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Pfizer vaccine appears effective against coronavirus variant found in Britain, says study

The latest study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, was conducted on 10 mutations, which are characteristic of the variant known as B117 identified in Britain.


India urges frontline workers not to refuse vaccines as targets missed

Vinod K Paul, who heads a govt panel on coronavirus vaccine strategy, said health workers who failed to take vaccine doses were not fulfilling their ‘societal responsibility’.

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Donald Trump’s legacy: A more divided America, a more unsettled world

Closing out his presidency exactly four years later, Trump leaves behind an even more polarized America, where thousands are dying daily from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy is badly damaged and political violence has surg

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Pakistan approves Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

The Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP) said the vaccine, manufactured by China National Pharmaceutical Group (SinoPharm), had been given emergency use approval (EUA).Pakistan's health ministry has said the country was

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Southeast Asia’s Grab considering US IPO this year, say sources

As consumers increasingly adopt online services amid lockdowns to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, investors are paying more focus on market leaders.

Grab's IPO could raise at least $2 billion, one of the sources said, which would likely make it the largest overseas share offering by a Southeast Asian company.

China reports more than 100 new COVID-19 cases as New Year holiday exodus looms

Tough new controls in the city of Gongzhuling in Jilin province, which has a population of about 1 million people, brings the total number of people under lockdown to more than 29 million.

Northeastern Jilin province also reported a record 30 new cases, underscoring the risk of new clusters emerging.

Ozil transfer news: Turkish club Fenerbahce confirm move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil transfer news: Ozil earlier said he was “very excited” to play for the former Turkish champions Fenerbahce and that he was fit despite missing nearly a year of football.

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Biden expected to pick FTC member Rohit Chopra to head consumer financial regulator

The CFPB, championed by Warren, has been beloved by Democrats as a watchdog to help level the financial playing field for middle-class Americans but reviled by Republicans as too powerful and unaccountable.

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China’s economy grows by 2.3% in 2020, bucking global COVID-19 slowdown trend

As per the NBS data, China's value-added industrial output, an important economic indicator, went up 2.8 per cent year on year in 2020.

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US state capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end

The FBI has warned police agencies of possible armed protests at all 50 state capitols starting Jan. 16 through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20, fuelled by supporters of President Donald Trump who believe

The legislature nevertheless canceled meetings next week, citing concern over credible threats.

EXPLAINER- Can Trump pardon himself? Would the courts reject the move?

Here is an explanation of the potential constitutional problems with a self-pardon and why such action would not end Trump's legal jeopardy after his term ends on Wednesday.

The Constitution states that a president "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment."

WhatsApp delays controversial ‘data-sharing’ privacy policy update rollout after backlash, confusion

WhatsApp said at the time that chats with a business using the new hosting service would not be protected by the app's end-to-end encryption.

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New strains of coronavirus: Britain tightens borders to keep out new COVID-19 strains

The isolation period lasts for 10 days, unless the passenger tests negative after five days.

On Thursday, Britain banned arrivals from South America, Portugal and some other countries over fears about a strain of the virus detected in Brazil.

Google completes $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition as US, Australia probes continue

Google’s plan to buy Fitbit raised concerns when it was announced in late 2019 because of its already rich trove of data about people, what they buy, where they travel, and more.

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UK bans arrivals from South America, Portugal over Brazil virus variant

Portugal was also added to the banned list because of close travel links with Brazil, he said. Workers transporting essential good from Portugal would be exempt.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma: PayTM could turn profitable in 2021

Speaking at a panel on how technology can help tackle financial exclusion, Vijay Shekhar Sharma said the crisis had forced more merchants to use PayTM's platforms as businesses were forced to accept digital payments.

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US House begins vote on impeaching Donald Trump after Capitol siege

The Democratic-led effort, which was expected to win passage in the House with some Republican support, would make Trump the first U.S. president to be impeached twice.

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Signal to ramp up hiring after WhatsApp controversy drives download surge

Brian Acton, who co-founded Signal Foundation, declined to give equivalent data for Signal but said that the expansion in recent days had been ‘vertical’.

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Capitol Riots after-effect: Google to pause all political ads from January 14

Google plans to keep this policy in place until at least January 21, the day after the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th US President.

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Covid-19 Vaccine update: India wants Pfizer to do local study before approval, says official

Covid-19 Vaccine Latest Update: Pfizer was first to seek emergency approval in India; India has approved two other vaccines, not Pfizer

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Intel to replace CEO Bob Swan with VMware’s Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger, a former Intel executive, has served as the CEO of VMware since 2012.

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US House begins debate on impeaching Donald Trump for his role in Capitol assault

At least five Republicans have said they would join Democrats in voting for an article of impeachment - a formal charge - of inciting an insurrection just seven days before he is due to leave office and President-elect Joe Bi

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Seychelles rolls out COVID-19 vaccination using China’s Sinopharm, says president’s office

Ramkalawan's office said in a statement seen by Reuters on Monday that the initial target was for the vaccine to reach 25,000 people and first priority was for healthcare workers.

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Hyundai might build Apple’s self-driving electric car: Launch by 2027

Apple is reportedly working on a self-driving electric car which is expected to make its market launch by 2027. Reuters reports that Apple is exploring the possibility to outsource its manufacturing to the Korean automaker -

Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travellers from Brazil

A ministry official said studies were underway into the efficacy of vaccines against the new variant, which differs from highly infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa that have driven a surge in cases.

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India’s retail king Biyani sees quick OK of Future’s $3.4 bn deal despite Amazon dispute

A New Delhi court in December dismissed Future's request to restrain Amazon's repeated attempts to get authorities to stall the deal.

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Explainer: Trump is heading for second impeachment. Here’s how it could play out

The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to convict and remove a president.

Specifically, the FEMA is authorised to identify, mobilise, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.
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