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* US allows diplomats, embassy families to leave Nepal as COVID-19 cases rise

May 09 (CNA) The State Department said on Friday (May 8) it is allowing non-essential diplomats and the families of all American staff at the US embassy in Kathmandu to leave Nepal at government expense due a surge in coronavirus cases. The department also advised private Americans to reconsider any plans they may have to visit the Himalayan country
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* China’s rocket debris disintegrates over Indian Ocean

May 09 (HT) Remnants of China’s largest rocket, the Long March, which was launched last week, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday morning and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, the country’s state-sponsored media network, the China Central Television (CCTV), reported on Sunday, citing the China Manned Space Engineering Office.
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* Big Chinese rocket segment set to fall to Earth

May 07 (BBC) Debris from a Chinese rocket is expected to fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry this weekend. The main segment from the Long March-5b vehicle was used to launch the first module of China’s new space station last month.
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* Indian states impose stricter lockdowns as COVID-19 deaths hit record high

May 09 (CNA) India on Saturday (May 8) reported its highest ever single-day COVID-19 death toll, as cases continued to rise and states imposed stricter lockdowns. India’s health ministry reported 4,187 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll close to 240,000.
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* Mohamed Nasheed: Maldives ex-president in critical condition after bomb blast

May 07 (BBC) Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is in a critical condition following a bomb attack. A British national was among four others injured in the blast, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. No-one has claimed the attack.
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