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Saudi-led coalition launches Yemen operation after deadly strike

Saudi-led coalition launches Yemen operation after deadly strike

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition on Saturday launched a “large-scale” assault on Yemen after missiles fired by Iran-backed Huthi rebels killed two people in the kingdom, the first such deaths in three years.The Huthis warned Yemen´s oil-rich northern neighbour of a “painful” response if the coalition does not stop its “aggression” …

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Floods in Malaysia displace more than 30,000 people

Floods in Malaysia displace more than 30,000 people

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 30,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Malaysia on Sunday as the country battles some of its worst floodings in years. The tropical Southeast Asian nation often sees stormy monsoon seasons towards the end of the year, with flooding regularly prompting mass evacuations. Downpours since …

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Latest coronavirus developments from around world

Latest coronavirus developments from around world

PARIS: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:     – Pandemic Christmas 2 – The world rings in a second pandemic Christmas — and a third since the first outbreak in China — as the fast-spreading Omicron virus brings the prospect of yet more Covid restrictions. – …

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James Webb telescope sets off on million-mile voyage

James Webb telescope sets off on million-mile voyage

KOUROU: The world’s most powerful space telescope on Saturday blasted off into orbit, headed to an outpost 1.5 million kilometres (930,000 miles) from Earth, after several delays caused by technical hitches. The James Webb Space Telescope, some three decades and billions of dollars in the making, left Earth enclosed in …

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New debate erupts over Nawaz’s return

New debate erupts over Nawaz’s return

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Rumors about possible return of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have sparked off a heated debate on the country’s already charged political scene with the government and the opposition party camps peddling and defending their own viewpoints.     Opposition Leader and …

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US regulator authorises Merck’s COVID-19 pill

US regulator authorises Merck's COVID-19 pill

WASHINGTON: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday authorised Merck’s COVID-19 pill for high-risk adults, a day after green lighting a similar but more effective drug by Pfizer amid a winter surge of cases driven by Omicron. While vaccines and boosters remain the foremost tools in the fight …

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Strict SOPs reimposed in Europe,China to curb Omicron

Strict SOPs reimposed in Europe,China to curb Omicron

PARIS: European nations reimposed tough rules and China locked down millions on Thursday, as countries scrambled to contain surging coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant. The UK said the risk of hospitalisation was as much as 70 percent lower among people infected with Omicron compared to the previously dominant …

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At least 37 dead in Bangladesh ferry fire

At least 37 dead in Bangladesh ferry fire

DHAKA: At least 37 people died when an overcrowded night ferry caught fire in Bangladesh on Friday, police said, as terrified passengers leaped overboard to escape the blaze. The latest maritime tragedy to hit the impoverished low-lying nation happened in the early hours in a river near Jhalokathi, 250 kilometres …

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