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WHO approves China's Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline

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The World Health Organization(WHO) approved for emergency use a COVID-19 vaccine from China's state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm on Friday, bolstering Beijing's push for a bigger role in inoculating the world. The vaccine, one of two main Chinese coronavirus vaccines that have been given to hundreds of millions of people in China… Read

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UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines

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The British government on Friday announced a “first tentative step” toward resuming international travel, saying UK citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the country's current blanket ban on… Read

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Biden says he is confident he can meet Putin soon

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U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he expected to be able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon and the White House said ongoing differences between the United States and Russia would not need to be resolved in advance of a summit. Biden told reporters at the White House… Read

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Disappointing April jobs data pose new challenge for Biden agenda

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The United States added just 266,000 jobs in April -- a quarter of the number expected -- in a surprise setback for President Joe Biden's efforts to revive an economy blighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The weak hiring also pushed the unemployment rate up slightly to 6.1 percent, according to… Read

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Voters flock to Johnson's party as Labour loses bastion

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Voters in an opposition stronghold turned en masse to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives, boosting his parliamentary majority on Friday despite a high COVID-19 death toll, last year's record economic slump and cronyism charges. Conservative Jill Mortimer beat Labour's candidate in Thursday's ballot by 15,529 votes to 8,589 to… Read

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EU calls on U.S. to push exports to counter vaccine shortage

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The European Union called on the United States Friday to start boosting its vaccine exports to contain the global COVID-19 crisis, and said that the U.S. backing of patent waivers would provide only a long-term solution at best. “We invite all those who engage in the debate of a waiver… Read

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Rio police face fury, calls for probe after bloody raid

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Police in Brazil faced outraged protests and a U.N. call for an investigation Friday after a raid on a Rio de Janeiro favela left 25 people dead -- some reportedly killed in cold blood. "Stop killing us!" said hundreds of protesters from the impoverished neighborhood of Jacarezinho, who marched outside… Read

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Germany breaks third virus wave but warns against complacency

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Germany seems to have halted a surge of coronavirus infections driven by the British variant, its health minister said Friday, cautioning however against lifting restrictions precipitously. "The third wave appears to have broken," Jens Spahn told a press conference in Berlin. "The infection figures are dropping again, but we are… Read

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Four ex-cops indicted on U.S. civil rights charges in George Floyd killing

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Four former Minneapolis police officers face federal civil rights charges for their role in the arrest and murder of George Floyd, according to court documents unsealed on Friday, showing the Justice Department's tougher stance in such cases. A federal grand jury in Minneapolis on Thursday issued a three-count indictment charging… Read

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Israeli police, Palestinians clash at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa; scores injured

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Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers. At least 178 Palestinians and six officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam's… Read

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