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 refugee agency calls for rescue of Rohingya stranded in Andaman Sea

The United Nations refugee agency has called for the immediate rescue of a group of Rohingya refugees who were adrift in their boat in the Andaman Sea without food and water. The agency said many of the refugees are suffering from extreme dehydration and some of them have died. They had left Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh about 10 days ago...

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World Day Of Social Justice being observed today

World Day Of Social Justice is being observed across the c [20th February] to promote equality and justice within society. Theme of of the Day this year is "A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy" Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the last one year, the alarming inequalities have been exposed like never before and hence World Day of...

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Ukraine imposes sanctions on pro-Russia politician

Ukraine has imposed sanctions against a pro-Russian politician, Viktor Medvedchuk citing an investigation into the financing of terrorism. The Secretary of the Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council told reporters that Medvedchuk and his wife Oksana Marchenko are listed in a criminal probe into the alleged financing of terrorism.

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UN calls for taking urgent action to minimize effects of worst famine in Yemen

United Nations has called for urgent action beginning with the protection of civilians to minimize the effects of worst famine in Yemen. Briefing the Security Council, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock warned that if Yemen tips into a massive famine, an opportunity towards lasting peace would be lost. He said the conflict in...

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G 7 leaders increase contribution to Covax vaccine-sharing initiative

The leaders of G-7 countries have pledged to intensify co-operation on Covid-19 and increase their contribution to the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative. A joint statement released after a virtual summit of G7 countries said the leaders of these countries have raised their overall commitment to 7.5 billion dollar for Covax vaccine sharing plan. The Covax scheme is aimed at getting at...

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US extends travel restrictions at land borders with Canada, Mexico till March 21

The United States has extended travel restrictions at land borders with Canada and Mexico till 21st of the next month to check spread of Covid-19. The U.S. government requires nearly all international air travelers to get negative COVID-19 test results within three days of travel, but has no similar requirements for land border crossings.

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Iran urges US, Britain, France, Germany to adhere to their commitments regarding nuclear deal

Iran has urged United States, Britain, France and Germany to adhere to their commitments regarding it's interests under Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a Tweet that economic terrorism against Iran must be ended. Zarif's remarks followed a statement by the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and the United States, wherein they expressed...

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Antonio Guterres

UN Chief calls for end to war with nature

The United Nations has called for global action to stop war on nature and address climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution.                     The appeal was made by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while addressing a news conference held for the launch of a UN Environment Programme report titled 'Making Peace with Nature'.

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EU launches bio-defense preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants

The European Union has launched bio-defense preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants. The new project called "HERA Incubator" will gather researchers, biotech companies, manufacturers and public authorities in the EU and globally to detect new coronavirus variants, provide incentives to develop new and adapted vaccines and speed up the approval process for these vaccines.

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U.S.’s Blinken: ‘The path to diplomacy is open right now’ with Iran

The United States says the path to diplomacy with Iran over the 2015 Nuclear Deal is open now. In an interview, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said if Iran resumes compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal the United States would do so too. Iran has maintained that the United States must remove sanctions specified under the Nuclear Deal otherwise...

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US Congress to set up commission to investigate Capitol attack

In the United States, Congress will establish an outside, independent commission to investigate the attack on US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. In a letter to lawmakers, Speaker House of Representatives Nanci Pelosi said we must get to the truth of how this happened. Former President Trump has been acquitted by the Senate of inciting the violence.

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Myanmar: Military junta guarantees to hold election, hand over power

Demonstrators holding placards sit during a protest against the military coup outside the U.S. embassy in Yangon, Myanmar (REUTERS) In Myanmar, military junta has guaranteed that it would hold an election and hand over power. Spokesman for the ruling council, Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told the junta’s first news conference since overthrowing Suu Kyi’s government that military had not...

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Fresh protests in Myanmar after junta cuts off internet, deploys tanks

In Myanmar, fresh protests have erupted in all major cities on Monday, following an overnight internet blackout and the deployment of troops on the streets. In city of Yangon, hundreds of engineering and technology students gathered in the north of the city, demanding the release of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Local media outlets said at least five journalists...

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Tedros Adhanom

All hypotheses remain open on COVID origins: WHO Chief

World Health Organization (WHO) has said that all hypotheses on the origins of COVID-19 remained on the table, following an investigative mission in China. At a press conference in Geneva WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the team had conducted a very important scientific exercise in very difficult circumstances. WHO chief said a comprehensive report of the mission’s findings will...

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Australia introducing legislation asking Google, Facebook to pay for news

CANBERRA: Australia will next week introduce landmark legislation to force Alphabet's Google and Facebook to pay publishers and broadcasters for content, a senior government official said on Friday. The legislation, which Google says will be "unworkable", will make Australia the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content. "The bill will now be considered by the...

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Arab League calls for early resumption of talks in Somalia

The Arab League has called for early resumption of talks among all political factions in Somalia to reach a deal that ensures a timely national election. In a statement, Arab League also welcomed the call of Somali President Mohamed Farmajo for a new round of consultative talks on 15th of this month to help break the deadlock in the electoral...

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