UK OFFICIALS TO WARN OVER INDIAN COVID-19 VARIANT: REPORTS

Fri 07 May 2021: British officials could declare one of the new coronavirus strains first found in India a “variant of concern”, the BBC and Guardian reported on Friday, due to evidence that it spreads more quickly than the original version of the virus. Scientists and doctors have recommended that one version of the variant first found […]

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UN OFFICIAL REPORTS UNDECLARED SYRIAN CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENT

Fri 07 May 2021: The U.N. disarmament chief reported the discovery of an undeclared chemical warfare agent at a Syrian site to a Security Council meeting Thursday where the United States and its Western allies clashed with Russia over international findings that Syria has used chemical weapons. Izumi Nakamitsu didn’t name the agent detected in […]

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TWITTER SUSPENDS ACCOUNT THAT WAS POSTING COMMENTS FROM TRUMP’S NEW BLOG

Thu 06 May 2021: Twitter suspended an account on Thursday that appeared to be circumventing its ban on former President Donald Trump by posting messages he shared on his own website, the social-media giant said on Thursday. In a statement a Twitter spokesperson said, “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts […]

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FORMER MALDIVES PRESIDENT INJURED IN BLAST, HOSPITALISED

Thu 06 May 2021:  Maldivian parliament speaker Mohamed Nasheed, who is also the country’s former president, has been injured in an explosion that took place in Male, local police said on Thursday. “Following an explosion on Neeloafaru Magu in Male, Speaker of Parliament President Mohamed Nasheed has sustained injuries and is currently receiving treatment at […]

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TURKEY, EGYPT SAY THEY HELD IN-DEPTH TALKS ON BILATERAL, REGIONAL ISSUES IN CAIRO

Egypt and Turkey said on Thursday they had held frank and in-depth talks on bilateral and regional issues in Cairo in a push to rebuild ties between the regional rivals. “The two sides will evaluate the outcome of this round of consultations and agree on the next steps,” said a joint statement issued after two […]

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ICC SENTENCES UGANDAN REBEL LEADER ONGWEN TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON

Thu 06 May 2021: The international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment. In February this year, Ongwen, 46, commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which wreaked havoc in […]

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THOUSANDS OF RUSSIAN TROOPS STILL IN, AROUND UKRAINE: NATO CHIEF STOLTENBERG

Thu 06 May 2021: Tens of thousands of Russian troops remain in and around Ukraine, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday. “We have seen some reduction in the number of Russian troops, but tens of thousands remain, and we are also seeing that Russia has kept a lot of weapons … and equipment,” said […]

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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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INDIA BREAKS ITS OWN RECORDS AGAIN WITH 412K NEW CASES, NEARLY 4,000 DEATHS

Thu 06 May 2021: The Health Ministry reported 412,262 new cases, taking the country’s total number of infections to over 21 million. With a record 3,980 new fatalities, the death toll reached 230,168. It marked the second time that the country’s daily cases surpassed 400,000. Last Saturday, India registered 401,993 daily infections. Many experts also […]

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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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