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Death toll from Egypt building collapse climbs to 18

The death toll from the collapse of a nine-story apartment building in Cairo has climbed to 18, Egyptian state media reported. The building collapsed early Saturday. State newspaper Al-Ahram said that search and rescue workers recovered the bodies over the course of the day. Excavators could be seen digging through the debris in the el-Salam neighborhood. Police cordoned off the ...

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50 protesters killed in Myanmar on ‘day of shame for armed forces’

Myanmar’s security forces shot and killed at least 50 protesters on Saturday, news reports and witnesses said, a brutal crackdown on dissent that came as the leader of the ruling junta said the military will protect the people and strive for democracy. Protesters against the Feb 1 military coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns, ...

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6 dead in Mumbai hospital fire, corona patients evacuated

At least six people died in a fire that engulfed a mall housing and a hospital that treated coronavirus patients in Mumbai, authorities said on Friday. More than 70 patients with COVID-19 infections in the private hospital, on the third floor of the mall, were evacuated to other centres, local civic officials said, adding that the cause of the fire ...

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Lotay Tshering reaches Bhutan, starts 21-day quarantine

Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering returned to his country on Thursday and started a 21-day mandatory quarantine. Other delegation members are also undergoing 21-day mandatory quarantine starting on Thursday. The Bhutanese Prime Minister drove himself from the airport to the quarantine facility in the car that was parked at the airport, according to his office.   The delegation was ...

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EU set to curb Covid-19 vaccine exports for 6 weeks

The European Union (EU) is finalising emergency legislation that will give it broad powers to curb exports for the next six weeks of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in the bloc, a sharp escalation in its response to supply shortages at home that have created a political maelstrom amid a rising third wave on the continent. The draft legislation, which is set ...

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9 killed, 34 injured in Nigerian road crash: official

Nineteen people died and 34 were injured in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state after a speeding bus veered off the road when one of its tyres burst, an official said Monday. The accident occurred on Sunday evening on a highway linking Kaduna to the Nigerian capital Abuja. “A total of 53 people were involved in the crash; 16 of these died ...

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Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s wife Bushra Bibi also tests positive for Covid-19

Pakistan’s first lady Bushra Bibi on Saturday tested positive for coronavirus, hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan contracted the virus. Earlier in the day, it was reported that PM Imran Khan had tested positive for the virus and was currently in home isolation. He was vaccinated on Thursday with the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm as part of the nationwide anti-coronavirus ...

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Imran Khan tests positive for coronavirus

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said Saturday, just two days after he was vaccinated against the disease. “At this point, the prime minister’s office can only confirm that the honourable prime minister has tested positive for Covid-19 and has self-isolated, we will release more details in due course,” his office said. The 68-year-old ...

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36 killed in Afghanistan’s clashes, 7 Taliban militants arrested

At least 36 people were killed in insurgent activities and clashes in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, according to a local independent war monitoring group early Saturday. “Within the past 24 hours, our team has documented 36 deaths, including one Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) member, and 35 Taliban militants,” Reduction in Violence (RiV) said on social ...

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Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes Tanzania’s first woman president

Samia Suluhu Hassan, 61, made history Friday when she was sworn in as Tanzania’s first female president at State House, the government offices in Dar es Salaam, the country’s largest city. Dressed in a hijab and holding up a Quran with her right hand, Hassan took the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Ibrahim Jumavowing, in which she vowed ...

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