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Iran test-fires missile near Natanz nuclear plant in central Isfahan province

Iran has test-fired a missile near Natanz nuclear plant in central Isfahan province. In a televised statement, spokesman for the Iranian army, Gen Amir Tarikhani said the test was conducted to assess the state of readiness on ground. Security officials, speaking to state TV, said the incident was due to the "controlled explosion" of a missile fired by the air...

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Iran test-fires missile near Natanz nuclear plant in central Isfahan province

Iran has test-fired a missile near Natanz nuclear plant in central Isfahan province. In a televised statement, spokesman for the Iranian army, Gen Amir Tarikhani said the test was conducted to assess the state of readiness on ground. Security officials, speaking to state TV, said the incident was due to the "controlled explosion" of a missile fired by the air...

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US, Russia Presidents to discuss tense situation in Ukraine

The Presidents of the United States and Russia will speak via video call on Tuesday to discuss the tense situation in Ukraine. In a statement, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that we had evidence that Russia has planned to invade Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the meeting and said that both presidents would decide themselves how...

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Omicron coronavirus

WHO calls for greater vigilance amid fast-spreading Omicron variant

The World Health Organization has urged people to remain vigilant against spread of potentially more transmissible new Omicron coronavirus variant. In a statement, the WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai said many countries are reporting detection of Omicron increasing daily. He said that information suggests that Omicron may be more transmissible than other variants. He warned that...

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Iran nuclear deal

Talks on reviving 2015 Iran nuclear deal postponed till next week

Talks between Iran and world powers, being held in Austria, to restore 2015 nuclear deal have been postponed till next week.  The Iranian delegation, led by nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani, has proposed changes to the text of an agreement negotiated in previous rounds of talks for which the European diplomats have sought time to discuss till next week. The...

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Omicron

Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus

The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus - possibly one that causes the common cold - present in the same infected cells, according to researchers. According  to an international news organization  Reuters This genetic sequence does not appear in...

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Haibatullah Akhundzada

Taliban supreme leader issues decree safeguarding women’s rights

The Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada has issued a special decree regarding women's rights and directed relevant authorities to take actions to safeguard these rights. In a statement, the Afghan caretaker government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban leadership has directed all relevant organizations, religious scholars and tribal elders to take serious action to enforce women's rights. According to the...

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Total solar eclipse 2021: When, where and how to see it on Dec. 4

The only total solar eclipse of the year takes place on Saturday (Dec. 4), and if you live in the far south of the world you may be able to catch a glimpse. Alternatively, there might be a livestream available if the Antarctic weather holds. Solar eclipses happen when the new moon passes in front of the face of the...

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French President Emmanuel Macron

Macron visits Gulf seeking arms deal, stronger regional role

French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the energy-rich Persian Gulf Friday, hoping to seal a major arms contract after this fall's Australian submarine deal debacle and to strengthen France’s role in the region. According to AP The two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia comes a month before France assumes the rotating European Union presidency —...

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World Health Organization

WHO warns low vaccination creating new Covid variants

Chief of Wold Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned low vaccination creating new Covid variants. In a statement, he said measures to stop the globally-dominant Delta variant would also hinder Omicron, first discovered in November in southern Africa and which has since rattled countries around the world. He called on countries to optimise their public health and social measures...

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COVID-19

U.S., Germany plan new restrictions as Omicron rattles investors

The United States and Germany joined countries around the globe planning stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday as the new Omicron variant rattled markets, fearful it could choke a tentative economic recovery from the pandemic. According to  Reuters Much remains unknown about Omicron, which was first found on Nov. 8 in South Africa and has spread to at least two dozen...

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Afghanistan

UN food agency appeals for greater support for Afghanistan as hunger increases

With millions in Afghanistan facing starvation as winter arrives, the World Food Programme (WFP), a Rome-based UN agency, on Thursday urged countries to put politics aside and step up support to avert a potential catastrophe. Humanitarian needs in the country had increased, the agency said, with all 34 provinces facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity. As a result,...

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Chief diplomats

Chief diplomats of US, Russia to meet in Sweden today as Ukraine tensions soar

The Chief diplomats of the United States and Russia are to meet in Sweden on Thursday as tensions soar after Washington expressed concern about Russia's military buildup near Ukraine and warned of high-impact sanctions. Earlier, at a NATO meeting in Latvia's capital Riga, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken showed deeply concerned by evidence that Russia has made plans for...

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European Union Chief

EU Chief urges countries to consider mandatory vaccines amid variant fears

European Union Chief Ursula von der Leyen says European Union countries should consider mandatory vaccination to combat Covid and the Omicron variant. Speaking at news conference in Brussels, she said vaccines would be crucial in the fight against the highly contagious new variant. Ms von der Leyen said it was understandable and appropriate for EU members to discuss mandatory Covid...

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United Nations

UN committee defer action on bid by Taliban, Myanmar junta to appoint envoys to world body

A United Nations committee Wednesday put off action on requests by the Taliban government in Afghanistan and Myanmar’s military regime to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations (UN) “I can confirm the Credentials Committee had its meeting to consider credentials of U.N. member states, including Afghanistan and Myanmar,” Swedish U.N. Ambassador Anna Karin Enestrom, who heads the nine-member...

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Hua Chunying

China accords special priority to Pakistan in foreign relations: Hua Chunying

Assistant Foreign Minister of China, Ms. Hua Chunying said on Wednesday that China always accorded a special priority to Pakistan in its foreign relations and was committed to expanding bilateral cooperation in future as well. Ms. Hua, also Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, made these remarks during her meeting with Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque...

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3 killed, 8 hurt in shooting at Michigan high school

Three students were killed in a shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, Michigan, on Tuesday, authorities said. The victims were identified as Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard told reporters that Myre, a member of the varsity football team, was rushed...

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