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Uganda court orders end to Bobi Wine house arrest

Written by on 25 January 2021

Uganda’s High Court on Monday ordered security forces to end their confinement of presidential election runner-up Bobi Wine. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulani, has been under de-facto house arrest at his home outside the capital, Kampala, since he returned from voting on January 14. Heavily armed soldiers and police officers surrounding the property […]

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North Korea diplomat ‘defects to South Korea’: Reports

Written by on 25 January 2021

A high-ranking North Korean diplomat has defected to South Korea, media reports say. Ryu Hyun-woo was acting ambassador to Kuwait and is thought to have fled with his family in September 2019, the Maeil business daily said. The reports said he wanted to ensure a better future for his children. This echoes the case of […]

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Heatwave sweeps Australian cities and raises bushfire danger

Written by on 25 January 2021

A large blaze brought an emergency warning to Adelaide in South Australia on Monday, while neighbouring Victoria faced its worst fire risk in a year. Victoria’s capital Melbourne reached 30C by 07.30 local time (20.30 Sunday GMYT) ahead of an expected 40C maximum. Temperatures in Sydney were also forecast to exceed 30C for a third […]

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Turkey to get a further 6.5 million Sinovac vaccines Today

Written by on 25 January 2021

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 6.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by China’s Sinovac will arrive in Turkey Today, part of a second planned shipment, allowing the nationwide rollout to continue. Three million doses of the CoronaVac have already arrived and 10 million more doses were expected in total in Turkey’s second […]

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Mexico President Andres Obrador Tests Positive For COVID-19

Written by on 25 January 2021

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced Sunday that he was infected with the coronavirus, but said his symptoms were mild. “I regret to inform you that I am infected with Covid-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already undergoing medical treatment,” the 67-year-old said in a message on social media. “As always, I […]

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COVID-19: Biden to reinstate travel bans

Written by on 25 January 2021

President Joe Biden will re-impose a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said Sunday, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response. Biden will also by Monday extend the ban to travelers who have recently been to South […]

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COVID-19: WHO secures 40m doses of Pfizer vaccine as global cases near 100m

Written by on 25 January 2021

The world is on the verge of reaching 100 million COVID-19 infections, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre statistics. More than two million people have died from the virus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), said COVID vaccines could bring the global pandemic under control, with vaccinations under way in […]

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Italy Probes ‘TikTok Challenge’ Death Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Written by on 22 January 2021

Italian prosecutors have opened a probe into the accidental death of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly took part in a “blackout challenge” on the video-sharing network TikTok. The girl died in a Palermo hospital after being discovered Wednesday by her five-year-old sister in her family bathroom with her cellphone, which was seized by police. TikTok, […]

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Biden orders aid to address hunger crisis

Written by on 22 January 2021

President Joe Biden is ordering an expansion of government benefits for hungry Americans after the coronavirus pandemic ignited the worst hunger crisis the United States has seen in modern times. The decree, one of two executive orders the White House said he will sign Friday, is modest and far short of the actions the president […]

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