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Ebola outbreak in Guinea declared over

Ebola outbreak in Guinea declared over


BRAZZAVILLE/CONAKRY – The Ebola outbreak that emerged in Guinea in mid-February was declared over on Saturday. It was the first time the disease resurfaced in the country since the deadly outbreak in West Africa that ended in 2016. Guinean health ...

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Pope puts Robert Schuman, a father of Europe, on path to sainthood

Pope puts Robert Schuman, a father of Europe, on path to sainthood


Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday put 20th century statesman Robert Schuman, one of the founders of modern Europe, on the path to sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. A Vatican statement said the pope approved a decree recognising the "he...

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Residents blame security forces for burning village

Residents blame security forces for burning village


NAYPYIDAW – Security forces set ablaze a village in central Myanmar, after clashing with opponents of the ruling junta, leaving at least two elderly people burned to death, several village residents said on Wednesday. MRTV state television said th...

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COVID-19 cases surge in Africa, officials say

COVID-19 cases surge in Africa, officials say


NAIROBI – COVID-19 cases rose by over 20 percent week-on-week in nearly two dozen African countries and progress on vaccinating Africans is proceeding slowly, with just 0.79 percent of people on the continent fully vaccinated, senior health officials...

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Britain, pressed by airlines, may ease rules for vaccinated travellers

Britain, pressed by airlines, may ease rules for vaccinated travellers


LONDON – Britain is considering easing travel rules for double vaccinated people, a move that would satisfy airlines, which are threatening legal action against the government’s curbs on trips abroad. Airlines are desperate for restrictions to be ...

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Juneteenth to become a federal holiday

Juneteenth to become a federal holiday


The US Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill to add a federal holiday to the calendar marking Juneteenth – the end of slavery in the nation. The House of Representatives backed the legislation by 415-14, a day after it was unanimously approved by ...

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Palestinian woman shot after attacking Israeli troops – army

Palestinian woman shot after attacking Israeli troops – army


HIZMA – Israeli troops shot on Wednesday, a Palestinian motorist who tried to ram them in the occupied West Bank and then brandished a knife, the Israeli military said. The Palestinian health ministry said the woman had died of her injuries. There...

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England to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for care workers

England to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for care workers


LONDON – It will be mandatory for care home workers in England to have coronavirus vaccinations, British health minister Matt Hancock said on Wednesday, adding the government was considering whether the policy should be extended to healthcare workers...

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Putin and Biden agree at summit to return respective ambassadors

Putin and Biden agree at summit to return respective ambassadors


GENEVA – U.S. president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin agreed at their first summit on Wednesday, to return ambassadors to each other’s capitals after they were withdrawn earlier this year. The summit at the lakeside Villa La Grang...

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MacKenzie Scott donates US$2.7bn  to charities

MacKenzie Scott donates US$2.7bn to charities


Washington – Billionaire MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has donated another $2.7bn (£1.9bn) to a range of charities. Scott said in a blog post that she wanted to give the money to those "that have been historically underfun...