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U.K. reopens after three months of lockdown

Major step towards freedom: Johnson Crowds queued up outside shops, pubs started selling pints at midnight and hairdressers welcomed desperate customers on Monday as England started to reopen its economy after three months of lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the reopening was a “major step” towards freedom but urged people to behave responsibly as […]

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A grim new year for debt-trapped working class women in Sri Lanka

Ongoing protest against microfinance the latest from Rajapaksas’ support base M. Champa Irangani is in no mood to celebrate ‘Avurudu’, or New Year, the biggest annual festival that Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese community observes mid-April, while Tamils celebrate the Tamil New Year around the same time. “The New Year will dawn only the day our […]

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The Five Sins of Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang

1.  Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD) controlled by Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang is suspected of money laundering An ongoing dispute between Lobsang Sangay and Former Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE), Penpa Tsering, has continued regarding irregularities with the Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD), which has led to widespread rumors about Lobsang Sangay’s corruption […]

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Veteran Greek crime journalist shot dead by bike-borne assailants

Greek police have launched a manhunt for the unidentified individuals and have said that the murder was carefully planned, Aljazeera reported. Prominent Greek journalist Giorgos Karaivaz was fatally shot dead outside his home in Athens by two unidentified bike-borne assailants, reported Al Jazeera. The incident has drawn widespread condemnation from politicians and the media fraternity. […]

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U.S.-Russian trio blast off on mission to space station

A Russian-U.S. trio of space travelers launched successfully Friday, heading for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov blasted off as scheduled at 12:42 p.m. (0742 GMT, 3:42 a.m. EDT) aboard the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. They are […]

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COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage Doctors in Japan announced Thursday they have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from COVID-19. The recipient, identified only […]

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Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths

More than 90 million Indian health workers and Indians older than 45 have received at least one shot, and 11 million of them have received both doses. Nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease surged even in some countries that have kept the virus […]

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South Korean tanker once held by Iran now on the move

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Iran released the tanker and its captain after seizing the vessel in January. A South Korean oil tanker held for months by Iran amid a dispute over billions of dollars held in Seoul was freed and sailed away early on Friday, just hours ahead of further talks between Tehran and […]