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House approves Biden’s $1.9tr Covid-19 relief plan

The US House passed an enormous, $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early on Saturday, hailed by Democrats as a critical step in funneling new funding towards vaccinations, overburdened local governments, and millions of families devastated by the pandemic. Four days after the Covid-19 death toll surpassed 500,000 in the United …

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At least seven dead on bloodiest day of Myanmar protests against coup

Myanmar police fired on protesters on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least seven people were killed and several wounded, political and medical sources and media said. Myanmar has been in chaos since the army seized power and detained elected government …

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Positive step: US, UN hail Pak-India agreement to re-enforce LoC ceasefire

The agreement between Pakistan and India to restore peace by strictly observing agreements of ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors has been hailed by the UN chief and the White House on Thursday. In separate statements issued after the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of …

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Myanmar junta’s top diplomat in talks with Thailand, Indonesia

The Myanmar junta’s foreign minister visited Thailand on Wednesday as regional powers tried to broker an end to three weeks of deadly unrest triggered by a military coup. The talks came as an anti-coup protester died in detention, a local rescue organisation said. Four others have been killed in the …

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Indian workers are not ready to take homegrown Covid-19 vaccine

India is struggling to convince its health and frontline workers to take a homegrown Covid-19 vaccine controversially approved without late-stage efficacy data, government data showed on Thursday, days ahead of a wider rollout The country has the world’s second-highest number of Covid-19 infections after the United States, with cases recently …

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Indonesia says it holds intensive talks with both sides of Myanmar crisis

Indonesia is holding intensive talks with both the Myanmar military and representatives of the ousted elected government in a bid to end a crisis over a Feb. 1 military coup, Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has taken the lead within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) …

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Australia’s antitrust chief claims victory after Facebook standoff

The architect of Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay media companies for content claimed victory on Wednesday, though critics said last-minute changes to appease Facebook favoured Big Tech over smaller news outlets. After tense negotiations prompted Facebook to cut off news in the country last week, Australia offered …

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President Ashraf Ghani launches Afghanistan’s coronavirus vaccine campaign

Amid ongoing attacks by militants, Afghanistan on Tuesday launched its coronavirus vaccination drive with the hopes of inoculating thousands of Afghans against the disease that has wrecked havoc in the world. Doctors, security personnel, and journalists were among the first volunteers to receive doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, donated earlier …

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Brazil approves COVID-19 vaccine, but has none to use

Brazil has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, its health regulator said on Tuesday, though a dispute over a supply deal means it has none to start an immunization program with. It is the first coronavirus shot to receive full approval in Brazil, regulator Anvisa said. …

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