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Putin announces world’s first COVID-19 vaccine made in Russia

PTI Moscow Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday announced that his country has developed first vaccine that “works quite effectively” and “forms a stable immunity” against COVID-19 as he disclosed that one of his daughters has already been vaccinated. Putin made the claim during a government meeting where he described it as “a very important step for the world”, the …

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Stuttering US economy hampering global economic recovery

AP Frankfurt People in China are back to buying German luxury cars. Europe’s assembly lines are accelerating. Now the global economy is waiting for the United States to get its coronavirus outbreak under control and boost the recovery, but there’s little sign of that. The United States’ fumbling response to the pandemic is casting doubt on its economic prospects and …

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Global coronavirus cases breach 20 mn

AP Rome The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil, as Russia on Tuesday became the first country to register a vaccine against the virus. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration at a government meeting and added that one of his two adult daughters had …

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UK unemployment rates raising concerns

AP London The UK has kept a lid on unemployment so far during the coronavirus pandemic but, scratch beneath the surface, there are worrying trends that will likely see the jobless total soaring by the end of the year. Figures released Tuesday from the Office for National Statistics showed that the number of people working fell in the April-June quarter …

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Trump evacuated from press briefing after shots fired outside White House

PTI Washington US President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated by a Secret Service agent from a live press briefing in the White House after shots were fired outside the highly-secured building. Trump returned to the briefing room minutes later, confirming a shooting near the White House and assured the reporters that things were under control. “White House seems to be …

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Nepal halves entry points for Indians

PTI Kathmandu Nepal has decided to halve the number of designated entry points for Indian nationals to 10 from the existing 20 and extended the suspension of domestic and international flights until August 31 due to the spike in coronavirus cases in the country. A Cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Baluwatar on Monday evening made …

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HK media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under new security law

Hong Kong: Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a new national security law on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, searching the headquarters of his Next Digital group and carting away boxes of what they said was evidence. Two days after Chinese and Hong Kong officials shrugged off sanctions imposed on them by the US, the moves showed China’s …

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China sends fighter jets to Taiwan in protest of US official’s visit

Beijing: China on Monday cried foul and lodged a “stern” diplomatic protest with the US over the visit of Health Service Secretary Alex Azar to Taipei, the first high-ranking American official to visit the self-ruled island in over four decades, while Chinese air force jets intruded into Taiwan’s airspace in an apparent show of force. Azar, the highest-ranking Cabinet member …

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Ex-Pak president Zardari indicted in graft case

Islamabad: An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Monday indicted former president Asif Ali Zardari through video link in a graft case where he was accused of influencing authorities to release loans to front companies. As Zardari could not appear in the court due to “illness”, the indictment was carried out through video link, which was the first such indictment in …

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UNGA president-elect ready to help India, Pak on Kashmir issue, if requested by both

Islamabad: UN General Assembly president-elect Volkan Bozkir on Monday said that he is ready to help Pakistan and India within his mandate to resolve their differences on Kashmir issue if requested by both the parties. Addressing a news conference along with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Bozkir said that the resolution of the Kashmir issue was vital for sustainable …

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