Monday, 8 March 2021

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Pompeo encourages Saudis to normalize with Israel

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraged Saudi Arabia to recognize Israel, in what would be a massive boost for the Jewish state amid normalization by two other Gulf Arab kingdoms. Bahrain, which tightly coordinates its foreign policy with Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates on ...

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Floods kill 60 in India, damage crops

MUMBAI: Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 60 people since Wednesday and damaged rice, cotton and other crops worth billions of rupees, officials said. The worst affected state was Telangana, where excessive unseasonal rainfall on Wednesday ...

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France to re-impose state of ‘health emergency’

France on Wednesday decided to re-impose a state of ‘health emergency’, according to news agency AFP. The decision comes less than 24 hours after French President Emmanuel Macron met senior cabinet ministers to discuss measures to contain further spread of Covid-19. Earlier on Monday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex had ...

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World Bank approves $12B to fight COVID-19

LONDON: The World Bank approved an envelope of $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of novel coronavirus vaccines, tests, and treatments for their residents. The financing is part of an overall World Bank Group (WBG) package of up to $160 billion through June 2021 to fight ...

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Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

GENEVE: Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing ...

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British Airways chief executive steps down

LONDON: British Airways, slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, said that CEO Alex Cruz is stepping down “with immediate effect” but gave no reason for his departure. Parent group IAG added in a statement that Cruz, who has been BA chief executive for four and half years, will be replaced by ...

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Malaysia’s Anwar meets king in bid to topple government

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had a long-awaited meeting with the king, seeking to prove he has support to take power and fulfil a decades-old ambition of becoming premier. The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since a reformist government headed by Mahathir Mohamad – which included ...

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Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to ceasefire

BAKU: Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of new attacks in breach of a ceasefire deal to end nearly two weeks of heavy fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The two sides agreed to implement the ceasefire from noon (0800 GMT) on Saturday, after 11 hours of talks in Moscow, but ...

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Microsoft to let employees work from home permanently

WASHINGTON: Software giant Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently if they choose to, US media reported on Friday, becoming the latest employer to expand work-from-home provisions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Verge said most Microsoft employees are still at home as the health crisis drags on, and ...

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UK becomes latest nation to withdraw envoy from Belarus

LONDON: Britain has joined several eastern European nations in withdrawing its ambassador from strife-torn Belarus in protest at President Alexander Lukashenko’s expulsion of diplomats from Poland and Lithuania. In a tweet late Friday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK “condemns Belarus’ decision to expel Polish & Lithuanian diplomats”. “Completely ...

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