Lebanon's top Christian cleric urged Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Sunday to avoid back-door deals and to quickly form a new government that will start lifting the country out of financial crisis. Veteran Sunni politician Hariri was named premier for a fourth time on Thursday, a year after huge protests against the ruling elite pushed him to quit. Hariri promised a cabinet of specialists to enact reforms set out in a French plan to unlock foreign aid.
Hundreds of people marched in Taiwan's capital on Sunday to demand the release of 12 Hong Kong anti-government protesters who were arrested by mainland Chinese authorities in August. The 12 were allegedly traveling illegally by boat to Taiwan when Chinese authorities detained them. Prominent Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law helped launch the campaign on social media.
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MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia's Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state awaits results on 3,000 people who were tested in the city’s north in the past 24 hours. He described it as a “cautious pause” - not a setback - to rule out there wasn’t widespread community transmission linked to the cluster. Among the current restrictions are mandatory wearing of masks and no travelling beyond 25 kilometres (15 miles) from home. At the start of the second wave of cases two months ago, Andrews instituted an overnight curfew and shut down most businesses. “I know it is frustrating,” Andrews said. “I know people are keen to have a long and detailed list of changes to the rules. It is not appropriate for us to do that now.”? Victoria reported seven new coronavirus cases on Sunday, with six linked to the latest outbreak, which involves 39 people across 11 households. No additional deaths kept the state toll at 817 and the national toll at 905. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: — Sri Lankan authorities have terminated a number of passenger trains and widened the curfew as COVID-19 cases related to a new cluster at a garment factory continue to surge. The Railway Department cancelled at least 16 trains — mostly ran through busy office hours — after the number of commuters declined due to the curfew imposed in many parts of the country. More than a dozen villages are isolated in densely populated Western province, which includes capital Colombo. Authorities last week closed the island’s main fish market on Colombo’s outskirts after 49 traders tested positive for the coronavirus. By Sunday, the number of cases from the fish market went up to nearly 900. Authorities say the outbreak is linked to a cluster in a garment factory early this month, which has grown to 4,052 cases, more than half the country’s total of 7,521. During the last 24 hours, 368 new cases have been detected. In a bid to contain the spread, health authorities also closed three fishery harbours and many fish stalls around the country. Several thousand people have been asked to quarantine at home. Schools and key public offices are closed and gatherings banned. The death toll rose to 15 on Saturday. — India’s daily coronavirus cases have dropped to nearly 50,000, maintaining a downturn over the last few weeks. 0The Health Ministry says 50,129 new cases have taken the overall tally to nearly 7.9 million on Sunday. It also reported 578 deaths in the past 24 hours, raising total fatalities to 118,534. The ministry also said India’s active coronavirus cases were below 700,000 across the country and almost 7.1 million people had recovered from COVID-19. India is second to the United States with the largest outbreak of the coronavirus. Last month, India hit a peak of nearly 100,000 cases in a single day, but since then daily cases have fallen by about half and deaths by about a third. Some experts say the decline in cases suggests that the virus may have finally reached a plateau but others question the testing methods. India is relying heavily on antigen tests, which are faster but less accurate than traditional RT-PCR tests. — Schools and kindergartens have been suspended and communities are on lockdown in Kashgar, a city in China’s northwest Xinjiang region, after one asymptomatic case of the coronavirus was discovered on Saturday. The city said on its social media account on Sunday that it has tested over 308,000 people for the virus. Police in Kashgar also issued a notice on their social media account urging locals to “not believe rumours and not spread rumours.” In addition, China reported 15 new cases of the virus on Sunday, all of them imported, bringing the country's total to 85,790. The death toll from the outbreak in China remained at 4,634, according to the National Health Commission. ___ Follow all of AP’s coronavirus pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak The Associated Press
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Patiala (Punjab) [India], October 25 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that there is no need for him to visit the Hoshiarpur rape case victim's family as the police investigation is on.
Travis Pastrana, the X Games competitor and native of Annapolis, Maryland, returned to his home city on Friday, October 23, for a daring stunt – jumping a car over Ego Alley at City Dock.Pastrana made the jump as a boat passed underneath him. Pastrana took two initial attempts to get his timing right, and completed the jump on his third. Credit: Ward Carroll via Storyful
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Italy on Sunday ordered bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m. and shut public gyms, cinemas and swimming pools to try to halt a rapid resurgence in the coronavirus that has pushed daily infection rates to new records. The measures, which take effect on Monday and were agreed between Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government in Rome and regional authorities, arrived after two nights of protests in Naples and Rome against curfews introduced in a number of regions last week.
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BANGKOK (Reuters) - #KingKeepFighting was the hashtag used by the embattled Thai prime minister's operations centre at the weekend on a Twitter post with pictures of a walkabout by King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Faced by protesters' calls on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to quit and the monarchy's biggest challenge in decades, the royalist establishment is showing signs of attempting to mobilise a counterattack. The Palace has been silent through months of anti-government protests that have increasingly aimed at the monarchy.
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