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Vaccine inequity comes into stark focus during UN gathering

The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution will come into sharper focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots step to the podium to speak at the UN’s annual meeting of world leaders. Already, the struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic has featured prominently in leaders’ speeches — many of ...

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Trudeau’s Liberals win Canada election, but miss majority

Canadians gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party a victory in Monday’s parliamentary elections, but his gamble to win a majority of seats failed and nearly mirrored the result of two years ago, reports Associated Press. The Liberals won the most seats of any party. The 49-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the Liberal icon and late ...

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At least eight dead in Russian campus shooting

A student opened fire on a university campus in central Russia on Monday killing at least eight people, investigators said, in the second mass shooting at an education facility this year. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said several people were also injured in the attack at Perm State University and that the suspect had been wounded while being ...

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Russia’s ruling pro-Putin party wins majority after crackdown

Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its majority in parliament after a three-day election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, despite losing around one-fifth of its support, partial results on Monday showed. With 33% of ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won just over 45% of the vote, with its ...

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US Justice Dept seeks order against Texas abortion law

The US Justice Department has asked a federal court in Texas to stop the enforcement of a new state law that bans most abortions in the state while it decides the case. The Texas law, known as SB8, prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity — usually around six weeks, before some women know they’re pregnant. Courts have ...

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At least 7 dead in plane crash in Sao Paulo state of Brazil

At least seven people were killed when an executive plane crashed in a rural area of the Brazilian municipality of Piracicaba, in southeastern Sao Paulo state, the local fire department said on Tuesday. The deaths included the pilot, co-pilot and five passengers, all members of the same family, according to a report by the Sao Paulo state fire department disseminated ...

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Taliban co-founder releases audio statement after death rumours

The Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan released an audio statement Monday saying he was alive and well after news of his supposed demise went viral on social media. Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was last week named as a number two to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, blamed “fake propaganda” for the death rumours in an audio message ...

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Afghan police return to work alongside Taliban at airport

Afghanpolice at Kabul airport have returned to work manning checkpoints alongside Taliban security for the first time since the Islamists seized power, officers said Sunday. When the Taliban swept into Kabul last month ousting the government, police abandoned their posts, fearful of what the Islamists would do. But two officers said they had returned to work Saturday after receiving calls ...

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Biden calls for unity as nation marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

US President Joe Biden on Friday called for national unity as the United States prepared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed 2,977 people, calling it America’s greatest strength in the face of adversity. Biden, speaking in a videotaped recording at the White House, honored the memories of those killed in the attacks and ...

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Flight carrying Americans lands in Qatar

The White House National Security Council on Thursday said that the Taliban has been cooperative in facilitating the evacuation of US citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. She confirmed that the chartered Qatar Airways flight from Kabul Airport has safely landed in Qatar. In her statement on Qatar Airways Charter flight ...

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