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Too Soon To Say Omicron Will End Pandemic: Anthony Fauci

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (IANS): It is very early to say if Omicron will lead to an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, and that there may be another variant with similar vaccine escaping potential, top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said. Speaking at the Davos Agenda virtual event on Monday, Fauci said that “natural […]

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Hong Kong To Kill 2,000 Animals After Hamsters Get Covid-19

HONG KONG, JAN 18 (AP) : Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to […]

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Justice Umar Ata Bandial To Be Next Chief Justice Of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 (PTI): Justice Umar Ata Bandial, one of the judges who declined to retake their oaths in 2007 when former Pakistani military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf proclaimed a state of emergency in the country, will be the new Chief Justice of Pakistan. Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday formally appointed Justice Bandial, the […]

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Death Toll From Afghan Earthquake Rises To 22

KABUL, Jan 18 (IANS): The death toll from a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis has increased to 22, an official confirmed on Tuesday. “The latest figures by our local sources showed that 22 people died and five others were wounded following Monday’s earthquake in Qadis district, the worst-hit area, ” Baz […]

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Nepal’s Province 2 Renamed ‘Madhes Pradesh’

KATHMANDU, Jan 18 (PTI): Nepal’s south-eastern Province 2 has been renamed Madhes Pradesh with Janakpur retained as its capital, settling a long-standing debate on the region’s official reference after it was made a province in 2015. The Provincial Assembly on Monday voted in two-thirds majority for both decisions. Of the 99 voting members, 78 voted […]

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Maltese Legislator Elected European Parliament President

BRUSSELS, Jan 18 (AP): Christian Democrat Roberta Metsola of Malta was elected president of the European Union’s parliament Tuesday, taking over for a 2 ½-year term following the death of Socialist David Sassoli last week. Metsola is only the third woman elected to the post. Her birthday was Tuesday, and at age 43, she is […]

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Antony Blinken To Visit Ukraine As US-Russia Tensions Escalate

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (AP): Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine this week and meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of its neighbor, the State Department said Tuesday. Blinken will be in Kyiv on the hastily arranged trip to show U.S. support […]

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Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker Had Stayed In Area Shelters

COLLEYVILLE, Jan 18 (AP): An armed man who took four people hostage during a 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue had spent time in area homeless shelters in the two weeks leading up to the attack, and was dropped off at one by someone he appeared to know. Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British national […]

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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Vows Rights Reforms; Promises ‘Justice’ For Missing Persons

COLOMBO, Jan 18 (PTI): President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Tuesday that Sri Lanka needs to “correct the misconceptions” of the international community on its human rights policies as he promised “justice” for missing persons from the three decade-long civil war with the LTTE. “We reject racism. The present government wants to safeguard the dignity and […]

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Satellite Photos Show Aftermath Of Abu Dhabi Oil Site Attack

DUBAI, Jan 18 (AP): Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday appear to show the aftermath of a fatal attack on an oil facility in the capital of the United Arab Emirates claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The images by Planet Labs PBC analysed by the AP show smoke rising over an Abu […]