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Suu Kyi,President detained amid fears of military coup

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling party have been detained in an early morning raid, the spokesman for the governing National League for Democracy said on Monday, Reuters reports. The move came after days of escalating tension between the civilian government and the powerful military that stirred fears of a coup in the ...

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WHO team visits Wuhan food market in search of virus clues

A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday visited the food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that was linked to many early infections. The team members visited the Huanan Seafood Market for about an hour in the afternoon, and one of them flashed a thumbs up sign when reporters asked how ...

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UN Chief receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in New York

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in New York on Thursday. Guterres received a vaccine shot at Adlai E Stevenson High School in The Bronx, a few miles uptown from UN Headquarters in New York, according to a release published on the UN official website. Taking to Twitter, the UN chief said ...

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Biden scraps ban on US funds for abortion counseling

President Joe Biden on Thursday rescinded a ban on US aid money going to abortion counseling overseas, risking political blowback on a highly divisive issue just days into his administration. On the eve of the anti-abortion movement’s annual March for Life, Biden overturned the so-called Mexico City Policy of 1984, which bars US funding for international non-profit organizations that offer ...

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Biden raises election meddling with Putin in first phone call

US President Joe Biden has warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their first call as counterparts, the White House says. The conversation included a discussion about the ongoing opposition protests in Russia and an extension of the last remaining US-Russia nuclear arms pact. Putin congratulated the new US president on winning the election, according to a Russian ...

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Trump impeachment goes to Senate, testing his sway over GOP

House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate late Monday for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol. It’s an early sign of Trump’s enduring sway over the party. The nine ...

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Covid-19: Mexican President López Obrador tests positive

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced he has tested positive for Covid-19. The 67-year-old said on Twitter that his symptoms were mild and that he was “optimistic” following the diagnosis. The development comes as Mexico grapples with an upsurge in 1.75m infections, with deaths nearing 150,000. Mr López Obrador says he will continue working from home, including speaking ...

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Trump impeachment trial to begin week of February 8: Schumer

Donald Trump’s US Senate trial will begin in the second week of February, days after a fresh impeachment case against the former president is transmitted by the House, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday. The newly announced schedule reflects a deal struck by Senate leaders to delay the substantive portion of the trial for two weeks so that the ...

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Ukraine nursing home fire leaves 15 dead

At least 15 people were killed and five others injured in a fire at a private nursing home in Kharkiv, Ukraine, authorities said. According to the press service of Ukrainian State Service for Emergencies, the fire broke out at 3.03 p.m. on Thursday and quickly engulfed an area of about 100 square metres, reports Xinhua news agency. After about two ...

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Fire at Serum Institute, Covishield production won’t be hit

A fire broke out today at the Serum Institute of India in Pune at a facility, which is under construction. It is unlikely to hit the production of Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine developed by the SII in partnership with the Oxford University and British-Swedish pharma firm AstraZeneca. Massive efforts are on to put out the blaze, as per sources. The ...

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