Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Reuters

Russia says deal to make UK-developed vaccine is on

MOSCOW: Russia will unveil a deal with AstraZeneca to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the pharmaceuticals giant and Oxford University, its wealth fund head said on Friday, adding this showed Moscow had no need to steal vaccine data. Britain, Canada and the United States said on Thursday that ...

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EU urges more flu vaccinations fearing COVID-19

BRUSSELS: The European Union executive urged member states to launch earlier and broader vaccination campaigns against flu this year to reduce the risk of simultaneous influenza and COVID-19 outbreaks in the autumn. The European Commission wants to head off the risk of hospitals being again overwhelmed by a surge of ...

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Alphabet’s Google to commit $10 billion to India

NEW DELHI: Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said it will spend around $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years through equity investments and tie-ups, marking its biggest commitment to a key growth market. The investments will be done through a so-called digitization fund, highlighting Google’s focus ...

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COVID-19 crisis may get ‘worse and worse and worse’ WHO

GENEVA/ZURICH: The World Health Organisation  warned that the new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions. “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General Tedros ...

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UK plans to create ‘freeports,’ cut taxes

LONDON: British finance minister Rishi Sunak is preparing to introduce sweeping tax cuts and an overhaul of planning laws in up to 10 new “freeports” within a year of the UK’s becoming fully independent from the European Union in December, the Sunday Telegraph said. Sunak will open the bidding for ...

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UK expected to order removal of Huawei 5G equipment by 2025

The British government is expected to set a deadline of 2025 for removing equipment made by China’s Huawei from the country’s 5G telecoms networks, the Telegraph newspaper said on Friday. The Telegraph reported that British culture minister Oliver Dowden will make a statement in Parliament on Tuesday about Huawei, and ...

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Five killed in attack on South African church, hostages freed

Five people were killed in an attack on a church west of Johannesburg in the early hours of Saturday, South African police said, with some of the attackers taking hostages who were later freed. Police arrested around 40 people and seized 40 firearms, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, related to ...

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North Korea denounces UK for sanctions

LONDON: North Korea denounced Britain for announcing sanctions against two organisations that the British government has said are involved in forced labour, torture and murder in North Korean prison camps. The move against the two organisations, named as the Ministry of State Security Bureau 7 and Ministry of People’s Security ...

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Openers bring England back in the game

LONDON: England cricket team had their back against the wall after the third day of their first Test against West Indies as they were trailing by 99 runs on a tricky surface. But courtesy of a solid opening partnership from Rory Burns and Dom Sibley, the English are right back ...

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U.S. bans PIA flights over pilot concerns

SYDNEY: The U.S. Department of Transportation said it has revoked permission for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to conduct charter flights to the United States, citing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerns over Pakistani pilot certifications. The information is contained in a revocation of special authorization dated July 1 provided by the ...

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