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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Current Covid-19 vaccines may need to be updated, experts warn

Current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated to ensure their continued effectiveness against Omicron and future variants, an expert group appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The opinion is contained in an interim statement released on Tuesday by the WHO Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition, which was established last September. Amid increased Omicron circulation,...

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World Bank

COVID-19 variants and rising debt threaten global economic growth: World Bank

Global growth will slow down over the next two years in the face of “fresh threats” from COVID-19 variants and rising inflation, debt and income inequality, according to the World Bank’s latest report. While economic growth experienced a strong rebound in 2021, it is expected to decline markedly from 5.5 per cent last year to 4.1 per cent in 2022,...

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Narendra Modi

Christian community facing increased attacks in Modi’s India: report

A sharp increase in attacks on religious gatherings, churches and educational institutions of Christian community has been witnessed in India ever since fascist Narendra Modi came into power in 2014. A report released by Kashmir Media Service, said 2021 ended as the most violent year in the history for India’s Christian community. It said that 486 incidents of violence and...

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Jean-Yves Le Drian

No agreement likely within ‘realistic timeframe’ of Iran nuclear talks: French FM

Foreign Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian has said no agreement is likely within 'realistic timeframe' of Iran nuclear talks. Addressing French parliament, he said international negotiations on Iran's nuclear activities are proceeding so slowly that they are unlikely to lead to any agreement within a realistic timeframe. He said there is a vital urgency on this issue because of...

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World Health Organization

Over half of people in Europe projected to catch Omicron by March: WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) says more than half of people in Europe are projected to catch Omicron by March. This has been stated by regional director for WHO’s European office, Hans Kluge in Copenhagen. He said the highly-transmissible variant has ripped through countries at breakneck pace, forcing governments to impose fresh measures and scramble to roll out vaccine booster shots.

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Pakistan's Embassy

Pakistan’s Embassy in Damascus issues new guidelines for Syrian Zayereen

Pakistan's Embassy in Damascus has issued new guidelines for Syrian Zayereen. In a statement, the Ministry announced that Zayereen must follow Pakistani Embassy's instructions before departure. The statement further said No Objection Certificate issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Damascus would also be mandatory.

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Wang Yi

Saudi Arabian FM visit reflects high-level China-Saudi strategic partnership: Wang Yi

“As the first foreign minister to arrive in China in the new year, your visit reflects the high-level China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership,” said China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister during talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu Province. According  to  APP Wang noted that as a good friend, partner and...

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North Korea

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile from land towards the East Sea on Tuesday. In a statement, South Korea's military said it detected a suspected ballistic missile. The launch was also reported by Japan's coast guard saying the North had fired a ballistic missile-like object.

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David Sassoli

David Sassoli: European Parliament president dies aged 65

European Parliament President David Sassoli has died at the age of 65, his spokesman says. According  to  BBC The Italian former journalist and centre-left politician had been seriously ill for more than two weeks and cancelled all official activities. Mr Sassoli was admitted to hospital in Italy last month due to a serious complication with his immune system. He died...

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Martin Griffiths

UN launches largest single country aid appeal ever for Afghanistan

The UN and partners launched a more than $5 billion funding appeal for Afghanistan on Tuesday, in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there, which have left 22 million in need of assistance inside the country, and 5.7 million people requiring help beyond its borders. Speaking in Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that $4.4 billion...

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Antonio Guterres

UN chief urges youth to help shape better world following Covid-19 pandemic

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday urged young people to help shape a better world after the coronavirus pandemic that has especially affected them. “Building a better future starts today. So, to the young people attending this forum, keep speaking out. Keep identifying the solutions and actions we need to recover,” he said In a video message to the World Youth...

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Omicron variant

With peak yet to come, Europe’s healthcare groans under Omicron’s swift spread

Europe's healthcare systems are being strained once again by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus over the holiday period, with large numbers of key staff ill or self-isolating and experts predicting the peak of infections is yet to come. According to Reuters Despite early studies showing a lower risk of severe disease or hospitalisation from Omicron...

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi faces six years in jail after new sentences -source

A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in jail on charges including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, a source familiar with the proceedings said. The latest sentencing in legal proceedings that rights groups have criticised as a farce and a "courtroom circus" means she faces a six-year jail term after two...

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Russia will not make concessions on Ukraine crisis

Russia says it would not make concessions under US pressure during the talks on the Ukraine crisis beginning in Geneva on Monday. The hard line from Moscow underscored fragile prospects for negotiations that Washington hopes will avert danger of a new Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says that it is possible the diplomacy could end...

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United States

US ready to talks with Russia on missiles deployment, military exercises in Ukraine

The United States has expressed its willingness to hold talks with Russia on scope of military exercises and deployment of offensive missiles in Ukraine. A senior official of US Administration told reporters in Washington that negotiations can be held on putting limits on United States and NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe. The comments came as senior US and Russian...

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United Nations

UN launches political process to end crisis in Sudan

The United Nations has announced the launch of UN-facilitated intra-Sudanese political process to end political crisis in the country. In a statement, head of UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, Volker Perthes said that all key civilian and military stakeholders, including armed movements, political parties, civil society, women's groups and resistance committees, will be invited to participate in the...

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