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First all-civilian crew launched to orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

First all-civilian crew launched to orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Inspiration4 crew launches from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on September 15, 2021.

Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster

Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster

New data from Moderna Inc's (MRNA.O) large Covid-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday.

California’s Governor Newsom defeats Republican recall effort

California’s Governor Newsom defeats Republican recall effort

California Governor Gavin Newsom has handily beat back a Republican campaign to oust him from office, sending a decisive message that voters in the deeply Democratic state supported his policies for tackling the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, immigration, and crime.

India ‘plans resuming vaccine exports soon’

India ‘plans resuming vaccine exports soon’

India is considering resuming exports of Covid-19 vaccines soon, mainly to Africa, as it has partly immunised a majority of its adults and supplies have surged, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

ICC opens probe into Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

ICC opens probe into Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

The International Criminal Court yesterday authorised a full probe into Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”, saying it resembled an illegitimate and systematic attack on civilians.

Biden backs top general on calls to China over Trump’s mental state

Biden backs top general on calls to China over Trump’s mental state

US President Joe Biden has expressed “complete confidence” in the US’s top general after revelations that he spoke to his Chinese counterpart twice amid concerns about then-president Donald Trump.

Afghan girls’ football team flees to Pakistan

Afghan girls’ football team flees to Pakistan

Players from Afghanistan’s female youth soccer teams have arrived in Pakistan and will seek political asylum in third countries amid concern over the status of female athletes under the new Taliban government in Kabul.

Iran resumes commercial flights to Afghanistan

Iran resumes commercial flights to Afghanistan

Iran on Wednesday resumed commercial flights to neighbouring Afghanistan, where the Taliban took control last month.

North and South Korea conduct duelling missile tests as arms race heats up

North and South Korea conduct duelling missile tests as arms race heats up

Both North Korea and South Korea test fired ballistic missiles on Wednesday, the latest volley in an arms race that has seen both countries develop increasingly sophisticated weapons while efforts to get talks going on defusing tension prove fruitless.

Afghan girls' football team flees to Pakistan

Afghan girls' football team flees to Pakistan

Members of Afghanistan's national girls' football team have fled across the border into Pakistan dressed in burqas, a month after the hardline Taliban swept back into power, officials said Wednesday.

Duterte accused of stifling senate probes

Duterte accused of stifling senate probes

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered members of his cabinet to get his consent before appearing at senate investigations, fuelling accusations from activists and some politicians of an attempt to stifle scrutiny.

Sydney reports fall in coronavirus infections

Sydney reports fall in coronavirus infections

Sydney’s coronavirus cases rose at the slowest pace in nearly two weeks yesterday, but officials said they needed to see a steady drop in daily cases before deciding whether infections had peaked after 12 weeks in lockdown.

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