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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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US Senate to begin second impeachment trial of Trump today

The US Senate will begin second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday. He was impeached by the House of Representatives last month. Trump is accused of inciting insurrection at the Capitol last month.

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Saudi Crown Prince announces to reform kingdom’s existing judicial system

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced a plan to reform the kingdom's existing judicial system. According to state news agency, the set of new draft laws are being designed to enhance the efficiency and integrity of the kingdom’s judicial system, a step that would eventually lead to an entirely codified law.

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National Party sends congratulation messages to President Xi on Chinese New Year

President of the National Party of Pakistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has sent Chinese New Year’s greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese people, wishing good luck and success of friendship between the two countries. This year Chinese New Year falls on a Thursday. Pakistani officials and political parties conveyed their best wishes to Chinese leaders and the people...

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US asks Iran to stop enriching uranium, return to nuclear deal

US President Joe Biden says he will not lift economic sanctions against Iran unless Tehran first cuts its uranium enrichment and back to the level it agreed to in the 2015 international treaty. In an interview with CBS News, he said that he wants the US to rejoin the nuclear treaty with Iran that former President Donald Trump withdrew the...

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International Criminal Court paves way for war crimes probe in Palestinian territories

The International Criminal Court has ruled it has jurisdiction over the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, paving the way for the tribunal’s prosecutor to open a war crimes investigation. Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had previously called for investigations, saying there was a reasonable basis to believe war crimes had happened in the occupied territories. The ICC judges said their...

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Mass anti-coup protests continue in Myanmar

In Myanmar, largest anti-coup protests are continuing with young demonstrators spilling onto the streets to denounce the country's new military regime, despite a social media crackdown to stifle the growing chorus of popular dissent. Demonstrators, holding up the three-finger salute to symbolize resistance to army takeover, marched on a road near Yangon University, today, as a large police contingent blocked...

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Joe Biden

Biden announces end to US support for offensive operations in Yemen

The US President Joe Biden has announced an end to support for offensive operations in Yemen and a freeze on troop redeployments from Germany, reversing two Trump administration policies. He announced this in his first major foreign policy address at the State Department and recommitted to global alliances and international institutions including the World Health Organization. Biden said that he...

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International Court of Justice

Jurisdiction to entertain Iran’s application against US sanctions: ICJ

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) says it has the jurisdiction to rule on a bid by Iran to overturn US sanctions that were reinstated during former President Donald Trump's administration. In a statement, the Court rejected the preliminary objection to its jurisdiction raised by the United States saying that it has jurisdiction to entertain the application filed by Iran...

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Pakistani student strives for Pak-China cultural exchanges, education cooperation

A Pakistani student studying at Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Xian, China has said that he would like to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) after completion of his post graduation. “I will surely join in if I have an opportunity to be part of the CPEC, he said Hafeezullah Qazi from Karachi, a postgraduate candidate in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering...

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Iran rejects reversing nuclear steps before US lifts sanctions

Iran says it will not accept demands by the United States that it reverses acceleration of its nuclear programme before Washington lifts sanctions. In a statement, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said if the United States fulfills its obligations, we will fulfill our obligations in full.

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South Africa army reviews uniform policy, allows women to wear hijab

The South African military has amended its dress policy to allow Muslim women to wear headscarves as part of their uniform.          According to the South African army spokesperson Mafi Mgobozi, the South African Defence Force dress regulation has been updated to allow the wearing of headscarves by Muslim women according to stipulations in the dress regulations.

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Antonio Guterres

UN Chief urges US, Iran to work together to break current stalemate on Int’l nuclear accord

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the United States and Iran to work together to break their current stalemate on the international nuclear accord. During a press conference, Antonio Guterres said all those who entered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and other interested parties must work together to reduce uncertainties.

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Pakistan calls for granting Kashmiris their UN-pledged right to self-determination; slams India’s brutalities

Pakistan has called for the implementation of the U.N. resolutions that promised the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people, saying a “surge in diplomacy” was essential to resolve the old and new disputes. “The process of de-colonization will be incomplete until the people of Jammu & Kashmir are enabled to exercise their right to self-determination through a UN-supervised plebiscite...

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Antonio Guterres

UN Chief reiterates for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. In his pre-recorded video message to High-level Webinar, UN Chief urged to ensure that vaccines are seen as a global public good and accessible and affordable to all. Guterres said Vaccine equity is also the fastest way to reopen the global economy and start a sustainable recovery.

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Joe Biden

US, France agree to act together for peace in Middle East

The United States and France have agreed to act together for peace in the Middle East and on the Iranian nuclear issue. The agreement in a telephonic conversation between the new US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders also pledged close coordination on climate change, COVID-19 and the global economy.

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Kazan Hosting Special Olympics after Sweden Pullout

The countdown has begun for the Special Olympics, World Winter Games, which are set to kick off in Kazan, Russia in one year. More than 2,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from over 100 countries will compete. Kazan jumped in to host the games at the last minute after Sweden pulled out due to financial reasons - a controversial decision given...

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