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India’s Maharashtra tightens COVID curbs as hospitals struggle | Coronavirus pandemic News

Maharashtra state and its capital Mumbai are the current epicentre of the country’s infection spike. India’s Maharashtra state has announced…

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Middle East

Should governments rethink their coronavirus vaccine rollouts?

Many coronavirus vaccines are facing setbacks, from low rates of efficacy to concerns over blood clots. Credit

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Latin America

Turkey to host 10-day Afghan-Taliban peace talks from April 24 | Taliban News

UN, Qatar included in US-backed push to jump-start talks ahead of May 1 deadline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s…

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Africa

Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 | Al-Qaeda News

The US will not meet the May 1 deadline agreed upon by the Trump administration and the Taliban, sources say.…

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Asia

Protests continue across Pakistan over arrest of TLP leader | Imran Khan News

Protesters hold rallies for second consecutive day following the arrest of far-right Muslim leader Saad Rizvi. Islamabad, Pakistan – Protests…

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Features

How colonialism eroded Pakistan’s history of religious fluidity | History News

Inside the courtyard of a house in the village of Ram Thaman, near Lahore in Pakistan, an audience has gathered.…

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Asia

Fury in Armenia as Azerbaijan displays war trophies | Conflict News

Baku showcases ‘park of trophies’ displaying the helmets of Armenian troops who died in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenia on Tuesday accused…

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Latin America

Protests as India’s Goa plans infra projects in protected forest | Climate Change News

If there is one thing keeping Gina Pereira up at night, it is the future of Mollem National Park –…

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Asia

Amid COVID surge, India fast-tracks approval for foreign vaccines | Coronavirus pandemic News

India will fast-track emergency approvals for COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorised by Western countries and Japan, paving the way…

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Asia

S&P to eject Adani Ports from index for Myanmar military ties | Business and Economy News

Rights groups say Adani pays Myanmar military-linked firm millions in rent for land leased for port development. S&P Dow Jones…

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Africa

Taliban refuse to attend Afghan talks in Turkey if held this week | Conflict News

Turkey is set to host talks as part of a US-backed push to jumpstart the Afghan peace process. The Taliban…

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Africa

India’s 161,736 new COVID cases are the world’s highest | Coronavirus pandemic News

India has reported 161,736 new coronavirus infections, hitting the world’s highest daily tally once again, for a total of 13.69…

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Asia

Protests across Pakistan after far-right TLP leader arrested | Protests News

Protests began after Saad Rizvi, leader of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party, was arrested by police in Lahore. Islamabad, Pakistan –…

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Africa

Coronavirus pandemic ‘a long way from over’: WHO | Coronavirus pandemic News

Confusion and complacency in addressing COVID-19 mean the pandemic is a long way from over, but it can be brought…

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Latin America

IA Rehman, Pakistan’s iconic human rights defender, dies aged 90 | Human Rights News

Rehman spent his life defending human rights, opposing military dictators, fighting for the rule of law and democracy. IA Rehman,…

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Latin America

What is behind the anti-Muslim measures in Sri Lanka? | Sri Lanka News

On March 13, Sarath Weerasekara, Sri Lanka’s minister of public security, announced that the government will ban wearing of the…

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Africa

Anger over plan to raze part of iconic Indian library for flyover | India News

New Delhi, India –  A plan to demolish part of a 130-year-old library to construct a flyover is being widely…

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Asia

Bangladesh to impose week-long air travel ban after COVID surge | Coronavirus pandemic News

All international and domestic flights to be banned for a week from Wednesday, coinciding with another lockdown amid spike in…

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Africa

COVID: India overtakes Brazil as world’s second worst-hit country | Coronavirus pandemic News

India reports a record 168,912 cases overnight, taking its overall tally to 13.53 million infections reported since the pandemic erupted.…

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Africa

Kyrgyzstan voters back presidential rule in referendum | Kyrgyzstan News

Preliminary results show strong majority support reforms handing greater powers to the presidency, amid a low turnout. Voters in Kyrgyzstan…

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Middle East

Will brain-computer interfaces transform human lives?

Elon Musk’s brain-chip Neuralink company is working on technology that could improve the lives of those with paralysis. Credit

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Asia

India bans remdesivir exports as COVID-19 cases surge | India News

The health ministry says a ban to be in place until the ‘situation improves’ as India sees the sixth record…

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Latin America

IMF warns on rising debt in COVID-hit Middle East, Central Asia | Business and Economy News

Thirty countries in the regions saw an economic rebound, but outlook remains uncertain because of the pandemic. The International Monetary…

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Africa

Kyrgyzstan votes on constitution boosting president’s powers | Elections News

Draft constitution will reduce the size of the Kyrgyz parliament and give the president the power to appoint judges and…

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Latin America

India: Five killed in election violence in West Bengal state | Narendra Modi News

Rival parties blame each other for inciting the violence in battleground state’s Cooch Behar district. At least five people have…

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Africa

Mumbai in lockdown as Indian vaccines run short | Coronavirus pandemic News

Drive to vaccinate the country’s 1.3 billion people in jeopardy with just 94 million shots provided so far. India’s worst…

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Latin America

‘Supreme Court has signed our death warrant’: Rohingya in India | Rohingya News

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – India’s Supreme Court has refused to stop the deportation to Myanmar of about 170 Rohingya refugees…

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Middle East

Amazon union vote, US vaccine hunters and a Martian helicopter | Business and Economy News

It’s been a week of big numbers – the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund kicked off their spring…

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Asia

After Ayodhya, another mosque-temple dispute brews in India’s UP | Islamophobia News

New Delhi, India – A court in India’s Uttar Pradesh state has passed an order related to a dispute over…

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Asia

Nepal battles worst forest fires in years as air quality drops | Nepal News

Wildfires burn in at least 60 places across 22 of Nepal’s 77 districts, killing five people since January and forcing…

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Middle East

Bollywood anxious as India abolishes film certification tribunal | Arts and Culture News

New Delhi, India – Actress Geetika Vidya Ohlyan was in a meeting when her phone rang. It was a message…

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Africa

COVID roundup: Vaccine restrictions, record cases and job losses | Coronavirus pandemic News

India’s daily cases continue to rise, African Union explores AstraZeneca alternatives and COVAX delivered vaccine to more than 100 countries.…

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Latin America

Rallies, religious gatherings aggravate India’s worst COVID surge | Coronavirus pandemic News

India’s COVID-19 cases have soared 13-fold in barely two months, a vicious second wave propelled by open disregard for safety…

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Asia

India’s first electric car battery plant takes shape | Automotive Industry News

The son-in-law of India’s biggest steel tycoon is betting big on converting coal tar into graphite anodes for electric-car batteries…

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Africa

Indian states report vaccine shortages amid record COVID surge | Coronavirus pandemic News

New Delhi, India – As India continues to reel under a second – and more vicious – wave of coronavirus…

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Africa

World food prices continue to soar, hitting nearly 7-year high | Food News

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products,…

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Asia

Powell: Economy will not be confident until world is vaccinated | Banks News

Viruses do not respect borders, and until the world is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the global and United States…

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Latin America

Murder of woman in Kyrgyzstan triggers bride kidnapping protests | Politics News

Protesters call for interior minister’s resignation after the kidnapping and killing of 27-year-old Aizada Kanatbekova. Hundreds of people rallied in…

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Asia

Sri Lanka arrests ‘Mrs World’ after on-stage fracas, assault | Sri Lanka News

Jurie detained for pulling crown off de Silva minutes after she was declared Mrs Sri Lanka 2020 and damaging the…

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Latin America

From King Kohli to Universe Boss: Five IPL 2021 players to watch | Cricket News

Top players from around the world have gathered for the 14th Indian Premier League (IPL), which starts on Friday for…

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Africa

COVID roundup: Record cases, travel bans and no to lockdown | Coronavirus pandemic News

More than 133 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first case was reported in 2019. And…

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Middle East

Concerns as Kashmir police ban live media coverage of gunbattles | Freedom of the Press News

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Journalists and media organisations in Indian-administered Kashmir say they are concerned over a new directive issued…

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Asia

FIFA suspends Pakistan football after ‘hostile takeover’ | Football News

Players, coaches blast rival group that took over Pakistan Football Federation HQ last month. FIFA, football’s world governing body, has…

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Asia

Call for US probe into Hindu right-wing groups getting COVID fund | Coronavirus pandemic News

Following an Al Jazeera report, US-based Coalition to Stop Genocide in India demands investigation into federal funds given to ‘sponsor…

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