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The Egyptian authorities announce the killing of “18 terrorists” in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Sinai

The Egyptian authorities announce the killing of “18 terrorists” in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Sinai

Politics
The Egyptian authorities announce the killing of "18 terrorists" in an exchange of fire with the security forces in Sinai The Egyptian security authorities announced the killing of "18 terrorists" in an exchange of fire with police forces in the city of Bir al-Abed in North Sinai Governorate, in the northeast of the country. According to the statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior, the anti-terror forces raided "a hideout in which terrorist elements were planning to target the security forces" before the gunmen took the initiative to fire at the security forces, resulting in "the killing of 18 elements and the finding of 13 weapons and two explosive belts" These developments come two days after the Egyptian army announced the killing and wounding of 10 of its mem...
US Secretary of State: There is a tremendous amount of evidence that the source of the Corona virus is a laboratory in Wuhan, China

US Secretary of State: There is a tremendous amount of evidence that the source of the Corona virus is a laboratory in Wuhan, China

Politics
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there is "an overwhelming number" of evidence confirming that the source of the Corona virus is a laboratory in Wuhan, China. Pompeo made the remarks in an interview with an American television channel, but he did not provide support for his speech. In response to a question about whether he agrees with what US intelligence agencies say is that the virus is not a human-made or genetically modified virus, the minister, who previously held the position of Director of Central Intelligence, replied that he had no doubts about the veracity of what the intelligence services say. The US president had earlier spoken of his belief that the virus had come out of a Chinese laboratory, which Beijing strongly denies
Coronavirus: ‘Great deal of logic’ in letting younger pupils return first, says Ofsted chief inspector

Coronavirus: ‘Great deal of logic’ in letting younger pupils return first, says Ofsted chief inspector

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There's a "great deal of logic" in allowing younger children to return to school first as the UK's lockdown is eased, Ofsted's chief inspector has told Sky News. Amanda Spielman told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday show the interests of children were "best served" by "being back at school as soon as possible", after coronavirus restrictions start to be lifted. Schools in the UK have been closed because of COVID-19 - except for the attendance of children of key workers - since 20 March, but Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has told MPs the government is planning the "phased" reopening of English schools once the UK exits a full lockdown. Although Ms Spielman said the return of schools should be weighed up against the possible impact on the NHS, she added: "If yo...
Delhi Police Come to Rescue of Woman Who Ran Out of Food for Her 8 Cats

Delhi Police Come to Rescue of Woman Who Ran Out of Food for Her 8 Cats

Politics
Delhi Police Come to Rescue of Woman Who Ran Out of Food for Her 8 Cats The lockdown has pushed the people into the confines of their homes. However, mundane the indoors might seem after over a month of restrictions, the pet owners are among the lucky ones to have company. But for Tahseen Khan of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi, the problem knocked when she realised that she had ran out of food for her pack of eight cats. She couldn’t avail the online services to refill the food for her cats owing the restrictions. She ultimately took police help her restore the supplies and contacted SHO Vijay Pal Singh. The cop got in touch with an owner of a pet shop in adjoining New Friends Colony and then sent his deputy to collect the cat food which was delivered to Khan’s house. In a similar c
Watch: Couple Exchanges Garlands Using Sticks to Maintain Social Distancing During Wedding

Watch: Couple Exchanges Garlands Using Sticks to Maintain Social Distancing During Wedding

Politics
The coronavirus pandemic along with the ensuing lockdown has led to cancellations of big fat Indian weddings, often forcing people to come up with various ways of tying the knot while maintaining social distancing. In another such recent incident, a couple from Mumbai came up with a unique way of celebrating their marriage amid the lockdown. Clad in their wedding attire, the couple carefully used two sticks to put garlands on each other, while wearing masks! The viral TikTok video was shared on Twitter, where a user captioned it: Lockdown Wedding.
Colonel, Major Among 5 Killed in Encounter in J&K’s Handwara, PM Modi Says Sacrifice Won’t be Forgotten

Colonel, Major Among 5 Killed in Encounter in J&K’s Handwara, PM Modi Says Sacrifice Won’t be Forgotten

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Colonel, Major Among 5 Killed in Encounter in J&K's Handwara, PM Modi Says Sacrifice Won't be Forgotten The five personnel had gone missing during an anti-militancy operation in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Wreath laying ceremony in Handwara A Colonel, Major and two jawans of the Indian Army along with a sub-inspector of J&K police were killed in an encounter in North Kashmir’s Handwara on Sunday, in which two terrorists were also killed. Based on the intelligence input that terrorists were taking the civilians living in a house in Changimulla, Handwara, of Kupwara district hostage, a joint operation was launched by Army and JK Police. "A team comprising five Army and JK Police personnel entered the target area occupied by the terror
Millions of Americans still can’t access jobless benefits: survey

Millions of Americans still can’t access jobless benefits: survey

Politics
Millions of Americans who have lost their jobs to coronavirus lockdown measures have been unable to file for unemployment benefits as the systems around the United States buckle under the sheer volume of new claims, a survey released on Tuesday finds. A survey conducted by the progressive Washington, DC-based think-tank the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found that for every 10 people who successfully filed for jobless benefits over the past four weeks, there were three to four people who tried to apply but could not access systems, and two people who did not even try to apply because they found the process too difficult. More: US unemployment could surge to 16 percent on coronavirus Record 26m jobless in US since coronavirus hit Trump slams cities, stat...
US legislators abruptly cancel plans to return to Washington, DC

US legislators abruptly cancel plans to return to Washington, DC

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Facing fierce blowback from its members, the Democratic leadership of the United States House of Representatives announced Tuesday that the chamber will not resume session next week as planned because of risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer declared the sudden about-face a day after lawmakers revolted. He said after discussions with the Capitol physician, the risk was too great. The physician has privately warned senior lawmakers it will be at least a year before Congress can return to business as usual. More: A timeline of the Trump administration's coronavirus actions Trump slams cities, states seeking US aid to offset coronavirus How many coronavirus cases does each US state have? "We will not come back next we...
Don’t delay developing world debt – cancel it

Don’t delay developing world debt – cancel it

Business, Politics
Even before coronavirus started spreading around the world, dozens of developing counties were already close to a debt crisis. Lebanon and Argentina have already defaulted on their debts this year; Ecuador and Zambia are on the edge. Behind them, a large group of countries could be pushed into default by the coronavirus crisis, including Angola, Tunisia and Ghana. Even rich countries like Italy face such serious debt crisis that it threatens to rip the Eurozone apart. Before we had even heard of COVID-19, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that 34 countries were at risk of debt distress. Jubilee Debt Campaign, a group established in the late 1990s to campaign for debt cancellation for impoverished countries, suggested last May that this was an optimistic assessment. ...
Some UAE banks have classified their debt exposure to the company as ‘doubtful’, three sources tell Reuters.

Some UAE banks have classified their debt exposure to the company as ‘doubtful’, three sources tell Reuters.

Breaking News, Politics
Banks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with exposure to troubled hospital operator NMC Healthcare risk having to make provisions for between 25 and 50 percent on more than $2bn of outstanding debt to the company, three banking sources told Reuters news agency. NMC, the largest private healthcare provider in the UAE, was placed into administration earlier in April after months of turmoil that followed questions about its financial reporting from short seller Muddy Waters Research. NMC's shares were suspended two months ago, and on Monday the company requested the delisting of its shares from the London Stock Exchange.