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LONDON (Layalpur Post):Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom honored those who sacrificed their lives in World War II on May 8, the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, and used the occasion to say she was proud of how people had responded to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

WASHINGTON: US President declares violent criminal violence during Black Lives Matter protests. The death of George Floyd, a black American citizen, was followed by protests all over the world, including America.

The protest later became a black lives matter. During this period, there were violent incidents in the United States, where protesters and Police Officers were killed, while the protesters also damaged valuable property.

US President Donald Trump has been opposed to these protests from the beginning, while the Black Lives Matter protests have now been declared criminal violence.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order protecting monuments installed in the United States. "The great country will punish such unjust acts against America," he said.

LYALLPUR CITY: (Layalpur Post).The worldwide corona virus has consistently caused the disease, which is increasing in patients, but also in the daily number of deaths. The number of people affected by the corona virus has gone up to 99,33,964 worldwide, while the number of deaths has gone up to 4,97,530. Around the world, 4,54,153 patients are in hospital, quarantine centers and in isolation, of which 57,689 are in critical condition, while 53,82,281 have been cured.

America is still the most affected country with the corona virus, where only the most deaths are in the country. In the United States, 1,27,640 people have died from the Corona virus, while the total number of people who have been indeed has gone up to 25,53,68. In hospitals and quarantine centers in the United States, 13,56,660 corona patients are under-treated, of which 15,765 are in critical condition, while 10,68,768 corona patients have been cured so far.

Brazil is second in the list of countries with the number of patients with the Corona virus, with the number of people in The Corona reaching 12,80,54, while the virus has taken 56,109 lives. The total number of deaths in Russia from the Corona virus has gone up to 8,969, while its patients have reached 6,27,646.

India is fourth in the list with a rapid increase in the number of patients with the corona virus, with 15,731 deaths from the corona, while the number of patients affected by it has gone up to 5,11,478. In Britain, the death toll from corona rose to 43,414, while the number of cases of corona has gone up to 3,9,360.

In Spain, 2,94,985 victims of The corona have been affected, while the death toll has risen to 28,338. In Peru, 8,939 deaths have been reported due to the corona virus, while there are 2,72,364 reported in the Country. The total death toll from the Corona virus has gone up to 34,708 in Italy, with 2,39,961 cases reported so far.

In Iran, the total number of deaths from the corona virus rose to 10,364, while total case of the corona rose to 2,20,180. In Turkey, the number of deaths from the corona virus rose to 5,65, while total case of the corona rose to 1,94,511. Alsoread:  Corona is not being taken seriously in Pakistan

In Germany, the total number of deaths from corona rose to 9,26, while in the case of corona, 1,94,399. In Saudi Arabia, the total number of deaths from the corona virus has gone up to 1,474, while the number of patients in the country has gone up to 1,74,577. In France, the total deaths due to the Corona virus were 29,778, while in the Corona case, 1,62,936.

China, where the first case of the corona was found, has been largely controlled by the corona virus and only a few new corona patients are exposed daily, while the death toll has not been known for a long time. In China, the number of corona patients has gone up to 83,483 and the death toll has been reduced to 4,634.

The corona virus is spreading so fast in Pakistan that it has also come out of China, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Germany in the list of countries with a high number of patients. In the past 24 hours, new 3,138 cases of the corona virus have been reported in the country, while another 74 have been reported in the country.

In Pakistan, the number of case of the corona virus has gone up to 1,98,883, while the total number of deaths from this virus has gone up to 4,35. In the country of the Corona virus, 1,7,942 patients are still in isolation in hospitals, quarantine centers and homes, while 86,906 have been cured of the disease.

LAHORE (Layalpur Post): Muslim League (N) President Maryam Nawaz has said that a glimpse of Nawaz Sharif leaves his opponents in a state of shock.

Reacting to Nawaz Sharif's criticism of the photo that went viral in a London hotel, Muslim League (N) President Maryam Nawaz said that every move by Nawaz Sharif's opponents was reversed as usual.

Maryam Nawaz said that a glimpse of Nawaz Sharif would upset his opponents, while the image has pleased and encouraged the former Prime Minister's supporters. They are punished.

"They tried their best to kill Mian, but Allah saved him, they could force me into ICU and try to make pictures of my unconscious mother, so what is it difficult for them to photograph Nawaz Sharif in his house with women and girls?" If it was such a good thing, why did you hide like cowards?

                  Munir Ahmed Dar,                               Publisher & Chief Editor                               Daily "Layalpur Post"

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Children in some Australian states began returning to school on Monday after an extended break due to the new coronavirus, as the country's rate of new infections continued to slow.

Students of New South Wales, the most populous state, and the northern state of Queensland began going back to school on a limited basis to lessen the risk of spreading the illness, state leaders said.

The NSW government said it has delivered thousands of litres of soap and hand sanitiser to schools, as well as personal protective equipment and temperature monitors. Class sizes will be reduced and activities will involve minimal physical contact between the students, many of whom have not attended school since mid-March.

"I know this is a huge relief for families," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney. "It is a huge relief for the state government because we know how important it is for students to receive that face to face teaching," she added.

Final year students, whose exams were interrupted by the virus response, would attend at least three days per week in class, Berejiklian said, with the plan to return to full-time class attendance for all students by the end of May.

NSW has suffered about 45% of the country's 6,941 confirmed cases and 97 deaths. But it has said it will begin easing some restrictions on personal movement later this week as the rate of new infections remains low.

The state recorded just one new case in the 24 hours to Monday morning, out of 13 new cases nationally.

Australia's second most populous state, Victoria, has asked parents to keep their children home if possible until the middle of the year and plans to give an update on its social distancing measures on Monday.

After giving a three-stage plan on Friday to ease restrictions on Australian domestic movement by July, state and federal officials will meet on Monday to discuss ways of dealing with the risks of crowds on public transport as businesses start to reopen, the country's chief medical officer said on the weekend.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said Australians would have to take responsibility for enforcing their own social distancing measures, as well as businesses and venue operators, to prevent a second wave of infections.

"A (second) wave across the country is unlikely but it's possible if we get out there and mingle too much," Coatsworth told Channel Nine Television. "We want people to get out, the shops to reopen, but they have to do it in a responsible way."

Australia has largely avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other countries after swiftly introducing nationwide stay-home orders and border closures, including closing the borders between states.

TOKYO: Japan has lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus in 39 out of 47 prefectures, after a sharp fall in new infections.

The order still applies in Tokyo, Osaka and on the northern island of Hokkaido, where new cases are emerging daily. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan's rate of infection had reduced to one seventh of the country's peak.

He urged the public to be vigilant, wear masks, and keep following distancing guidance. "If possible, before 31 May, we would like to lift the state of emergency for the other regions as well," Mr Abe said.

Japan faced early criticism for its handling of a mass outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked off the city of Yokohama, but appears to have avoided an epidemic on the scale of those seen in the US or Russia.

There have been 16,049 confirmed infections in the country and 678 people have died with the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Doctors' warnings in mid-April that Japan's medical system could collapse under a wave of new Covid-19 cases have not come to pass.

CANTERBURRY:Thousands of businesses in New Zealand have reopened on Thursday as the country relaxes its coronavirus curbs, with some hairdressers seeing overnight queues round the block.

Shops, cafes, and public parks are all open as the country moves into Level 2 of its restrictions, described as a "safer new normal". New Zealand has reported no new cases of the virus in the past three days.

Authorities say the chance of community transmission is now very low. People are allowed to start seeing their friends and families again, with a limit of 10 people.

Professional sport is back on the menu - albeit with safety measures in place. And for those keen to let off steam after a long lockdown, gyms have reopened too.

There have been reports of crowds at shopping centres in some parts of the country, but for some a quiet catch-up on the waterfront was the first thing on their minds.

SRINAGAR (Layalpur Post): Today (Sunday) As the entire Umt Muslim Eid al-Fitr is celebrating, the Muslims of Kashmir have celebrated the religious festival in a strict military siege imposed by India.

The Occupation administration has imposed strict restrictions on Kashmir's in the vicinity of the occupied Jammu & Kashmir state area to prevent anti-India demonstrations, the Kashmir Media Service Research Section said in an analysis report released today on Eid al-Fitr.

"During Ramadan, Indian state terrorism was seen to be at a rapid pace, and during this month, Indian troops killed 25Heavily Kashmirs during 472 sieges and search operations," the report said.

At least 249 people were injured when soldiers used force during operations and peaceful anti-India demonstrations, the report said. Indian police and para-military personnel raided homes during the month of Ramadan, the report said.

People have staged anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar, Pulwama, Islamabad, Shopian, Badgam and other areas. They chanted Flick against India and in favour of independence. Indian soldiers and policemen used force against protesters at various places, resulting in clashes between forces and protesters and injuring several people.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the party's Hurriyat Conference said in a statement issued from Srinagar today that the Kashmirs right will continue to struggle to achieve its own will. Before that, the people of occupied Kashmir watched Pakistani channels to learn about the moon's appearance last night.

It was announced that Eid al-fitr would be celebrated in Pakistan today. Similar announcements were made in Srinagar and other towns and villages.

KABAL:Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issues orders to release 2,000 Taliban prisoners. President Ashraf Ghani ordered the release of 2,000 Taliban prisoners after the Afghan government and the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Afghan government's decision to release prisoners in response to the Taliban's 3-dayceasefire is a step toward Kharsgali, says afghan president’s spokesman.

On Saturday, the Taliban government in Afghanistan announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also welcomed the announcement, saying the Afghan army will respect the ceasefire.

Montreal: CanadianPrime Minister Justin Trudeau called Saturday for caution and expressed concern about loosening lockdown measures in Montreal, the epicenter of Canada's coronavirus outbreak. "We need to make sure that we go progressively, and slowly and gradually on any reopening," Trudeau said, reminding reporters that he is himself a Quebecer.

"Of course, I'm worried," Trudeau said. While several Canadian provinces, including Quebec, are preparing reopening measures and a gradual revival of their economies, Trudeau stressed prudence and said that the country is not yet out of danger.

"Our focus right now is on recognizing that we are not in the recovery phase yet. We are not even fully into the restarting phase yet. We are still in the emergency phase," Trudeau said. "Being very careful, step by step, is going to be so important," he said. Quebec is the worst-hit province in Canada, with more than half of both the country's 67,000 cases of coronavirus and 4,700 deaths.

Montreal and its surroundings have suffered an elevated number of cases, especially at care homes for the elderly. Authorities in Quebec on Thursday delayed the reopening of Montreal's schools and shops for a second time, pushing the date to May 25. Canada's elderly have paid a particularly heavy price for the disease, the country's chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, said Saturday, calling the scale and impact "nothing short of a national tragedy."

She said that 20 percent of coronavirus cases in Canada were linked to long-term care homes and that 80 percent of deaths are "in seniors in these settings." "We've got to do better as a nation," she said, reiterating that issues with retirement homes should be addressed following the pandemic.

A truck packed with explosives blew up near a court in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, killing at least five people in an attack claimed by Taliban insurgents.

The explosion comes two days after at least 56 people were killed in attacks elsewhere in the country, including women and newborn babies, dealing a setback to peace plans in the war-ravaged nation.

“A car bomb explosion took place near a military court in Gardez city, which is a populated area. Dozens of civilians are feared to be dead and wounded,” said Tariq Arian, an interior ministry spokesman.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said the rebel group was responsible for the attack.

Emal Khan Momand, a military spokesman in Paktia province where Gardez is located, said the attack was carried out by a truck packed with explosives. Five people were killed and 14 were wounded, he said.

Arian blamed the militant Haqqani network, which has ties to Taliban rebels and the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba. These groups rarely publicly claim responsibility for attacks.

The blast comes after gunmen attacked a maternity hospital in Kabul, killing 24 people, including new mothers and newborn babies, on Tuesday. A suicide blast claimed by the Islamic State at a funeral in eastern Nangahar on the same day killed 32.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks and said he had ordered the military to switch to offensive mode rather than the defensive stance it had adopted as the United States withdraws troops and tries to broker talks with the Taliban.

The Taliban denied any involvement in those attacks, but the government accused the group of fostering an environment in which terrorism thrives or of working with other militant groups who could have been involved, straining efforts by the United States to bring the insurgents and the Afghan government together.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Saudi Arabia announced Monday it was tripling taxes on basic goods, raising them to 15%, and cutting spending on major projects by around $26 billion as it grapples with blows from the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices on its economy.

Saudi citizens will also lose a bonus cost-of-living allowance that had been in place since 2018, according to the country’s finance minister.

Despite efforts to diversify the economy, the kingdom continues to rely heavily on oil for revenue. Brent crude now hovers around $30 a barrel, far below the range Saudi Arabia needs to balance its budget. The kingdom has also lost revenue from the suspension of Muslim pilgrimages to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, which were closed to visitors due to the virus.

The new measures are the most drastic yet by a major Gulf Arab oil producer since oil prices plunged by more than half in March, signalling that neighboring countries may also seek to impose higher taxes on residents this year. The United Arab Emirates said Monday it currently had no similar plans to raise taxes.

The International Monetary Fund projects that all six energy producing Gulf Arab states will be in economic recession this year.

“We are facing a crisis the world has never seen the likes of in modern history, a crisis marked by uncertainty,” Saudi finance minister and acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammed Al-Jadaan, said.

“These measures that have been undertaken today, as tough as they are, are necessary and beneficial to maintain comprehensive financial and economic stability," he said in a statement published on the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

In the first quarter of 2020, state revenues were down 22% from the same time last year, with the deficit reaching $9 billion, or 34 billion riyals. Oil revenues specifically were down 24%, compared to the same quarter last year.

On Sunday, the Saudi Energy Ministry directed Aramco to deepen production cuts and limit output to 7.5 million barrels per day in June. This comes as storage for crude nears max capacity due to lower demand for oil globally.

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WASHINGTON: The US president said the government's top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, would not testify in the House of Representatives but only before the Senate.

He argued this was because 'the House is a set-up. The House is a bunch of Trump haters.'

He later, said the US 'wants' and 'needs' to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak.

WASHINGTON: The Former President Barack Obama called the United States' response to the coronavirus pandemic an "absolute chaotic disaster" and promised to campaign "as hard as I can" for former Vice President Joe Biden in a Friday call with 3,000 people who served in his administration.

A recording of the call was obtained by Yahoo News. Katie Hill,  Obama's communications director, confirmed the call to CBS News. In addressing the Trump administration's response to the global coronavirus pandemic, Obama cited concerns about division and tribalism in the country and internationally. That has contributed to an "anemic and spotty" response to the health crisis, Obama said.

While the challenge would be difficult for any government to address, it has been an "absolute chaotic disaster" in the U.S., he said. Obama blamed a "mindset of 'what's in it for me' and 'to heck with everyone else'" in President Donald Trump's administration.

Social distancing regulations in the U.S. have largely been determined by local authorities rather than the federal government. States have rolled out a patchwork of constantly changing rules that vary down to the county or city level at times.

U.S. coronavirus cases have reached about 1.3 million and deaths have topped 77,000. During the call, Obama also reacted to the Justice Department dropping its criminal case against Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying he worried that the “basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”

Obama has infrequently criticized Trump in the past. In late March, Obama appeared to take a swipe at Trump's initial skepticism of the coronavirus pandemic. "We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic," Obama tweeted March 31, without directly naming the president.

Obama weighed in on the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak in the context of warning about the impact of Trump's decision to ease up on fuel-efficiency standards the Democratic president had put in place to combat climate change.

Trump has claimed his administration's response to the pandemic saved "millions of lives," often citing moves to restrict China and Europe as successes. In the White House's response to Obama's latest remarks, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany did not mention Obama directly.

“President Trump’s coronavirus response has been unprecedented and saved American lives,” she said. “While Democrats were pursuing a sham witch hunt against President Trump, President Trump was shutting down travel from China. “While Democrats encouraged mass gatherings, President Trump was deploying PPE, ventilators, and testing across the country,” she said.

Last weekend, former President George W. Bush released a video encouraging Americans to stand up to the coronavirus pandemic that did not mention Trump, an omission that led to harsh criticism from Trump.

BEIJING: China on Monday threatened to retaliate against a US rule that tightening visa restrictions on Chinese journalists, in an escalating row after Beijing expelled more than a dozen American reporters.

Citing China's treatment of the reporters, the US Homeland Security Department issued new regulations on Friday limiting visas for Chinese journalists to a maximum 90-day stay, with the possibility to request an extension. Until now visas for Chinese journalists lasted for the duration of their employment in the United States.

"We express our strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this wrong action by the US side, which is an escalation of the political crackdown on Chinese media," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a daily press briefing.

"We ask the US to correct its mistake immediately, otherwise China will have no other option but to take countermeasures," Zhao said, without providing more details about the possible retaliation.

The tit-for-tat actions against journalists have added to searing diplomatic tensions, with the two countries trading barbs over the coronavirus pandemic and US President Donald Trump threatening to impose fresh trade tariffs on Beijing. In February, China kicked out three journalists from The Wall Street Journal after the newspaper ran an opinion piece on the coronavirus crisis with a headline that Beijing called racist.

Weeks later, Washington curbed the number of Chinese nationals from state-run news outlets in the United States. Beijing responded in March by expelling more than a dozen American journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Foreign journalists working in China receive one-year visas that must be renewed every year.

But in an annual report, the Foreign Correspondents´ Club of China (FCCC) said at least a dozen correspondents were issued press credentials valid for half a year or less. The report said Chinese authorities were "using visas as weapons against the foreign press like never before."

NEWYORK: Nearly eight years after he was last on the ballot, Barack Obama is emerging as a central figure in the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats are eagerly embracing Obama as a political wingman for Joe Biden, who spent two terms by his side as vice president. Obama remains the party’s most popular figure, particularly with black voters and younger Democrats, and Biden’s presidential campaign is planning for him to have a highly visible role in the months to come.

For President Donald Trump, that means an opportunity to focus the spotlight on one of his favourite political foils. In recent days, Trump and his allies have aggressively pushed conspiracy theories about Obama designed to fire up the president’s conservative base, taint Biden by association and distract from the glut of grim health and economic news from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Partisans on both sides want to make this about Obama,” said Ned Price, who served as spokesperson for Obama’s White House National Security Council.

The renewed political focus on Obama sets the stage for an election about the nation’s future that will also be about its past. As Biden looks to Obama for personal validation, he’s also running to restore some of the former president’s legacy, which has been systematically dismantled by Trump. The current president is running in part to finish that job.

Yet Trump’s anti-Obama push also frequently takes on a darker, more conspiratorial tone that goes far beyond differences in health care policy and America’s role in the world. His current focus is on the actions Obama, Biden and their national security advisers took in the closing days of their administration, as they viewed intelligence reports about Michael Flynn. Flynn had a short-lived stint as Trump’s national security adviser before being fired for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with Russia’s ambassador to the US.

Trump’s own administration acknowledged on Wednesday that Obama advisers followed proper procedures in privately “unmasking” Flynn’s name, which was redacted in the intelligence reports for privacy reasons. Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, though Trump’s Justice Department moved last week to drop the case against him.

Despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing by Obama, Biden or other administration officials, Trump is eagerly pushing the notion of an unspecified crime against the former president, branding it “Obamagate.” He’s being backed up by Republican allies, including Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley who took to the Senate floor this week to ask of the Flynn matter: “What did Obama and Biden know, and when did they know it?”

Trump’s zeal has sparked fears among some former Obama and Biden advisers about how far he may be willing to go in using the levers of government to push his case against them in an election year. The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that ensnared Flynn and other Trump associates.

Trump’s renewed focus on Obama comes as Republicans grow increasingly anxious that the rising coronavirus death toll and cratering economy will damage the president’s reelection prospects in November. More than 84,000 Americans have died from the virus, and more than 30 million have claimed unemployment.

Biden’s campaign drew a direct connection between the president’s attacks on Obama and the twin crises battering his administration.

“It’s no surprise that the president is erratically lashing out at President Obama, desperate to distract from his own failures as commander in chief that have cost thousands of Americans their lives during this crisis,” said TJ Ducklo, a Biden campaign spokesman.

Trump’s emphasis on Obama also comes as the former president begins to emerge from a three-year period of political restraint as he prepares to embrace his role as leading surrogate for Biden. Last week, Obama told a large gathering of alumni from his administration that DOJ’s decision to drop the Flynn case put the “rule of law at risk.” He also criticised the Trump White House’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden’s campaign has been eager to get Obama involved in the election, though his exact role is still forming, particularly given that the pandemic has upended the campaign’s plans for rallies and other in-person events in battleground states. The former president is also expected to campaign for Democratic House and Senate candidates across the country.

Though Obama campaigned for Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterms, he has mostly tried to avoid overt politics since leaving the White House. He’s spoken out publicly against Trump on rare occasions, frustrating many Democrats who have wanted him to be more aggressive in calling out his successor.

But the 2020 election has always loomed as the moment when Obama would step off the sidelines, and he’s told advisers he’s eager to do so. Despite his strident public neutrality during the Democratic primary, he spoke to Biden regularly and has continued to do so as the campaign moves into the general election, according to aides.

Biden’s campaign sees Obama as a clear asset as they seek to not only energise Democrats,but to also appeal to independents and more moderate Republicans who may be wary of four more years of Trump in the White House. A recent Monmouth University poll found 57 per cent of Americans say they have a favourable opinion of Obama. That includes 92pc of Democrats and 19pc of Republicans.

Obama’s favourable ratings are higher than either of the men who will be on the ballot in November. The same poll showed 41pc of Americans had a favourable opinion of Biden, and 40pc viewed Trump in a favourable light.

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