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Concerns loom over Biden’s vaccine mandate as US COVID-19 deaths top 700,000

Washington, USA | Xinhua | U.S. business groups have many unanswered questions over President Joe Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandates to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 700,000 Americans. Biden, who prioritized handling the pandemic after assuming office, announced last month sweeping new federal vaccine requirements …

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Uganda to open shelter for stranded girls in UAE

Dubai, UAE | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has said that the government of Uganda is to open a shelter in the United Arab Emirates-UAE to shelter girls that get stranded in that country after being trafficked. Museveni made the pronouncement after discussions with the executive leaders of Ugandans …

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Covax misses its 2021 target

What’s gone wrong in the fight against vaccine nationalism and hoarding of vaccines by rich countries? | RORY HORNER | The latest supply forecast for Covax – the programme for sharing COVID-19 vaccines around the world – suggests that accelerating vaccination in low-income countries looks unlikely. Covax estimates it will …

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First official EgyptAir flight lands at Israel airport

Jerusalem, Israel | Xinhua | A first-ever commercial flight of Egypt’s flagship carrier EgyptAir landed in Israel on Sunday after taking off from Cairo, according to a report by Israel’s state-owned Kan TV news. EgyptAir’s new route will include four weekly round-trip flights between Cairo International Airport and Ben Gurion Airport …

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Philippines’ Duterte says he will retire from politics

Manila, Philippines |  Xinhua | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Saturday that he will not run for vice president in the 2022 elections as he had promised earlier,  and will instead retire from politics. “Today, I announce my retirement from politics,” Duterte, 76, told journalists. Concerning his surprise announcement, Duterte, …

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FAO calls on countries to reduce food losses

Rome, Italy | Xinhua | The director-general of the Rome-based United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday called for countries to redouble efforts to halve food waste by the end of this decade. The organization estimated that around 14 percent of the world’s total food production is lost between …

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