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In wheelchair, paraplegic Lai Chi-wai climbs up skyscraper in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – Lai Chi-wai became the first in Hong Kong to climb more than 250 meters of a skyscraper while strapped into a wheelchair as he pulled himself up for more than 10 hours on Saturday to raise money for spinal cord patients. The 37-year-old climber, whose car......

Reeling again from COVID-19, Amazonas gets respirators, oxygen from Brazil military and Venezuela

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By Bruno Kelly, Jamie McGeever A truck is loaded with oxygen to fill the local hospitals, after it arrived on a Brazilian Air Force airplane in Manaus airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brazil January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly MANAUS/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian jungle state of Amazonas......

Uganda’s Museveni declared winner of presidential poll: election commission

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Elections posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni are seen on a street in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged......

Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery

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MANILA (Reuters) – Foreign ministers of China and the Philippines on Saturday committed to prioritising post-pandemic recovery efforts as senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi wrapped up a week-long visit to four Southeast Asian countries. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in March imposed one of the world’s longest and strictest lockdowns to......

Uganda’s Museveni in commanding election lead, rival alleges fraud

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s long-time leader Yoweri Museveni held a commanding lead in a presidential election according to partial results on Saturday morning, with final results expected later in the day, though his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. Electoral campaign posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni hang on......

Guatemalan families mourn death of children as hunger spreads

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LA PALMILLA, Guatemala (Reuters) – Two-year-old Yesmin Anayeli Perez died this week of illnesses linked to malnutrition, the third small child to die from similar causes in an impoverished mountain village in eastern Guatemala within weeks, residents and health officials said. Marvin Roque carries the coffin of his late niece......

Uganda’s President Museveni has early lead in election, preliminary results show

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Elections posters of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni are seen on a street in Kampala, Uganda January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni took an early lead in the presidential election race, according to preliminary results released on Friday morning by the electoral commission. With 13.6%......

American teachers grapple with patchy COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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By Maria Caspani, Brendan O’Brien NEW YORK (Reuters) – For New York City high school teacher Rebecca Crawford, receiving the coronavirus vaccine meant taking the first concrete step towards seeing her students in person again, after an uncertain year that she spent mostly teaching online. New York City teacher Sari......

Canada, allies expect Biden to re-engage U.S. on world stage – Trudeau

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By Amran Abocar, Steve Scherer OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and other U.S. allies are looking to President-elect Joe Biden to re-engage with the world on such issues as climate change and free trade, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Reuters Next interview aired on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Canada’s......

Tata puts post-pandemic bet on digital, electronics and health

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(Reuters) – Tata Group plans to invest in digital, high-end electronics and healthcare in a post-pandemic world, the $100 billion conglomerate’s chairman said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman of Tata Sons, speaks at the unveiling of Tata Motors HBX compact SUV at the India Auto Expo 2020 in......

Indonesia confident on finding second ‘black box’ of crashed plane

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian divers believe they are close to finding the cockpit voice recorder of a Sriwijaya Air jet that plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff with 62 people onboard. Divers retrieved the plane’s flight data recorder (FDR) from the seabed on Tuesday and officials said they had......

Senegal’s hospitals stretched as COVID infections surge

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By Edward McAllister, Diadie Ba DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal is rushing to provide more hospital beds for coronavirus patients as infections soar and a lack of capacity means doctors are only able to admit the most severe cases, health officials said. Professor Moussa Seydi, wearing his personal protective equipment (PPE)......

Guardians of Congo’s gorillas unbowed as ambushed colleague is buried

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Virunga National Park Rangers watch as civilians bury the body of Congolese ranger Burhani Abdou Surumwe who was killed in an ambush in Virunga National Park, a sanctuary for endangered mountain gorillas, in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Djaffar Al Katany GOMA, Congo (Reuters) – A......

Guardians of Congo’s gorillas unbowed as ambushed colleague is buried

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GOMA, Congo (Reuters) – A line of Congolese park rangers raised their guns in salute on Monday as the coffin bearing their colleague Burhani Abdou Surumwe, a 30-year-old father of four, was buried in the black volcanic soil of a Muslim cemetery outside Goma. Abdou was one of six rangers......

French resorts ask: will COVID write off whole ski season?

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CHAMONIX, France (Reuters) – Business owners at France’s Chamonix ski resort, their earnings slashed because of the COVID-19 lockdown, are worried they might not be able to welcome back skiers at all before the snows melt and the season ends. French ski resorts were prevented from opening their cable cars......

Taiwan’s new passport hopes to banish confusion with China

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan rolled out a newly redesigned passport on Monday that gives greater prominence to the island’s day-to-day name, aiming to avoid confusion with China amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty. Existing Taiwanese passports have “Republic of China”, its formal name, written in......

Indonesia hopes to retrieve black boxes of crashed jet from Java Sea

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By Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Gayatri Suroyo JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian divers on Monday will try to retrieve the data recorders of a Sriwijaya Air jet that plunged into the sea two days ago with 62 people on board minutes after take off from Jakarta’s main airport. A piece of......

Mine-free River Jordan shrine ends 50 year wait for Epiphany

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QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) – A shrine near the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the River Jordan hosted an Epiphany procession for the first time in more than 50 years on Sunday after it was declared free of landmines. Father Francesco Patton, the custodian of the Holy Land......

Spain sends out vaccine, food convoys after snowstorm paralyses roads

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MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government will send convoys carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and food supplies on Sunday to areas cut off by Storm Filomena which brought the heaviest snowfall in decades across central Spain and killed four people. In the Madrid area, rescuers reached 1,500 people trapped in cars,......

Nationalist politician likely to win Kyrgyz presidential vote

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BISHKEK (Reuters) – Nationalist politician Sadyr Japarov appears poised to win Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election on Sunday, a snap vote triggered by the collapse of the previous government in the Central Asian nation closely allied with Russia. Violent protests which erupted last October sprung Japarov, 52, from a prison cell to......

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