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Winter storm death toll climbs to at least 47: report

The death toll associated with major winter storms that have swept across the United States this week has climbed to at least 47 people, according to data compiled by The Washington Post. Since Sunday, seven states have confirmed at least one death. The vast majority of casualties — 30 — have occurred in Texas as mass power outages have left ...

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UK, Canada sanction Myanmar generals after coup

Britain and Canada on Thursday imposed sanctions on generals in Myanmar for human rights violations following the military takeover in the Southeast Asian country. The UK foreign ministry said it was imposing sanctions on three junta officials, including the ministers of defence and home affairs, and had begun a review to stop UK businesses working with the regime. “The UK ...

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Biden pledges $4bn for global Covid-19 vaccine program

President Joe Biden will pledge $4 billion in US aid to the Covax global Covid-19 vaccination program during his virtual meeting with other G7 leaders on Friday, White House officials said. An initial $2 billion will be released “by the end of this month,” with the rest coming over the next two years, said a senior White House official, who ...

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130 countries have not received a single Covid vaccine dose: UN

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has sharply criticised the “wildly uneven and unfair” distribution of Covid vaccines, saying 10 countries have administered 75% of all vaccinations and demanding a global effort to get all people in every country vaccinated as soon as possible. The UN chief told a high-level meeting of the UN security council on Wednesday that 130 ...

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Suu Kyi hit with second charge as Myanmar junta tightens grip

Myanmar’s deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with another charge on Tuesday, after the military imposed a second straight overnight internet shutdown in an attempt to grind down an anti-coup uprising. In the two weeks since the generals ousted Suu Kyi and put her under house arrest in the administrative capital Naypyidaw, big cities and isolated village ...

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Death toll climbs to 46 in India’s Madhya Pradesh accident

At least 46 people have been killed after a bus plunged into a canal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Some 60 people were on board when the packed bus veered off a bridge and fell into the canal on Tuesday in Sidhi district. Officials say that seven passengers, including the driver, managed to swim to the shore. ...

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60 killed, several missing as boat capsizes in Congo river

At least 60 people died after a boat carrying around 700 capsized in the Congo river in Mai-Ndombe province on Monday. Al Jazeera quoted Steve Mbikayi, minister for humanitarian action, as saying that on Monday 700 people were on board the vessel that sunk near the village of Longola Ekoti, in Mai-Ndombe province, the previous night. “So far the rescue ...

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Suu Kyi detention extended as protests continue in Myanmar

Myanmar’s military leaders have extended their detention of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose remand was set to expire February 15 and whose freedom is a key demand of the crowds of people continuing to protest this month’s military coup. Ms. Suu Kyi will now be remanded until February 17, when she will likely appear in court by videoconference, ...

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Trump acquitted again by US Senate

Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday on charges of inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol, after a majority of Senate Republicans closed ranks and refused to punish the former president in his historic second impeachment trial. The five-day trial saw Democratic prosecutors argue — bolstered by dramatic video of the January 6 riot — that Trump betrayed his oath by ...

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TJ Ducklo: White House suspends aide for ‘threatening reporter’

A White House spokesman has been suspended for a week without pay after allegedly threatening to “destroy” a female reporter who was asking questions about his private life. TJ Ducklo reportedly threatened Politico reporter Tara Palmeri, who was investigating his relationship with another journalist. White House press secretary Jen Pskai said on Friday that Mr Ducklo had apologised to Ms ...

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