Category: Foreign News

South Korea to vaccine its 52 million people for free

South Korea’s president says the country will offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to all its people in phases.

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Indonesia Sriwijaya Air passenger plane missing after take-off

A passenger plane with more than 50 people on board has gone missing shortly after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

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WHO grants emergency use approval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The World Health Organization on Thursday granted emergency validation to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, paving the way for countries worldwide to quickly approve its import and distribution.

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Joe Biden wins US presidential election

Joe Biden has won the race to become the 46th President of the United States, defeating Donald Trump following a cliff-hanger vote count after Tuesday’s election.

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Emirates airline asks some pilots to take 12 months unpaid leave

Dubai’s Emirates airline is asking some pilots to take a year of unpaid leave as it seeks to cut costs due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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US Election: Trump claims premature victory, says going to Supreme Court to ‘stop voting’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Nov 4) alleged major vote fraud, saying “frankly we did win this election”, despite incomplete results from several battleground states that could determine the outcome of the US presidential race.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief in quarantine after contact tests positive for coronavirus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief has self-quarantined after someone he had been in contact with tested positive for coronavirus. He informed about this late Sunday, but stressed he had no symptoms.

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EU says World Health Organization should have more power to investigate outbreaks

European countries are calling for the World Health Organization to be given greater powers to independently investigate outbreaks and compel countries to provide more data, after the devastating coronavirus pandemic highlighted the agency’s numerous shortcomings.

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Pompeo says China ‘gravest threat’ to religious freedom

China is the “gravest threat” to the future of religious freedom, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, in his latest verbal assault on Beijing during a whirlwind Asian tour.

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Pompeo in India for talks on China ‘threats’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened talks in India on Monday, kicking off a four-country Asia tour that he has said will focus on the “threats” posed by China.

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India becomes third country to top 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

The death toll from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India surpassed the 100,000 mark on Friday, a grim milestone that comes exactly seven months from the day the first batch of cases were reported in the country.

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Brazil’s first lady tests positive for COVID-19

Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro has tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, President Jair Bolsonaro’s press office announced in a statement.

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Trump’s national security adviser tests positive for COVID-19

United States President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, has tested positive for Covid-19, according to an official familiar with what happened.

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Coronavirus: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tests positive

Amitabh Bachchan, one of India’s best known film actors, has tested positive for COVID-19, he told his millions of Twitter followers.

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Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane crashes in Karachi

A passenger plane belonging to state-run airline Pakistani International Airlines has crashed near the southern port city of Karachi, according to Abdul Sattar Kokhar, spokesman for the country’s civil aviation authority.

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Trump halts WHO funding over “mismanagement” of coronavirus outbreak

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted.

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