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Biden marks Selma anniversary with order to expand voting access

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By Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Sunday designed to make it easier for Americans to vote, White House officials said, as Republicans across the country seek to limit voting rights in the wake of the 2020 election. Biden’s......

Biden marks Selma anniversary with order to expand voting access

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By Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Sunday designed to make it easier for Americans to vote, White House officials said, as Republicans across the country seek to limit voting rights in the wake of the 2020 election. Biden’s......

White House: Biden believes U.S. authorizations for military force need updating

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden holds a meeting on infrastructure with members of Congress in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden believes that authorizations for the use of military force that have been......

In Brazil’s Amazon, isolated indigenous people welcome COVID vaccine

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By Leonardo Benassatto, Ueslei Marcelino YAUARETÊ, Brazil (Reuters) – An army helicopter flew to two isolated indigenous villages in Brazil’s Amazon jungle this week with a welcome cargo – coronavirus vaccines. The Hupda communities lined up to get their shots. Traditional medicine prescribed by a shaman is highly respected here,......

Iran’s Zarif to offer ‘constructive’ plan amid hopes of informal nuclear talks

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FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon August 14, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will soon present a “constructive” plan of action, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday, after European sources said Tehran gave......

Pope Francis leaves Rome at start of risky trip to Iraq

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ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis left Rome on Friday to start a four-day trip to Iraq, his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012 and the first visit by a pontiff to the country. An Alitalia airplane carrying the pope, his entourage, a security detail, and about 75......

Singapore says “national shame” for armed forces to use weapons against own people

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s foreign minister said on Friday it was a “national shame” for the armed forces of a country to use weapons against their own people as he called on Myanmar’s military rulers to seek a peaceful solution to the unrest in the country. Security forces stand on......

U.N. special envoy on Myanmar says 38 killed on Wednesday

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NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – United Nations special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said 38 people had been killed in the Southeast Asian nation on Wednesday. Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered......

Rockets land at Iraqi air base hosting U.S., coalition forces: security sources

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(Reuters) – Several rockets landed on Wednesday at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts United States, coalition and Iraqi forces, two security sources said. No casualties have been reported so far, the sources said. It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before......

Ukraine’s president takes COVID-19 vaccine to reassure sceptics

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FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy receives a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a hospital at an unknown location in eastern Ukraine March 2, 2021. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS KYIV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had a coronavirus vaccine shot during......

Boeing, Australian air force say pilotless, fighter-like jet completed first test flight

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Boeing Co and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) said on Tuesday they had completed the first flight test on a pilotless fighter-like jet designed to operate in conjunction with crewed aircraft. FILE PHOTO: A model of Boeing’s pilotless, fighter-like jet, dubbed ;Loyal Wingman’, is displayed in......

‘Inferior’ women: China counters Uighur criticism with explicit PR attacks

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of a Muslim minority in its far west, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin holds pictures while speaking......

‘Inferior’ women: China counters Uighur criticism with explicit PR attacks

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of a Muslim minority in its far west, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin holds pictures while speaking......

At least two killed in skirmish at Chad opposition candidate’s house

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N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – At least two people were killed after security forces went to arrest Chad’s opposition candidate Yaya Dillo at his home on Sunday morning, Dillo and the government said. FILE PHOTO: Chadian President Idriss Deby attends a ceremony commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in......

Kremlin critic Navalny arrives in penal colony: RIA

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FILE PHOTO: A still image taken from video footage shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is accused of flouting the terms of a suspended sentence for embezzlement, inside a defendant dock during the announcement of a court verdict in Moscow, Russia February 2, 2021. Press service of Simonovsky District......

Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh – state TV

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CAIRO (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi militia said on Saturday it had thwarted a ballistic missile attack by the Houthis on the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi state television reported. The coalition also said it had detected the launch of a number of explosive-laden drones from Houthi......

Armenian president refuses to fire armed forces chief at center of political crisis

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People attend an opposition demonstration to demand the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan, Armenia February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Artem Mikryukov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has refused to fire the head of the general staff of the country’s armed forces after he was dismissed by......

Exclusive: Bangladesh under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees -minister

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen. FILE PHOTO: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen speaks during a meeting with......

Yemen’s children starve as U.N. seeks billions to avoid vast ‘man-made’ famine

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By Abdulrahman al-Ansi, Michelle Nichols SANAA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ahmadiya Juaidi’s eyes are wide as she drinks a nutrition shake from a large orange mug, her thin fingers grasping the handle. Her hair is pulled back and around her neck hangs a silver necklace with a heart and the letter......

U.S. announces ‘Khashoggi ban’ for 76 Saudi individuals

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain, September 29, 2018. Middle East Monitor/Handout via REUTERS/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States banned 76 people from Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying it will not tolerate individuals who threaten or assault......

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