Monday, 8 March 2021


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World now has nearly 79.5 million refugees: UN

MANCHESTER: The UN Refugee Agency said an unprecedented 79.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2019, with Turkey hosting the highest number of people forced to leave their homes. “UNHCR has not seen a higher total,” Filippo Grandi, UN high commissioner for refugees, said at a news ...

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Mexico, Ireland, India, Norway elected to UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS: Mexico, India, Ireland and Norway were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, but the 193 U.N. member states must return on Thursday to continue voting to fill one more vacant seat after there was no clear winner. Canada lost out to Ireland and Norway in ...

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Trump attacks Bolton who calls him not ‘fit’ for office

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Donald Trump’s presidency was in turmoil Thursday after top ex-aide John Bolton declared him unfit for office, raising the stakes on a controversial re-election rally meant to boost his flailing campaign — yet facing troubles of its own. Trump’s once supremely self-confident march toward a second term ...

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George Floyd’s brother urges UN to probe

GENEVA: The brother of George Floyd made a heartfelt plea to the U.N.’s top human rights body, urging it to launch intense international scrutiny of systemic racism, the killing of black people by police and violence against peaceful protesters in the United States. Philonese Floyd, in a video message to ...

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Iran reels under coronavirus crisis

TEHRAN: Months into Iran’s fight against the coronavirus, doctors and nurses at Tehran’s Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital still don a mask, a disposable hazmat suit and a double layer of latex gloves every day to attempt to contain a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing. The hiss of high-flow oxygen ...

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Major coronavirus breakthrough as UK find first drug

LONDON: A cheap and widely-used steroid called dexamethasone has become the first drug shown to be able to save lives among COVID-19 patients in what scientists said is a “major breakthrough” in the coronavirus pandemic. Trial results announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, which is used to reduce inflammation in other ...

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20 Indian soldiers killed in border clashes with China

SRINAGAR: The Indian army said on Tuesday that 20 of its soldiers were killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site, in a major escalation of a weeks-long standoff in the western Himalayas. In a statement, the army said that 17 critically injured Indian troops succumbed to ...

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Germany takes 300m euro stake in firm developing vaccine

FRANKFURT: Germany will take a stake of about 23% in unlisted biotech firm CureVac by backing a 300 million euro ($337 million) capital increase to fund the company’s further development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The move was agreed with SAP co-founder Dietmar Hopp – who is an early backer and ...

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UN atomic watchdog head calls for more access in Iran

BERLIN: The head of the United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency reiterated that Iran must provide inspectors access to sites where the country is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mariano Grossi told reporters after a meeting of the agency’s board in ...

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