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    Virus misinformation fuels panic in Asia

    Agence France-Presse . Hong Kong | Updated at 11:07pm on May 29, 2020

    False alerts about a man shot dead at a coronavirus checkpoint, old footage of a supermarket stampede in reports of panic buying, and a 2015 video of a police raid on a brothel recirculated with...

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    14 Afghan security force members killed

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 11:05pm on May 29, 2020

    Taliban fighters stormed an Afghan border post Friday, killing at least 14 security force members, the insurgents and officials said, the latest in a series of attacks since the end of a brief...

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    Australian court orders release of Queen’s letters over PM sacking

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney | Updated at 11:00pm on May 29, 2020

    Australia’s top court has ordered the release of Queen Elizabeth II’s correspondence about the 1975 sacking of democratically elected prime minister Gough Whitlam, which palace allies had battled to...

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    Indonesia minister slammed for ‘virus is like your wife’ remarks

    Agence France-Presse . Jakarta | Updated at 10:56pm on May 29, 2020

    An Indonesian minister is under fire after he compared coronavirus to rebellious wives, in remarks aimed at soothing public fears about easing COVID-19 restrictions across the Southeast Asian...

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    Global toll rises to 3.6 lakh

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 09:53am on May 29, 2020

    The novel coronavirus has killed at least 360,419 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT...

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    Troops deployed as angry US anti-racism protests spread

    Agence France-Presse . Minneapolis | Updated at 01:36am on May 30, 2020

    Hundreds of troops deployed to the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul early Friday after a third night of rioting over police brutality against African Americans left hundreds of shops damaged and...

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    India sidesteps Trump mediation offer

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 01:34am on May 30, 2020

    India Thursday sidestepped US president Donald Trump’s offers to mediate the country’s border showdown with China, saying it was already engaged with Beijing to ‘resolve this issue’...

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    Jobless students stranded in Australia turn to handouts

    Agence France-Presse . Melbourne | Updated at 01:32am on May 30, 2020

    Australia wooed hundreds of thousands of international students to its shores with the promise of a first-class education and fun-kissed adventure, but the coronavirus crisis has left many...