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China can defeat ‘devil’ virus

President Xi Jinping yesterday said China was sure of defeating a “devil” coronavirus that has killed 106 people, spread across the world and rattled financial markets.

Iran house to debate on quitting NPT

A motion for Iran to quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was introduced in parliament yesterday, the assembly’s news site ICANA reported, in a move that appears to raise the stakes in Tehran’s confrontation with the West.

2 killed, dozens wounded

2 killed, dozens wounded

Two Iraqis were killed and dozens wounded in protest-related violence yesterday, as authorities suspended a television station which has broadcast intensive coverage of the months-long movement demanding regime change.

Outbreak to last months at least: experts

The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, will afflict a minimum of tens of thousands of people and will last at least several months, researchers estimate based on the first available data.

Australia battles new bushfire threat

Australian officials yesterday warned communities in bushfire-ravaged eastern states to strengthen fire defences amid forecasts of soaring temperatures and strong winds, as one approaching blaze cloaked the capital in thick smoke.

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