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AstraZeneca: Canada records 2nd case of rare blood clot
TORONTO: Canadian health authorities said Saturday the country has recorded a second case of rare but serious blood clotting linked to AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, but still recommend the shot for use. The patient, who lives in the western province of Alberta and received a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine supplied by the Serum Institute of In...
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Israel rescinds outdoor coronavirus mask requirement
JERUSALEM: Israel rescinded the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors and fully reopened schools on Sunday in the latest return to relative normality, boosted by a mass-vaccination campaign against the Covid-19 pandemic. With almost 54% of its 9.3 million population having received both shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, Israel has l...
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Plight of the Pioneers
REVIEW: ‘Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America’s First Frontier’ Jack Beyrer • April 18, 2021 4:59 am Daniel Boone lived to bury his teenage son, horrified by his mangled body. It was October 1773—two years before a distant war would rock the 13 colonies—when America’s first frontiersman lost his firstborn son in a skirmi...
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Pak reports single-day virus spike with over 6,000 cases
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday reported its highest single-day coronavirus spike this year with over 6,000 new cases and about 149 deaths, as the country struggled to speed up its vaccination programme. The previous highest surge was recorded last year on June 20 when the country reported 6,825 infections and 153 deaths. The country on Sunday report...
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Germany to mourn 80,000 pandemic victims at memorial
BERLIN: Germany will hold a national memorial service on Sunday for its 80,000 victims of the coronavirus pandemic, sharing the pain of grieving families and those who died alone because of Covid curbs. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will join an ecumenical service in the morning at Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial C...
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Myanmar junta pardons prisoners, to attend regional summit
YANGON (Myanmar): Myanmar's junta on Saturday released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the traditional new year holiday, including at least three political detainees, and the military leader behind the February coup confirmed he would attend a regional summit later this month. It wasn't immediately clear if those released included pro-democracy ...
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Outlaw disrespect for Prophet: Pak PM to West govts
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the governments of Western countries to penalise those deliberately spreading their message of hate against Muslims by disrespecting Prophet Muhammad in the same way that they had outlawed any negative comment against the Holocaust. Speaking after a week of violent protests in Pakistan...
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US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency
SEOUL: The United States and China, the world's two biggest carbon polluters, have agreed to cooperate with other countries to curb climate change, just days before President Joe Biden hosts a virtual summit of world leaders to discuss the issue. The agreement was reached by US special envoy for climate John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zh...
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'Saudi, Iranian officials held talks to patch up relations'
Senior Saudi and Iranian officials have held direct talks in a bid to repair relations between the two regional rivals, four years after they cut off diplomatic ties, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing officials briefed on the discussions. The first round of Saudi-Iranian talks took place in Baghdad on April 9, included discussions abou...
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Biden’s Afghan Pullout Is Risky Politics and Geopolitics
President Joe Biden isn’t just ending America’s war in Afghanistan. He’s moving the U.S. into a new phase, or perhaps a very old one, of its generation-long struggle against Salafi-jihadist terrorism.Biden is arguing that Washington can keep a lid on the terrorist threat without a consistent, boots-on-the-ground military presence, implicitly reject...
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