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Mexico authorizes emergency use of Indian COVID-19 vaccine

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FILE PHOTO: A health official draws a dose of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, at Infectious Diseases Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s health regulator Cofepris has authorized the emergency use of India’s COVID-19 vaccine......

Follow-up probe of virus origins expected – WHO’s Tedros

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FILE PHOTO: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks during the opening of the 148th session of the Executive Board on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Geneva, Switzerland, January 18, 2021. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout/File Photo GENEVA (Reuters) – Experts examining the origins of the coronavirus......

Pakistan’s president tests positive for COVID-19

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FILE PHOTO: Pakistani President Arif Alvi speaks during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Salahuddin NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter on Monday, after receiving his first dose of a vaccine.......

Night curfew in Maharashtra state after record COVID spike

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By Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Rupam Jain MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Authorities in India’s western state of Maharashtra imposed night curfews on Sunday to tackle a record surge in COVID-19 cases with the financial capital Mumbai reporting 6,123 new cases, the highest single-day spike since March last year. FILE PHOTO: A......

India’s Modi gifts Bangladesh 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

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FILE PHOTO: A vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen during vaccination in Baghdad, Iraq March 27, 2021. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – India gave 1.2 million free doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh on Saturday, its foreign minister said, as......

Indian premier Modi writes goodwill letter to Pakistani counterpart: minister

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By Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received a letter of goodwill from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday, a Pakistani senior Cabinet minister said, as relations thaw between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and have shared a......

U.S. Defense Secretary meets Afghan president in Kabul: presidential palace statement

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KABUL (Reuters) – United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during a visit to Kabul on Sunday, the presidential palace said in a statement. They discussed the peace process and concerns over rising violence, according to the statement. Austin made a previously unannounced visit to......

Policemen, firemen among over 400 Myanmar nationals seeking shelter in India

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CHAMPHAI, India (Reuters) – More than 400 people from Myanmar, many of them policemen, have crossed into neighbouring India since late February, an Indian police officer said on Monday, as Myanmar security forces seek to crush pro-democracy demonstrators after last month’s coup. Myanmar nationals including those who said they are......

Key U.S. lawmaker questions May deadline for troop pullout from Afghanistan

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walks by the senate floor during the fourth day of the impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON (Reuters)......

Indian shares rise as energy stocks jump; Muthoot Finance falls

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BENGALURU, March 8 (Reuters) – Indian shares climbed on Monday after two consecutive sessions of falls, boosted by energy stocks, while top gold financing company Muthoot Finance dropped after the death of its chairman. By 0525 GMT, the blue chip NSE Nifty 50 index was up 0.45% at 15,005.20, while......

Pakistani PM wins vote of confidence amidst opposition protest, boycott

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FILE PHOTO: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (not pictured) at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan won a vote of confidence from parliament on Saturday in......

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......

GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall Street surges on jobs data, global equity markets regain ground

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(New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments) NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) – Wall Street and a gauge of global equity markets on Friday recovered from earlier losses as investors took stock of a report that showed faster-than-expected U.S. jobs growth but which had previously stoked inflation concerns. Trading......

India’s Kerala turns homes into ‘mini-solar power stations’

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KERALA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Before Govindan Satheeshan installed solar panels on the roof of his home in southern India’s Kerala state under a government scheme two years ago, the 70-year-old retiree was unsure. Would the panels produce enough electricity? Would they be too expensive? Would the system suffer......

India’s April-Jan fiscal deficit hits 66.8% of full-year target

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Indian currency of different denominations are seen in this picture illustration taken in Mumbai April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s federal fiscal deficit in the 10 months to end-January stood at 12.34 trillion rupees ($167 billion), or 66.8% of the revised budgeted target for the whole......

Global money laundering watchdog keeps Pakistan on terrorism financing ‘grey list’

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of the FATF (the Financial Action Task Force) is seen during a news conference after a plenary session at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France, October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Global money laundering watchdog the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Thursday......

Philippines’ Duterte says still undecided on future of U.S. troop deal

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FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr./File Photo MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has not made a decision yet on the......

Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite COVID lockdowns

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KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Air pollution caused tens of thousands of deaths in the world’s five most populous cities last year despite coronavirus lockdowns, researchers said on Thursday, urging governments to ditch fossil fuels and invest in a green recovery. Environmental campaign group Greenpeace Southeast Asia and air......

Indian authorities assess damages after earthquake in Tajikistan

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Residents carrying their children stand on a road after vacating their houses following an earthquake in Srinagar February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian authorities on Saturday said there were no initial reports of critical damage to buildings and infrastructure, or casualties, in its northern states after intense......

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