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Australia asks European Commission to review Italy's vaccine block

Australia asks European Commission to review Italy's vaccine block

Australia has asked the European Commission to review a decision by Italy to block a shipment of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, while stressing on Friday the missing doses would not affect the rollout of Australia's inoculation programme.

Nine great apes in San Diego become first non-human primates vaccinated for Covid-19

Nine great apes in San Diego become first non-human primates vaccinated for Covid-19

Nine great apes at the San Diego Zoo - four orangutans and five bonobos - made veterinary history in recent weeks as the world's first non-human primates known to be vaccinated against Covid-19, zoo officials said on Thursday.

Myanmar diplomatic revolt against junta widens after violent crackdown

Myanmar diplomatic revolt against junta widens after violent crackdown

Myanmar's junta lost a tug of war over leadership of its UN mission in New York and the United States unveiled new sanctions targeting military conglomerates after the deaths of dozens of civilians protesting against last month's coup.

Huge quakes hit near New Zealand, tsunami threat passes

Huge quakes hit near New Zealand, tsunami threat passes

A powerful series of undersea quakes struck north-east of New Zealand on Friday, but tsunami waves that forced many people on the country's North Island to flee to high ground passed without causing substantial damage.

Swedish town in shock after stabbing attack

Swedish town in shock after stabbing attack

The small Swedish town of Vetlanda was in shock yesterday, reeling from a stabbing attack that left seven injured, while police said it was too early to determine the motives of the suspected 22-year-old Afghan assailant.

Farmers sound alarm over wave of suicides

Farmers sound alarm over wave of suicides

A group of French farmers hung inflatable dolls dressed in overalls from trees outside parliament in Paris yesterday to highlight the growing number of suicides in a profession struggling with debt.

Pakistan PM to seek vote of confidence tomorrow

Pakistan PM to seek vote of confidence tomorrow

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he will seek a vote of confidence from parliament tomorrow after his finance minister lost his bid for a Senate seat.

US Capitol ups security after attack warning

US Capitol ups security after attack warning

The grounds of the US Capitol were ringed with boosted security yesterday after officials warned of an attack plot by QAnon conspiracists, two months after backers of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building.

Texas power grid operator fires chief executive

Texas power grid operator fires chief executive

The polar vortex storm that plunged Texas into chaos continues to reverberate through the state’s power grid operator, which fired its chief executive on the same day Congress launched an investigation into its failures.

SpaceX rocket explodes on ground after successful flight

SpaceX rocket explodes on ground after successful flight

Third time’s a charm? Not so for SpaceX, whose unmanned rocket exploded on the ground on Wednesday after carrying out what had seemed to be a successful flight and landing – fresh on the heels of two fiery crashes.

NRIs overstaying due to lockdown to get tax relief

NRIs overstaying due to lockdown to get tax relief

The Central Board of Direct Taxes will provide relief to NRIs, foreign visitors facing double taxation for overstaying in India due to lockdown and suspension of international flights during current financial year (FY21).

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine takes key step to EU approval

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine takes key step to EU approval

Europe's drug regulator launched an in-depth review of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, putting it on course to be the first non-Western jab used across the 27-nation EU.

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