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China confirms first imported Zika case: report BEIJING: China confirmed its first imported case of Zika late Tuesday, Xinhua reported, as fears mount over the fast-spreading virus that has been linked to severe birth defects mostly in Latin America.Few cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been reported in Asia, but the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency to combat Zika as cases spread elsewhere. Officials in China said a 34-year-old man was diagnosed with the virus after he returned from Venezuela on January 28 and reported a fever, headache and dizziness, according to Xinhua news agency citing health officials. The man, from Ganxian county in the southeast province of Jiangxi, is now recovering with a normal body temperature and fading rash, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission cited on Xinhua. He had travelled home via Hong Kong and Shenzhen and has been quarantined and treated in a Ganxian hospital since February ...

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Turkey summons US ambassador over State Dept comments on Syria Kurds: reports ANKARA: Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador on Tuesday, according to media reports, after a senior American official angered Ankara by saying that Washington did not consider the main Syrian Kurdish party to be a terrorist organisation.The Hurriyet newspaper reported that the Turkish government, which views the Democratic Union Party (PYD) as a terrorist group, expressed its "unease" to US ambassador John Bass over the remarks by State Department spokesman John Kirby.Kirby had told ...

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UN urges Turkey to open borders to fleeing Syrians BEIRUT: The United Nations on Tuesday urged Turkey to open its borders to tens of thousands of Syrians who have overwhelmed nearby emergency camps after fleeing a major government offensive.The main border crossing north of Syria's second city Aleppo remained closed, forcing huge crowds including women and children to sleep in tents or in the open."There are no longer enough places for families to sleep," said Ahmad al-Mohammad, a field worker with medical aid group ...

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Survivors tell of quake horror in Taiwan TAINAN: Rescuers searched through the night Saturday hoping to free residents trapped in buildings toppled by a deadly earthquake in Taiwan, as survivors recalled being plucked to safety from their ruined homes.More than 250 people have been rescued from the Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan since the quake hit at 4:00 am Saturday, killing 14 people and toppling four blocks of around 100 homes in total. Over 150 people remain out ...

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Iran calls on US to reassure European banks over trade with Tehran LONDON: Iran on Thursday called on the United States to make a clear public pledge that it would not penalise European banks for legitimate trade with the Islamic Republic.Many foreign banks are cautious about resuming trade with Iran following January's nuclear deal because they fear being caught up in ongoing U.S. sanctions."Rebuilding the confidence of the banks that the United States will not re-intervene in their relations with Iran may require some further assurance from ...

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British Airways to resume flights to Iran LONDON: British Airways will resume direct flights from London to Tehran from July, renewing links with the Iranian capital after sanctions were lifted.The British airline followed Air France-KLM in confirming its intention to restart flights to Tehran after Iran curbed its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of U.S., EU and United Nations sanctions in January.The deal has sparked hopes that Iran could secure a wave of foreign investment for the country of 80 ...

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China echoes concerns over N. Korea rocket launch plans SEOUL: China on Wednesday joined the global chorus of anger and concern over a planned rocket launch by North Korea, as Japan vowed to shoot down any missile that threatened its territory.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meanwhile urged the reclusive communist state to scrap its plans for the rocket launch -- another major violation of UN resolutions just weeks after its fourth nuclear test.Pyongyang on Tuesday confirmed that it would launch a rocket sometime between February ...