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Biden tests positive for COVID-19

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | U.S. President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. Biden, who was fully vaccinated and twice boosted, is experiencing very mild symptoms, according to a statement from the White House. He has begun taking Paxlovid and will isolate at the White House and continue to …

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Spain rejects EU proposal to cut gas consumption by 15 pct

Madrid, Spain | Xinhua | The Spanish government rejects the plan announced Wednesday by the European Commission to cut gas consumption by 15 percent in the coming months in view of the possibility that Russia will cut gas supplies to Europe, Teresa Ribera, minister for ecological transition, has said. “Whatever happens, …

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Italian PM resigns

Rome, Italy | Xinhua | Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday officially resigned, remitting his mandate to the hands of the president, and putting an end to his national unity government after 17 months in office. “President Sergio Mattarella has received Mario Draghi, who … has reiterated the resignation of …

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Iran says nuke program “peaceful,” no weaponry pursuit

Tehran, Iran | Xinhua | Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Wednesday that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons and its nuclear technology program is “peaceful.” “Iran possesses high nuclear capabilities, and, as we have mentioned many times, Iran’s nuclear technology is completely peaceful and under the constant supervision …

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🔴 STEEPLECHASE: Chemutai finishes 11th

  Eugene, USA | THE INDEPENDENT | Peruth Chemutai finished 11th at the World Championships in 9:21.93, falling short of the performance that gave her Olympic glory at the Steeplechase in Tokyo last year. Inspector of Police Chemutai, who is the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic gold medal, …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as new president of Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka | Xinhua | Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected as the new president of Sri Lanka in an election held in parliament on Wednesday. Soon after winning the election, Wickremesinghe addressed the parliament, calling on all legislators including the opposition parliamentarians to unite and work together with him to …

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U.S. House passes bill on marriage equality

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on marriage equality on Tuesday in a 267-157 vote, with 47 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the measure. The Respect for Marriage Act, which calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, will face an …

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Iran, Russia sign MoU for petroleum investment

Tehran, Iran | Xinhua | Tehran and Moscow on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding, based on which the latter is expected to make an investment worth roughly 40 billion U.S. dollars in Iran’s petroleum industry, the Iranian Oil Ministry’s news service Shana reported. The document was signed during an online …

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U.S. military biological activities warrant closest attention: Lavrov

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | In an article published on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for closest attention to the Pentagon’s military biological activities around the world. There is “multiplying evidence of (the Pentagon’s) criminal experiments with the most dangerous pathogens in order to create biological weapons conducted under …

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