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Austria imposes full lockdown, Germany may follow, as COVID grips Europe

Austria will become the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, it said on Friday as neighbouring Germany warned it may follow suit, sending shivers through financial markets worried about the economic fallout. A fourth wave of infections has plunged Germany, Europe’s largest economy, into a national emergency, Health Minister Jens Spahn said. He urged people ...

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Mehbooba Mufti placed under house arrest again

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday alleged that she has been again put under house arrest and two of her party workers have also been arrested by the authorities, report UNI and NDTV. Taking to the micro-blogging site Twitter, Mufti said, “Again under house arrest & PDPs @SAAQQIIB & @Suhail_Bukhari ...

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Duchess Meghan surprises with visit to Ellen DeGeneres talk show

Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry, is appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in her first visit to a television talk show since becoming a member of the British royal family. Meghan, formally known as the Duchess of Sussex, sat down with DeGeneres for an episode that will air in the United States on Thursday, producers of the daytime ...

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7 Azerbaijani soldiers killed in clashes with Armenia

Seven Azerbaijani troops have been killed in border clashes with Armenia near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, officials in Baku said on Wednesday. “Seven servicemen died and 10 more were wounded in the clashes provoked Tuesday by Armenia,” Baku’s defence ministry said. Armenia reported one dead, 13 captured, and 24 missing troops. On Tuesday, Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a Russia-brokered ceasefire, ...

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India allows Sikh pilgrimage to Pakistan after COVID

India gave the green light for thousands of Sikh pilgrims to cross the border into Pakistan from Wednesday ahead of the birth anniversary of the religion’s founder Guru Nanak. The Kartarpur Corridor, a visa-free crossing allowing Indian Sikhs to visit the temple in Pakistan where Guru Nanak died in 1539, first opened in 2019 for Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary but ...

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Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law

President Joe Biden signed into law a $1 trillion infrastructure bill at a White House ceremony on Monday that drew Democrats and Republicans who pushed the legislation through a deeply divided U.S. Congress. The measure is designed to create jobs across the country by dispersing billions of dollars to state and local governments to fix crumbling bridges and roads and ...

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Women to sue Qatar over invasive airport searches

A group of women subjected to invasive gynaecological searches at Doha airport will sue Qatari authorities, seeking redress for an ordeal that sparked global condemnation, their lawyer told AFP Monday. Women on 10 Qatar Airways flights from Doha, including 13 Australians, were subjected to the examinations late last year as authorities searched for the mother of a newborn found abandoned ...

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Covid: Austria orders nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated

  Austria is placing about 2 million unvaccinated people in lockdown from Monday amid record infection levels and growing pressure on hospitals. “We are not taking this step lightly but it is necessary,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said. Unvaccinated people will only be able to leave home for a limited number of reasons, like working or buying food. About 65% of ...

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Japan’s former princess leaves for US with commoner husband

A Japanese princess who gave up the throne to marry her commoner college sweetheart left for New York on Sunday, as the couple pursued happiness as newlyweds and left behind a nation that has criticized their romance. The departure of Mako Komuro, the former Princess Mako, and Kei Komuro, both 30, as they boarded their plane amid a flurry of ...

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68 killed in Ecuador prison riot

Prison inmates from rival gangs in Ecuador fought each other with guns, explosives and blades in a bloodbath that left at least 68 dead in the same prison where a riot in September claimed 119 lives, officials said Saturday. Hours after the government said it had regained control of the prison in Guayaquil, President Guillermo Lasso’s spokesman said inmates from ...

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