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Australia’s Queensland state says peak of Omicron two weeks away

Australia reported 64 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, as the most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), said the Omicron COVID-19 variant would not delay the start of the school year. NSW reported 30 deaths of patients with COVID-19, while Victoria state saw 20 deaths, and Queensland reported 10 deaths. The national toll of 64 was down from its deadliest...

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Australia’s Queensland state says peak of Omicron two weeks away

Australia reported 64 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, as the most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), said the Omicron COVID-19 variant would not delay the start of the school year. NSW reported 30 deaths of patients with COVID-19, while Victoria state saw 20 deaths, and Queensland reported 10 deaths. The national toll of 64 was down from its deadliest...

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U.S. opposes plans to strengthen World Health Organization

The United States, the World Health Organization's top donor, is resisting proposals to make the agency more independent, four officials involved in the talks said, raising doubts about the Biden administration's long-term support for the U.N. agency. The proposal, made by the WHO's working group on sustainable financing, would increase each member state's standing annual contribution, according to a WHO...

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Beijing Winter Olympics

Olympics Beijing Games torch relay confined to closed venues due to COVID

The Beijing Winter Olympics organisers have announced that the torch relay will be cordoned off because of concern about the spread of the coronavirus. The relay, involving 1,200 torchbearers, will begin on February 2 and wind up two days later when the games open in the capital, Beijing, and neighbouring Hebei province. “This torch relay will always prioritise safety,” Yang...

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Antony Blinken

Top diplomats for U.S., Russia meet in Geneva on soaring Ukraine tensions

The top diplomats of Russia and the United States were to meet in Switzerland on Friday to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine after a flurry of meetings between officials on both sides in the last week produced no breakthroughs. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Geneva for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following a swing through...

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Sudan’s Sovereign Council agrees to form gov’t led by civilian PM

In Sudan, ruling and military-dominated Transitional Sovereign Council have agreed to formation of government led by a civilian prime minister. The development came after meeting of head of Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan with US delegation in Khartoum. The Sudanese and American sides stressed inclusion of all Sudanese political forces into a comprehensive round-table national dialogue to reach a national...

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Indian writer Rana Ayyub criticizes Indian govt for its continuous online harassment of women journalists

Prominent Indian writer Rana Ayyub has criticized Indian government for its continuous online harassment of women journalists. The criticism came in a piece of writing published in the Washington Post titled “Opinion: An investigation sheds light into Modi’s machinery of online hate and manipulation.” She said the horrendous fact is that most of these attacks were targeting female journalists, who...

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UAE demands emergency UNSC meeting to address attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia

The United Arab Emirates has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to address the deadly drone attack on its capital by Yemen's Houthi militia. The demand was made by UAE's ambassador to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh, in a letter to the Security Council's president. She called on the Security Council to firmly and unequivocally condemn these terrorist...

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Antonio Guterres

UN Chief urges whole world to vaccinate everybody to end Covid-19 pandemic

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the whole world to vaccinate everybody to end Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the all-virtual Davos Forum, he said failure to vaccinate every person will give rise to spread of new variants across borders and bring daily life and economies to a grinding halt. The UN Chief said the World Health Organization has unveiled...

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Rasheed Naz

Veteran film and TV star Rasheed Naz died at the age of 73

Veteran film and television actor Rasheed Naz passed away on Monday at the age of 73. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and Minister of State Farrukh Habib have expressed deep grief over the sad demise of actor Rasheed Naz. In their separate condolence messages, they said the veteran actor enthralled viewers through his outstanding performances in Pashto,...

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History of the HBL Pakistan Super League

The HBL Pakistan Super League 2022 will be held in Karachi and Lahore from 27 January to 27 February with some of the world’s best shortest format players in action in the 34-match competition. According  to Pakistan Cricket Board web site The HBL PSL has evolved and come a long way since its inception in 2016 and has now become...

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oil prices

Govt makes partial increase in prices of petroleum products

The government has increased the prices of petroleum products in view of the rising oil prices trend in global market. According to the notification issued by the Finance Ministry, the price of petrol has increased by 3.01 rupees per litre, High Speed Diesel and Kerosene by 3 rupees and Light diesel oil by 3.33 rupees per litre. The notification said...

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Anti-Vax Dad

Hunt Is On for Anti-Vax Dad Who Fled with Daughter to Avoid Getting Her Vaccinated

An anti-vax Canadian father is on the run with his daughter because he doesn’t want her to get vaccinated—something the girl’s mother wants. Michael Jackson told far-right talk show host Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson that he had tried to contact his ex-wife for over a month before vaccines were approved for children ages 5 and up to figure out how she...

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Novak Djokovic

Australian Govt cancels Tennis star Djokovic’s visa for second time

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is facing deportation after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time. The Australian government cancelled his visa on Friday, saying the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to again cancel Djokovic’s visa after a court quashed an...

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Arfa Karim

Death anniversary of Arfa Karim being observed today

10th death anniversary of the world’s youngest Microsoft certified professional Arfa Karim Randhawa is being observed today(Friday). Arfa Karim became the youngest MCP at the age of nine in 2004. She was invited by Bill Gates to visit the Microsoft headquarters in the US when she was only ten years old. Arfa Karim passed away on this day in 2012...

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WHO

WHO cautions against concurrent outbreaks of COVID-19, other diseases

World Health Organization has cautioned and urged for preparedness against concurrent outbreaks of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during the coming spring. According to Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Omicron variant is rapidly replacing Delta in almost all countries. He said more than 15 million new COVID-19 cases have been reported to the world body from around the...

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Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson apologizes for attending Downing Street party during lockdown

Boris Johnson has apologized for attending an event in the back garden of 10 Downing Street on May 20, 2020, at which point Britons were prohibited from gathering due to strict coronavirus restrictions. At the start of the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions, Johnson said he did attend the gathering for 25 minutes before going inside to work. He...

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