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Russia will have to pay ‘heavy price’ if it invades Ukraine, warns US president Joe Biden

Mr. Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States, has stated that Russia will “pay a heavy price” if its military units cross the Ukrainian border, which will be interpreted as a “invasion.” In a statement issued Thursday, the Treasury Department said it would sanction individuals who participated in influencing activities directed by the …

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Germany’s Covid-19 infections hit record high amid Omicron wave

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases reported that the seven-day Covid-19 incidence rate in Germany exceeded 600 for the first time, with 638.8 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants recorded, marking a first for the country. Because of the more contagious Omicron variant that is spreading throughout Europe, daily infections in Germany have also …

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Good news for travellers! Thailand to resume quarantine-free entry for vaccinated visitors from Feb

From the beginning of next month, Thailand’s Covid-19 task force has announced that the country will resume its quarantine-free travel scheme for inbound visitors who are fully vaccinated. Xinhua news agency reports that the ‘Test & Go’ quarantine exemption scheme was suspended on December 22, 2021, only seven weeks after it was first implemented, due …

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Taliban says reopening schools for girls their responsibility, UN offers cash aid to Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the Taliban-led government has stated that reopening schools for girls across the country was their responsibility, and not a result of international pressure to do so. On Thursday, Acting Minister Maulaee Noorullah Muneer made the remarks during a meeting with Deborah Lyons, the United Nations General-Special Secretary’s Representative for Afghanistan, in Kabul, according …

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Millions of Chinese locals run out of food, essentials amid harsh lockdown, COVID curbs

In the face of the country’s heavy-handed and draconian approach to dealing with COVID-19 lockdowns, millions of Chinese citizens are struggling to meet their basic daily requirements. According to a media report, two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government is failing to provide its citizens with essential supplies while imposing on them stringent …

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Britain to lift additional Covid-19 restrictions from next week – What it means

From next Thursday, the United Kingdom will lift all additional restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the Omicron virus, according to a government announcement. Face masks will be required to be worn at all times, regardless of where you are. The decision was made after an analysis revealed that the new variant of Covid-19 …

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Kamala Harris will be my running mate in 2024, says US President Joe Biden

Washington: US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday (January 19, 2022) that Vice President Kamala Harris will be his running mate in the presidential election of 2024, marking the completion of his first year in office. In response to the question of whether he was satisfied with Harris’ work on voting rights and whether she …

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Hong Kong to kill around 2,000 hamsters after 11 of them test positive for Covid-19

HONG KONG: Animal-lovers were outraged on Tuesday when Hong Kong issued a warning against kissing pets and ordered a mass cull of hamsters after 11 of the rodents tested positive for the virus COVID-19. A recent coronavirus cluster in humans linked to a pet shop employee prompted officials in the Chinese-ruled territory to conduct checks …

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