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Eight big cats test Covid-19 positive in US zoo: Report

Days after a pet dog in the UK tested positive for Covid-19, now eight big cats in a zoo in the United StatCiting St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Hill reported that the infected cats include two African lions, two snow leopards, an Amur tiger, a puma, and two jaguars. These animals had mild symptoms, although some had a cough and nasal ...

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Biden, Xi expected to hold virtual summit on Monday

US President Joe Biden is expected to hold a hotly awaited virtual summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday, US media reported, as tensions mount over Taiwan, human rights and trade. Both CNN and Politico, citing unnamed sources, said the meeting was tentatively scheduled for Monday. Relations between the world’s two largest economies have deteriorated in recent weeks, ...

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American journalist jailed for 11 years in Myanmar

An American journalist, who has been detained in Myanmar since May, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on charges of unlawful association, incitement and breaching visa rules, his employer said, reports Reuters. “Frontier Myanmar is deeply disappointed at the decision today to convict its Managing Editor, Danny Fenster, on three charges and impose prison sentences totalling 11 years,” the ...

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Former South Africa president De Klerk dies at age 85

FW de Klerk, the former president of South Africa and the last white person to lead the country, has died at the age of 85. Mr de Klerk, who was also a key figure in the nation’s transition to democracy, had been diagnosed with cancer this year, a spokesman said. He was head of state between September 1989 and May ...

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Malala marries at home in Britain

Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls’ education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who survived being shot aged 15 by a Taliban gunman in her native Pakistan in 2012, has got married, she said on social media on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who lives in Britain, said she and her new husband, who she named only as Asser, had wed in the ...

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25 children killed in Niger school fire

At least 25 primary school children were killed when their thatched-roof classrooms caught fire in southern Niger on Monday, the council of ministers said in a statement. Fourteen more children were injured, including five in a critical condition, the statement said. The school is in the town of Maradi, more than 600 km (370 miles) east of the capital Niamey, ...

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US finally reopening borders after 20 months

The United States reopens its land and air borders Monday to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against Covid-19, ending 20 months of restrictions on travel from around the globe that separated families, hobbled tourism and strained diplomatic ties. The ban, imposed by former president Donald Trump in early 2020 and upheld by his successor Joe Biden, has been widely criticized and ...

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Wang Yaping becomes first Chinese woman to walk in space

Astronaut Wang Yaping became the first Chinese woman to walk in space, authorities said Monday, as her team completed a six-hour stint outside the Tiangong space station as part of its ongoing construction. Tiangong — meaning “heavenly palace” — is the latest achievement in China’s drive to become a major space power, after landing a rover on Mars and sending ...

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Iraqi PM survives assassination bid with drones

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an assassination attempt with armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday and officials said he was unharmed. The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept last month’s parliamentary election results. Two Iraqi officials told The Associated Press that seven of al-Kadhimi’s security guards were ...

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Glasgow braces for climate protests on global day of action

Glasgow was on Saturday bracing for a second day of protests against what campaigners say is a lack of urgency to address global warming after Greta Thunberg labelled the crunch UN climate summit there a “failure”. Organisers and police said they expected up to 50,000 people in the streets of the Scottish city as part of about 200 protests worldwide ...

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