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Singapore-China to open essential travel corridor in early June

1 hour 32 min ago
Singapore and China plan to reopen essential travel for business and official purposes between the two countries early next month, they said in a joint statement on Friday.

Austria to loosen face-mask requirement, scrap table-size limit in bars

1 hour 32 min ago
Austria will no longer require shoppers to wear face masks and scrap a limit of four adults at a table in bars and restaurants, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday, outlining the next loosening of the country's coronavirus restrictions.

In Canada's COVID-19 capital, bone-weary nurses plead for summer break

1 hour 35 min ago
Quebec nurses and orderlies are pleading for time off this summer, ahead of a possible second wave of coronavirus infections in the fall, as Canada's hardest-hit province from the virus wrestles with a staffing crunch in its health sector.

Colombia ELN rebels would back U.N. ceasefire, urge government to join

1 hour 38 min ago
Colombian rebel group the National Liberation Army (ELN) would be willing to participate in a global three-month ceasefire being discussed at the United Nations to contain the spread of coronavirus, the head of its negotiating team said.

Canada 'needs' airline industry, is monitoring day by day: minister

1 hour 49 min ago
Canada is closely monitoring the slumping airline industry and extended a ban on large cruise ships to Oct. 31 to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said on Friday.

Pakistan to resume outbound international flights as COVID-19 spreads

1 hour 53 min ago
Pakistan will allow outbound international flights to resume from Saturday, an aviation official said, after largely closing its airspace to commercial flights to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kazakhstan to ease lockdown next week

2 hours 2 min ago
Kazakhstan will take down police checkpoints between its regions next week and reopen kindergartens and gyms as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown, the government said on Friday.

Three wounded in shootout in Kiev suburb, 20 detained

2 hours 10 min ago
Dozens of people, some armed with what appeared to be hunting rifles, clashed in broad daylight on Friday in a residential suburb outside the capital Kiev, and at least three people were wounded, according to officials.

A 'suspected explosion' at hydropower station in China's Yunnan province kills six

2 hours 16 min ago
A "suspected explosion" at a hydropower station in China's Yunnan province has killed six people and injured five others, the Yunnan government said on Friday.

UAE to shorten Covid-19 prevention curfew by two hours

2 hours 17 min ago
The United Arab Emirates will shorten from Saturday by two hours a nightly curfew meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the country's state news agency said on Friday.

Azerbaijan says extends quarantine regime until June 15

2 hours 20 min ago
Azerbaijan's government said on Friday it had extended its quarantine regime and border closure because of the coronavirus outbreak until June 15.

Turkey's AK Party plans measures seen as potential obstacle to new parties

2 hours 26 min ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party is planning to push through measures with its nationalist allies that affect how political groups may contest elections and could hamper new opposition parties taking part in any snap elections.

Sweden excluded as neighbours Denmark and Norway ease travel restrictions

2 hours 40 min ago
Norway and Denmark said on Friday they would allow tourists to travel between the two countries, though border crossings with Sweden, where the number of COVID-19 infections is higher, will remain restricted.

Bosnia police question regional PM over import of defective ventilators

2 hours 49 min ago
The prime minister of Bosnia's autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation Fadil Novalic has been quizzed by police about the import by a fruit processing firm of ventilators for COVID-19 patients that proved defective, his SDA party said.

Saudi Arabia confirms virtual donors conference for Yemen in partnership with U.N.

2 hours 52 min ago
Saudi Arabia confirmed that it will organise a virtual donors conference for Yemen on Tuesday in partnership with the United Nations.

Little fear, lots of love as Madrid medics do home rounds amid pandemic

2 hours 56 min ago
With air kisses and palms clasped, elderly patients in Madrid greet medics who come to check them at home during the coronavirus pandemic despite the risks involved.

EU says Hong Kong decision damages trust with China

3 hours 6 min ago
European Union governments expressed "grave concern" on Friday over China's security law for Hong Kong, the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said following a video meeting of the bloc's 27 foreign ministers.

U.S., Britain aim to raise Hong Kong at U.N. Security Council on Friday

3 hours 6 min ago
The United States and Britain plan to informally raise at the United Nations Security Council on Friday China's plan to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, diplomats said, a move likely to anger Beijing.

Turkey resumes limited mass prayers at mosques as virus curbs ease

3 hours 12 min ago
Turkey on Friday resumed some mass prayers at a limited number of mosques after a break of more than two months, as Ankara continued to ease restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

EU seeks tougher China policy, concerned by Hong Kong law

3 hours 13 min ago
European Union foreign ministers agreed to toughen their strategy on China on Friday to counter Beijing's increasingly assertive diplomacy against a backdrop of concern about China's new security law for Hong Kong.

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