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At least one killed in anti-UN protest in eastern Congo

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BENI, Democratic Republic (Reuters) – At least one person was killed by security forces on Thursday during protests against United Nations peacekeepers in Oicha, a town in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the town’s mayor said. Residents in towns in Congo’s eastern region have staged several......

EU Commission to end AstraZeneca and J&J vaccine contracts at expiry – paper

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MILAN (Reuters) – The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts next year with AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Italian daily La Stampa reported on Wednesday, citing a source from the Italian health ministry. “The European Commission, in agreement with the leaders of many (EU) countries,......

U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to begin May 1- Biden

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, at the White House, Washington, U.S., April 14, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the United States would begin its final military withdrawal from Afghanistan......

Somalia’s president signs law extending his term, 15 killed in attack

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s president has signed a disputed law extending his mandate for two years, the state news agency reported, setting the Horn of Africa nation on a collision course with donors who strongly oppose the move. Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo addresses lawmakers after winning the vote at......

Greece to lift quarantine rule for more travelers from next week: official

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FILE PHOTO: People make their way on Monastiraki square, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Athens, Greece, March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece plans to lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from the European Union and five other countries who have been vaccinated or......

Iran’s Rouhani says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon. FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting......

South Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s president ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release contaminated water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the National......

U.S. senators to receive classified briefing on Afghanistan: Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference after the first Democratic luncheon meeting since COVID-19 restrictions went into effect on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators will receive a classified briefing on President Joe Biden’s......

S.Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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SEOUL (Reuters) -South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release water from its Fukushima nuclear plant, his spokesman said, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the National Assembly......

Taiwan says its chip firms will adhere to new U.S. rules blacklisting China supercomputing entities

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan said on Wednesday its chip companies will adhere to U.S. rules after Washington added seven Chinese supercomputing entities last week to an economic blacklist and after a Taipei-based chipmaker halted orders from one of the entities named. FILE PHOTO: Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed......

Australia returns to “war footing” amid COVID-19 vaccine turmoil

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s national cabinet will begin meeting twice a week from Monday, marking a return to a “war footing” in the country’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic amid turmoil in its national vaccination programme. FILE PHOTO: A sign for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic is seen as high-risk workers......

Britain to withdraw nearly all its troops from Afghanistan – The Times

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FILE PHOTO: British soldiers with NATO-led Resolute Support Mission arrive at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (Reuters) – Britain will withdraw nearly all its troops from Afghanistan following the U.S. plan to withdraw its troops by Sept. 11, 2021, The Times reported......

Cuba to enter post-Castro era at pivotal 2021 party congress

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By Nelson Acosta, Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba is poised to enter the post-Castro era with Raul Castro due to step down as head of the ruling Communist Party at its congress this week, which will also address the island’s severe economic crisis, pandemic response and signs of growing......

Erdogan says turkey remains committed to full EU membership

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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives a statement after a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, April 5, 2021. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey remains committed to full membership in the European Union, for which it is a candidate country despite......

Taliban, Afghan government to attend peace talks in Turkey April 24

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will host a major summit on Afghanistan’s peace process in Istanbul from April 24 to May 4, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding representatives from the Taliban and Afghan government would both attend the talks. The meeting includes the United Nations and Qatar as part......

Lebanon’s president says new maritime claim needs government approval

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s president said on Tuesday a draft decree expanding its maritime claims in a dispute with Israel must be approved by the caretaker government, rejecting a request to grant it swift presidential approval. FILE PHOTO: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun is pictured at the presidential palace in Baabda,......

Lebanon’s president says new maritime claim needs government approval

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s president said on Tuesday a draft decree expanding its maritime claims in a dispute with Israel must be approved by the caretaker government, rejecting a request to grant it swift presidential approval. FILE PHOTO: Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun is pictured at the presidential palace in Baabda,......

Myanmar activists vow week of protests during new year holidays

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(Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy activists pledged on Tuesday to hold a series of protests this week to maintain pressure on military rulers during the country’s most important holiday of the year. The five-day New Year holidays, known as Thingyan, are usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in......

U.S. expresses support for Japan’s release of Fukushima nuclear plant water

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FILE PHOTO: The storage tanks for treated water are seen at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Sakura Murakami TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday said Japan “appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted......

UK economy to return to pre-COVID-19 level around mid-2022: Reuters poll

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy will be back to its pre-COVID-19 level around the middle of next year, according to economists in a Reuters poll who said unemployment would peak at 6.2% as 2021 draws to a close and the pandemic job support scheme ends. FILE PHOTO: The City of......

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