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Foreign powers working against India as it moves to become global guru – defense minister - rt

Foreign powers working against India as it moves to become global guru – defense minister

“Many foreign powers” are seeking to undermine the Indian government, fearful of the nation’s rise to global prominence, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has warned.
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Indian officials want to obscure river’s ‘foul smell’ ahead of Trump’s Taj Mahal visit in latest elaborate welcome plan - rt

Indian officials want to obscure river’s ‘foul smell’ ahead of Trump’s Taj Mahal visit in latest elaborate welcome plan

Local authorities will go the extra mile to make sure US President Donald Trump doesn't get the stench coming from India's Yamuna River while enjoying the view of the iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum.
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An expert booted off the Diamond Princess says Japan’s coronavirus control is “completely chaotic” - quartz

An expert booted off the Diamond Princess says Japan’s coronavirus control is “completely chaotic”

Kentaro Iwata said he had never feared being infected in 20 years of working at epicenters of disease outbreaks—until he set foot on the quarantined cruise ship.
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At least 4 killed after two planes COLLIDE MID-AIR near Melbourne, Australia (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - rt

At least 4 killed after two planes COLLIDE MID-AIR near Melbourne, Australia (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A horrific plane crash has left four people dead after a mid-air collision over the town of Mangalore north of Melbourne, destroying both aircraft. Rescue workers are on the scene of both crashes.
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What a RICO charge means for Huawei - quartz

What a RICO charge means for Huawei

Huawei has been hit by the US federal anti-racketeering law.
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Stephen Fry: Greek myths can teach politicians ‘the punishment of hubris’ - channel 4

Stephen Fry: Greek myths can teach politicians ‘the punishment of hubris’

For the first time, the multi-award winning writer, actor and comedian Stephen Fry has put his writing to music.
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Inside the mass protests sweeping through Lebanon – where young revolutionaries believe their time has come - channel 4

Inside the mass protests sweeping through Lebanon – where young revolutionaries believe their time has come

A bus without brakes, hurtling towards a brick wall. That's one view of Lebanon - which has been wracked by mass protests since October, toppling one government along the way.
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“The problem is a systemic problem” – Columnist Rachel Sylvester questions government’s vetting of Andrew Sabisky. - channel 4

“The problem is a systemic problem” – Columnist Rachel Sylvester questions government’s vetting of Andrew Sabisky.

We spoke to The Times columnist Rachel Sylvester and Peter Cardwell, who was a government adviser for the past three and a half years, until he was sacked last week in the reshuffle.
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Minister urges No 10 to review vetting after aide resigns - channel 4

Minister urges No 10 to review vetting after aide resigns

Racist and offensive - that's how one government minister has described the views of a man not relegated to the political fringe - but working at the heart of government.
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UK/EU ‘very far away’ as they prepare for talks – European Parliament Brexit trade negotiator - channel 4

UK/EU ‘very far away’ as they prepare for talks – European Parliament Brexit trade negotiator

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has declared that the UK cannot expect a future trade deal with the EU to be similar to that with Canada - because it's simply too close, geographically.
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Jury begins deliberations in Weinstein trial - channel 4

Jury begins deliberations in Weinstein trial

The jury in the Harvey Weinstein trial have begun their deliberations over whether to find him guilty or not guilty on charges of sexual assault and rape.
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150 million people are under Coronavirus lockdown in China - channel 4

150 million people are under Coronavirus lockdown in China

In China itself - as many as 150 million people, more than twice the population of Britain are now living in unprecedented lockdown
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British couple on cruise ship ‘may have coronavirus’ - channel 4

British couple on cruise ship ‘may have coronavirus’

Now a British couple on board the Diamond Princess, the quarantined cruise ship in Japan, where hundreds of people have come down with coronavirus - have told their son that they have both tested positive for the virus.
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‘More homes would have been flooded if it wasn’t for investment put in’ – Environment Minister Rebecca Pow - channel 4

‘More homes would have been flooded if it wasn’t for investment put in’ – Environment Minister Rebecca Pow

The Environment Minister Rebecca Pow says that even more homes would have been flooded if it weren’t for 20 years of flood defence investment.
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Residents evacuated as river levels rise - channel 4

Residents evacuated as river levels rise

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated - in one area, drinking water is running out - swollen rivers are threatening to breach flood barriers - while much of one sizeable town has been cut off.
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Airports are one place e-commerce can’t touch - quartz

Airports are one place e-commerce can’t touch

Record numbers of travelers are visiting their stores, and retailers are making the most of the opportunity.
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Thanks to “Parasite,” we know what it takes for Americans to see an international film in theaters - quartz

Thanks to “Parasite,” we know what it takes for Americans to see an international film in theaters

Its success underscores just how many obstacles a foreign-language film must overcome to make its mark.
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‘Girl, 3, ended pedophile’s reign of terror by coming forward to tell police about his rapes’ - metro

‘Girl, 3, ended pedophile’s reign of terror by coming forward to tell police about his rapes’

John Tucker is feared to have raped at least four children aged between two and seven years-old
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Ready to buy a trip to orbit from Elon Musk? - quartz

Ready to buy a trip to orbit from Elon Musk?

Elon Musk will offer the super-wealthy an unprecedented adventure.
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Extraordinary Neanderthal skeleton found at famous burial site could finally answer ancient DEATH-RITES question - rt

Extraordinary Neanderthal skeleton found at famous burial site could finally answer ancient DEATH-RITES question

The landmark discovery in Iraq of the skeleton of a 70,000-year-old Neanderthal has reignited a debate about whether these ancient humans were sophisticated enough to have burial rituals.
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China’s coronavirus outbreak couldn’t have come at a worse time: Lunar New Year

China’s coronavirus outbreak couldn’t have come at a worse time: Lunar New Year

quartz - 3 weeks ago

The outbreak of a mysterious virus in China has infected hundreds and killed nine. The exact source has yet to be determined, human-to-human transmission has been confirmed, and Chinese health authorities say the virus has mutated and will likely spread further.

Now add to that China’s busiest travel season, as hundreds of millions are expected to criss-cross the country to get home for Lunar New Year family reunions kicking off this weekNew Year’s Eve falls on Friday, Jan. 24and millions more making trips abroad. Nearly 120 million railway trips have already been made from Jan. 10 to 19, according to the transport ministry, a 20% increase compared to last year. But such a large-scale migration of people at a time of a virus outbreak will likely spread the disease further, both within China and beyond. Cases have already shown up in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.

Four hundred million people going home for Chinese New Year is certainly going to potentially complicate the control of this outbreak,” said Allen Cheng, a professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at Monash University in Australia. And though train stations and airports have set up mechanisms like temperature checks, he added, “evidence suggest that entry screening isn’t very effective at identifying people with new viruses.”

Around the world, airports have stepped up screening measures. But the fact that the symptoms of the new coronavirus seem to be relatively mildfever, cough, tightness of the chest, and difficulty with breathingis “paradoxically more worrying” because it allows people to travel further before their symptoms are detected, Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, told Agence France-Presse. China’s health commission at a press conference on Wednesday warned that the virus is still evolving.

The new virus belongs to the same family as the SARS virus that hit mainland China and Hong Kong hard in 2003, leading to nearly 800 deaths, but scientists who have sequenced the current strain say it is quite distant from that virus.

Chinese health officials have urged people to limit travel, though they have stopped short of enforcing actual blanket travel bans. They have also asked people to limit public gatherings. In Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and the epicenter of the outbreak, officials have prohibited outbound tour groups from departing the city, and private cars coming in and out of the city are to be checked for wildlife and live poultry, according to state news outlet Peoples Daily.

Some people have cancelled their Lunar New Year family reunions altogether. “I made the decision after seeing the spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wuhan over the weekend,” said Carol Huang, a Hong Kong-based financial reporter from Wuhan. “My mother called me three times asking me to cancel the flight, and all of my familys spring festival gatherings have been cancelled.”

Travel and hotel stocks have plummeted in reaction to the news. Hong Kong-listed Air China has slumped almost 7.5% since Monday, while New York-listed Chinese travel services company Trip.com dove almost 8%. Huazhu, the New York-listed Chinese hotel management company, sank more than 10%.

The outbreak at peak season for the travel, retail, and catering industries could deal another blow to an economy already contending with slowing economic growth, and food price inflation due to the spread of African swine fever among pigs last year. Lunar New Year holiday spending, which has seen its growth tapering, nevertheless hit $150 billion in 2019 for the seven-day period people typically take off.

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