Ukraine crisis: Russia presses Donbas offensive as Polish leader visits Kyiv

Russia pressed its offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region Sunday as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the outcome of the gruelling conflict would determine whether his country’s fate lies with the West or under Moscow’s domination. After declaring its full control of a sprawling seaside steel plant that was the last defence holdout in the […]

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North Korea: Fighting Covid with traditional medicine

North Korea is grappling with the spread of Covid in an unvaccinated population, and without access to effective anti-viral drugs people are being advised to try alternative remedies such as drinking herbal tea and gargling salt water. In early 2020, the country sealed its borders to try to insulate itself from the pandemic. Its leadership […]

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Canada to ban China’s Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

Canada says it will ban two of China’s biggest telecoms equipment makers from working on its 5G phone networks. The restrictions against Huawei and ZTE were announced by the country’s industry minister on Thursday. Francois-Philippe Champagne says the move will improve Canada’s mobile internet services and “protect the safety and security of Canadians”. But Huawei […]

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Canada storms: Nearly a million homes lose power in high winds

Nearly 900,000 homes in southern Canada were left without power on Saturday after a severe storm hit the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Four people were killed by falling trees and a woman died when a boat capsized in the Ottawa River. Wind gusts reached 82 mph (132km/h) during the storm, according to Environment Canada. […]

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Monkeypox: Israel, Switzerland and Austria confirm cases

Israel, Switzerland and Austria are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 15. Israel and Switzerland both said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled abroad. Israel is investigating other suspected cases. Monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the […]

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Dollar loses ground after U.S. inflation data

The dollar lost some ground on Friday after U.S. consumer prices increased roughly in line with expectations in November as investors, who had been bracing for much higher inflation, bet that the actual number would not change the pace of interest rate hikes. Labor Department data showed an increasing consumer price index (CPI) as cost […]

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Taylor Swift to face trial in Shake It Off copyright case

Taylor Swift must face a jury trial over accusations that she copied lyrics for Shake It Off from another song. A US judge has refused Swift’s request to dismiss the case, saying a jury may find that her 2014 hit copied girl group 3LW’s 2001 tune Playas Gon’ Play. Both tracks feature variations of the […]

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India begins world’s biggest drive

A sanitation worker became the first Indian to receive a Covid vaccine as the country began the world’s largest inoculation drive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the programme, which aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against Covid. He paid tribute to front-line workers who will be the first to receive jabs. India has […]

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Three vaccine doses key for tackling Omicron

Two doses of a Covid vaccine are not enough to stop you catching the Omicron variant, UK scientists have warned. Early analysis of UK Omicron and Delta cases showed the vaccines were less effective at stopping the new variant. But a third booster prevents around 75% of people getting any Covid symptom. Meanwhile, Levelling Up […]

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