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PRAGUE -- Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Thursday reiterated his country's sovereignty in international affairs after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"We are a sovereign country, we treat these countries quite standardly like everyone else," the prime minister said to Mlada fronta Dnes (MF Dnes), one of the largest newspaper in the country after Pompeo launched a tirade against Russia and China during his visit. (Czech Republic-US)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he intended to give his speech accepting Republican presidential nomination at the White House lawn, drawing criticism by Democrats, according to U.S. media reports.

"I'll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place. It's a place that makes me feel good. It makes the country feel good," the New York Post quoted Trump as saying in an exclusive interview. (US-Trump-Nomination)

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MUMBAI -- Mumbai airport has allowed arriving international passengers to skip the compulsory institutional quarantine on arrival laid down earlier due to COVID-19, a statement by the airport said on late Thursday.

Earlier, all international arriving passengers had to undergo a mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine followed by seven-days of home quarantine. (India-Quarantine-Ease)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand confirmed 12 new cases and one probable case of COVID-19 on Friday, with the 12 cases linked to the community transmission from an Auckland family cluster, amid the second and stronger wave of the epidemic in the country.

Friday's new cases are in Auckland and nearby Waikato, and one of the cases is in hospital, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told the daily briefing. (New Zealand-COVID-19) Enditem

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