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China allows couples to have three children as birthrate falls

File Photo / China allows couples to have three children as birthrate falls /  Photo: Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images BEIJING (AFP) – China will allow couples to have three children after a census showed its population is rapidly ageing, state media said Monday, further unwinding four decades of strict ...

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Hamas ready for ‘rapid’ prisoner exchange talks with Israel

YAHYA Sinwar (left), Hamas’s political chief in Gaza, embraces General Abbas Kamel (right), Egypt’s intelligence chief, after the latter arrived for a meeting on Monday.—AFP GAZA CITY: Hamas is open to “indirect and rapid” negotiations on a prisoner exchange following its bloody military escalation with Israel in May, the Islamist ...

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Belarusians increasingly cornered after EU cuts air links

Protasevich, a journalist critical of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, were detained after the plane carrying them was forced to land in Belarus. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File) MINSK – As fear of repression rises among Belarusians following the arrest of a dissident journalist whose plane was ...

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Sri Lanka facing marine disaster from burning ship

Smoke rises from a fire on board the MV X-Press Pearl container ship off Colombo [Sri Lanka Air Force Media via Reuters] NEGOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka is facing its worst beach pollution crisis as tonnes of plastic waste from a burning wash ashore, a senior environment official said Saturday. ...

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Vietnam finds new virus variant, hybrid of India, UK strains

REUTERS/Thanh Hue/File Photo HANOI – Vietnam has discovered a new coronavirus variant that’s a hybrid of strains first found in India and the U.K., the Vietnamese health minister said Saturday. Nguyen Thanh Long said scientists examined the genetic makeup of the virus that had infected some recent patients, and found ...

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Shooting At San Jose Railyard, 8 Killed, Shooter Dead

AP Photo/Noah Berger CALIFORNIA – Gunfire erupted at a railyard in San Jose, and a sheriff’s spokesman said multiple people were killed and wounded and that the suspect was dead. Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Russell Davis said that he could not specify the number of dead and wounded ...

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Hong Kong woman breaks record for fastest ascent of Everest

Hong Kong mountaineer Tsang Yin-hung. PHOTO: FACEBOOK KHATMANDU: Hong Kong mountaineer Tsang Yin-hung has recorded the world’s fastest ascent of Everest by a woman with a time of just under 26 hours, a Nepal official said Thursday. Tsang, 44, scaled the 8,848.86-metre (29,031 feet) mountain in a record time of 25 hours ...

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‘Only 0.3% of Covid vaccine doses have gone to low-income countries’

© 2020 Lev Radin/Sipa via AP Images UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that more than 82 per cent of the world’s Covid-19 vaccine doses have gone to affluent countries, compared to just 0.3 per cent in low-income countries. “Vaccinating everyone, everywhere is the only way to end the pandemic and prevent ...

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