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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has retained his position after parliamentary elections.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has retained his position after parliamentary elections.

WHO team in China for virus origin probe

An advance team from the World Health Organisation has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic, a spokeswoman says.

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WHO posts record high global virus cases

The World Health Organisation has reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours.

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Singapore's PAP holds power, support dips

Singapore's ruling People's Action Party has retained power comfortably in parliamentary elections but their vote slipped and opponents appear likely to make historic inroads in a ballot held under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hong Kong police search pollster's office

Hong Kong police have raided the office of election co-organiser HKPORI the night before primaries to choose pro-democracy candidates.

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Mali protesters take over TV building

Mali's state television ORTM has gone off air after hundreds of protesters demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita occupied the building, according to Reuters witnesses.

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French minister faces demo over rape claim

Hundreds of women have protested in central Paris against the appointment of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who is under investigation for a rape allegation.

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Trump postpones rally as storm nears US

US President Donald Trump is postponing a rally planned for Saturday in New Hampshire, the White House says, citing a tropical storm threatening parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

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Australian Associated Press