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A plane carrying two million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines against the coronavirus disease from India lands at Galeao Air Base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 22. (Reuters file)

China plays down India’s vaccine diplomacy

By Sutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 08:28 PM IST
It is up to each country to decide which Covid-19 vaccine it wishes to use, and there should not be vicious competition or confrontation, Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday.
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France has sided with Greece in a dispute over boundaries in the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean that has brought NATO members Greece and Turkey to the brink of war several times in recent decades. (Representative Image)(PTI file photo)
France has sided with Greece in a dispute over boundaries in the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean that has brought NATO members Greece and Turkey to the brink of war several times in recent decades. (Representative Image)(PTI file photo)

Greece, France to sign $2.8 billion fighter jet deal

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 08:10 PM IST
Florence Parly, the French defense minister, signed the agreement in Athens to deliver 12 used and six new aircraft built by Dassault Aviation over two years, starting in July.
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NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci listens to a reporter's question.(REUTERS)
NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci listens to a reporter's question.(REUTERS)

Dr Anthony Fauci reveals ‘disturbing’ incidents under Trump administration

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 07:55 PM IST
Fauci, who now serves as the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, frequently contradicted Trump over the latter’s statements related to virus response.
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The pub first opened in 1566 and was moved to its present location on St Giles, a broad thoroughfare in the city centre, in 1613. It is owned by St John's College, one of 45 colleges and private halls that make up the University of Oxford.(REUTERS)
The pub first opened in 1566 and was moved to its present location on St Giles, a broad thoroughfare in the city centre, in 1613. It is owned by St John's College, one of 45 colleges and private halls that make up the University of Oxford.(REUTERS)

Loved by students, scholars and writers for 450 years, Oxford pub shuts down

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 07:49 PM IST
The Lamb and Flag, once frequented by the likes of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis, who wrote "The Chronicles of Narnia", has suffered a disastrous loss of revenues since the start of the pandemic.
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The government has been delaying the signing of a collective bargaining deal with health workers for 18 months and the workers have been on strike since December. (Representative Image)(AFP)
The government has been delaying the signing of a collective bargaining deal with health workers for 18 months and the workers have been on strike since December. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Bosnia health workers protest for rights, wages amidst pandemic

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 07:30 PM IST
The union of health workers in the Herzegovina-Neretva region also set up a large tent in front of the regional government building and said they would camp there until the government has met their requests.
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Opinion polls have been split on the Catalonia election. But some, including one by the Centre for Sociological Studies (CIS), have shown Illa's Socialists, now the fourth-largest party in the regional parliament, on track to win the biggest share of the vote in the February 14 election.(REUTERS)
Opinion polls have been split on the Catalonia election. But some, including one by the Centre for Sociological Studies (CIS), have shown Illa's Socialists, now the fourth-largest party in the regional parliament, on track to win the biggest share of the vote in the February 14 election.(REUTERS)

Spain's health minister quits amid pandemic to run for regional Catalan election

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 07:00 PM IST
"Salvador Illa starts today his last 24 hours at the helm of the ministry," the office of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a statement. "Tomorrow Tuesday will be his last cabinet meeting and his replacement will be disclosed."
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"Guided by science, reason and humanitarian spirit, the world has achieved initial progress in fighting Covid-19," the president said.(AFP)
"Guided by science, reason and humanitarian spirit, the world has achieved initial progress in fighting Covid-19," the president said.(AFP)

Pandemic far from over, but winter cannot stop arrival of spring: Xi Jinping

PTI, New Delhi/davos
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:36 PM IST
In a special address at the World Economic Forum's online Davos Agenda Summit, Jinping also said the pandemic should be an excuse for reversing gains from globalisation and promised further opening up of the Chinese economy.
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The UAE has ramped up its immunisation campaign with the aim of vaccinating more than 50% of its roughly 9 million population before the end of March. (Representative Image)(REUTERS (Representative Image))
The UAE has ramped up its immunisation campaign with the aim of vaccinating more than 50% of its roughly 9 million population before the end of March. (Representative Image)(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Dubai replaces health authority chief as UAE sees surge in Covid-19 cases

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 06:17 PM IST
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum appointed Awad Saghir al-Ketbi as the new director general of the Dubai Health Authority, replacing Humaid al-Qutami, according to a statement issued on Sunday.
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The United Nations agency noted that most people who lost work stopped looking for a job altogether, likely because of restrictions on businesses that hire in big numbers like restaurants, bars, stores, hotels and other services that depend on face-to-face interactions. (Representative Image)(AFP)
The United Nations agency noted that most people who lost work stopped looking for a job altogether, likely because of restrictions on businesses that hire in big numbers like restaurants, bars, stores, hotels and other services that depend on face-to-face interactions. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Job losses from virus four times as bad as 2009 financial crisis: UN report

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:37 PM IST
The International Labor Organization estimated that the restrictions on businesses and public life destroyed 8.8% of all work hours around the world last year.
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China will no doubt continue to demand the self-governing island come under its control. Given their respective positions, the issue will likely remain a source of friction in US-China relations. (Representative Image)(afp)
China will no doubt continue to demand the self-governing island come under its control. Given their respective positions, the issue will likely remain a source of friction in US-China relations. (Representative Image)(afp)

How Taiwan figures in US-China ties under Biden

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:26 PM IST
The US response reflects what is expected to be continued US support for Taiwan under Biden. His administration may refrain from the more provocative steps taken under his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, but it will abide by American legal requirements to ensure Taiwan can defend itself.
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Just 22% of respondents said their organizations had the technologies they needed before the pandemic, 42% said they developed them out of necessity during the crisis.(Bloomberg)
Just 22% of respondents said their organizations had the technologies they needed before the pandemic, 42% said they developed them out of necessity during the crisis.(Bloomberg)

Third of staff may work from home permanently post-virus

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:07 PM IST
The survey of more than 2,000 managers and public-sector business leaders worldwide highlights how investments that allow home-working will be increasingly important.
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Donald Trump did not attend President Joe Biden's inauguration in the US Capitol.(Twitter / @DWUhlfelderLaw)
Donald Trump did not attend President Joe Biden's inauguration in the US Capitol.(Twitter / @DWUhlfelderLaw)

'Worst President ever' banner flew near Trump's resort in Florida

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:00 PM IST
Trump's presidency officially ended last week after four years in the Oval Office, he returned to Florida from Washington on Wednesday.
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A Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently.(Reuters)
A Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently.(Reuters)

Receipt notice of Form I-90 will extend green card’s validity in US by 12 months

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:43 PM IST
The lawful permanent residents with green cards are required to submit a Form I-90 when their permanent resident cards expire or are about to expire.
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Australian of the Year winner Grace Tame raises her award during a ceremony in Canberra, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Tame, 26, pushed for legal changes so she could speak out about being a survivor of the sexual abuse she went through as a 15-year-old at the hands of a math teacher. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)(AP)
Australian of the Year winner Grace Tame raises her award during a ceremony in Canberra, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Tame, 26, pushed for legal changes so she could speak out about being a survivor of the sexual abuse she went through as a 15-year-old at the hands of a math teacher. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)(AP)

Sexual abuse survivor Grace Tame named Australian of the Year

AP, Canberra
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:34 PM IST
Tame pushed for legal changes so she could speak out about being a survivor of the sexual abuse she went through as a 15-year-old at the hands of a math teacher.
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The carrier group entered the South China Sea at the same time as Chinese-claimed Taiwan reported incursions by Chinese air force jets.(AP)
The carrier group entered the South China Sea at the same time as Chinese-claimed Taiwan reported incursions by Chinese air force jets.(AP)

China says US military in South China Sea not good for peace

Reuters, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:19 PM IST
China has repeatedly complained about US Navy ships getting close to islands it occupies in the South China Sea.
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Ever since his partial victory in the Senate last week, Conte has appealed to centrist and unaligned Senate lawmakers to join government ranks, but few have responded so far.(REUTERS)
Ever since his partial victory in the Senate last week, Conte has appealed to centrist and unaligned Senate lawmakers to join government ranks, but few have responded so far.(REUTERS)

Italian PM Conte seeks way out of political mire ahead of Senate vote

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:17 PM IST
Several Italian newspapers reported that Conte was set to hand in his resignation to the head of state this week and then try to put together a new, broader coalition, drawing up a policy pact for the remaining two years of the legislature.
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President Joe Biden waves as he departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.(AP)
President Joe Biden waves as he departs after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.(AP)

Biden pushes elusive 'Buy American' goal with new federal contract guidelines

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 04:01 PM IST
The move is part of Biden's broader push to drive up wages, create more union jobs and strengthen US supply chains.
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The US State Department responded urged Beijing “to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure.(Reuters file photo)
The US State Department responded urged Beijing “to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure.(Reuters file photo)

China tests Biden’s resolve on strategic flash point of Taiwan

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:48 PM IST
The sortie by eight Xian H-6K bombers and five other planes Saturday was the third-largest such incursion by PLA aircraft.
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A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell's Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)
A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell's Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)

Storm Eloise kills at least 12 in south-eastern Africa with more rain to come

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:46 PM IST
A tropical cyclone when it made landfall at Mozambique's central province of Sofala on Saturday, Eloise subsequently weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland to dump rain on Zimbabwe, eSwatini - formerly known as Swaziland - South Africa and Botswana.
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Critics also say Suga took too long to pause a domestic tourism campaign that experts have blamed for contributing to the spread of the virus beyond the initial hotspots in the Tokyo region.(REUTERS)
Critics also say Suga took too long to pause a domestic tourism campaign that experts have blamed for contributing to the spread of the virus beyond the initial hotspots in the Tokyo region.(REUTERS)

Japanese PM faces mounting pressure over pandemic response

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:36 PM IST
Opposition lawmakers were also increasingly frustrated with Suga's taciturn leadership style, demanding he provide detailed answers to questions about the Covid-19 crisis and the Tokyo Olympics set to start in less than six months.
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A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)
A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo.(Reuters)

EU seeks answers from AstraZeneca on cut to vaccine supplies in Monday meeting

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:30 PM IST
AstraZeneca told the EU on Friday that it could not meet the agreed supply targets running up to the end of March, with an EU official telling Reuters that meant a 60% cut to 31 million doses.
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This photo taken on January 20, 2021 shows members of a rescue team working at the site of a gold mine explosion where 22 miners are trapped underground in Qixia, in eastern China's Shandong province. (Photo by STR / various sources / AFP) / China OUT(AFP)
This photo taken on January 20, 2021 shows members of a rescue team working at the site of a gold mine explosion where 22 miners are trapped underground in Qixia, in eastern China's Shandong province. (Photo by STR / various sources / AFP) / China OUT(AFP)

Chinese officials say nine more trapped miners confirmed dead, one still missing

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:29 PM IST
A group of 22 miners were trapped hundreds of metres underground by an explosion at the Hushan mine in eastern Shandong province, China on January 10.
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Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis(Reuters photo)
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis(Reuters photo)

Turkey, Greece resume talks on maritime disputes after five years

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:26 PM IST
Plans for resuming discussions foundered last year over Turkey's deployment of a survey vessel in contested Mediterranean waters and disagreements over which topics to cover.
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Thailand's food and drug administration last week approved AstraZeneca's vaccine for emergency use but has yet to grant authorisation for that of Sinovac Biotech, of which Thailand has ordered two million doses.(REUTERS)
Thailand's food and drug administration last week approved AstraZeneca's vaccine for emergency use but has yet to grant authorisation for that of Sinovac Biotech, of which Thailand has ordered two million doses.(REUTERS)

Thailand to begin Covid-19 vaccinations from next month

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:18 PM IST
Health workers in Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the latest outbreak, would be the first to be inoculated, then elderly and people with chronic diseases.
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Iran, which has not commented on the seizure, has been accused of concealing the destination of its oil sales by disabling tracking systems on its tankers, making it difficult to assess how much crude Tehran exports as it seeks to counter US sanctions. (Representative Image)(AP)
Iran, which has not commented on the seizure, has been accused of concealing the destination of its oil sales by disabling tracking systems on its tankers, making it difficult to assess how much crude Tehran exports as it seeks to counter US sanctions. (Representative Image)(AP)

Indonesia seizes Iran, Panama-flagged tankers over alleged illegal oil transfer

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita said the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan province, will be escorted to Batam island in Riau Island Province for further investigation.
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The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine has been approved by several countries (REUTERS)
The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine has been approved by several countries (REUTERS)

Pfizer urges South Korea to approve Covid-19 vaccines ahead of February rollout

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 03:02 PM IST
South Korea has said its first batch of vaccines consisting of 100,000 doses of Pfizer products for 50,000 people could arrive before the Lunar New Year holidays, which begin on Feb. 11
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Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi alongside health workers will be among the first to receive Covid-19 vaccine this week.(AP)
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi alongside health workers will be among the first to receive Covid-19 vaccine this week.(AP)

Suu Kyi in line to get vaccine early as Myanmar readies rollout

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:57 PM IST
The country's de facto leader, alongside health workers, will be among the first to receive Covid-19 vaccine this week.
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"This has nothing to do with protest, this is criminal violence and we will treat it as such," Rutte told reporters outside his office in The Hague.(REUTERS)
"This has nothing to do with protest, this is criminal violence and we will treat it as such," Rutte told reporters outside his office in The Hague.(REUTERS)

Dutch PM Rutte condemns riots against lockdown, curfew as "criminal"

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:56 PM IST
Dutch police said on Monday hundreds had been detained after incidents including some where rioters threw rocks and in one case knives at police, burned down a Covid-19 testing station and warned there could be more to come.
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US President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(File Photo / REUTERS)
US President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Biden admin appoints Indian-Americans to key posts in US energy department

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:45 PM IST
The administration appointed Tarak Shah as the Chief of Staff, making him first Indian-American to serve in that position.
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China has largely curbed the domestic spread of the virus, but is battling outbreaks this winter in its frigid north. The National Health Commission on Monday reported 145 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, including 11 in Hubei province. (REUTERS (Image for representation purpose))
China has largely curbed the domestic spread of the virus, but is battling outbreaks this winter in its frigid north. The National Health Commission on Monday reported 145 new cases in the latest 24-hour period, including 11 in Hubei province. (REUTERS (Image for representation purpose))

China uses mass construction once again to control virus spread

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:38 PM IST
Satellite images from the European Space Agency show dramatic changes over 10 days in an area where there had been only flat land before construction started on January 13.
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