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200 Peaceful Protesters Cordoned By Myanmar Security Forces – UN

  The United Nations said Monday that Myanmar security forces had cordoned some 200 peaceful protesters in Yangon, voicing concern about their safety and demanding they be allowed to leave. “We are deeply concerned about the fate of some 200 peaceful protesters — incl. women — who have been cordoned by security forces in Yangon,” … Continue reading 200 Peaceful Protesters Cordoned By Myanmar Security Forces – UN Read Full Story

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Women’s Day Held In Greece Amid #MeToo Furore

  Hundreds of women marched for International Women’s Day in Greece on Monday, at a protest with special poignancy as the country goes through a belated #MeToo awakening. “This (commemoration) is more important today compared to previous years, precisely because we are going through the #MeToo movement in Greece,” Marilena Kavazi, an actress, told AFP … Continue reading Women’s Day Held In Greece Amid #MeToo Furore Read Full Story

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Merkel’s Party Slumps On COVID-19 Woes As German Polls Loom

  With just a week to go before two key regional elections, support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives has hit a one-year low on growing anger over the country’s pandemic crisis management. Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc fell to 32 percent in a survey carried out by the Kantar institute for Bild newspaper on Sunday, a … Continue reading Merkel’s Party Slumps On COVID-19 Woes As German Polls Loom Read Full Story

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Israeli 5-Minute Battery Charge Aims To Fire Up Electric Cars

  From flat battery to full charge in just five minutes — an Israeli start-up has developed technology it says could eliminate the “range anxiety” associated with electric cars. Ultra-fast recharge specialists StoreDot have developed a first-generation lithium-ion battery that can rival the filling time of a standard car at the pump. “We are changing … Continue reading Israeli 5-Minute Battery Charge Aims To Fire Up Electric Cars Read Full Story

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Global Players Brainstorm To Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Output

  Global players are gathering online from Monday to brainstorm ways to rapidly boost vaccine production and fight a still-virulent coronavirus that has hobbled the world for 14 months. Giving impetus to the meeting is a warning from the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) that the pandemic will not end unless poor countries can keep … Continue reading Global Players Brainstorm To Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Output Read Full Story

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China Exports Spike To Highest In Decades After COVID-19 Hit

  China’s export growth jumped to the highest in over two decades, official data showed Sunday, with imports also surging in a sharp bounceback from the coronavirus outbreak that had brought activity to a near halt. Electronics and textile exports such as masks contributed to the spike in outbound shipments, as demand for work-from-home supplies … Continue reading China Exports Spike To Highest In Decades After COVID-19 Hit Read Full Story

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Ethiopia Gears Up For COVID-19 Vaccine Drive As First Doses Arrive

  Ethiopia on Sunday received its first 2.2 million doses of vaccine against the coronavirus, and officials in Africa’s second most populous country said the first jabs would be administered in the coming days. The doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, were allocated under the UN-led Covax initiative which … Continue reading Ethiopia Gears Up For COVID-19 Vaccine Drive As First Doses Arrive Read Full Story

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Trial To Begin For US Policeman Charged With George Floyd’s Death

  Nine months after George Floyd’s death laid bare the racial wounds in the United States, the white policeman charged with murdering the 46-year-old Black man is going on trial. Jury selection begins in Minneapolis on Monday in the case against Derek Chauvin, who was filmed with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine … Continue reading Trial To Begin For US Policeman Charged With George Floyd’s Death Read Full Story

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Djokovic Takes Federer’s World Number One Record, Eyes Grand Slam History

  Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one, surpassing Roger Federer whose hold on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb’s sights. The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his side with Federer turning 40 in … Continue reading Djokovic Takes Federer’s World Number One Record, Eyes Grand Slam History Read Full Story

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US Won’t Reach ‘Maximum Employment’ This Year – Powell

  The US labor market faces a lengthy recovery and the economy will not see “maximum employment” this year, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Thursday. While he expressed hope about the restoration of jobs lost during the pandemic, Powell noted that millions of workers have left the labor force. “I think it’s not … Continue reading US Won’t Reach ‘Maximum Employment’ This Year – Powell Read Full Story

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Harry And Meghan’s Oprah Interview To Define Future Royal Relations

  Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s potentially bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey this weekend could shape the couple’s future relations with the British royal family, experts say. The pair’s relationship with the centuries-old institution has turned increasingly acrimonious since they stepped back from the royal frontline last year. Meghan, 39, is expected to share … Continue reading Harry And Meghan’s Oprah Interview To Define Future Royal Relations Read Full Story

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Israel, Denmark, Austria Agree Deal For Vaccine Development

  Leaders from Israel, Austria and Denmark announced Thursday in Jerusalem an alliance for the development and production of future generation coronavirus vaccines, a deal that has already sparked criticism in Europe. The three countries will launch “a research and development fund” and begin “joint efforts for common production of future vaccines”, Israeli Prime Minister … Continue reading Israel, Denmark, Austria Agree Deal For Vaccine Development Read Full Story

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UN Expert Urges ‘Global Arms Embargo’, Sanctions On Myanmar

  The United Nations Security Council should impose a “global arms embargo” and targeted sanctions against Myanmar’s military, a top UN rights expert said Thursday, voicing alarm at the brutal repression of anti-coup protests. In a fresh report, Thomas Andrews, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights situation in Myanmar, called for the international community … Continue reading UN Expert Urges ‘Global Arms Embargo’, Sanctions On Myanmar Read Full Story

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How Vaccines Became Ammunition In Global Diplomacy

  Covid-19 vaccines are not just coveted as protection from the deadly virus, they are also a currency in the battle for global influence, experts say, especially between China and Russia. While the United States has been saving its vaccines for Americans, and Europeans struggle with delivery, Beijing and Moscow, as well as India, have … Continue reading How Vaccines Became Ammunition In Global Diplomacy Read Full Story

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Brussels Wants EU Deficit Rules Suspended Until 2023

  Limits on public overspending by EU governments should remain suspended until the end of 2022 as the coronavirus pandemic is still choking the economy, the European Commission recommended on Wednesday. The EU executive suspended the rules a year ago as the European Union sank into its deepest recession since World War II. This has … Continue reading Brussels Wants EU Deficit Rules Suspended Until 2023 Read Full Story

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Senegal Opposition Leader To Appear Before Judge Over Rape Allegation

  Senegal’s opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who is accused of rape, drove in a convoy surrounded by his supporters to appear before a judge on Wednesday, AFP journalists said. Controversy has dogged Sonko since last month, when Senegalese media reported that an employee at a salon where he went to get massages filed rape charges … Continue reading Senegal Opposition Leader To Appear Before Judge Over Rape Allegation Read Full Story

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Slovakia Imposes Overnight Curfew To Fight COVID-19

  Slovakia imposed an overnight curfew from Wednesday, the health ministry said, as the ex-communist country battles the world’s highest Covid mortality rate. Slovaks will not be allowed out of their homes between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am, according to a government decree. During the day, Slovaks are being asked to stay in their homes … Continue reading Slovakia Imposes Overnight Curfew To Fight COVID-19 Read Full Story

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UN Seeks $266 mn To Feed Refugees In Covid-Hit E.Africa

  The United Nations launched an appeal on Tuesday for $266 million (221 million euros) to help feed more than three million refugees and asylum seekers across East Africa, suffering extra hardship because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lockdowns and other measures to contain the contagion have made it more difficult for refugees to get food … Continue reading UN Seeks $266 mn To Feed Refugees In Covid-Hit E.Africa Read Full Story

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Tina Turner Bids Farewell To Fans With Emotional New Doc

  Music legend Tina Turner is the subject of one of the most successful biopics ever made but she tells the makers of a new documentary there’s much more to her story. “Tina” by Oscar-winning directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin premiered Tuesday at the Berlin film festival. It traces Turner’s six-decade career as an … Continue reading Tina Turner Bids Farewell To Fans With Emotional New Doc Read Full Story

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Armenia Struggles Through Crisis As War Wounds Fester

  Anger caught in Mari Hovhannisyan’s throat as she demanded Armenia’s leadership resign, more than three months on from a disastrous war that saw swathes of territory lost to Azerbaijan. “I am six months pregnant but I had to come out,” the 36-year-old told AFP, directing her fury at her country’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. … Continue reading Armenia Struggles Through Crisis As War Wounds Fester Read Full Story