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Chile donates 20,000 doses of Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to Ecuador

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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker prepares to administer a dose of Sinovac’s CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Chile starts to vaccinate elderly people living in nursing homes in Santiago, Chile, February 4, 2021. Picture taken February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador has received a donation of......

Lebanon’s caretaker PM pleads for a new government as protests continue

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab threatened on Saturday to stop performing his duties to pressure politicians to form a new government, citing an incident in which shoppers fought over milk to illustrate the parlous state of the economy. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab is pictured at......

Grave of slain ‘Everything will be OK’ protester disturbed in Myanmar

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(Reuters) – Guarded by police and soldiers, authorities in Myanmar disturbed the grave of a 19-year-old woman who became an icon of the anti-coup protest movement after she was shot dead wearing a T-shirt that read “Everything will be OK”, a witness and local media said. FILE PHOTO: People attend......

Myanmar asks India to return eight police who fled across border

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FILE PHOTO: A Myanmar citizen living in India burns a poster of Myanmar’s army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing with his face crossed out, during a protest organised by Chin Refugee Committee, against the military coup in Myanmar, in New Delhi, India, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui NEW DELHI......

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......

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......

In revival of street movement, Algerians protest for second Friday

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ALGIERS (Reuters) – Thousands of Algerians demonstrated against the political and military elite in cities across the country for a second successive Friday, as the United Nations human rights body voiced concern at what it called a crackdown on protesters. The demonstrations mark a resumption of the street protest movement,......

U.S. designates Ukraine’s Kolomoyskyy over alleged corruption: State Department

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FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian and U.S. state flags fly in central Kiev, Ukraine September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Ukrainian public official Ihor Kolomoyskyy has been designated as ineligible to enter the United States over alleged corruption, the State Department said on Friday. “While this designation is based......

UK’s Prince Philip transferred back to private hospital, Buckingham Palace says

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Philip enters a car as he leaves the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, Britain December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, has been transferred back to a private hospital after successfully undergoing a procedure......

Ivory Coast opposition eyes comeback in Saturday’s legislative election

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ADZOPE, Ivory Coast (Reuters) – Opposition parties led by two former presidents will try to shake the grip of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara in a parliamentary election on Saturday, five months after a presidential vote that led to deadly unrest. People walk pass next to a campaign billboard showing......

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......

Biden has asked team to travel to Mexico border and report on influx of children

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has asked senior officials to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border and brief him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and steps to ensure their safety and care, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Biden’s administration is facing criticism from......

Britain lacks plan to meet climate target: watchdog

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain still has not set out a plan on how will meet its climate target of net zero emissions by 2050, almost two years after setting the goal in law, a parliamentary watchdog said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A view of a charging point, as Britain will......

Saudi Arabia says oil market recovery remains uncertain

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FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Thursday that the situation in the oil market had improved but the outlook for a recovery......

Death of S.Korea’s first transgender soldier spurs calls for change

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By Sangmi Cha, Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – The death of South Korea’s first known transgender soldier, who was discharged last year for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, sparked calls from advocacy groups and activists for better protections and acknowledgement of transgender residents. Byun Hui-su, 23, who was a staff sergeant......

Huawei CFO’s lawyers say Trump interference should get extradition canceled

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By Sarah Berman, Moira Warburton VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou became a bargaining chip in an international trade war after former U.S. President Donald Trump made comments about intervening in her case, a Huawei defence lawyer claimed on Wednesday as he argued to have her U.S.......

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......

One in five Chinese Australians report attacks or threats amid pandemic, rising tensions

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – One in five Chinese Australians say they have been physically threatened or attacked in the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and tensions in Australia’s relationship with China, a survey by the Lowy Institute think tank reported. FILE PHOTO: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is seen through......

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