Europe region faces 700,000 more deaths by March – WHO

A further 700,000 people could die of Covid by March in Europe and parts of Asia, the World Health Organization has warned. The death toll already exceeds 1.5 million in the 53 countries of what the WHO terms as its Europe region. The WHO warned of “high or extreme stress” in intensive care units in […]

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India announces bill to ban cryptocurrencies

India’s government will introduce a bill to ban private cryptocurrencies and create a framework for a central bank-backed digital money, parliament said in a shock announcement late Tuesday. The proposed bill “seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India”, the Lok Sabha said, and comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned last week that Bitcoin […]

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Apple announces self-service repair scheme in win for campaigners

Apple has announced a “self-service repair” programme so “customers who are comfortable” can fix their own devices. At launch, in early 2022 in the US, it will cover replacing the batteries, screens and cameras of recent iPhones. But Apple’s new repair store will sell more than 200 parts and tools. It comes after months of […]

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Mohamed Salah to auction Old Trafford hat-trick shirt to raise funds for animal charity

Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah has announced he is auctioning off his Liverpool shirt from the historic 5-0 win over Manchester United last month. Salah, 29, became the first opposition player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Old Trafford when Liverpool cruised to victory over their fierce rivals on October 24. Now the shirt Salah wore will […]

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Tesla’s German car plant attempts to raise manufacturing bar

Two years after Elon Musk elicited audible gasps from an awards show audience with his surprise announcement that Tesla would build a factory outside Berlin, the project is nearing fruition and the hype has never been more palpable. One analyst recently compared the series of innovations Mr Musk is pursuing at the plant to Henry […]

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Covid-19: Canada approves Pfizer’s vaccine for children, shipments to start immediately

Canada on Friday authorized the use of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, paving the way for the inoculation of elementary school-age children across the country. The shot is the first to be made available for young children in Canada. Officials had made clear for weeks that the decision would be […]

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Facebook changes its name to Meta in major rebrand

Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand. The company said it would better “encompass” what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality (VR). The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the […]

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Kamala Harris: First woman to get US presidential powers

US Vice-President Kamala Harris will become the first woman to briefly be given presidential powers as Joe Biden undergoes his regular health check. President Biden will transfer power to Ms Harris for the period in which he is placed under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy on Friday. The medical examination will be Mr Biden’s first […]

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Malaysian transgender woman Nur Sajat: ‘I had to run away’

The detainee was Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman, a glamorous, 36-year-old Malaysian cosmetics entrepreneur with a huge social media following. The Malaysian authorities immediately sought her extradition on charges of insulting Islam, which had been brought against her in January, and which are punishable by up to three years in prison. Nur Sajat’s offence was to wear […]

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