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UN nuclear watchdog chief Amano dead

UN nuclear watchdog chief Amano dead

United Nations, Jul 22 (UNI) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief, Yukiya Amano, is dead.

"The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano," the IAEA said in a statement.

The Agency said on Monday -- the day he was expected to announce his resignation because of an illness that visibly weakened him over the past year.

The 72-year-old Japanese diplomat had held the position of IAEA director general since 2009, taking over from Mohamed ElBaradei and steering the UN agency through a period of intense diplomacy over Iran's nuclear programme while seeking in vain to return to North Korea.

Amano had been preparing to leave his position in March, well before the end of his third four-year term, which ran until November 30, 2021.

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Singapore confirms 1st case of new Coronavirus - Reports

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23 Jan 2020 | 11:53 PM

Moscow, Jan 23 (UNI) Singapore has confirmed its first case of a new strain of coronavirus, which originated in the China's city of Wuhan, media reported, citing authorities, on Thursday.

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UK Court reschedules Assange extradition hearings from February to May

UK Court reschedules Assange extradition hearings from February to May

23 Jan 2020 | 11:50 PM

London, Jan 23 (UNI) Westminster Magistrates' Court in London decided to postpone hearings on the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States from February to May, a Sputnik correspondent reported Thursday from the courthouse.

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White House takes reports about Saudis hacking Jeff Bezos' phone seriously

White House takes reports about Saudis hacking Jeff Bezos' phone seriously

23 Jan 2020 | 11:43 PM

Washington, Jan 23 (UNI) Trump administration is taking reports claiming that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman played a role in the hacking of Washington Post owner and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' phone seriously, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters on Thursday.

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Major political party in Bangladesh questions use of EVM in city polls

Major political party in Bangladesh questions use of EVM in city polls

23 Jan 2020 | 8:26 PM

Dhaka, Jan 23 (UNI) Criticising the move to hold elections in two city corporations through Electronic Voting Machine, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) General Secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday raised doubts and said, if necessary, polls should be conducted through ballot paper instead of EVM.

He made the demand while addressing a seminar titled 'Probable scope of rigging poll results through technical misuse of questionable EVM'.

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Indo-Pak trade declines drastically in 2019-20

23 Jan 2020 | 4:52 PM

Islamabad, Jan 23 (UNI) India-Pakistan bilateral trade has again been a causality of hostility as trade volumes between the neighbours witnessed a sharp drop during the first half of 2019-20.

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