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  • Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28, reports Focus media

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    Germany to extend coronavirus lockdown until March 28, reports Focus media

    BERLIN, March 2 — Germany plans to extend its coronavirus lockdown until March 28 but some restrictions will be eased starting from March 8, Focus Online reported, citing a...

  • Austria breaks ranks with EU to produce vaccines with Denmark, Israel

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    Austria breaks ranks with EU to produce vaccines with Denmark, Israel

    VIENNA, March 2 — Austria broke ranks with the European Union today and said it would work together with Israel and Denmark to produce second-generation vaccines against...

  • Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash into sky

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    Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano spews ash into sky

    JAKARTA, March 2 ― Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano sent a cloud of hot ash as high as 5km (3.1 miles) today, in its first big eruption since August last year, the country's...

  • China aims to vaccinate 40pc of population by end-July, says senior adviser

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    China aims to vaccinate 40pc of population by end-July, says senior adviser

    BEIJING, March 2 ― China aims to vaccinate 40 per cent of its population against Covid-19 by the end of July, a senior health adviser told Reuters today, requiring a significant...

  • Philippines reports first cases of Covid-19 South African variant

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    Philippines reports first cases of Covid-19 South African variant

    MANILA, March 2 ― The Philippines has documented six cases of the South African coronavirus variant, its health ministry said today, raising concern among its experts that the...

  • Fauci says US must stick to two-shot strategy for Pfizer, Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, says report

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    Fauci says US must stick to two-shot strategy for Pfizer, Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, says report

    NEW YORK, March 2 ― The United States must stick to a two-dose strategy for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, top US infectious disease official Anthony Fauci...

  • Myanmar police fire stun grenades as Southeast Asian ministers aim for talks

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    Myanmar police fire stun grenades as Southeast Asian ministers aim for talks

    YANGON, March 2 ― Myanmar police fired stun grenades to disperse protesters in the city of Yangon today, witnesses said, as foreign ministers of neighbouring countries were due...

  • Tokyo asks China to end Covid-19 anal swabs for Japanese

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    Tokyo asks China to end Covid-19 anal swabs for Japanese

    TOKYO, March 2 ― Japan has asked China to avoid using anal swabs to test its citizens for coronavirus, saying the method prompted complaints of “psychological distress”....

  • China, US should lift Covid-19 travel bans if herd immunity reached, says expert

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    China, US should lift Covid-19 travel bans if herd immunity reached, says expert

    BEIJING, March 2 ― China and the United States should remove all barriers to travel between the two countries if the United States achieves herd immunity for Covid-19 with 90...

  • Hearing for Hong Kong democracy activists resumes after marathon session

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    Hearing for Hong Kong democracy activists resumes after marathon session

    HONG KONG, March 2 ― The proceedings for 47 Hong Kong democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion resume today, following a marathon hearing that extended...

  • US faces 'unprecedented assault on democracy,' White House says, backing election reform bill

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    US faces 'unprecedented assault on democracy,' White House says, backing election reform bill

    WASHINGTON, March 2 ― The Biden administration backed Democrats' efforts to overhaul voting rules and turn over the process of drawing congressional districts to independent...

  • China reports 11 new mainland Covid-19 cases vs 19 a day earlier

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    China reports 11 new mainland Covid-19 cases vs 19 a day earlier

    SHANGHAI, March 2 ― China reported 11 new mainland Covid-19 cases on March 1, down from 19 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said today. The National...

  • All abducted Nigerian schoolgirls freed by kidnappers, says Zamfara state governor

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    All abducted Nigerian schoolgirls freed by kidnappers, says Zamfara state governor

    GUSAU (Nigeria), March 2 ― Gunmen have freed all 279 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in northwest Nigeria, the governor in Zamfara state said today. According to earlier...

  • Homeland Security: US could cover travel, healthcare for migrant families separated under Trump

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    Homeland Security: US could cover travel, healthcare for migrant families separated under Trump

    WASHINGTON, March 2 ― The United States could help pay for transportation, healthcare, legal services, and career and educational programmes for migrant families separated under...

  • Huawei CFO’s lawyer disputes what HSBC knew as US extradition case resumes

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    Huawei CFO’s lawyer disputes what HSBC knew as US extradition case resumes

    VANCOUVER, March 2 ― Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's US extradition hearing resumed in a Canadian court yesterday with defence countering prosecutors' claims that...

  • US expected to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning, say sources

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    US expected to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning, say sources

    WASHINGTON, March 2 ― The United States is expected to impose sanctions as early as this week on Russia connected to the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, three...

  • US to push for 'intense' UN Security Council talks on Myanmar

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    US to push for 'intense' UN Security Council talks on Myanmar

    NEW YORK, March 2 ― US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said yesterday she hopes to use Washington's presidency of the United Nations Security Council in...

  • Adviser: Trumps vaccinated against Covid-19 before leaving White House

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    Adviser: Trumps vaccinated against Covid-19 before leaving White House

    WASHINGTON, MARCH 2 ― Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were vaccinated against the coronavirus in January before leaving the White House, an adviser to the former president...

  • No respite from France's Covid-19 measures in next four to six weeks, says health minister

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    No respite from France's Covid-19 measures in next four to six weeks, says health minister

    PARIS, March 2 ― France will retain its current measures aimed at curbing the Covid-19 pandemic, including a nighttime curfew, as a bare minimum for the next four to six weeks,...

  • Israel to discuss Covid-19 vaccine venture with Austria, Denmark, says Netanyahu

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    Israel to discuss Covid-19 vaccine venture with Austria, Denmark, says Netanyahu

    JERUSALEM, March 2 ― Israel will discuss the possibility of a Covid-19 vaccine venture with Austria and Denmark, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday. Austria's...

  • Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine shipping to US, but new deliveries hinge on regulators

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    Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine shipping to US, but new deliveries hinge on regulators

    NEW YORK, March 2 ― Johnson & Johnson will ship nearly 4 million doses of its newly authorised single-dose Covid-19 vaccine around the United States this week, but a top...

  • Novavax Covid-19 shot could be cleared for US use by May, says CEO

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    Novavax Covid-19 shot could be cleared for US use by May, says CEO

    NEW YORK, March 2 ― Novavax Inc's chief executive said yesterday its Covid-19 vaccine could be cleared for use in the United States as soon as May if US regulators authorise it...

  • US focused on 'future conduct' of Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi sanctions, says spokesman

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    US focused on 'future conduct' of Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi sanctions, says spokesman

    WASHINGTON, March 2 ― The United States is focused on “future conduct” of Saudi Arabia and will expect Riyadh to improve its human rights record, a US spokesman said...

  • US extraditing two men charged in Ghosn escape to Japan, says lawyer

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    US extraditing two men charged in Ghosn escape to Japan, says lawyer

    BOSTON, March  2 ― An American father and son accused of helping former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while awaiting trial on financial charges were...

  • Chile to ramp up purchase of Sinovac vaccine, seeking deal with Johnson & Johnson

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    Chile to ramp up purchase of Sinovac vaccine, seeking deal with Johnson & Johnson

    SANTIAGO, March 2 ― Chile plans to ramp up its purchase of vaccines from China's Sinovac and hopes to sign a deal shortly with Johnson & Johnson, the health minister said...

  • White House: US to give Americans Covid-19 vaccines before discussing sharing with Mexico

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    White House: US to give Americans Covid-19 vaccines before discussing sharing with Mexico

    WASHINGTON, March 2 ― The Biden administration yesterday downplayed the prospect of sharing coronavirus vaccines with Mexico, saying it is focused first on getting its own...

  • Venezuela approves use of China's Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

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    Venezuela approves use of China's Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

    CARACAS, March 2 ― Venezuela has approved the use of China's Sinopharm vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the South American country's health ministry said yesterday, after...

  • France's Sarkozy convicted of corruption, likely to escape jail time

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    France's Sarkozy convicted of corruption, likely to escape jail time

    PARIS, March 1 — France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption today and sentenced to three years in prison, a stunning fall from grace for a man...

  • EU to propose vaccine certificates in time for summer holidays

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    EU to propose vaccine certificates in time for summer holidays

    BRUSSELS, March 1 — The European Commission will propose this month an EU-wide digital certificate providing proof of a Covid-19 vaccination that could allow Europeans to travel...

  • Cambodian opposition figure slapped with 25-year jail sentence

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    Cambodian opposition figure slapped with 25-year jail sentence

    PHNOM PENH, Mar 1 — Cambodia’s exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy was sentenced in absentia to 25 years in jail today over an alleged plot to overthrow strongman Hun...

  • Top South Africa court sets date for Zuma contempt case

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    Top South Africa court sets date for Zuma contempt case

    JOHANNESBURG, Mar 1 — South Africa’s top court said today it will hear a contempt case against beleaguered ex-president Jacob Zuma on March 25 after he defied its order to...

  • Harris favourite to win 2024 US presidential election, says UK bookmaker

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    Harris favourite to win 2024 US presidential election, says UK bookmaker

    LONDON, March 1 — US Vice President Kamala Harris is favourite to win the next presidential election with 22 per cent implied probability, ahead of both Joe Biden and Donald...

  • Teachers have similar levels of Covid-19 exposure to other jobs, says UK statistics dept

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    Teachers have similar levels of Covid-19 exposure to other jobs, says UK statistics dept

    LONDON, March 1 — Teachers are not at a higher risk of infection in their jobs than people in other professions, data released by Britain’s Office for National Statistics said...