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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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Iran ready for exchanging all prisoners with US

Iran says it is ready for exchanging all the prisoners with the United States. In a statement, the Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei said Iran is waiting to see "how serious" the administration of US President Joe Biden is in reconsidering the policies of the previous administration, which include delays in the release of all Iranian prisoners detained on unacceptable...

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Saudi Arabia approves support for Islamic pilgrimage operators after COVID-19

Saudi Arabia has approved a range of initiatives aimed at assisting firms and individuals operating in support of Islamic pilgrimages. According to Saudi state news agency, the initiatives are aimed at mitigating the financial and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the sector that provides support for the haj and Umrah pilgrimages. They include exempting accommodation facilities from the...

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US to provide defence support to KSA amid threats from Yemen’s Houthis

The United States has expressed alarm at the security threats to Saudi Arabia from Yemen’s Houthis after the militia's attacks targeting Saudi oil industry. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a news briefing in Washington that the United States understands the genuine security threats to Saudi Arabia from Yemen and will improve support for the kingdom’s ability to defend...

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Saudi FM arrives in Qatar for official visit

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in Doha today (Monday). The Saudi Foreign Minister held talks with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a tweet during the reception, the Minister of Foreign...

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Missile strikes on Syria oil refineries kill 4

In Syria, four people were killed and twenty four others sustained serious injuries due to missile strikes on makeshift oil refineries in Aleppo province today (Saturday). The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a series of strikes were launched by Russian warships and by allied Syrian government forces.

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Pakistan urges close monitoring of India’s state terrorism in Kashmir targeting women

GENEVA, Mar 05 (APP): Pakistan has called for keeping a close watch on India’s state-directed “tools of terror” in Jammu and Kashmir where women and girls are among the primary victims of it’s deadly counter-terrorism measures, saying their plight must be addressed. “We wish to draw attention towards the Occupied Jammu & Kashmir where India has long employed rape, torture,...

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OIC, UK, US condemn Houthi militia’s drone attack towards Saudi Arabia

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the United Kingdom and the United States have strongly condemned Houthi militia's drone attack towards Saudi Arabia's southern region. The OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen condemned the continued Houthi militia attacks and those who provide it with money and weapons, to commit terrorist acts in a systematic and deliberate manner to target...

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Myanmar protesters march again after bloodiest post-coup unrest

In Myanmar, protestors marched again today after bloodiest crackdown and demanding the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government. Police with water cannon and military vehicles are mobilized at protest hotspots in Yangon while demonstrators marched in Kale, in northwest Myanmar, holding up pictures of Suu Kyi. Meanwhile, at least eighteen people were killed and over thirty injured when police...

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Biden speaks to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about regional issues including end of Yemen war

United States President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz during a telephonic conversation have discussed regional and international issues including end of Yemen war. According to White House, President Biden during the conversation emphasized the US commitment to assuring Saudi Arabia's security from threats and discussed renewed diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen. The two...

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Airstrikes kill 17 in Syria

At least 17 people have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the United States in eastern Syria. In a statement, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby claimed that the US military forces conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by militant groups in eastern Syria.

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Killing of Palestinian man by Israel an ‘extrajudicial execution’

A London-based group specialising in the investigation of violations of human rights has said that the killing of a Palestinian man Ahmed Erekat by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Bethlehem last year was an extrajudicial execution. In a report, the Forensic Architecture said the man was shot in  the occupied West Bank and left to bleed to...

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Deputy Defense Minister makes phone call to UK Secretary of State for Defense

Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom have reiterated to use their all efforts to achieve security and stability in the region. Prince of Saudi Arabia and Deputy Minister of Defense Khaled bin Salman bin Abdulaziz made a phone call to the UK Secretary of State for Defense, Ben Wallace. During the conversation, they discussed defense cooperation within framework of historical and...

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OIC vows to promote, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in IIOJK

The Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen has reaffirmed OIC’s commitment to promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms including in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K). The OIC Secretary General made the statement in his address to High-Level Segment of ongoing 46th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council....

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Biden revokes proclamation by Trump to block green card holders from entering US

US President Joe Biden has revoked a proclamation by former President Donald Trump to block green card holders from entering the United States.  Joe Biden says the proclamation had harmed US businesses and had prevented families from reuniting in the United States. Former President Trump had imposed the ban last year saying it was needed to protect the jobs of...

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Covid: WHO scheme Covax delivers first vaccines

Ghana has become the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative. A delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Accra on Wednesday. The first recipients are due to be healthcare workers. The Covax scheme aims to reduce the divide between rich countries and poorer nations unable to buy doses. The programme is planning...

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China says ready to enhance exchanges with U.S. on trade, economic front

China says it is ready to enhance exchanges with the United States on the trade and economic fronts. The Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, while addressing a news conference in Beijing today (Wednesday), said that he looks forward to working with US colleagues to focus on cooperation and manage differences.

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