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  • Prison outbreaks fuel Thailand Covid-19 surge

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    Prison outbreaks fuel Thailand Covid-19 surge

    BANGKOK, May 13 — Thailand reported its largest ever spike in coronavirus infections today, with more than half coming from two Bangkok prisons where prominent democracy...

  • UK’s PM bids to cancel debt owed to ‘conspiracy theorist’

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    UK’s PM bids to cancel debt owed to ‘conspiracy theorist’

    LONDON, May 13 — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is applying to strike out a court judgment for unpaid debt, Downing Street said, after reports that a “Covid conspiracy...

  • Israel masses troops along Gaza as rocket fire, air strikes escalate

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    Israel masses troops along Gaza as rocket fire, air strikes escalate

    GAZA, May 13 ― Israel was preparing ground troops along the Gaza border today and Hamas launched rocket barrages at southern Israel as the fiercest hostilities in years dragged...

  • Russia records first cases of Indian Covid-19 variant

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    Russia records first cases of Indian Covid-19 variant

    MOSCOW, May 13 ― Russia has recorded its first cases of the variant of Covid-19 first found in India, Kommersant newspaper reported today, citing authorities in the Ulyanovsk...

  • More than 4,000 Indians die of Covid-19 for second straight day

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    More than 4,000 Indians die of Covid-19 for second straight day

    BENGALURU, May 13 ― India recorded more than 4,000 Covid-19 deaths for a second straight day today, while infections stayed below 400,000 for a fourth day, though the virus has...

  • Cuba rolls out two Covid-19 vaccines still in trial phase

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    Cuba rolls out two Covid-19 vaccines still in trial phase

    HAVANA, May 13 ― Faced with a surge in coronavirus cases, Cuba this week started immunizing members of the public, using two locally-produced vaccines that have yet to complete...

  • Shoot your shot: Ohio offers US$1m Covid vaccine lottery

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    Shoot your shot: Ohio offers US$1m Covid vaccine lottery

    WASHINGTON, May 13 ― As US officials scramble to convince citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19, one state is putting its money where its mouth is ― offering millions in...

  • UN Security Council to hold new meeting on Israel-Palestinian clashes tomorrow

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    UN Security Council to hold new meeting on Israel-Palestinian clashes tomorrow

    NEW YORK, May 13 ― Tunisia, Norway and China have requested another emergency UN Security Council meeting be scheduled tomorrow on the worsening hostilities between Israel and...

  • Republicans oust Trump critic Cheney from leadership

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    Republicans oust Trump critic Cheney from leadership

    WASHINGTON, May 13 ― US House Republicans yesterday ousted conservative Liz Cheney, a fierce critic of Donald Trump, from her powerful leadership role in a move that tightens...

  • Blinken, Austin urged to do more to protect Afghans who worked for US

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    Blinken, Austin urged to do more to protect Afghans who worked for US

    WASHINGTON, May 13 ― Former senior US officials have urged the US secretaries of state and defense to do more to provide visas to Afghans who worked for the United States in...

  • New Zealand PM sets out plans to reconnect with post-pandemic world

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    New Zealand PM sets out plans to reconnect with post-pandemic world

    WELLINGTON, May 13 ― New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today her government will explore more travel “bubbles” and lead trade delegations later this year to...

  • Australia in 'active talks' with Moderna to produce Covid-19 vaccines onshore

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    Australia in 'active talks' with Moderna to produce Covid-19 vaccines onshore

    SYDNEY, May 13 ― Australia is in “active talks” with Covid-19 vaccine maker Moderna Inc to establish a domestic manufacturing facility for shots, Health Minister Greg Hunt...

  • Taiwanese cities tighten restrictions after Covid-19 cases rise

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    Taiwanese cities tighten restrictions after Covid-19 cases rise

    TAIPEI, May 13 ― Taiwanese cities are tightening restrictions on access to public venues like gyms and libraries after a rare rise in domestic Covid-19 infections that has...

  • Erdogan calls French separatism bill 'guillotine' of democracy

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    Erdogan calls French separatism bill 'guillotine' of democracy

    ANKARA, May 13 ― Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday denounced a planned French law designed to counter “Islamist separatism” as a “guillotine” of...

  • Biden signs cybersecurity executive order after Colonial Pipeline attack

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    Biden signs cybersecurity executive order after Colonial Pipeline attack

    WASHINGTON, May 13 ― US President Joe Biden signed an executive order yesterday that advances federal cybersecurity capabilities and encourages improvements in digital security...

  • Ex-UK leader Cameron faces MP grilling over Greensill lobbying

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    Ex-UK leader Cameron faces MP grilling over Greensill lobbying

    LONDON, May 13 ― British lawmakers will today get their first chance to quiz former prime minister David Cameron about his controversial lobbying for collapsed finance group...

  • Suspect in New York Times Square shootings arrested in Florida

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    Suspect in New York Times Square shootings arrested in Florida

    NEW YORK, May 13 ― The man wanted in the weekend shooting of three bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, in New York's Times Square was arrested near Jacksonville, Florida,...

  • Maduro says he is ready to start talks with Venezuela opposition, brokered by Norway

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    Maduro says he is ready to start talks with Venezuela opposition, brokered by Norway

    CARACAS, May 13 ― Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is willing to sit down to dialogue with opposition leader Juan Guaido with the involvement of the Norwegian government and...

  • US CDC finds more clotting cases after J&J vaccine, sees causal link

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    US CDC finds more clotting cases after J&J vaccine, sees causal link

    CHICAGO, May 13 ― The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday it had found more cases of potentially life-threatening blood clotting among people who...

  • Biden urges parents to get kids vaccinated after CDC panel OKs Pfizer vaccine

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    Biden urges parents to get kids vaccinated after CDC panel OKs Pfizer vaccine

    WASHINGTON, May 13 ― US President Joe Biden yesterday urged parents to get their children vaccinated after a government advisory panel authorised the Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine...

  • Biden expects spiralling Israel-Gaza conflict to end soon

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    Biden expects spiralling Israel-Gaza conflict to end soon

    GAZA, May 13 ―  Israel killed a Hamas commander and vowed no let-up in its Gaza barrages as Palestinian militants rained rockets far across the border, but US President Joe...

  • England's Covid-19 infections halved since March, study finds

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    England's Covid-19 infections halved since March, study finds

    LONDON, May 13 ― The prevalence of coronavirus infections in England has halved since March helped by the swift rollout of vaccines, but new variants remain a threat, according...

  • Brazil to halt Sinovac vaccine production as Chinese supplies held up

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    Brazil to halt Sinovac vaccine production as Chinese supplies held up

    SAO PAULO, May 13 ― Brazil will run out of raw materials to produce Sinovac Biotech Ltd's Covid-19 vaccine by tomorrow, as a supply shipment has been held up in Chinese export...

  • Delaying second Covid-19 vaccine doses can help reduce deaths, study shows

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    Delaying second Covid-19 vaccine doses can help reduce deaths, study shows

    LONDON, May 13 ― Giving a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine but delaying a second dose among people younger than 65 could lead to fewer people dying of the disease, but only if...

  • Israeli president warns of civil war as Jews, Arabs clash over Gaza

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    Israeli president warns of civil war as Jews, Arabs clash over Gaza

    LOD (Israel), May 13 ― Israel's president warned of a civil war between the country's Arabs and Jews yesterday as fury and fear over shelling exchanges with Palestinian...

  • US CDC panel clears way to Covid-19 vaccines for adolescents

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    US CDC panel clears way to Covid-19 vaccines for adolescents

    WASHINGTON, May 13 ― US states are set to begin using the vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE to inoculate young adolescents against Covid-19 after advisers to the US...

  • 'We are fed up': Thousands pray at Portugal's Fatima shrine for world without Covid-19

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    'We are fed up': Thousands pray at Portugal's Fatima shrine for world without Covid-19

    FATIMA (Portugal), May 13 ― Suffering from an autoimmune disease, 71-year-old Maria Emilia travels ― often by foot ― to one of Catholicism's most famous sanctuaries in...

  • Russia calls on Israel to halt settlement activities in Palestinian territories

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    Russia calls on Israel to halt settlement activities in Palestinian territories

    MOSCOW, May 12 — Sergei Vershinin, a Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, called on Israel today to “immediately” stop all settlement activities in the Palestinian Territories,...

  • US vows to keep speaking out until China stops ‘genocide’

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    US vows to keep speaking out until China stops ‘genocide’

    NW YORK, May 12 — The United States will keep “speaking out until China’s government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in...

  • Brazil ex-health minister saw no need for Pfizer vaccine, say sources

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    Brazil ex-health minister saw no need for Pfizer vaccine, say sources

    BRASILIA, May 12 — Former Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello failed to take up Pfizer Inc on its offer of Covid-19 vaccines last year because he believed Brazil should...

  • EU agency says mRNA jabs ‘promising’ against India variant

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    EU agency says mRNA jabs ‘promising’ against India variant

    BRUSSELS, May 12 — Coronavirus vaccines using mRNA technology like Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna appear able to “neutralise” the variant of Covid-19 behind India’s outbreak,...

  • Russia has vaccinated 14 million against Covid, deputy PM says

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    Russia has vaccinated 14 million against Covid, deputy PM says

    MOSCOW, May 12 — Russia has vaccinated over 14 million people against Covid-19 so far with at least one dose, RIA news cited Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova as saying...

  • Experts blast early pandemic failures as India deaths top 250,000

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    Experts blast early pandemic failures as India deaths top 250,000

    GENEVA, May 12 — An expert panel today blamed bad coordination as well as dithering by national governments and international organisations for the failure to tackle Covid-19...