Monday, 10 May 2021

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Saudi Arabia to allow only ‘immunised’ pilgrims to Makkah

REUTERS Photo RIYADH – Saudi authorities said Monday only people immunised against Covid-19 will be allowed to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage from the start of Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims. The Hajj and Umrah ministry said in a statement that three categories of people would be considered ...

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Vietnam’s pandemic response leader becomes president

AFP photo HANOI – The man behind Vietnam’s successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, was formally sworn in as president in Hanoi. Phuc, 66, was Vietnam’s prime minister for the last five years, a period in which the economy boomed, and his government’s COVID-19 response won plaudits ...

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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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Iran’s authorities desires US to carry all sanctions

Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP TEHRAN – Iran’s authorities desires the US to carry all sanctions on its nation and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of the restrictions, Iranian state broadcaster Press TV reported. The 2 nations stated on Friday (April 2) they might maintain oblique talks in Vienna from subsequent week as ...

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UN chief calls for more pandemic debt relief for poorer nations

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for greater debt relief and new creative financing to help poorer nations deal with the pandemic and prevent their economic recoveries from falling behind. A “new debt mechanism” to provide more options — including debt swaps, buy-backs and cancellations – is needed, ...

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Saudi Crown Prince calls PM Imran, inquires about his health

  DUBAI – Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has made a telephone call to Prime Minister Imran Khan to inquire about his health. The two leaders discussed the launch of Saudi Arabia s Billion Tree campaign. Imran Khan praised Saudi Arabia s  Green  initiatives. The Prime Minister also briefed him on ...

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Biden suggests rival plan to China’s ‘Belt and Road’

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has suggested founding an initiative from “democratic” countries to rival China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure initiative as tensions spike between the Asian power and Western nations. Biden said late on Friday that he floated the proposal in a call with British Prime Minister Boris ...

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