Myanmar’s coup is awkward for China

China may have a history of backing the junta, but it may not be that happy about the present state of affairs….

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Cocaine ‘worth billions’ seized in record Germany and Belgium haul

More than 23 tonnes of the drug was discovered in two raids on shipments heading to the Netherlands. …

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Jamal Khashoggi: US report expected to name Saudi crown prince as complicit in murder

President Biden to call King Salman as his administration prepare to release intelligence report in ‘long awaited step’Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday, as his administration prepares to release an unclassified intelligence report that many experts expect will name the royal’s son and heir as complicit in the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi.Biden’s plan to call to the 85-year-old ruler was reported on Tuesday night by Axios. Continue reading… …

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Chinese court orders man to pay ex-wife $7,700 for her housework during marriage

A divorce court in China ordered the man to $7,700 for five years of work, sparking debate in China about the undervaluing of housework….

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Boris Johnson ‘a liar’ who will seek to blame Brexit costs on Covid, says diplomat

Sylvie Bermann, France’s UK ambassador during Brexit vote, assesses PM’s pandemic handling alongside Donald Trump Boris Johnson is “an unrepentant and inveterate liar” who feels he is not subject to the same rules as others, Sylvie Bermann, the former French ambassador to the UK during the Brexit vote, has said in a new book.She also claims some Brexiters are consumed with hatred for Germany and gripped by a myth that they liberated Europe on their own, describing Brexit as a triumph of emotion over reason, won by a campaign full of lies in which negative attitudes to migration were exploited by figures such as Johnson and Michael Gove. Continue reading… …

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South African city of Port Elizabeth becomes Gqeberha

They are learning how to pronounce Gqeberha, the new name for the city of Port Elizabeth. …

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Italy landslide pushes hundreds of coffins into the sea

Video shows the search for coffins that tumbled into the sea from a cliff-side cemetery in Genoa. …

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F.D.A. Analyses Find Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Works Well

F.D.A. studies show the shot strongly protects against severe illness and may reduce spread of the virus. But the drugmaker has fallen short of initial production goals. …

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Mara Wilson: ‘Sexualised’ child star expresses solidarity with Britney Spears

The Mrs Doubtfire and Matilda actress says she “hated” her treatment by the press and public. …

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Brexit trade delays getting worse at UK border, survey finds

Two out of three supply chain managers report experiencing import delays of ‘two to three days’Delays importing and exporting goods to and from the EU have worsened since Brexit was introduced at the start of the year and will result in stock shortages and price rises for consumers, according to a report.A survey of 350 supply chain managers found that two out of three had experienced delays of “at least two to three days” getting goods into the UK, compared with 38% who reported delays in a similar survey in January. Continue reading… …

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Live updates: Coronavirus deaths fell by 20% last week, WHO says

It is the third-straight week that global deaths have fallen. The number of new cases is also down by 11 percent from the week before….

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Covax Program Ships First Covid Vaccines to Africa

The initiative known as Covax plans to deliver some two billion doses worldwide this year, the largest mass inoculation operation in history. …

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Covax delivers first Covid vaccines in ‘momentous occasion’

Doses land in Accra as part of scheme seeking to offset ‘vaccine nationalism’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovax has delivered its first Covid-19 doses in a milestone for the ambitious programme that seeks to offset “vaccine nationalism” by wealthy countries and ensure poor ones do not wait years to start inoculating people.An aircraft carrying 600,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Wednesday, where jabs will be administered to frontline health workers on Tuesday. Vaccine doses will arrive on Friday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and will be given from Monday. Continue reading… …

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All people with learning disabilities will be invited for Covid vaccines, says care minister

Adults with less severe conditions will be invited for jabs, says Helen Whately, after advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and ImmunisationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAll adults on the learning disability register will be invited to get a coronavirus vaccine following advice from the Joint Committtee on Vaccination and Immunisation.Those with severe learning disabilities are already included in priority group six, while adults with less severe conditions are not prioritised but the JCVI said the health service should now invite all those on the GP learning disability register after analysis found they were at higher risk of death and serious illness. Continue reading… …

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Ecuador jail fight: Dozens of inmates killed in gang war

The violence is thought to be linked to a battle for control of the jails after a gang leader’s killing. …

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UK coronavirus live: JCVI does not favour prioritising key workers in phase two of vaccine rollout, MPs told

Prof Wendy Barclay says people likely to need regular vaccine protecting them from flu and coronavirusNHS app could be used to prove status and access venues in EnglandSecondary schools returns could be staggered over two weeks in EnglandEngland’s catch-up plan for pupils: summer schools and tutoringThe forecasts that spooked Johnson into slowing exit from lockdownGlobal coronavirus updates – live 11.01am GMT The Commons science committee is now taking evidence from Prof Sarah Gilbert, head of the team that produced the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, Dr Philip Dormitzer, chief scientific officer of Viral vaccines at Pfizer, and Madelaine McTernan, director general of the UK Vaccine Taskforce.Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey asks about the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine if the second dose is delayed. 10.51am GMT At the end of her session Prof Wendy Barclay, head of the department of infectious disease at Imperial College London, was asked what she thought the chances were of a variant emerging that was fully resistant to the vaccines.She said she did not expect to see “complete escape” (ie, a variant emerging fully resistant to the vaccines). But she said that it was more likely that there would be a “gradual loss” of effectiveness. At some point a decision would…

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In a forgotten attic, a Moldovan photographer found 4,000 images of vanished village life

Victor Galușca, a Moldovan filmmaker and photographer, happened upon what he called a “treasure:” some 4,000 negatives documenting village life in the former Soviet republic from the 1950s through the 1970s by an unheralded Moldovan photographer….

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Dozens of dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach

The cause of death is still unknown but a recent cyclone is among the theories being investigated. …

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Amnesty strips Alexei Navalny of ‘prisoner of conscience’ status

Amnesty said it took the decision after complaints of “hate speech” by the Russian opposition leader. …

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Brittany Higgins Files Police Report on Parliament House Rape Claim

Brittany Higgins has filed a formal police report against a former government employee who she said raped her in Australia’s Parliament House in 2019, rocking the government. …

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New Zealand: Rescuers save 28 whales from stranding spot

Rescuers have successfully refloated 28 pilot whales on a notorious New Zealand beach, Farewell Spit. …

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Germany convicts former Assad regime agent in historic Syria torture verdict

Eyad al-Gharib found guilty of aiding and abetting a crime against humanityA court in Germany has found a Syrian man guilty of being an accomplice to crimes against humanity, in a historic first victory for efforts worldwide to bring legal accountability for atrocities committed in Syria’s long war.Eyad al-Gharib, a 44-year-old former colonel in the Syrian intelligence service, carried out orders in one of Bashar al-Assad’s notorious prisons. Continue reading… …

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Travel Quarantines: Enduring the Mundane, One Day at a Time

Running a half-marathon in your hotel room. Hearing the sea, but not seeing it. Fixating on food. Here’s how some travelers passed the time during their mandatory quarantines. …

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Her New Life Started With a Robbery on a First Date

Nine months after she fled Syria, Maisam met Marvin in Germany. Their relationship gave her a surrogate family while she was separated from her own. …

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