New Zealand PM Ardern gets ‘pain-free’ COVID vaccine shot

WELLINGTON: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received her first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, as the country steps up efforts to inoculate its population. The Pacific island nation shut its borders and used tough lockdown measures to become one

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NATO adopts tough line on China at Biden’s debut summit with alliance

NATO leaders warned on Monday that China presents “systemic challenges,” taking a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at Joe Biden’s first summit with an alliance that Donald Trump openly disparaged. The new U.S. president has urged his fellow

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Palestinians see new Israeli govt as the same or worse than Netanyahu

GAZA: Palestinian resistance group Hamas said Sunday that it is not expecting any positive changes from Israel’s post-Netanyahu government, reported Anadolu Agency (AA). “We aren’t counting on any change in the occupation governments, since they are united on the policy of

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Aker Solutions manager charged in Malaysia over alleged false documentation

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian manager of Norway’s largest oil services provider Aker Solutions was charged on Friday over allegations he submitted false documents in dealings with state-owned energy firm Petronas, according to a court charge-sheet. Ahmad Hatta Kamaruzzaman, 49, pleaded not

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S. African woman gives birth to 10 babies

JOHANNESBURG: A South African woman gave birth to 10 babies at a local hospital on Monday night, reported Xinhua, quoting her family and the local government on Wednesday. “We received a call from the hospital informing us of the birth …

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A 23-year-old Italian woman received 6 times the recommended amount of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine

A 23-year-old Italian woman received 6 times the recommended amount of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine A 23-year-old Italian woman received six doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Sunday, after a nurse at a hospital in Tuscany accidentally injected an entire vial.

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US Customs seizes Malaysia’s Top Glove shipment following forced labour finding

KUALA LUMPUR: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized a shipment of 3.97 million nitrile disposable gloves from Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp Bhd estimated to be worth $518,000, on indications they were made by forced labor, it said Wednesday. CBP

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Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases cross 800,000 mark

Islamabad: As COVID-19 cases are rapidly surging in Pakistan, the country’s total cases of COVID-19 infection crossed 800,000 mark on Monday. Citing National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, Geo News reported that at least 70 more people have succumbed

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New U.S. COVID cases fall sharply last week, deaths lowest since October

New cases of COVID-19 in the United States fell 16% last week to about 409,000, the biggest percentage drop in weekly new cases since February, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county data. Deaths from COVID-19 fell 4%

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Fauci: Americans may still need masks to fight COVID in 2022

WASHINGTON: Americans may still need to wear masks in 2022 even as the country relaxes other restrictions to combat COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday. While daily infection rates are coming down dramatically, thousands

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