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People participate in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. (Reuters File Photo )

Myanmar protests: Truck drivers join movement against military coup

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:30 PM IST
As a result, delivery of imports has slowed, with cargo containers trapped at ports and at least one international shipping line has been forced to halt new orders.
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FILE - IN this Feb. 15, 2021, file photo, Rohingya refugees headed to the Bhasan Char island prepare to board navy vessels from the south eastern port city of Chattogram, Bangladesh. The United Nations said Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, that a group of Rohingya refugees is adrift in a boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, and that their families are worried that many may have already died. (AP Photo, File)(AP)
FILE - IN this Feb. 15, 2021, file photo, Rohingya refugees headed to the Bhasan Char island prepare to board navy vessels from the south eastern port city of Chattogram, Bangladesh. The United Nations said Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, that a group of Rohingya refugees is adrift in a boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, and that their families are worried that many may have already died. (AP Photo, File)(AP)

UNHCR praises Indian coast guard for helping Rohingya adrift in Andaman sea

AP, Dhaka
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:27 PM IST
UNHCR said the Indian coast guard responded to its request and deployed a search and rescue team.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a New Year's address in Beijing.(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a New Year's address in Beijing.(AP)

Xi Jinping trumpets 'victory' in 1.6 trillion yuan campaign to end rural poverty

Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Reuters, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:25 PM IST
  • China defines extreme rural poverty as annual per capita income of less than 4,000 yuan ($620), or about $1.69 a day at current exchange rates.
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The executive order, Biden told reporters on Wednesday is about making sure that the country can meet every challenge it faces in this new era - pandemics, but also in defence, cybersecurity, climate change, and so much more.(AP)
The executive order, Biden told reporters on Wednesday is about making sure that the country can meet every challenge it faces in this new era - pandemics, but also in defence, cybersecurity, climate change, and so much more.(AP)

Biden signs executive orders to address vulnerabilities in supply chains

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 11:21 AM IST
The order will help address the vulnerabilities in “our supply chains across additional critical sectors of our economy so that the American people are prepared to withstand any crisis and rely on ourselves.”
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Willian Burns, a former diplomat who served in Russia and the Middle East, shared the assessment with members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the post of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director.(Bloomberg)
Willian Burns, a former diplomat who served in Russia and the Middle East, shared the assessment with members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the post of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director.(Bloomberg)

Out competing China will be key to national security: Biden's CIA nominee

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 11:03 AM IST
The two countries are currently engaged in a bitter confrontation over various issues, including trade, the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the communist giant’s aggressive military moves in the disputed South China Sea and human rights.
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The People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, ran a three-page, 22,000-character article Wednesday summarizing the poverty-alleviation orders Xi has issued since taking power.(REUTERS)
The People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, ran a three-page, 22,000-character article Wednesday summarizing the poverty-alleviation orders Xi has issued since taking power.(REUTERS)

Xi Jinping puts personal stamp on China’s fight against poverty

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:51 AM IST
Xi handed out awards to individuals involved in the campaign Thursday and was expected to give a speech touting China’s progress in its fight to end poverty.
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The bans are also being applied on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.(Reuters File Photo )
The bans are also being applied on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.(Reuters File Photo )

Facebook bans all Myanmar military-linked accounts and ads

AP, Yangon
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:49 AM IST
Facebook already has banned several military-linked accounts since the coup, including army-controlled Myawaddy TV.
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Huawei has struggled in recent years in the face of US sanctions, as Washington claims Huawei has close ties to China's military and that Beijing could use its equipment for espionage - accusations the company denies.(AFP)
Huawei has struggled in recent years in the face of US sanctions, as Washington claims Huawei has close ties to China's military and that Beijing could use its equipment for espionage - accusations the company denies.(AFP)

Huawei, controversial in the West, is going strong in the Gulf

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:06 AM IST
Arab Gulf countries strategic partners of Washington that are seeking to diversify their economies are investing heavily in the sector as their appetite for technology grows.
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The results of the study for the Clalit Research Institute were close to those in clinical trials last year which found two doses were found to be 95% effective.(REUTERS)
The results of the study for the Clalit Research Institute were close to those in clinical trials last year which found two doses were found to be 95% effective.(REUTERS)

In boost for Covid-19 battle, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world

Reuters, Jerusalem
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:46 AM IST
The study of about 1.2 million people also showed a single shot was 57% effective in protecting against symptomatic infections after two weeks.
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Watching the line of cars file slowly through the parking area on campus as people in their cars got shots, Austin spoke with troops who have been giving out vaccines. One soldier from the area told Austin how thrilled he was to be able to give his own mother a shot.(AP)
Watching the line of cars file slowly through the parking area on campus as people in their cars got shots, Austin spoke with troops who have been giving out vaccines. One soldier from the area told Austin how thrilled he was to be able to give his own mother a shot.(AP)

Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

AP, Los Angeles
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:36 AM IST
The Biden administration has said that delivering the vaccine to Americans is a top priority. The Pentagon is ramping up the deployment of what federal authorities say could be up to 100 vaccination teams around the country.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook said on Tuesday that the changes allow it to choose publishers it will support and indicated that it will now start striking such deals in Australia.(Stock image: Getty)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook said on Tuesday that the changes allow it to choose publishers it will support and indicated that it will now start striking such deals in Australia.(Stock image: Getty)

Australia-Facebook tussle: Tech giant to pay $1bn over 3 yrs to news companies

PTI, Menlo Park, San Francisco
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 09:18 AM IST
The social giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that would make social platforms pay news organisations, said it has invested $600 million since 2018 in news.
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Tanden, 50, head of the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, has ties to Hillary Clinton and would be the first South Asian woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget.(REUTERS)
Tanden, 50, head of the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, has ties to Hillary Clinton and would be the first South Asian woman to lead the Office of Management and Budget.(REUTERS)

Biden to put Tanden in another post should her nomination fail

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:43 AM IST
Klain said the White House is “fighting our guts out to get her confirmed” and hoping one Republican would offer support after West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said he would vote against her.
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The Pakistani government has recently re-approached Chinese officials on the issue but no information has leaked out in the public domain on their exchanges. (Reuters/HT Archive)
The Pakistani government has recently re-approached Chinese officials on the issue but no information has leaked out in the public domain on their exchanges. (Reuters/HT Archive)

Pak caught in China's debt-trap diplomacy, seeks relief from 'iron ally': Report

ANI, Islamabad
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:41 AM IST
Pakistani officials are also reportedly asking their Chinese counterparts to decelerate agreed plans to build even more power plants that would add to the overcapacity problem.
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U.S. President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Biden revoked a proclamation from his predecessor that blocked many green card applicants from entering US.(Bloomberg)
U.S. President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. Biden revoked a proclamation from his predecessor that blocked many green card applicants from entering US.(Bloomberg)

Biden rescinds Trump visa ban, bringing relief to many green card applicants

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 08:32 AM IST
Former President Donald Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect US workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Indonesia's interventions have raised suspicion among Myanmar democracy activists who fear dealing with the junta would confer legitimacy on it and its bid to scrap the November election.(REUTERS)
Indonesia's interventions have raised suspicion among Myanmar democracy activists who fear dealing with the junta would confer legitimacy on it and its bid to scrap the November election.(REUTERS)

Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:46 AM IST
Malaysia is home to more than 154,000 asylum-seekers from Myanmar and several Malaysian lawmakers and rights groups on Wednesday called on the government to explain its deportation.
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As all deadlines for the action plan had expired, the FATF had urged Pakistan to deliver on all 27 points by February 2021.(REUTERS)
As all deadlines for the action plan had expired, the FATF had urged Pakistan to deliver on all 27 points by February 2021.(REUTERS)

Pakistan awaits FATF ruling on terror

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:43 AM IST
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will conclude its three-day virtual plenary meeting on Thursday, following several rounds of meetings of its working groups since February 11.
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Facebook on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years. (AFP)
Facebook on Wednesday pledged to invest at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years. (AFP)

Australian MPs to okay changes to new pay-for-news law

By HT Correspondent, Canberra
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:39 AM IST
The government introduced amendments to the so-called Media Bargaining Code after Facebook last week escalated a dispute over the new laws by blocking Australian users from sharing and viewing news content on its popular social media platform.
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Local representatives of the WHO and the United Nation’s children’s agency Unicef described the vaccines’ “momentous” arrival as a critical step in bringing the coronavirus pandemic to an end.(AFP)
Local representatives of the WHO and the United Nation’s children’s agency Unicef described the vaccines’ “momentous” arrival as a critical step in bringing the coronavirus pandemic to an end.(AFP)

World’s first doses of Covax jabs rolled out

By HT Correspondent, Accra/geneva
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:35 AM IST
Almost a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) had first described the coronavirus as a global pandemic, a flight carrying 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India landed in Ghana’s capital Accra.
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The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tried out on more than 44,000 people, aged 18 and older, in multiple countries.(MINT_PRINT)
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tried out on more than 44,000 people, aged 18 and older, in multiple countries.(MINT_PRINT)

J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine closes in on FDA’s nod

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:33 AM IST
Johnson & Johnson's (J&J’s) one-shot vaccine could join Pfizer and Moderna’s shots as early as this week in the battle against a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people in the United States, a grim milestone crossed earlier this week.
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A closed shop on Oxford Street near the Marble Arch landmark in London, U.K., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Oxford Street. (Bloomberg)
A closed shop on Oxford Street near the Marble Arch landmark in London, U.K., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Oxford Street. (Bloomberg)

UK business lobby concerned over negative outlook of consumer services firms

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:00 AM IST
CBI said its measure of sentiment among business and professional services firms leapt to +23% in 3 months to February from -21% in the previous 3 months, strongest rise since 2015.
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The U.S. Capitol Building is pictured on the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump. It has been closed to the public since last spring because of the Covid-19 pandemic.(REUTERS/ File Photo)
The U.S. Capitol Building is pictured on the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former US President Donald Trump. It has been closed to the public since last spring because of the Covid-19 pandemic.(REUTERS/ File Photo)

Fencing, tightened security at Capitol staying in place for now

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 06:45 AM IST
The Capitol has been closed to the public since last spring because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the Jan. 6 riot, security was tightened significantly.
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United Airlines Flight 328 made an emergency landing in Denver when its right Pratt and Whitney PW4000 series engine failed with a loud bang only minutes after takeoff.(AP)
United Airlines Flight 328 made an emergency landing in Denver when its right Pratt and Whitney PW4000 series engine failed with a loud bang only minutes after takeoff.(AP)

FAA met to discuss more frequent engine inspections days before Denver incident

ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 06:43 AM IST
The Federal Aviation Administration review was prompted after a December failure of a PW4000 series engine on another Boeing 777-200 in Japan.
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The winter storm nightmare knocked out power to more than 4 million customers across the state. Several retail electricity providers “are currently in payment breach” under Ercot protocols.(AP/ File photo)
The winter storm nightmare knocked out power to more than 4 million customers across the state. Several retail electricity providers “are currently in payment breach” under Ercot protocols.(AP/ File photo)

Texas power companies face liquidity crisis as bills mount, board leaders resign

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 06:18 AM IST
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is working to manage ongoing financial stress in the power market as several billions of dollars in invoices are still outstanding from previous event.
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A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone. Facebook had cut off news in Australia last week amid tense negotiations with the government.(Reuters / Representative image)
A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone. Facebook had cut off news in Australia last week amid tense negotiations with the government.(Reuters / Representative image)

Australia passes landmark law requiring Google, Facebook to pay for news

Reuters, Sydney
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:59 AM IST
The new code makes Australia the first country where a government arbitrator will set the rates tech giants have to pay if negotiations with media companies fail.
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Healthcare workers move a Covid-19 patient to the Motol hospital in Prague, Czech Republic. Given the spread, the health ministry imposed a travel ban to several African and South American countries after the new S. African variant. (AP/ File photo)
Healthcare workers move a Covid-19 patient to the Motol hospital in Prague, Czech Republic. Given the spread, the health ministry imposed a travel ban to several African and South American countries after the new S. African variant. (AP/ File photo)

Czech Republic bans travel to South Africa, Brazil due to Covid-19 variants

Reuters, Prague
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 06:06 AM IST
The health ministry said the travel ban would be in effect from Feb. 26 to April 11, with some exceptions. It includes countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and others.
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2020, file photo Katherine Tai, the Biden administration's choice to take over as the U.S. trade representative, speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy is promising to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive trade policies. In a written testimony for her confirmation hearing Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, before the Senate Finance Committee, Tai, Biden's choice for U.S. trade representative, said she would “prioritize rebuilding our international alliances and partnerships, and re-engaging with international institutions'' to present Beijing with “a united front of U.S. allies.'' (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2020, file photo Katherine Tai, the Biden administration's choice to take over as the U.S. trade representative, speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy is promising to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive trade policies. In a written testimony for her confirmation hearing Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, before the Senate Finance Committee, Tai, Biden's choice for U.S. trade representative, said she would “prioritize rebuilding our international alliances and partnerships, and re-engaging with international institutions'' to present Beijing with “a united front of U.S. allies.'' (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)(AP)

Biden's trade nominee Katherine Tai calls China 'both a rival and a partner'

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:56 AM IST
Katherine Tai is pledging to work with allies to take on China while also embarking on a 'pragmatic' approach to the Asian nation.
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US President Joe Biden (REUTERS)
US President Joe Biden (REUTERS)

Republicans introduce resolution opposing any move to lift sanctions on Iran

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:51 AM IST
The resolution, introduced by Senator Tom Cotton and more than 40 other Republicans, underscores the resistance the Biden administration will face in trying to get back into the 2015 nuclear accord.
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Videogame retailer GameStop, which had closed up about 104% on Wednesday and was once again a favorite pick on the WallStreetBets page. (Reuters)
Videogame retailer GameStop, which had closed up about 104% on Wednesday and was once again a favorite pick on the WallStreetBets page. (Reuters)

Heavy trading in GameStop leads to hour-long outage for Reddit

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:36 AM IST
Reddit, now more famous for its day-trading forum where individual traders recently triggered a rally in many shorted stocks, has faced several outages in recent months.
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HHS has drastically cut its capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all of the department’s 7,100 beds for immigrant children are full.(AFP Photo. Representative image)
HHS has drastically cut its capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all of the department’s 7,100 beds for immigrant children are full.(AFP Photo. Representative image)

Amid surge, US tries to expedite release of migrant children

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:00 AM IST
US Health and Human Services on Wednesday authorized operators of long-term facilities to pay for some of the children’s flights and transportation to the homes of their sponsors.
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"In the end, Iran needs to understand that what’s important is to de-escalate and accept the offer of diplomacy that’s on the table, including from the United States,” German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.(AFP Photo)
"In the end, Iran needs to understand that what’s important is to de-escalate and accept the offer of diplomacy that’s on the table, including from the United States,” German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.(AFP Photo)

Germany urges Iran to accept diplomacy in nuclear dispute

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:12 AM IST
Iran this week effectively set a deadline to lift those sanctions within three months, after which it said it would erase surveillance footage of its nuclear facilities
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