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Germany says emergency Covid-19 aid can’t continue indefinitely – world news

Germany can’t continue compensating businesses for lost sales beyond next month and more targeted measures will be needed instead, according to senior officials in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. Germany has been in partial lockdown since the beginning of November, with restaurants, bars, gyms and cultural venues shut to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions are likely ...

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Cambridge’s chemistry department named after Indian scientist Yusuf Hamied – world news

The department at the University of Cambridge where Indian scientist Yusuf Hamied, chairman of pharma major Cipla, studied has been named the Yusuf Hamied department of chemistry until 2050, the university announced on Tuesday. Hamied, 84, who was a student at Christ’s College, has retained close links with Cambridge over the past 66 years, the university said, adding that in ...

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Kim Jong Un given experimental Covid-19 vaccine by China, says US analyst – world news

China has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a US analyst said on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources. Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at the Center for the National Interest think tank in Washington, said the Kims and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated. It was ...

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Joe Biden expresses sense of urgency in advancing climate goals – us presidential election

Joe Biden has expressed a clear sense of urgency in advancing climate goals as the US President-elect discussed his decision to rejoin the historic Paris Agreement on his first day in office during a meeting on climate policy. In the virtual meeting with national security and climate policy staff on Monday, Biden reiterated his intention to ensure climate change is ...

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Canada PM Trudeau expresses concern over farmers’ protest in India – world news

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday expressed concern about the protest by farmers in India against laws to liberalise farm trade, saying these concerns had been conveyed to the Indian government. Trudeau made the remarks while participating in a Facebook video interaction organised by Canadian MP Bardish Chagger to mark Gurupurab or the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, ...

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Macron’s U-turn leaves French police chief to take heat over abuse – world news

Emmanuel Macron’s police chief faces a grilling on Tuesday with the French government on the defensive after three officers were filmed attacking a Black man last month. National Police Director General Frederic Veaux will be questioned by a Senate committee in Paris on Tuesday just a day after Macron’s governing party retreated from plans to criminalize the filming of police ...

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Joe Biden gets access to President’s Daily Brief: Report – us presidential election

Joe Biden on Monday got his first look as president-elect at the President’s Daily Brief, a top secret summary of US intelligence and world events — a document former first lady Michelle Obama has called “The Death, Destruction, and Horrible Things Book.” Biden has already had eyes on different iterations of the so-called PDB, which is tailored to the way ...

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Indian national gets 20-year jail for running call centers that defrauded US citizens – world news

A US court Monday sentenced an Indian national to 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in operating and funding India-based call centers that defrauded American people of millions of dollars between 2013 and 2016. Hitesh Madhubhai Patel (44) of Ahmedabad was sentenced by US District Judge for the Southern District of Texas ...

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California at Covid ‘tipping point’ as Trump admin hopes for vaccines by Christmas – world news

California’s governor said on Monday the state was at a “tipping point” in the Covid-19 pandemic that would soon overwhelm hospitals as political leaders nationwide turn to increasingly aggressive measures to hold back the latest surge. Governor Gavin Newsom said he may clamp new “stay-at-home” orders on California’s roughly 40 million residents in the face of infections and hospitalizations that ...

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Japan bird flu outbreak spreads to farm in fourth prefecture – world news

Bird flu has been detected in a fourth Japanese prefecture, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday, as a wave of infections at poultry farms sparks the country’s worst outbreak in more than four years. Avian influenza was discovered at an poultry farm in Hyuga city in Miyazaki prefecture on Honshu island in southwestern Japan, the ministry said on its website. ...

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