SHANGHAI: U.S. President Donald Trump offered China whatever help it needed on Monday to control a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 81 people, stranded tens of millions during the biggest holiday of the year and rattled global markets. With provincial authorities taking increasing flak from the public over their initial response, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan city, epicentre of the outbreak, to encourage medical workers and promise reinforcements.

GHAZNI: A US military jet crashed in mountainous territory in eastern Afghanistan, where there is a heavy Taliban presence, the Pentagon confirmed Monday, rejecting the insurgents´ suggestions that it was shot down. Afghanistan US Forces spokesman Colonel Sonny Leggett confirmed in a statement that the aircraft was a US Bombardier E-11A, a type of jet used as a military airborne communications node in the region.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh. Photo: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman RAMALLAH: The Palestinian prime minister, Mohammed Shtayyeh, on Monday urged the international community to boycott the "peace plan" proposed by US President Donald Trump, as they say its in favour of Israel. "This a plan to protect Trump from impeachment and protect (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu from prison.

Photo: File Six major political groups of the 27-member European Parliament, estimated to hold 620 members of the 751 member-body, have tabled a resolution condemning the Indian Citizenship Act 2019 and urged India to repeal the controversial law deemed discriminatory towards Muslims and other minorities. The resolution also expressed concern that besides the CAA, the Indian Government?s push for a nationwide citizenship verification process, commonly known as the NRC, aims to strip Muslims of their citizenship rights while protecting those of Hindus and other non-Muslims.

NEW DELHI: Qatar is not willing to renegotiate prices under its long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts with India, the Middle Eastern nation’s energy minister said on Monday. Qatar is, however, willing to supply more volumes of LNG to India, said Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, who is in India to meet his counterpart, at an event in New Delhi.

Diehard Barcelona fan Abdulrahman had to find a creative way to keep watching football matches ? paying his subscription via Kuwait to dodge a diplomatic rift between Riyadh and Doha that separates Saudis from their favourite sports. Subscribing to Qatar?s beIN Sports, the Arab world?s leading sports channel which has exclusive rights to Spain?s LaLiga and other key tournaments, has become extremely difficult for Saudi fans since the kingdom?s 2017 boycott of Qatar.

The Taliban claimed a US forces aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan Monday hours after a plane went down into an area controlled largely by the group. The militants claim comes as confusion continued to surround the incident, with Afghan officials and airliners denying that any of their aircraft are missing while NATO have yet to officially comment on the crash.

Photo: file A plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan?s Ghazni province Monday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear how many people were on board, or if it was a passenger or military jet. "At around 1:10 pm (0840 GMT) a plane crashed in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province. The plane is on fire and the villagers are trying to put it out.

ALGIERS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday visited Algeria for talks on the conflict in neighbouring Libya and plans to boost trade links. Erdogan, accompanied by a high-level business delegation, was greeted at Algiers airport by his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the national news agency APS reported. ?We are going to organise a business conference in Algeria,? Erdogan, whose country is the largest investor in the North African state, told reporters on his departure from Istanbul.

London to see another big protest on Sunday as thousands plan to assemble outside the Indian High Commission LONDON: India has failed to get the Republic Day protest banned in London on 26 January by a group of Kashmiris and Sikhs coming together to demand freedom from India. The protest on Sunday is being orgaised by Tehreek-e -Kashmir UK and World Sikh Parliament outside Indian High Commission at noon.