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Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:26:19 +0530
China heads into Lunar New Year on shutdown as virus spreads
China shut part of the Great Wall and suspended public transport in 10 cities, stranding millions of people at the start of the Lunar New Year holiday on Friday as authorities rush to contain a virus that has killed 26 people and infected more than 800.
France confirms first two cases of coronavirus
France confirmed on Friday its first two cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with one patient being hospitalised in Paris and the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.
'No, No America': Iraq protesters demand expulsion of U.S. troops
Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops, but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite a cleric's call for a "million strong" turnout.
Three French nationals and one Iraqi missing in Baghdad - French NGO
Three French nationals and one Iraqi working for a French non-governmental organisation have gone missing in Baghdad, their employer said on Friday, adding that no ransom money had been demanded.
Democrats press case for Trump cover-up in impeachment trial
Democrats serving as prosecutors in U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial argued on Friday he improperly impeded a probe by Congress into suspicions he coerced Ukraine's government to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, a political rival.
Factbox - 'Let's get this right:' Quotes from the fourth day of Trump's impeachment trial
U.S. House of Representatives Democrats on Friday wrap up their arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate.
'Take her out': Tape seems to have Trump calling for ambassador's ouster - ABC
An audio recording appeared to capture President Donald Trump calling in 2018 for the firing of the then U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, a key figure in the series of events that led to his impeachment, ABC News reported on Friday
The latest on the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond
An outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 26 people and infected more than 800 globally.
Trump's peace plan may polarise the Middle East it seeks to calm
As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to host Israeli leaders in Washington to reveal details of his long-delayed Middle East peace plan, Palestinians warned on Friday that no deal could work without them on board.
Athletics body to tighten rules after Nike's Vaporfly helps records tumble - sources
Athletics' ruling body will tighten regulations governing shoe technology, two sources familiar with the matter said, after Nike's popular Vaporfly brand helped re-write running records and sparked debate about whether it was "technological doping."
Nepal confirms first case of new coronavirus
A Nepali student home from China tested positive for the new coronavirus, an official in Kathmandu said on Friday, making it the first confirmed case in the Himalayan nation.
Exclusive: India likely to raise import duties on more than 50 items next week
India plans to increase import duties on more than 50 items including electronics, electrical goods, chemicals and handicrafts, targeting about $56 billion worth of imports from China and elsewhere, officials and industry sources said.
Absent Iran faces detente calls from worried West and Middle East
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif skipped this year's Davos, but Tehran was still a hot topic for many Western and Middle Eastern powers hoping for detente less than three weeks after the United States killed Iran's top general.
Democrats to argue Trump obstructed probe in third day of impeachment trial
Democrats serving as prosecutors in U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial will make their case that he improperly interfered in Congress' probe of his dealings with Ukraine in their final day of arguments on Friday.
Exclusive: U.S. pushing India to buy $5-6 billion more farm goods to seal trade deal - sources
The United States wants India to buy at least another $5-6 billion worth of American farm goods if New Delhi wants to win reinstatement of a key U.S. trade concession and seal a wider pact, four sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.
Government must continue reforms, announce fiscal measures: RBI chief Shaktikanta Das
Monetary policy has its limits and the Indian government will have to use fiscal measures and structural reforms to revive demand and support the sagging economy, Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das said in a speech on Friday.
Exclusive: India faces first fall in direct taxes in at least two decades - sources
India's corporate and income tax collection for the current year is likely to fall for the first time in at least two decades, several senior tax officials told Reuters, amid a sharp fall in economic growth and cut in corporate tax rates.
Factbox: Where U.S. presidential candidates stand on breaking up Big Tech
In the run-up to the U.S. 2020 presidential election, many Democratic White House contenders have argued in favor of either breaking up or tightening regulation of companies such as Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and Amazon.com Inc.
Trump impeachment: What happens next?
U.S. House of Representatives Democrats presenting the case to remove President Donald Trump from office wrap up their impeachment case on Friday.
Trump impeachment prosecutor, Adam Schiff, is becoming Exhibit A in president's defense
The lawmaker walking U.S. senators methodically through the case for removing President Donald Trump from office is also becoming Exhibit A in efforts by the president's allies to defend him.