Tuesday, 18 January 2022

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More than 12,000 displaced by Myanmar junta air strikes

Anti-coup protesters run from teargas and charging riot police and soldiers in Mandalay, Myanmar. Demonstrators in Myanmar took to the streets again to protest last month’s seizure of power by the military. (AP Photo) YANGON – A rebel group has accused Myanmar’s military of deploying “excessive force”, saying on Saturday ...

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Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of color. After Murphy accepted his induction award Saturday night, the actor-comedian said he was “very moved” by the honor. He was presented the ...

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Australia reshuffles cabinet amid sex scandals

SYDNEY – Australia’s leader has reassigned some key members of his Cabinet and launched a new task force as he tries to address a series of sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked his government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison removed embattled ministers Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds from their high-profile roles. ...

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5,000 attend rock concert in Barcelona after COVID-19 screen

BARCELONA — If one overlooked the white face masks dotting the tightly packed crowd of music lovers, it was almost like pre-pandemic times in Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi concert hall Saturday night. Five thousand rock fans enjoyed a real-as-can-be concert after passing a same-day coronavirus screening, to test its effectiveness ...

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Building collapses in Egypt’s capital killing at least five

CAIRO – A nine-story apartment building collapsed in the Egyptian capital early Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring about two dozen others, an official said. Rescue workers were searching for any survivors trapped under the rubble of the building in the el-Salam neighborhood, said Khalid Abdel-Al, the administrative ...

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14 sentenced to death over plot to kill Bangladesh PM

DHAKA – Fourteen ‘jihadists’ were sentenced to death in Bangladesh for attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina more than two decades ago, a prosecutor said. The 2000 bomb plot was one of several attempts on Hasina’s life in a wave of violence by Islamic extremists who were angry at her ...

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Myanmar frees detained BBC journalist as protests continue

NAYPVITAW – The BBC said that a journalist from its Burmese-language service was released by authorities in Myanmar but gave no details, as protesters in the Southeast Asian nation continued their broad civil disobedience movement against last month’s military coup. The journalist, Aung Thura, was detained on March 19 by men who appeared ...

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AstraZeneca says US trial data shows vaccine 79% effective

LONDON – AstraZeneca says advanced trial data from a U.S. study on its Covid vaccine shows it is 79 per cent effective. Although AstraZeneca’s vaccine has been authorised in more than 50 countries, it has not yet been given the green light in the US. The US study comprised 30,000 ...

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Evacuations ordered as Sydney’s biggest dam overflows after record rainfall

SYDNEY braced for its worst flooding in decades Sunday after record rainfall caused its largest dam to overflow and as deluges prompted mandatory mass evacuation orders along Australia’s east coast. Emergency services ordered people living in low-lying areas on the city’s north-western fringes to flee to safety, as authorities warned ...

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