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Virus-hit Iran urges IMF to approve its loan request

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the InternationalMonetary Fund on Wednesday to give the sanctions-hit country a $5 billion emergency loan to combat its novel coronavirus outbreak.

No press, no family: Space crew set for launch during pandemic

Almaty - A three-man space crew finished preparations on Wednesday for a mission to the International Space Station, which is going ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Afghan government says will release 100 Taliban prisoners

Kabul - The Afghan government will release 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday, an official told AFP, a day after the insurgents said they were walking out of talks with Kabul.

Chilean man accused in Japanese student murder appeals French extradition

Santiago - A Chilean man accused of murdering a Japanese student in a French city in 2016 has appealed a court decision to extradite him to face trial in France, his lawyer said.

Virus-hit Iran urges IMF to approve its loan request

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani appealed to the International Monetary Fund Wednesday to approve a $5 billion emergency loan request to combat its novel coronavirus outbreak.

Britain's Johnson enters third day in intensive care

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a third day in intensive care on Wednesday battling the coronavirus, which has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 55,000 people across the country and killed nearly 6,200.

Q&A: Playform’s AI model turns sketches into artworks Special

Playform, an AI-driven “creative soulmate”, has a new addition - a ‘Sketch-to-Image’ tool, which transforms simple sketches into full-fledged images with color, texture, and rich detail. Dr. Ahmed Elgammal explains more.

Asia virus latest: Wuhan lockdown ends, markets drop

Fpo - Here are the latest developments from Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: - Joy as exodus from Wuhan begins -Voicing joy and excitement from behind face masks, tens of thousands of people fled Wuhan after a more than two-month travel ban on...

Wuhan exodus sparks virus hope despite mounting death toll

Wuhan - Thousands of relieved citizens streamed out of China's Wuhan city on Wednesday after authorities lifted months of lockdown at the coronavirus epicentre, offering some hope to the world despite record deaths in Europe and the United States.

Monster cyclone Harold tears through Fiji

Suva - A deadly Pacific storm slammed into Fiji on Wednesday, tearing off roofs and flooding towns, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Chinese property tycoon and Xi critic under investigation

Bejing - An outspoken Chinese Communist Party critic and millionaire property tycoon, Ren Zhiqiang, has been placed under investigation for "serious violations of discipline and law", an anti-graft watchdog said.

Virus may spark 'devastating' global condom shortage

Kuala Lumpur - A global condom shortage is looming as the coronavirus pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains, the world's top maker of the contraceptives said, with the United Nations warning of "devastating" consequences.

From Pyongyang to Gangnam: the ex-N. Korean diplomat on the ballot in Seoul

Seoul - For decades, Thae Yong Ho served the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, rising to become Pyongyang's deputy ambassador to London before defecting.Now he is standing for election in South Korea's multi-party democracy.

Joy, relief as exodus from Wuhan begins

Wuhan - Voicing joy and excitement from behind face masks, tens of thousands of people fled Wuhan on Wednesday after a 76-day travel ban was lifted on the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged.

Turkmenistan holds mass exercises, defies coronavirus concerns

Ashgabat - Authoritarian Turkmenistan gathered thousands of citizens for mass exercise events to mark World Health Day, state media said, ignoring the global trend for social distancing to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Erdogan under pressure as coronavirus cases spike in Turkey

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped up measures to stem rapidly growing coronavirus cases in Turkey but his refusal to impose a full lockdown to keep the economy afloat is drawing criticism.

In Asia, bucking the global lockdown trend

Fpo - As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

John Prine, revered American folk songwriter, dies of coronavirus complications

New York - John Prine, an American folk legend widely considered one of his generation's most influential songwriters, died following complications of coronavirus Tuesday, his publicist told AFP on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old.

Korean Air puts 70 percent of staff on leave

Seoul - South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air will put 70 percent of its 19,000 staff on furlough, it said, as it scrambles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic that has brought global aviation to a standstill.

Asher Angel talks 'All Day,' inspirations, and Justin Timberlake Special

Acclaimed actor and rising pop star Asher Angel ("Andi Mack") chatted with Digital Journal about his new music, which includes his "All Day" single.
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