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Taiwan Grounds Military Jets After Pilot Dies In Suspected Mid-Air Crash

    Taiwan grounded all military aircraft for training and exercises after a pilot was killed and another went missing on Monday when their fighter jets had a suspected mid-air collision. The air force made the announcement after two single-seater F-5E aircraft disappeared from radar at around 3 pm (0700 GMT) some 2.6 kilometres (1.6 … Continue reading Taiwan Grounds Military Jets After Pilot Dies In Suspected Mid-Air Crash Read Full Story

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EU Sanctions Myanmar Junta Chief Over Coup

  The EU sanctioned Myanmar’s top junta chief and 10 other officials on Monday, after demonstrators took to the streets for fresh anti-coup protests against the military. Myanmar’s junta has unleashed deadly violence on protesters who have risen against the military’s ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month. The crackdown has drawn … Continue reading EU Sanctions Myanmar Junta Chief Over Coup Read Full Story

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Putin Slams Vaccine Criticism, To Get Jab On Tuesday

  President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed foreign criticism of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and said he would get the jab himself on Tuesday. Speaking at a televised meeting with health officials, the 68-year-old Russian leader described recent remarks in Europe questioning the need for the Russian vaccine as “strange”. “We are not imposing … Continue reading Putin Slams Vaccine Criticism, To Get Jab On Tuesday Read Full Story

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Death Toll In Anti-Coup Protests Against Myanmar’s Junta Climbs To 18

  At least 18 anti-coup protesters were killed Sunday in one of the deadliest days since Myanmar was thrust back under military rule, as a group of ousted MPs urged citizens to “defend themselves” during the nation’s “darkest moment”. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military wrenched civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from … Continue reading Death Toll In Anti-Coup Protests Against Myanmar’s Junta Climbs To 18 Read Full Story

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France To Evacuate Around 100 COVID-19 Patients From Paris

  France’s government said Sunday it plans to evacuate around 100 Covid-19 patients from intensive care units in the Paris region this week as hospitals struggle to keep up with a surge in cases. With the transfers, officials hope to avoid a new lockdown for the roughly 12 million people in and around the capital … Continue reading France To Evacuate Around 100 COVID-19 Patients From Paris Read Full Story

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US Weighs 3-Foot Distancing Rule, A Major Change – Fauci

  The United States’ top pandemic advisor said Sunday that authorities were considering cutting social distancing rules to three feet (one meter), a move that would change a key tenet of the global fight against Covid-19. Anthony Fauci, a world-respected figure during the coronavirus crisis, said experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were … Continue reading US Weighs 3-Foot Distancing Rule, A Major Change – Fauci Read Full Story

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Netanyahu Eyes Vaccine Win As Israel Heads For Fourth Vote

  When Israel this month holds its fourth election in less than two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hope goodwill from a world-beating Covid vaccination campaign can finally secure him an elusive majority government. The last time Israelis went to the polls just a year ago, they delivered a result that had already become … Continue reading Netanyahu Eyes Vaccine Win As Israel Heads For Fourth Vote Read Full Story

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UN Chief Warns Of Risk Of Famine For Millions Around The World

  Millions of people around the world risk dying of hunger and the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change are increasing the threat, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday. “Without immediate action, millions of people will reach the brink of extreme hunger and death,” Guterres told the Security Council during a meeting on the links between … Continue reading UN Chief Warns Of Risk Of Famine For Millions Around The World Read Full Story

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EU Approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

  The European Union approved the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on Thursday — the fourth jab to get the green light for the 27-nation bloc. The decision offers a boost for the EU’s sluggish vaccination programme even if reports say the first J&J shipments may not arrive in European countries until April. The … Continue reading EU Approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Read Full Story

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Rwanda’s Kagame First East African Leader To Take COVID-19 Jab

  Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame on Thursday became the first leader in East Africa to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, which has been rolled out in the region in recent days, his office announced. Kagame, 63, and his wife Jeannette, were pictured receiving their jabs on the Rwandan presidency’s official Twitter account, which said that 230,000 … Continue reading Rwanda’s Kagame First East African Leader To Take COVID-19 Jab Read Full Story

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Pakistan Blocks TikTok After Court Ban For Immoral Content

  Pakistan has blocked video sharing app TikTok for a second time, after a court ordered the platform shut down over “unethical and immoral content”. Wildly popular among young Pakistanis, the Chinese-owned app was briefly banned last year on the same grounds by the ultra conservative Islamic country’s telecommunications agency. “Pakistan Telecom Authority(PTA) has issued … Continue reading Pakistan Blocks TikTok After Court Ban For Immoral Content Read Full Story

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Polish Daily COVID-19 Cases Hit Highest Level In 2021

  Poland on Wednesday reported a total of 17,260 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours — a record for this year — and said there had been 398 more virus-related deaths. Health ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz blamed the increase on the spread of the British strain as well as “increased looseness” among … Continue reading Polish Daily COVID-19 Cases Hit Highest Level In 2021 Read Full Story

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EU To Get Four Million Extra Pfizer Doses For ‘Hotspots’

  The EU will receive an extra four million BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine doses over the next two weeks to be deployed to Covid-19 “hotspots”, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday. The delivery — over and above already agreed supplies from the vaccine-maker — will go to affected border regions within the bloc to … Continue reading EU To Get Four Million Extra Pfizer Doses For ‘Hotspots’ Read Full Story

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UN Seeks Access To Migrants Injured In Yemen Blaze

  The UN migration agency has urged rebels who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa to provide access to dozens of African migrants who were seriously injured in a weekend hostel fire. The Sunday blaze at an overcrowded holding facility in Sanaa killed an unconfirmed number of migrants and injured more than 170, over half of … Continue reading UN Seeks Access To Migrants Injured In Yemen Blaze Read Full Story

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South Korea To Pay 13.9% More For US Troop Presence

  South Korea has agreed to pay 13.9 percent more towards the cost of the US troop presence on the peninsula, its foreign ministry said Wednesday, in a six-year deal resolving an issue that festered under the Trump administration. The financial dispute had bedevilled the two allies’ security alliance after former president Donald Trump — … Continue reading South Korea To Pay 13.9% More For US Troop Presence Read Full Story

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Pope Thanks Iraqis For Visit, Saying They Deserve Peace

  Pope Francis thanked the people of Iraq on Wednesday for allowing him to make his historic trip to the country, saying Iraqis deserve to live in peace. In his weekly audience, the 84-year-old pope reflected on the packed three-day programme that saw him travel throughout Iraq last weekend, offering encouragement to persecuted Christians and … Continue reading Pope Thanks Iraqis For Visit, Saying They Deserve Peace Read Full Story

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Food Drives A Third Of Global Emissions – Report

  A third of all the world’s man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food, according to new global research that tracked produce from field to fork to landfill. Land clearing and deforestation, fertiliser use, livestock and waste all contribute to the emissions from the system to feed Earth’s 7.7 billion people. While numerous reports … Continue reading Food Drives A Third Of Global Emissions – Report Read Full Story

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Neymar Loses Battle To Be Fit For Barcelona Showdown

  Neymar will not be available for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League decider with Barcelona after failing to shake off a thigh injury, the French champions said on Tuesday. In a statement, PSG said that Brazil forward Neymar “will continue his individual training”, saying that a new assessment would be made “in the coming days”. The … Continue reading Neymar Loses Battle To Be Fit For Barcelona Showdown Read Full Story

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Security Forces Search Myanmar Protest District Room By Room

  People barricaded in a Yangon neighbourhood overnight said Tuesday that Myanmar security forces searched their homes room by room for anti-coup protesters, targeting apartments flying the flag of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted and detained Suu Kyi last month, triggering daily protests around the country … Continue reading Security Forces Search Myanmar Protest District Room By Room Read Full Story

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Lebanon Protesters Block Roads Over Worsening Poverty

  Lebanese protesters set up new road blocks Tuesday to vent anger over political inaction in the face of deepening poverty, but security forces managed to re-open some to traffic. The country has been mired in economic crisis, which has brought surging unemployment and spiralling prices while the currency has plunged to a new low … Continue reading Lebanon Protesters Block Roads Over Worsening Poverty Read Full Story

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Ukrainian Women March Against Domestic Abuse

  Nearly 2,000 people marked International Women’s Day in Kiev Monday with a march demanding that Ukraine ratify the Istanbul Convention against domestic abuse. The demonstrators, mainly women, carried signs that read “No to domestic violence” and “I am allergic to patriarchy”. Ukraine signed the Istanbul Convention in 2011 but has yet to ratify it. … Continue reading Ukrainian Women March Against Domestic Abuse Read Full Story