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Kosovo’s 38-year-old president takes office

NE World Desk Kosovo’s new president took office on Tuesday, becoming the country’s youngest head of state and one of the youngest in the world. Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, 38, was elected to a five-year term on Sunday by Kosovo’s Assembly, or Parliament, making her the Balkan nation’s second female leader in the post-war period. Osmani-Sadriu took […]

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Pakistan faces dilemma over trade ties with India

NE World Desk Pakistan’s government last week put a hold on restarting limited imports of sugar, cotton and wheat from India until New Delhi reviews its 2019 decision to revoke the Kashmir region’s special status.  It reversed the decision made earlier by Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to give the green light for imports from […]

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Britain adds Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya and Philippines to ‘red list’

NE World Desk Britons returning from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya and the Philippines will have to go into hotel quarantine from next Friday in a move that will further deter any travel during the Easter school holidays. The four countries are to be added to England’s “red list” of countries under a travel ban amid concerns […]

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The Masked Singer Recap: All in All, You’re Just Another Trick in the Doll

NE Culture Desk And then there were three… or maybe more? Wednesday’s The Masked Singer revealed that Russian Doll has been hiding yet another performer in its many layers, bringing out a third costumed singer to join what previously seemed like a two-person act. “Just how many people are in this costume?” guest host Niecy […]

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Tokyo Olympics Bans Spectators From Abroad Over COVID-19 Fears

NE Sports Desk Spectators from abroad will be barred from the Tokyo Olympics when they open in four months, the IOC and local organizers said Saturday. The decision was announced after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, the International Paralympic Committee, and local organizers. The move was […]

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Long-awaited Super Mario theme park finally opens

NE World Desk After months of pandemic delays, Nintendo’s first ever theme park, featuring a “Mario Kart” ride in a real-life Bowser’s Castle, opened in Japan to delighted fans. The attraction, whose bright, block-like surroundings are straight out of the classic “Super Mario” games, is part of the existing Universal Studios Japan amusement park in […]

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Bangladesh, Sri Lanka bilateral talks begin

NE Bangladesh Desk Bangladesh and Sri Lankan delegation members on Saturday began bilateral talks at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the capital. According to BSS, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are leading their respective sides at the talks. Before the formal talks, the two leaders […]

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Iceland opens borders for vaccinated visitors to boost tourism

NE World Desk Iceland will this week open its borders to all visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 without mandatory testing or quarantine, as it seeks to attract more tourists to help revive its coronavirus-hit economy. The North Atlantic country, which will become one of the first to open its borders since the beginning […]