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    Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat

    The Philippines has expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested against what it said was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coastguard vessel in the disputed South China Sea. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila expressed deep concern over the reported April 3 sinking of the boat off the Paracel Islands. There were eight fishermen on board at the time. More: Philippines protests 'swarming' of more than 100 Chinese vessels Duterte finds a friend in China but critics cry treason Vietnam demands China withdraw vessel from South China Sea The incident happened at a time when a common approach was crucial in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, it

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    Medical staff in Iran kiss religious relic for coronavirus protection: Report

    Medical personnel in a hospital in Iran were seen kissing a religious piece of cloth to protect them against coronavirus, according to a video circulating on social media. The cloth is from the Imam Reza shrine in Iran's Shia holy city of Mashhad. Medical staff were seen lining up in the video to kiss the cloth one after the other. Other videos and images have been shared on social media showing a piece of cloth from the Imam Reza shrine being taken to be touched and kissed by coronavirus patients in hospitals.

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    Coronavirus: UAE confirms 300 new cases over past 24 hours

    The United Arab Emirates confirmed 300 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours bringing the total to 2,659, the health ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 12 died and 186 recovered so far. Last Update: 13:37 KSA 16:37 - GMT 13:37

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    Surgical, cotton masks do not prevent coronavirus infection: Report

    Neither surgical masks nor cotton masks are effective filters to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, according to a new report published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. People have flocked to buy face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, officially known as COVID-19, resulting in shortages of masks globally. Amid shortages of the N95 mask, the so-called gold standard in consumer face masks, many have turned to surgical and cotton masks as substitutes.

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    Why is Boris Johnson in intensive care and who is 'caretaker PM'?

    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is the first world leader to be hospitalised with COVID-19, was transferred to an intensive care unit on Monday, shortly after he was first admitted to St Thomas' hospital in London. COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has spread in a global pandemic. It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that, as of 16:00 GMT on Monday, 6,159 people in the UK had died from the virus, according to the health ministry. More than 55,000 people have so far tested positive for the infection. More: UK PM fights worsening coronavirus symptoms in intensive care Boris Johnson: World reacts to British PM's coronavirus downturn Sterling drops after UK prime

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    Abu Dhabi taps debt market after Qatar's $10 bln bond sale

    Abu Dhabi started marketing US dollar bonds on Wednesday, a document showed, following Qatar's $10 billion debt sale on Tuesday, as Gulf states raise cash amid low oil prices and the coronavirus outbreak. Two sources close to the deal said Abu Dhabi was looking to raise $5 billion to $7 billion with the issuance. A spokesman at Abu Dhabi's department of finance did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Like Qatar, Abu Dhabi plans to raise debt in tranches of five, 10 and 30 years.

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    Modi's 'PM CARES' coronavirus fund slammed as donations pour in

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for creating a new coronavirus relief fund when about $500m was lying unspent in an older fund, even as top businesses and celebrities pledge millions of dollars in new donations. Modi launched the "PM CARES" fund last month to provide relief to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 5,000 people in India, and killed 149 so far. More: India: Virus spikes cybercrime, world's tallest statue 'on sale' How Tablighi Jamaat event became India's worst coronavirus vector India lifts drug export ban after Trump's 'retaliation' threat The fund is expected to help millions of day labourers, many of whose lives were devastated