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  • Pakistan records most daily Covid-19 cases since pandemic began

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    Pakistan records most daily Covid-19 cases since pandemic began

    KARACHI (Pakistan), Jan 21 ― Pakistan reported today over 7,000 Covid-19 cases in a single day, its highest daily number of infections since the pandemic began, as the south...

  • Delhi to lift weekend curfew as Covid cases fall, says source

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    Delhi to lift weekend curfew as Covid cases fall, says source

    NEW DELHI, Jan 21 ― India's capital is set to lift a weekend curfew and allow private offices to be partially staffed after a fall in new Covid-19 infections, a city government...

  • A divided nation: Western Australia stays shut as Covid deaths mount in east

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    A divided nation: Western Australia stays shut as Covid deaths mount in east

    SYDNEY, Jan 21 ― Australia will remain a divided nation, with the vast mining state of Western Australia cancelling plans to reopen its borders on February 5, citing health...

  • UK's Truss offers '100pc' support for embattled PM Johnson

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    UK's Truss offers '100pc' support for embattled PM Johnson

    SYDNEY, Jan 21 ― UK foreign secretary Liz Truss offered her “100 per cent” support for embattled Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson today, backing him to remain in...

  • Top diplomats for US, Russia meet in Geneva on soaring Ukraine tensions

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    Top diplomats for US, Russia meet in Geneva on soaring Ukraine tensions

    GENEVA, Jan 21 ― The top diplomats of Russia and the United States were to meet in Switzerland today to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine after a flurry of meetings between...

  • Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent Covid hamster cull

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    Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent Covid hamster cull

    HONG KONG, Jan 21 ― Hong Kong police will deal with pet lovers who try to stop people giving up their hamsters to be put down, or who offer to care for abandoned hamsters,...

  • China daily local confirmed Covid cases fall to nearly two-month low

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    China daily local confirmed Covid cases fall to nearly two-month low

    BEIJING, Jan 21 ― China reported today the lowest daily tally of local confirmed Covid-19 cases in nearly two months, after a national strategy to quickly curb flare-ups forced...

  • US airliner turns back in mid-flight due to passenger defying mask rule

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    US airliner turns back in mid-flight due to passenger defying mask rule

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21 ― An American Airlines jetliner headed from Miami to London turned around in mid-flight yesterday because a passenger refused to wear a Covid mask, the...

  • Minnesota jury to decide if Chauvin's colleagues had duty to stop deadly Floyd arrest

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    Minnesota jury to decide if Chauvin's colleagues had duty to stop deadly Floyd arrest

    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 21 ― The federal prosecution of three former Minneapolis police officers who took part in the deadly arrest of George Floyd began yesterday in a trial that...

  • Canada's Ontario to start lifting Covid-related curbs, Quebec more cautious

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    Canada's Ontario to start lifting Covid-related curbs, Quebec more cautious

    ONTARIO, Jan 21 ― Canada's most populous province of Ontario has blunted transmission of the Omicron coronavirus variant and will gradually ease restrictions on businesses from...

  • Meta removes Iran-based fake accounts targeting Instagram users in Scotland

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    Meta removes Iran-based fake accounts targeting Instagram users in Scotland

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 21 ― Facebook parent Meta Platforms removed a network of fake accounts that originated in Iran and targeted Instagram users in Scotland with content...

  • Brazil electoral court could ban Telegram app for not fighting fake news

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    Brazil electoral court could ban Telegram app for not fighting fake news

    BRASILIA, Jan 21 ― Brazil's top electoral authority, the TSE, is considering whether to ban the messaging app Telegram during the run-up to October elections because it has not...

  • Canadian provincial leader wants to pause truckers' Covid vaccine mandate

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    Canadian provincial leader wants to pause truckers' Covid vaccine mandate

    OTTAWA, Jan 21 ― The premier of Canada's Alberta province yesterday called on the federal government to pause a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers that companies...

  • Covid disrupts aid flight to tsunami-hit Tonga

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    Covid disrupts aid flight to tsunami-hit Tonga

    WELLINGTON, Jan 21 ― As aid trickles into the South Pacific nation of Tonga, devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, an Australian aid flight was forced to return to base...

  • Judge orders detention for Oath Keeper charged with US Capitol riot sedition

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    Judge orders detention for Oath Keeper charged with US Capitol riot sedition

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21 ― A judge yesterday refused to release from jail a member of the far-right Oath Keepers group charged with seditious conspiracy over allegations he helped...

  • Security cooperation, China to dominate Biden's talks with Japan's Kishida

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    Security cooperation, China to dominate Biden's talks with Japan's Kishida

    TOKYO, Jan 21 ― The leaders of the United States and Japan will contend with China's growing might, North Korea's missiles and Russia's aims in Ukraine when they hold their...

  • US charges Belarus officials with air piracy over Ryanair flight diversion

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    US charges Belarus officials with air piracy over Ryanair flight diversion

    NEW YORK, Jan 21 ― The US Justice department charged four Belarus officials with air piracy yesterday for last year's forced diversion of a Ryanair flight in order to arrest a...

  • Georgia prosecutor requests special grand jury in Trump election probe

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    Georgia prosecutor requests special grand jury in Trump election probe

    ATLANTA, Jan 21 ― The prosecutor for Georgia's biggest county yesterday requested a special grand jury with subpoena power to aid her investigation into then-President Donald...

  • Germany: Russian aggression would have ‘grave consequences’

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    Germany: Russian aggression would have ‘grave consequences’

    BERLIN, Jan 20 — Any further aggression by Russia would have “grave consequences”, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned today, as Berlin hosted crisis talks...

  • Blinken says Iran nuclear talks at an ‘urgent’ point

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    Blinken says Iran nuclear talks at an ‘urgent’ point

    BERLIN, Jan 20 — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today that talks over Iran’s nuclear program have reached an “urgent” point and warned it would be necessary to...

  • Europe’s security ‘impossible’ without Ukraine sovereignty, says president

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    Europe’s security ‘impossible’ without Ukraine sovereignty, says president

    KYIV, Jan 20 — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today there could be no guarantees for the security of Europe as long as regions of his country remained under the...

  • France and Japan face ‘tougher’ Indo-Pacific security situation, minister says

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    France and Japan face ‘tougher’ Indo-Pacific security situation, minister says

    TOKYO, Jan 20 — The security situation facing Japan and France in the Indo-Pacific is unstable and “getting tougher”, Japan’s defence minister said today, at the start of...

  • Sudanese judges and prosecutors denounce protest crackdowns

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    Sudanese judges and prosecutors denounce protest crackdowns

    KHARTOUM, Jan 20 — Dozens of Sudanese judges and prosecutors have condemned the killing of more than 70 protesters since a military takeover in October and have called for...

  • 105 nations to get cheaper Merck Covid pill

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    105 nations to get cheaper Merck Covid pill

    GENEVA, Jan 20 — Generic drug manufacturers will make a more affordable version of Merck’s anti-Covid pill for 105 of the world’s poorer nations, a UN-backed organisation...

  • Ex-Pope Benedict criticised in Munich Church abuse report

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    Ex-Pope Benedict criticised in Munich Church abuse report

    BERLIN, Jan 20 — Former Pope Benedict XVI failed to take action against clerics in four cases of alleged sexual abuse in his archdiocese when he was Archbishop of Munich, a...

  • France to unveil timetable for easing Covid restrictions

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    France to unveil timetable for easing Covid restrictions

    PARIS, Jan 20 — France will unveil a timetable for easing Covid-19 restrictions later today, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said, though he cautioned the wave of Omicron...

  • Austria parliament to approve mandatory Covid vaccination

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    Austria parliament to approve mandatory Covid vaccination

    VIENNA, Jan 20 — Austria’s parliament today is expected to approve making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for adults from next month, becoming the first European country to do...

  • Six in 10 have unfavourable view of UK's Johnson, according to poll

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    Six in 10 have unfavourable view of UK's Johnson, according to poll

    LONDON, Jan 20 — Six in 10 people in Britain now have an unfavourable opinion of Prime Minister Boris Johnson following revelations of parties held at his residence during...

  • Defection of Le Pen ally rallies Zemmour’s presidential bid

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    Defection of Le Pen ally rallies Zemmour’s presidential bid

    PARIS, Jan 20 — A senior European Union lawmaker quit Marine Le Pen’s National Rally today to join the ranks of rival far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour, saying he...

  • Blinken arrives in Berlin for Ukraine talks with European allies

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    Blinken arrives in Berlin for Ukraine talks with European allies

    BERLIN, Jan 20 — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Berlin for talks with allies today in a diplomatic push to defuse tensions with Moscow over Ukraine, a day after...

  • Japan’s Osaka and two more regions expected to request Covid-19 measures

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    Japan’s Osaka and two more regions expected to request Covid-19 measures

    TOKYO, Jan 20 — Japan’s western prefecture of Osaka and two neighbouring regions are expected to join in a widening declaration of Covid-19 prevention measures, Osaka’s...

  • British police arrest two men in Texas synagogue attack investigation

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    British police arrest two men in Texas synagogue attack investigation

    LONDON, Jan 20 — British police today arrested two men as part of an investigation into a hostage taking at a synagogue in Texas. “Two men have been arrested this morning in...

  • First foreign aid flights reach Tonga

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    First foreign aid flights reach Tonga

    SYDNEY, Jan 20 — The first humanitarian flights arrived in volcano and tsunami-stricken Tonga Thursday, five days after the dual disaster cut the Pacific kingdom off from the...