Christians around the world gathered to celebrate their faith as Eid al-Fitr begins and churches reopen from lockdowns. But the disease continued its surge in large parts of South America, with the death toll in Brazil passing 22,000 and infections topping 347,000, the world’s second-highest caseload.