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World's insatiable appetite for plastic is driving oil producers' future growth: Carbon Tracker report
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World's insatiable appetite for plastic is driving oil producers' future growth: Carbon Tracker report

Plastic production has increased around four percent every year since 2000 and the industry expects that rate of growth to continue, driven mainly by emerging economies.

World surpasses 20 million Coronavirus cases, WHO chief says 'there are green shoots of hope'
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World surpasses 20 million Coronavirus cases, WHO chief says 'there are green shoots of hope'

With six vaccine candidates reaching Phase 3 trials, WHO's emergencies director Michael Ryan warned that a vaccine was "only part of the answer".

Tick-borne bunyavirus causing fever, hemorrhages spreading in China: Everything we know so far
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Tick-borne bunyavirus causing fever, hemorrhages spreading in China: Everything we know so far

The STFS virus is transmitted to humans by ticks or bits, and is thought to be fatal in 1 to 3 out of every 10 infections.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Sonu Sood arranges charter flights for students stranded in Kyrgyzstan
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Sonu Sood arranges charter flights for students stranded in Kyrgyzstan

Sonu Sood said that the first chartered flight from Kyrgyzstan to Varanasi will operate on 22 July, followed by charters for other states

Partition gave China more strategic space in Asia, says S Jaishankar in his upcoming book
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Partition gave China more strategic space in Asia, says S Jaishankar in his upcoming book

The Union external affairs minister also wrote that delayed economic reforms and prolonged exercise of the nuclear option made it difficult for India to gain influence in foreign policy

Sunil Chhetri hopes youngsters would push India to Asia's top 10 in future
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Sunil Chhetri hopes youngsters would push India to Asia's top 10 in future

The Indian team must aim for a top-10 spot among Asian nations and the youngsters will have to step up to make it a reality, reckons talismanic football captain Sunil Chhetri.

Coronavirus epidemic not growing exponentially in India and South Asia, but risk of explosion looms, says WHO
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Coronavirus epidemic not growing exponentially in India and South Asia, but risk of explosion looms, says WHO

The number of COVID-19 cases in India has been doubling every three weeks but the epidemic is not growing exponentially in the country and South Asia region, the WHO said

US Chamber of Commerce, lobbying group urged India to delay a new digital tax; say firms battling fallout of coronavirus
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US Chamber of Commerce, lobbying group urged India to delay a new digital tax; say firms battling fallout of coronavirus

The digital tax, inserted into budget amendments passed in March, caught the industry off guard as it was not part of the main proposals finance ministry had presented in Parliament a month earlier

Coronavirus Outbreak: Asia to see zero percent growth in 2020, worst performance in 60 years, says IMF
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Asia to see zero percent growth in 2020, worst performance in 60 years, says IMF

Asia is expected to witness zero percent growth in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, its worst growth performance in almost 60 years, but still the world's largest and most populous continent is likely to fare better than other regions in terms of activity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said

Relentless rise of Chinese football and Super League leaves second-tier clubs like Liaoning FC on verge of closure
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Relentless rise of Chinese football and Super League leaves second-tier clubs like Liaoning FC on verge of closure

Liaoning have dropped down to China’s second-tier and now stand on the cusp of closure as financial issues start to affect the game outside the Chinese Super League, the top flight of the country’s professional pyramid

Coronavirus Outbreak: Three Indians among 42 new cases in Singapore, taking total number of infections in country to 844
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Three Indians among 42 new cases in Singapore, taking total number of infections in country to 844

Of the new cases, 24 are imported ones and have a travel history to Europe, North America, Middle East, Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other parts of Asia, the ministry said in a statement

Malaysia’s new prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin to announce his Cabinet today; move comes a week after his appointment
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Malaysia’s new prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin to announce his Cabinet today; move comes a week after his appointment

Muhyiddin Yassin succeeded Mahathir Mohamad after the seasoned politician abruptly quit last month

As water crisis hits Hindu Kush Himalayan region, better planning and management are need of the hour
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As water crisis hits Hindu Kush Himalayan region, better planning and management are need of the hour

Cities and towns in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, initially designed for much smaller populations – if designed at all – now have to deal with the inflow of much larger numbers, and that too of people in distress. Managing water sources becomes far more difficult in such circumstances.

Rise in anti-Asian sentiment following coronavirus outbreak is hardly a new phenomenon, experts say
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Rise in anti-Asian sentiment following coronavirus outbreak is hardly a new phenomenon, experts say

To historians and public health researchers, the racialized responses to the emerging coronavirus are nothing new. From 14th century plague to HIV/AIDS and the recent round of Ebola, infectious disease outbreaks have often coincided with surges of prejudice and marginalization.

Coronavirus outbreak: Indonesia confirms two cases; infected patients hospitalised in Jakarta, says President Joko Widodo
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Coronavirus outbreak: Indonesia confirms two cases; infected patients hospitalised in Jakarta, says President Joko Widodo

The two had been hospitalized in Jakarta, Widodo told reporters at the presidential palace in the capital

Mission: Impossible 7 — Paramount Pictures halts shooting of Tom Cruise's film in Italy due to coronavirus outbreak
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Mission: Impossible 7 — Paramount Pictures halts shooting of Tom Cruise's film in Italy due to coronavirus outbreak

Paramount Pictures said they cancelled Mission Impossible 7's shoot for the safety of the film's cast and crew.

EU to give $998 million aid to countries facing humanitarian crisis, climate change effects
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EU to give $998 million aid to countries facing humanitarian crisis, climate change effects

EU said people in more than 80 countries will benefit from the money, African nations to get largest chunk.

FIFA bans Bahrain's Sayed Baqer for 10 games for racism during World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong
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FIFA bans Bahrain's Sayed Baqer for 10 games for racism during World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong

Sayed Baqer formed a slanted-eye gesture toward fans at the 14 November game in Hong Kong. The incident was captured on camera from the stands as the players left the field and the footage was posted on Twitter.

Thirteen years in the dating: Archaeologists narrow age gap for homo erectus fossil
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Thirteen years in the dating: Archaeologists narrow age gap for homo erectus fossil

The scientists have concluded that the remains are between 108,000 and 117,000 years old.

Sri Lanka elections: Lauded for crushing civil war, condemned for 'war crimes', Rajapaksa clan eyes another shot at power as Gotabaya among top contenders in presidential polls
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Sri Lanka elections: Lauded for crushing civil war, condemned for 'war crimes', Rajapaksa clan eyes another shot at power as Gotabaya among top contenders in presidential polls

Sri Lankans voted Saturday for a new president in what could mark a comeback for the Rajapaksa clan, lauded by supporters for crushing the Tamil Tigers but condemned by critics for war crimes, corruption and cosying up to China