US BACKS COVID VACCINE PATENT WAIVERS

Thu 06 May 2021: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed a decision by the United States to back intellectual property waivers for coronavirus vaccines, calling it “a monumental moment” in the fight against the virus. WHO Executive Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday commended the Biden administration’s support for temporarily waiving intellectual property […]

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GLOBAL FOOD INSECURITY AT 5-YEAR HIGH AMID COVID, CONFLICT, UN WARNS

Thu 06 May 2021: Acute food insecurity has reached a five-year high worldwide as the international community grapples with conflict, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, a UN-backed report warned on Wednesday. Conflict, the economic fallout from the pandemic and extreme weather “are continuing to push millions of people into acute food insecurity,” according to […]

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GLOBAL AIR TRAVEL STAYS 88% BELOW PRE-PANDEMIC LEVEL, REPORT

Wed 05 May 2021: The global representative body for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has reported on Tuesday that March remained depressed at 87.8 percent of pre-pandemic March 2019 levels, even as domestic air travel pulled to within 32 percent of volumes prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the International Air Transport […]

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MADRID’S POPULAR PARTY CELEBRATES SWEEPING VICTORY

Wed 05 May 2021: Isabel Diaz Ayuso of Spain’s conservative Popular Party won elections in Madrid by a landslide Tuesday, managing to more than double her party’s seats in the regional government. “Freedom has triumphed in Madrid again,” she declared. “Today, from Madrid, we’re going to reclaim that freedom for the rest of Spain.” Ayuso […]

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FRANCE’S FAR-RIGHT LEADER LE PEN ACQUITTED ON CHARGES OF TWEETING IMAGES OF IS

Tue 04 May 2021: Marine Le Pen, the leader of the right-wing National Rally party, has been acquitted together with her fellow European lawmaker, Gilbert Collard, in a probe into posting images depicting gruesome crimes committed by the Islamic State terrorist group on their Twitter accounts back in 2015, media reported on Tuesday. Le Pen displayed the three images, including one of […]

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GREEK MEDIA STAGING 24-HOUR STRIKE TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY

Tue 04 May 2021: Greece’s journalists and media workers unions on Tuesday are staging a 24-hour strike to mark International Workers’ Day, which is usually celebrated on May 1. The strike, which was organized by the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA) and other associations, started at 03:00 GMT and involves most of the […]

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