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Taliban govt promised aid but no recognition

Taliban govt promised aid but no recognition

Russia, China and Pakistan are willing to provide aid to Afghanistan, the Russian foreign ministry said yesterday, but Moscow said it was not yet ready to recognise the Taliban government.

Shooting stars in the galaxy

Shooting stars in the galaxy

Their movie props floated around and they used Velcro to keep objects in place but Russia’s first film crew in space said they were delighted with the result and had “shot everything we planned”.

NY city hall to remove Jefferson statue over slave-ownership

NY city hall to remove Jefferson statue over slave-ownership

New York City lawmakers have voted to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ founding fathers, from the council chambers because of his slave-owning past.

Court finds Colombia responsible for journalist’s rape, torture

Court finds Colombia responsible for journalist’s rape, torture

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that the state of Colombia bears responsibility for the ordeal of a female journalist who was kidnapped, raped and then tortured in 2000 by paramilitaries.

41 dead as heavy rains batter northern India

41 dead as heavy rains batter northern India

At least 41 people died and more than a dozen were missing after landslides and flash floods triggered by several days of heavy rain hit northern India, officials said yesterday.

India ‘delays’ Covid-19 vaccine supplies to Covax

India ‘delays’ Covid-19 vaccine supplies to Covax

India has delayed committing supplies of vaccine to the Covax global sharing platform, two sources said yesterday, a day after one of its key backers, the WHO, said the agency could not “cut corners” to approve a domestically developed vaccine.

South Africa rejects Russian Sputnik vaccine over HIV fears

South Africa rejects Russian Sputnik vaccine over HIV fears

South Africa's health products regulator on Monday said it would not approve Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine due to concerns it could increase the risk of HIV infection among men.

15 dead as heavy rains batter northern India

15 dead as heavy rains batter northern India

At least 15 people died and over a dozen were missing after landslides and flash floods triggered by several days of heavy rain hit northern India, officials said Tuesday.

Beijing Games organisers receive flame amid calls for boycott

Beijing Games organisers receive flame amid calls for boycott

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics organisers on Tuesday received the Olympic flame at a heavily-guarded Panathenaic stadium in central Athens as human rights activists called on a boycott of the Games over China's human rights record.

India fishing boat sinks after collision with Sri Lanka navy vessel

India fishing boat sinks after collision with Sri Lanka navy vessel

An Indian fishing trawler has sunk after allegedly ramming a Sri Lankan navy vessel that was driving out poachers from the island nation's prawn-rich waters, officials said Tuesday.

Africa's glaciers to melt, millions of poor face drought, floods, UN says

Africa's glaciers to melt, millions of poor face drought, floods, UN says

Africa's fabled eastern glaciers will vanish in two decades, 118 million poor people face immanent drought, floods or extreme heat, and climate change could also shave 3% off continental GDP by mid-century, the UN climate agency warned on Tuesday.

Singapore expands quarantine-free travel for vaccinated passengers

Singapore expands quarantine-free travel for vaccinated passengers

Singapore on Tuesday began quarantine-free entry for fully vaccinated passengers from eight countries, part of a plan to ease restrictions as the business hub gears up to live with the coronavirus.

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