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China exports spike to highest in decades after Covid-19 hit

China exports spike to highest in decades after Covid-19 hit

China's export growth jumped to the highest in over two decades, official data showed Sunday, with imports also surging in a sharp bounceback from the coronavirus outbreak that had brought activity to a near halt.

Protesters in force on Myanmar streets after night raids by security forces

Protesters in force on Myanmar streets after night raids by security forces

Tens of thousands of people came out in Myanmar on Sunday in one of the biggest days of protest against last month's coup despite overnight raids by security forces in the main city Yangon on campaign leaders and opposition activists.

Myanmar forces step up action against protesters

Myanmar forces step up action against protesters

The Southeast Asian country has been plunged in turmoil since the military overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 1, with daily protests and strikes that have choked business and paralysed administration.

Lebanon’s caretaker PM Diab pleads for new govt

Lebanon’s caretaker PM Diab pleads for new govt

?Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab threatened yesterday to stop performing his duties to pressure politicians to form a new government, citing an incident in which shoppers fought over milk to illustrate the parlous state of the economy.

Farmers block highway outside Delhi

Farmers block highway outside Delhi

Indian farmers began gathering yesterday to block a six-lane expressway outside New Delhi to mark the 100th day of protests against deregulation of agriculture markets, to add pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

Anger grows at 1% pay rise offer for NHS staff

Anger grows at 1% pay rise offer for NHS staff

Ministers are on a collision course with millions of National Health Service (NHS) staff as they insisted the country could not afford a more than 1% pay rise for health workers, even as nurses leaders raised the prospect of strike action.

Nasa’s Mars rover Perseverance goes for a ‘spin’

Nasa’s Mars rover Perseverance goes for a ‘spin’

The Mars rover Perseverance has successfully conducted its first test drive on the Red Planet, the US space agency Nasa said on Friday.

Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopia Nile dam ‘fait accompli’: Sisi

Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopia Nile dam ‘fait accompli’: Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has warned against Ethiopia continuing to fill its Nile dam, on his first visit to Sudan since the ouster of long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir nearly two years ago.

Call for protests in Senegal following days of clashes

Call for protests in Senegal following days of clashes

A Senegalese opposition collective has called for fresh protests starting tomorrow, following days of clashes that have left at least four people dead.

Khan wins bigger slice of confidence

Khan wins bigger slice of confidence

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan won a vote of confidence from parliament yesterday in a session marked by an opposition boycott of the vote and clashes between government supporters and opposition leaders outside the parliament building.

UK faces difficult post-Brexit era under Boris: Ex-French envoy

UK faces difficult post-Brexit era under Boris: Ex-French envoy

Britain faces a tough challenge to retain global influence after its departure from the EU under a prime minister who has a well-known reputation for “lying”, France’s former ambassador to the UK told AFP in an interview.

Six killed in Ukrainian bus accident in Poland

Six killed in Ukrainian bus accident in Poland

Six people died and more than 30 were injured in an accident involving a Ukrainian bus in southeastern Poland, local medical rescue services said.

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