Low-income countries received just 0.2 per cent of all COVID-19 shots given: WHO

The vast majority of coronavirus vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported other day. Although more than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, richer countries have received more than 87 per cent, and low-income countries just 0.2 per cent. “There remains a shocking imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines”,...

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UN Women Commission ends session, with pledge to strengthen women’s leadership, participation in public life

The virtual 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) concluded Friday, with world leaders issuing a strong pledge for women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence against them. As the two-week-long session ended, the countdown began for the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico (29 – 31 March)....

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US troops may miss Afghanistan withdrawal deadline, Biden Says

US President Joe Biden says it will be hard to meet the May 1 deadline for troops withdrawal from Afghanistan as was agreed upon in the deal with Taliban in February last year. Addressing a press conference in Washington, he also stressed that US troops cannot stay in Afghanistan for longer time but US has to weigh the circumstances for...

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China urges U.S. to stop ‘discriminatory’ action against its firms

China has urged the United States to stop discriminatory action against its companies after the U.S. adopted measures that would kick foreign companies off stock exchanges if they do not comply with U.S. auditing standards. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing today (Thursday), the U.S. measures distort market principles.

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France to reopen embassy in Libya: Macron

France will reopen, after seven years, its embassy in Libya next Monday, to show its support for that country’s new government. This was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron after meeting in Paris with visiting head of the Libyan presidency council Mohammed al-Menfi

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UN chief strongly condemns attack against civilians in Tahoua of Niger

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the attack by unidentified gunmen against civilians in the Tahoua region of Niger on Sunday, in which at least 137 people were killed. In a statement ,the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the bereaved families and the government of Niger.

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Modi sends greetings to Imran Khan on Pakistan Day

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sent greetings to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Pakistan Day and conveyed his best wishes to the people of Pakistan in dealing with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Indian Prime Minister in a letter, sent through the Indian High Commission at Islamabad, said “as a neighbouring country, India desires cordial relations...

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Indian troops martyr four Kashmiri youth in Shopian

Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred four Kashmiri youth in Shopian district, in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Monday (today). The youth were killed by Indian troops in a fake encounter during violent cordon and search operation at Manihal area of the district, KMS reported. The identity of the martyred youth s is yet...

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Saudi King, Crown Prince wish PM Imran Khan early recovery from COVID-19

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz have wished Prime Minister Imran Khan permanent health and wellness and a speedy recovery from Covid-19. According to official Saudi News agency, the messages of good health by the Saudi top leadership were sent through a cable.

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ECOSOC chief Munir Akram urges action to stop deforestation, protect livelihoods

The President of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram, has called for urgent action to stop deforestation, saying forest restoration would bring gains for both livelihoods and the environment. “The world’s forests are fast retreating,” Ambassador Akram warned during a virtual event to commemorate the International Day of Forests, observed annually on 21 March. “As the...

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Ageism is a global challenge : UN report

A new United Nations report estimates that one out of every two persons in the world holds ageist attitudes, and that this is costing societies billions of dollars each year. Ageism is targeted towards older and younger adults alike, and the report prepared by four UN agencies – the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office of the High Commissioner for...

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Domestic pilgrims up to age of 70 allowed to perform Umrah

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj has announced that domestic pilgrims between the ages of eighteen and seventy will be allowed to perform Umrah with preventive protocols of coronavirus. The ministry said both foreign pilgrims and domestic are allowed to perform the Umrah ritual as well as visit the Prophet’s Mosque and the Rawdah Sharif from the beginning of third phase...

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North Korea says it won’t restart nuclear discussions until US drops its ‘hostile policies’

North Korea has announced it will not hold talks and contacts of any kind with the United States until it rolls back its hostile policy towards their country. In a statement, First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said the United States has tried to contact North Korea since mid-February through several channels but we don't think there is need...

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Global Covid-19 cases surpass 121 million

The number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed over one hundred twenty one million while the pandemic has claimed nearly two point seven million lives so far. The United States is the worst hit country with over twenty nine point six million infection cases and nearly 538,000 deaths so far. More than sixty eight point seven million patients stand recovered.

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Eight killed in US shootings

In the United States, at least eight people have been killed and one other injured in a series of shootings at three spas in the Atlanta state of Georgia. The authorities say that they do not know yet whether the killings are racially motivated, but the shootings have raised the concerns among advocacy groups, who have called attention to a...

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UN voices grave concern over military escalation in Yemen

United Nation has voiced grave concern over military escalation in Yemen. In a statement, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths said there are shocking reports of children increasingly getting drawn into the war effort and deprived of their future. He also called on the parties to agree to stop the fighting.

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US President orders states to make all adults eligible for COVID vaccine by May 1

US President Joe Biden has said he would order states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccinations by 1st May. He said this in his televised address after signing a 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus economic relief bill into law and also marking a year of the pandemic. President Biden hoped that America can "mark independence" from Covid-19 on 4th...

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