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Syria Condemned at Chemical Warfare Watchdog over Sarin Attacks

Member countries of the global toxic arms watchdog voted overwhelmingly Thursday to take action on a probe that blamed Syria for nerve gas attacks for the first time, diplomats said.

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Japan to Limit Financing of Overseas Coal Power Plants

Japan said Thursday it would tighten rules for investment in foreign coal-fired power stations on environmental grounds, but stopped short of ending government funding for projects.

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Manuel Pellegrini Returns to Spain as Coach of Betis

Former Manchester City and Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has returned to Spanish football as coach of Real Betis, his new club announced on Thursday.

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Another 1.3 Million Workers File for U.S. Jobless Benefits

Another 1.3 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, continuing the slowdown in the pace of layoffs, the government reported Thursday.

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Iran Hits Record One-day Virus Death Toll of 221

Iran reported a new single-day record death toll of 221 from the novel coronavirus on Thursday, after weeks of rising numbers in the Middle East's worst-hit country.

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Virus Cases Jump in Worst-Hit Trio of U.S., Brazil and India

Virus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

India on Thursday reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections, as the disease continued its ominous spread through the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people.

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China Warns US against 'McCarthy-style Paranoia'

China's top diplomat Thursday warned the United States against "McCarthy-style paranoia" as tensions rise between the two superpowers.

Beijing and Washington have been sparring over a slew of issues, from a new national security law in Hong Kong to trade and US criticism of China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Five Million Begin Lockdown in Australian City

Five million people in Australia's second-biggest city began a new lockdown Thursday, returning to tough restrictions just weeks after they ended as Melbourne grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

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Japan Rescuers Battle to Reach Thousands Trapped by Floods

Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled on Thursday to reach thousands of homes cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage.

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Silkworms Long Gone, Syrian Opens Museum to Waning Craft

After Syria's war whisked away the silkworms from his mulberry trees, 65-year-old Mohammed Saud instead turned his idle home workshop into a silk museum to celebrate the ancient craft.

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