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Harris makes history

Harris makes history


WASHINGTON – Kamala Harris made history on Wednesday when she was sworn in as Joe Biden’s vice president, becoming the first woman, the first Black American and the first Asian American to hold the second highest U.S. office. Looking ahead, Harris...

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Trump: We will be back

Trump: We will be back


WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump left the White House and Washington for a final time as commander-in-chief on Wednesday after a tumultuous presidency stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions, and a pandemic that caused 400 000 U.S. d...

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Woman detained over ‘indecent cakes’

Woman detained over ‘indecent cakes’


Cairo – A woman in Egypt was briefly detained after being accused of baking "indecent" cakes, local media say. The cakes, topped with genitalia and underwear fashioned out of fondant icing, were eaten at a birthday party at an exclusive Cairo spor...

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US calls China’s repression of Uighurs genocide

US calls China’s repression of Uighurs genocide


Beijing - China has committed genocide in its repression of the Uighurs and other mainly Muslim peoples, outgoing United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. President-elect Joe Biden's choice for secretary of state, Antony B...

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Biden moves to dismiss Trump decree on COVID travel rules

Biden moves to dismiss Trump decree on COVID travel rules


Washington - US President-elect Joe Biden has moved to dismiss a new White House decree on COVID travel rules, as Donald Trump enters his final full day in office. In one of his last orders, Trump had tried to end travel bans for visitors from muc...

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WHO head: World facing catastrophic moral failure

WHO head: World facing catastrophic moral failure


The world is on the brink of "catastrophic moral failure" because of the unequal distribution of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was not fair for young...

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Navalny detained for 30 days

Navalny detained for 30 days


Moscow – Russia's leading opposition figure has been arrested and detained for 30 days, after returning to Moscow for the first time since he was poisoned last year. Alexei Navalny said a court ruling held inside a police station was a mockery and c...

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Navalny rushed to court, Moscow snubs West

Navalny rushed to court, Moscow snubs West


Moscow - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was rushed to a court hearing inside a police station on Monday, a day after he was detained at a Moscow airport when flying home for the first time since he was poisoned last summer. The United Nations and W...

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Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine

Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine


PRACHIN BURI, Thailand – Giggling bread and joyfully dancing salad aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalised leaf. ...

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UK govt hoping to ease lockdown in March

UK govt hoping to ease lockdown in March


London - Britain’s government hopes to ease some lockdown restrictions in March as it presses ahead with Europe’s fastest rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday. The country, which also has Europe’s highest COVI...