Saturday, 23 January 2021

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Two million virus deaths ‘likely’ without collective action: WHO

GENEVA: Covid-19 is highly likely to kill more than two million people without relentless global action to combat the disease, the World Health Organization warned. As the one million death toll looms in a pandemic that has shaken the planet, the WHO said the prospect of another million deaths was ...

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New sex assault allegation made against Trump

NEW YORK: A former model has accused US President Donald Trump of groping and forcibly kissing her in 1997 – the latest allegation made against the Republican incumbent just weeks before he seeks reelection. Amy Dorris told Britain’s The Guardian that Trump sexually assaulted her in his VIP suite at the US ...

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Latin American leaders push at UN for free Covid vaccine

UN: Latin American leaders have appealed at the United Nations for free access to a future Covid-19 vaccine, urging major powers to share their know-how for the sake of global well-being. Latin America has taken a heavy blow from Covid-19 with nearly nine million cases and more than 330,000 deaths, ...

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65 Taliban insurgents killed in eastern Afghanistan

KHOST: Afghan security forces have killed 65 Taliban militants during an intense battle in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, as fighting rages between the two sides despite ongoing peace talks. The latest bloodshed came late Wednesday after the Taliban stormed a military headquarters building in the Wazi Khwa district of Paktika ...

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At UN, Pakistani leader calls India a sponsor of hate

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assailed India’s Hindu nationalist government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam. Khan said at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders that Islamophobia rules India and threatens the ...

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Robots target covid with ultraviolet light at London

LONDON: Robots that can kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet light have been brought in at one of London’s biggest train stations, St Pancras International, as it tries to restore customer confidence in the safety of travel hubs. Stations suffered a blow on Tuesday when Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people to ...

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Erdogan in UN address calls Kashmir ‘a burning issue’

NEW YORK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the UN General Assembly that the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan was a “burning issue”, and called for resolving it through dialogue.’ In a speech made via video-link to the 193-member Assembly’s landmark 75th session, Erdogan said that steps taken ...

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Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many

CAIRO: An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists. Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses and some of their acquaintances, ...

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Eiffel Tower reopens after evacuation due to bomb threat

PARIS: The Eiffel Tower was evacuated for several hours on Wednesday after police received a call suggesting a bomb had been placed there. The Paris monument had been searched and no explosives found, a police spokeswoman said. It reopened at about 2.25 p.m. Several hundred people, including tourists, restaurant staff ...

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