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Wuhan doctor at whistleblower's hospital dies from coronavirus

Bejing - A Wuhan doctor who worked with coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang died of the virus on Tuesday, state media reported, becoming China's first COVID-19 fatality in weeks.

Libya rivals agree return to ceasefire talks: UN

Tripoli - The United Nations' Libya mission said Tuesday the country's warring parties had agreed to restart talks aimed at reaching a lasting ceasefire, after a three-month suspension.

Plane carrying Iran scientist jailed in US has taken off: Zarif

Tehran - Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday that a plane had taken off from arch-foe the United States carrying scientist Sirous Asgari after his apparent release from a US prison."Good news, a plane carrying Dr. Sirous Asgari has taken off from America.

France savours the return of its iconic cafes and restaurants

Paris - Cafes and restaurants reopened across France on Tuesday as the country took its latest step out of coronavirus lockdown, with clients seizing the chance to bask on sunny terraces after 10 weeks of closures to fight the outbreak.

Bird may have caused Canada air force aerobatics plane to crash

Montr - A bird may have caused a plane from an elite Canadian air force aerobatics team to crash, resulting in the death of one team member and injury to another, the defence department said Monday.

Saudi seeks to raise $2.3 bn in Yemen donor conference

Apo - Saudi Arabia seeks to raise $2.3 billion from an emergency donor conference Tuesday to support war-battered Yemen as it faces a coronavirus catastrophe in the sixth year of the kingdom's military intervention.

Iran says scientist jailed in US flying home

Tehran - Iranian scientist Sirous Asgari has flown out of the United States after being released from prison and will return to the Islamic republic on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said.

Antifa: 'terror' group or Trump's straw man?

Washington - US President Donald Trump has blamed the protest violence in the United States on Antifa, saying the leftist activist network will be formally designated "terrorists" on the same level as al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

In Minneapolis, African refugees see American dream in tatters

Minneapolis - African refugees living in Minneapolis were already struggling with their "American dream" when George Floyd died in police custody.

Yemen: world's worst humanitarian crisis

Apo - Yemen is wracked by a war which has killed tens of thousands of people and led to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.

New Zealand PM chides marchers over virus rule breach

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday criticised Black Lives Matter protesters for flouting social distancing rules when the country is on the verge of eliminating the coronavirus, with just one active case remaining.

Hong Kong leader accuses US of 'double standards' over protests

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader accused the United States on Tuesday of applying "double standards" in its response to violent protests as she warned Washington's plan to place trade restrictions on the financial hub would "only hurt themselves".

Protests in Amsterdam, Dublin over killing of black American

Den Haag - Thousands of protesters rallied in the Dutch and Irish capitals on Monday against the death of a black man during an arrest by police in the United States.

Gulf crisis sees new 'fake news' flurry online

Doha - A tweet claiming to show the start of a coup in Qatar, with shaky footage of an illuminated window and crackling gunfire, spread quickly after being posted early last month.

US foes delight in criticizing US as protests flare

Washington - With US cities in flames over outrage about police brutality, nations that are usually on the receiving end of Washington's criticism on human rights are gleefully turning the tables.

Back to school in masks as Singapore eases virus curbs

Fpo - Pupils wearing face masks returned to school in Singapore on Tuesday and some workplaces re-opened as coronavirus restrictions were eased in the hard-hit city-state.

IMF backs revised Argentine debt offer, 'limited scope' for more

Buenos Aires - A revised Argentine proposal to international creditors on restructuring $66 billion in debt won backing Monday from the IMF, which warned the government had limited scope for a better offer.

S.Africans rush to liquor stores as booze ban lifts

Soweto - Scores of people lined up outside liquor stores in South Africa's township of Soweto on Monday, waiting to buy drinks for the first time in nine weeks after a ban on alcohol sales was lifted.

Palestinian family mourns autistic son killed by Israel police

Jerusalem - Iyad Hallak, a 32-year-old Palestinian man with autism, passed Israeli police every day to reach his special needs school in Jerusalem's Old City.
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