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Biden’s Homeland Security czar vows to fight domestic terrorism

U.S. Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas, who last week became the first Latino and immigrant to hold the post, on Saturday reaffirmed his resolve to fight domestic terrorism, one of the greatest threats to the United

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Thousands gather for second day In Myanmar to protest against military coup, chants for democracy

Thousands of people marched for a second day in Myanmar’s biggest city on Sunday to protest against the military junta's coup and detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week.

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Pfizer applies to register COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil

AstraZeneca Plc applied for full regulatory approval on Jan. 29 for the vaccine it developed with Oxford University.

China’s Sinovac says its COVID-19 vaccine effective in preventing hospitalisation, death

The 12,396-person trial found the CoronaVac vaccine was 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 sufferers from being hospitalized or dying.

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IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva warns of ‘lost generation’ if low-income countries don’t get more help

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva also urged heavily indebted countries to seek debt restructuring sooner rather than later, and to boost conditions for growth.

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Twitter, Instagram blackout in Myanmar as Junta extends social media blockade; pro-democracy protests intensify

Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer says he is unable to see her; Civil disobedience campaign grows against military rule

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Christopher Plummer, ‘Sound of Music’ star of stage and screen, dead at 91

"Sound of Music" was box office smash, named best picture; Plummer long disliked his role but changed mind late in life

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US Stocks: S&P 500, Nasdaq scale new highs on stimulus progress, job market rebound

President Joe Biden's drive to enact a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill gained momentum on Friday with the U.S. House of Representatives set to vote on a budget plan that would allow the passage of the legislation in coming

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Google opens paid-for Australia news platform in drive to undercut Canberra’s content payment law

Only rolled out previously in Brazil and Germany, Google’s News Showcase platform was originally slated for launch last June.

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Daimler to spin off truck business: To focus on Mercedes-Benz luxury electric vehicles

The parent company of Mercedes-Benz, Daimler has decided to spin off its Daimler Trucks vertical as a separate entity. The company believes that this will enable the brand to increase its investor appeal as a focused electric

Man United vs Southampton: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men hit nine goals past nine-man Saints

Man United vs Southampton: Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuettl endured the second 9-0 loss of his time with the club but said his team would recover as they did after the hammering from Leicester.

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WHO team visits Wuhan market where first COVID infections detected

The team arrived at Huanan amid heavy security, with additional barricades set up outside a high blue fence surrounding the market, and left in a convoy after about one hour.

Experts say the Huanan market still plays a role in tracing the origins of the virus, since the first cluster of cases was identified there.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, Russia’s Alexei Navalny, WHO among 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nominees

Nobel Peace Prize: Greta Thunberg was named as one of “the foremost spokespeople in the fight against the climate crisis”, with the campaigning group she co-founded, Fridays for Future, also receiving a nod.

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Billionaire Steve Cohen quits Twitter, citing threats in GameStop uproar

The details of Cohen's holdings were not disclosed, so it was unclear if he was a short seller.

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Robinhood says it temporarily curbed buying of some securities as deposit requirement increased ten-fold

Robinhood's fee-free and simple-to-use app has made it popular with a new generation of small-time traders and its restrictions on Thursday drew a heavy backlash from high-profile politicians and celebrities.

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How ‘dank memes’ changed Wall Street: Understanding crazy Gamestop-Reddit phenomenon

Reddit's wallstreetbets page, which this week picked the pockets of seasoned short sellers by encouraging a buying frenzy on GameStop, added two million followers in the just 48 hours.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine adds to COVID-19 armoury, includes South African variant

In the trial of nearly 44,000 volunteers, the level of protection against moderate and severe COVID-19 varied from 72% in the United States, to 66% in Latin America and just 57% in South Africa, from where a worrying variant

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Bangladesh sends more Rohingya refugees to remote island amid flooding concerns

More than 1,700 Rohingya refugees are being moved today to Bhasan Char island; Dhaka to send more on Saturday to join around 3,500 already there

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Bat or lab – where did Covid-19 pandemic originate? WHO team meets Chinese scientists to solve Wuhan mystery

The origin of COVID-19 has been highly politicised. The investigating team had been set to arrive in Wuhan earlier in January, and China's delay of their visit drew rare public criticism from the head of the WHO.

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Covid-19: UK says AstraZeneca vaccine works for all age groups despite German concerns

Germany's vaccine committee said in a draft recommendation that there was not enough data yet about the vaccine's efficacy in older people, and recommended it be used in those aged 18-64.

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Asian shares undone by Wall St swoon, short seller squeeze

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan skidded 1.8%, with valuations looking stretched given the index had risen more than 6% just this month.

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Google to stop using Apple tool to track iPhone users, avoiding new pop-up warning

The announcement in a Wednesday blog post by the Alphabet Inc unit comes shortly before Apple is expected to start enforcing new tracking transparency rules.


India, China’s COVID-19 vaccinations to stretch to late 2022, shows study

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States aims to secure an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech and Moderna Inc by summer

The US took 31 days, while the UK took 56 days to surpass the one-crore vaccination mark.

S&P 500 scales new high on upbeat corporate earnings

Tech heavyweight Microsoft Corp edged 0.7% higher, while Advanced Micro Devices Inc dipped 0.2%. Both the companies are expected to report earnings after markets close.

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WHO issues new clinical advice on treating COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh clinical advice on Tuesday for treating COVID-19 patients, including those displaying persistent symptoms after recovery, and also said it advised using low-dose coagulants to

Harris declined to commment on reports of delays in roll-out of vaccines in the European Union.

AstraZeneca offers EU earlier COVID-19 vaccine supplies in February, no clarity on rerouting from UK – sources

That complicated the EU's vaccination plans, after Pfizer had also announced a temporary slowdown in deliveries of its vaccine, and triggered an outcry in Brussels and EU capitals.

Two European officials told Reuters on Tuesday that AstraZeneca at two extraordinary meetings on Monday had offered the EU to bring forward to Feb. 7 the start of deliveries from an initial plan to begin on Feb 15.

WHO experts issue recommendations on Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

The WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, known as SAGE, advised in a series of recommendations issued after reviewing data that the vaccine not be used on pregnant women unless they are health workers or

A World Health Organization (WHO) panel of experts recommended on Tuesday that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine be given in two doses at an interval of 28 days, which could be extended under exceptional circumstances to 42 days.
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