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Don't vaccinate kids, but give doses to Covax: WHO chief

The WHO urged wealthy countries Friday (May 14) to stop vaccinating children against Covid-19 and instead donate doses to poorer nations, while warning that the pandemic's second year looked set to be


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Asian cities face perfect storm of environmental hazards

Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and most are in India or China, according to a risk assessment published Thursday (May 13).


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WHO approves China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

The World Health Organization on Friday (May 8) approved the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use -- the first Chinese jab to receive the WHO's green light.


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After shift on vaccine patents, US backs freer flow of components

The new US position in support of lifting patents on Covid-19 vaccines has taken attention away from an equally significant change by Washington, which plans to open up trade in the raw materials used


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US announces support for Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday (May 5) announced its support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, and will negotiate the terms at the WTO.


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Biden to allow up to 62,500 refugees into US after criticism

President Joe Biden announced Monday (May 3), after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 -- up from the


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Afghan retreat: US formally withdrawing from its longest war

The United States formally begins withdrawing its last troops from Afghanistan Saturday (May 1), bringing its longest war nearer to an end but also heralding an uncertain future for a country in the t


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Worldwide Covid-19 cases pass 150 million: AFP tally

Worldwide Covid-19 cases passed 150 million on Friday (April 30), as the number of new daily infections reach levels not seen since the beginning of the pandemic, according to an AFP count.


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Biden celebrates an America 'on the move again'

President Joe Biden triumphantly declared Wednesday (April 28) that the United States is "on the move again" in a rousing speech to Congress, calling for trillions of dollars to rebuild the post-Covid


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Armenia PM resigns to enable snap polls

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned on Sunday (April 25) while staying on in a caretaker capacity, setting the stage for a June 20 parliamentary election aimed at defusing a protracted po


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Terror probe after police employee stabbed to death near Paris

French prosecutors opened a terror inquiry Friday (April 23) after a police employee was stabbed to death at a station southwest of Paris by a suspected Islamist extremist from Tunisia who was then sh


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Covid death toll passes three million as India cases surge

The global Covid-19 death toll passed three million on Saturday (April 17) as the pandemic continues to speed up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to


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Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before this year's 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America's longest war despite mounting fears of a Talib


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Muslims start Ramadan under the shadow of the coronavirus

Surging coronavirus cases in many parts of the world overshadowed the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday (April 13), with festivities curtailed by contagion fears.


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US 'concerned' over 20-year jail term for Saudi aid worker

The United States expressed concern Tuesday (April 6) after a Saudi aid worker was sentenced to 20 years in jail, in a ruling that his family condemned as "brutal and unjust".


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Russia hails 'successful' start to talks to save Iran nuclear deal

Russia said talks aimed at salvaging an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme got off to a "successful" start on Tuesday (April 6), with the US expected to join indirectly for the first


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EU chiefs press Erdogan on rights while stressing better ties

The European Union's top two officials on Tuesday (April 6) expressed deep worries about rights in Turkey while voicing hope for stronger ties in their first meeting in a year with President Recep Tay


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Pope urges vaccines for poor in Easter message

Pope Francis urged Catholics to remain hopeful in his Easter Sunday (April 4) address, calling vaccines an "essential tool" in ending the pandemic and urging their swift rollout to the world's poorest


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Millions face Easter under virus curbs

Millions of Christians around the world on Saturday faced another Easter weekend under restrictions because of coronavirus surges, but the hard-hit United States made good news as it crossed the miles


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270 migrants off Italy in critical state: rescue group

Around 270 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean are in "critical" shape after passing merchant ships refused to rescue them, a migrant charity said on Saturday (April 3).


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