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Guterres to run for second term as UN Secretary General

United Nations | Xinhua | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will serve a second five-year term, if that’s what member states want, his spokesman said on Monday. Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for the secretary-general, said that the 75th UN General Assembly president, Volkan Bozkir, on Friday asked Guterres “about his …

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U.S. equities post weekly gains in kicking off 2021

New York, U.S. | Xinhua | Wall Street’s major averages advanced in the first trading week of the new year as investors shrugged off the turmoil in Washington and a weaker-than-expected December U.S. employment report. All the three major indexes finished higher on Friday after achieving their respective milestones in the …

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Turkish president says preparations continue for mass vaccination

Istanbul, Turkey | THE INDEPENDENT |   Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the mass vaccination process against the COVID-19 pandemic would soon start. Speaking to reporters in Istanbul after Friday prayers, Erdogan said that Turkey’s Health Ministry has been continuing its works to launch the vaccination process in line …

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IMF projects China’s economy to grow by 7.9% this year

  Washington, US | XINHUA |  China’s economy is projected to expand by 7.9 percent in 2021 following 1.9 percent growth in 2020, as economic activity continues to normalize and domestic COVID-19 outbreaks remain under control, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday. “The Chinese economy continues its fast recovery …

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TWITTER: End of the road for Donald Trump

  Washington, US | THE INDEPENDENT | Twitter has announced a permanent suspension of the US President’s personal account @realDonaldTrump. They join other social media companies Facebook and Instagram that earlier announced indefinite suspension of activity on Donald Trump’s accounts on their platforms. ***** TWITTER FULL STATEMENT After close review …

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Twitter allows Trump back, he concedes defeat

Washington, US | THE INDEPENDENT | Twitter has lifted the suspension on US President Donald Trump’s account, and he has used the opportunity to concede defeat and promise a smooth transition. “A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and …

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