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Thailand starts long awaited COVID-19 vaccination drive

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Thailand kicked off a long-awaited mass vaccination campaign on Monday as the country battles its third and worst wave of the coronavirus epidemic. The government aims to administer 6 million doses this month, hoping to ease worries over the highly anticipated roll-out and concerns about supply shortages. “The government will......

Taiwan to extend COVID-19 curbs, schools to stay shut

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Soldiers in protective suits disinfect a street following the recent surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in the Tucheng district of New Taipei City, Taiwan May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang Taiwan will extend its COVID-19 restrictions for another two weeks until June 28 and schools will remain shut until the......

India reports 100,636 new COVID-19 infections, 2,427 deaths

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India reported on Monday a daily rise in new coronavirus infections of 100,636 cases over the past 24 hours, while deaths rose by 2,427. The South Asian nation’s tally of infections now stands at 28.9 million, while the death toll has reached 349,186, health ministry data showed. Our Standards: The......

“We’re all pained” – Canada indigenous leaders dismiss Pope remarks

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Indigenous leaders and school survivors on Sunday dismissed Pope Francis’ expressions of pain at the discovery of 215 children’s remains at a former Catholic residential school in Canada, saying the church needed to do much more. In his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis said he was......

China’s imports grow at fastest pace in a decade

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China’s imports grew at their fastest pace in 10 years in May, fuelled by surging commodity prices, while export growth missed expectations, customs data showed on Monday. Exports in dollar terms grew 27.9% in May from a year earlier, slower than the 32.3% growth reported in April and missing analysts’......

Australian job advertisements jump 7.9% in May – ANZ

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A man walks into a Centrelink, part of the Australian government’s department of human services where job seekers search for employment, in a Sydney suburb, August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed/File Photo Australian job advertisements climbed for a 12th straight month in May to reach their highest since 2008, suggesting demand......

Brazil reports 39,637 coronavirus cases and 873 COVID deaths in 24 hours -ministry

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A patient with suspected COVID-19 infection is taken into an ambulance by members of the Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the UPA (Emergency Service Unit) in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares/File Photo Brazil has......

Soccer Ukraine’s new soccer kit causes outrage in Russia

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The head of the Ukrainian football association has caused outrage in Russia by unveiling a new national team shirt emblazoned with a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow considers the peninsula part of Russia but it is internationally recognised as part of......

U.S. and UK envoys urge peace in Yemen after blast kills at least 17

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U.S. and British diplomats urged Houthi forces to end an offensive in northern Yemen on Sunday after at least 17 people were killed in an explosion which the Saudi-backed government blamed on a Houthi missile strike. Among those killed in Saturday’s explosion near a petrol station in Marib City was......

Medvedev cruises into quarter-finals to continue new romance with clay

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Second seed Daniil Medvedev’s new love affair with clay continued to blossom on Sunday with the Russian marching into the quarter-finals of the French Open with a commanding 6-2 6-1 7-5 win over Chilean 22nd seed Cristian Garin. Medvedev, who has reached two Grand Slam finals on hardcourts but had......

Peruvians vote to elect president, divided by class, geography

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Peruvians began voting to pick a president on Sunday in an election that has bitterly divided them by class and geography, with urban and higher-income citizens preferring right-wing Keiko Fujimori while the rural poor support leftist political novice Pedro Castillo. Polls in the runoff election began to open at 7......

Israeli police detain Palestinian activist twins from East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah

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Israeli police detained two prominent Palestinian activists on Sunday who have become the face of a campaign to halt Palestinian evictions from a flashpoint East Jerusalem neighbourhood. Supporters of Muna and Mohammed El-Kurd, who are twins, say their detention is part of a broader Israeli effort to halt opposition to......

Pope calls for reconciliation, healing over Canada school discovery

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Pope Francis arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for the weekly general audience at the Vatican, May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was pained by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Catholic school for indigenous students in Canada and......

Hungarians protest against planned Chinese university campus

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Thousands of Hungarians, some of them holding banners declaring “Treason”, protested on Saturday against a Chinese university’s plans to open a campus in Budapest. Liberal opponents of nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban accuse him of cosying up to China, and fear the campus could undercut the quality of higher education......

MIDEAST STOCKS Most major Gulf stock markets gain; Qatar index eases

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An investor walks through the Dubai Financial Market after Joe Biden won the U.S. presidency, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike Most major stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Sunday supported mostly by banking stocks, while Qatar bucked the trend to trade......

Two drones intercepted, shot down over Iraqi air base – military

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Iraqi military said on Sunday that air defenses at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts u.s. Forces, intercept and shot down two drones. The military said in a statement the drones were intercepted and shot down at a round 12:30 a.m. local time. On May 8, an attack by......

Thailand concerned at Myanmar violence

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Thick columns of black smoke are seen from Hkamti, Sagaing, Myanmar May 22, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. News Anassador via REUTERS Thailand is concerned at the violence in many parts of Myanmar and wants to see the implementation of steps agreed by Southeast Asian leaders with......

Japan disposes of over 7,000 mishandled doses of COVID-19 vaccine -Yomiuri

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The word “COVID-19” is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Over 7,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been disposed of in Japan due to mishandling, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Sunday, as Japan races to inoculate its people amid......

In rare public outing, Trump denounces Fauci, China; dangles 2024 prospects

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Former President Donald Trump on Saturday sharply attacked U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, demanded reparations from China and denounced an investigation into his finances in a speech in North Carolina. Speaking in Greenville, North Carolina, at the state’s Republican Party convention, Trump......

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