Monday, 27 September 2021

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Pandemic fallout to be felt ‘for years’: UNODC

VIENNA – The coronavirus pandemic is pushing more people into drug use, while illicit cultivation could also get a boost, the UN said, warning that the crisis’s fallout was likely to be felt “for years to come”. The Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which each year ...

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Pentagon signals slow pullout from Afghanistan

(Photo by Joël SAGET / AFP / FILES) WASHINGTON: The US military could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the gains made by the Taliban insurgents, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday. Kirby stressed that President Joe Biden´s deadline of a full withdrawal by September remains in place, ...

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UN warns of worst ‘cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes’

Refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region ride a bus going to the Village 8 temporary shelter, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty/File) GENEVA – The UN rights chief called on Monday for “concerted action” to help recover from the worst global deterioration ...

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Kashmiri politicians to press Modi to restore region’s autonomy

(L-R) Muzaffar Shah, leader of Awami National Conference, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mehbooba Mufti, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and President of Peoples Democratic Party, Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, both leaders of National Conference and former state chief ministers, ...

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Talks ‘closer’ to saving Iran nuclear deal: EU envoy

Image Credit: Reuters VIENNA (AFP) – Negotiators are “closer” to saving the Iran nuclear deal but sticking points remain, an EU top diplomat said Sunday at the end of the latest round of talks. Enrique Mora spoke a day after ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi won the Islamic republic s presidential election. ...

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Myanmar junta hits Suu Kyi with corruption charges

Image Credit: AFP YANGON – The Myanmar junta has hit deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption charges over claims she accepted illegal payments of gold and more than half a million dollars in cash, state media reported Thursday. The country has been in turmoil since the generals ...

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Biden, Putin plunge into hours of talks

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the ‘Villa la Grange’, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP GENEVA – With stern expressions and polite words before the cameras, President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin plunged into hours of face-to-face talks Wednesday at ...

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Over 2.26b covid vaccine shots given worldwide

LONDON – Over 2.26 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been given worldwide so far, figures compiled by Our World in Data, a tracking website, showed on Thursday. China leads the global count with over 824.86 million jabs, followed by the US with 304.75 million. India has administered 236.86 million ...

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Meet Grace, the healthcare robot COVID-19 created

Grace – The Robot Sister of Sophia. Image credit: South China Morning Post HONG KONG – The Hong Kong team behind celebrity humanoid robot Sophia is launching a new prototype, Grace, targeted at the healthcare market and designed to interact with the elderly and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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