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Pak PM Khan to attend opening ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics; to ‘reinforce all-weather’ partnership

Pak PM Khan to attend opening ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics; to ‘reinforce all-weather’ partnership

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Islamabad, January 28Pakistan on Friday announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics next week, reinforcing the "all-weather strategic cooperative partnership" between the two countries.During the visit, Khan will have meetings with the Chinese leadership, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said at the weekly briefing."The visit will reinforce the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between our two countries, and further advance the objective of building a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era," he said.The foreign office on January 13 had said that Khan will be embarking on a three-day visit to Beijing from February 3 on the invitation of the Chinese leadership.T...
Video: Motorcyclist falls in front of speeding truck. You won’t believe what happened next

Video: Motorcyclist falls in front of speeding truck. You won’t believe what happened next

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Chandigarh, January 28A hair-raising video from Malaysia showing a motorcyclist latterly run over by a truck after crashing on a busy road has gone viral. The incident is said to have reported on January 24.The dashcam footage was shared by an onlooker who was sitting in his automobile and noticed the accident. The accident occurred while it was raining. In the clip, the biker probably lost control of the bike as the road was slippery and fell just in front of a speeding truck. As soon as he saw the truck rushing towards him, he left the bike and in a nick of time he ran towards the other side of the road.The truck driver ultimately hit the brakes and stopped, whereas the motorcyclist slipped away unharmed. The footage has gone viral on Facebook, posted by ViralHog, racking up lakhs of vie...
‘1 in 3 dies, should we worry’: Wuhan scientists warn of new Covid virus ‘NeoCov’ with high death rate and spread, says report

‘1 in 3 dies, should we worry’: Wuhan scientists warn of new Covid virus ‘NeoCov’ with high death rate and spread, says report

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Chandigarh, January 28 Scientists from China's Wuhan, where the Covid-19 virus was first discovered in 2019, have warned of a new type of coronavirus 'NeoCov' in South Africa, stated to have a high death and transmission rate, according to a report by the Russian news agency Sputnik. The new variant of NeoCov virus is not new, says report. Associated with the MERS-CoV virus, it was discovered in outbreaks in Middle Eastern countries in 2012 and 2015 and is similar to the the SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus in humans. While NeoCoV was discovered in a bat population in South Africa and has only been known to spread among these animals, a new study published as a preprint on the bioRxiv website discovered that NeoCoV and its close relative PDF-2180-CoV can infect humans. According to...
Not completely optimistic of Taliban govt, says Pak NSA

Not completely optimistic of Taliban govt, says Pak NSA

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Islamabad, January 27Pakistan's frustration with the Afghan Taliban became evident on Thursday when its top security official said Islamabad was "not completely optimistic" of the Taliban government in Kabul as organised terrorist networks are still operating in the war-torn nation and the Afghan soil was still being used against his country.Briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf spoke about the threat posed to Pakistan by the presence of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Afghanistan. "Organised terrorist networks are still operating in Afghanistan and the Afghan soil is still being used against Pakistan," he said. "Pakistan is not completely optimistic of the Taliban government and a complete solution to all prob...
Prefer diplomacy, says Blinken as Russia-Ukraine row escalates

Prefer diplomacy, says Blinken as Russia-Ukraine row escalates

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Washington, January 27 The United States is "ready either way" in handling the escalating Ukraine crisis, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Moscow on Wednesday as the Biden administration's top envoy delivered a letter to the Russian Government in this regard. "All told, it sets out a serious diplomatic path forward, should Russia choose it," Blinken told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department soon after US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan delivered the documents to the Russian Government in Moscow. "The document we have delivered includes concerns of the United States and our allies and partners about Russia's actions that undermine security, a principled and pragmatic evaluation of the concerns that Russia has raised, and our own proposals for are...
Masks, Covid pass no longer must in UK

Masks, Covid pass no longer must in UK

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London, January 27 Most Covid restrictions, including mandatory face masks, were lifted in England on Thursday, after Britain's government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and hospitalisations. From Thursday, face coverings are no longer required by law anywhere in England, and a legal requirement for Covid passes for entry into nightclubs and other large venues has been scrapped. The government last week dropped its advice for people to work from home as well as guidance for face coverings in classrooms. The so-called "Plan B" measures were introduced in early December to stop the rapid spread of the Omicron variant from overwhelming health services and to buy time for the population to get its booster vaccine shot. Health Secretary Sajid Javid sai...
EU launches WTO action against China for targeting Lithuania

EU launches WTO action against China for targeting Lithuania

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Brussels, January 27 The European Union (EU) said on Thursday that it had launched action against China at world trade's governing body for engaging in discriminatory practices against Lithuania, saying Beijing's spat with the Baltic country was hitting other EU exports. Lithuania broke with diplomatic custom by agreeing that the Taiwanese office in Vilnius would bear the name Taiwan instead of Chinese Taipei, a term used by other countries to avoid offending Beijing. China considers Taiwan part of its territory with no right to diplomatic recognition. Beijing expelled the Lithuanian ambassador and withdrew its own ambassador. Last month, Lithuania closed its embassy in the Chinese capital. Tensions have mounted, and Lithuania accuses Beijing of holding up goods at China's borders. "Lau...
England reverts to Plan A Covid rules, masks no longer legally required

England reverts to Plan A Covid rules, masks no longer legally required

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London, January 27Face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement in indoor spaces from Thursday as England reverts to Plan A coronavirus lockdown measures, amid a continued fall in the Omicron variant infection rate.Under plans announced by the UK government earlier this month, mandatory Covid-19 vaccination certification will also end but venues may choose to use the NHS Covid Pass showing vaccination status or a negative Covid test voluntarily.The work from home where possible guidance had been withdrawn last week as part of a staggered rollback of all Plan B measures, which came into force on December 8, 2021."Our vaccines, testing and antivirals ensure we have some of the strongest defences in Europe and are allowing us to cautiously return to Plan A, restoring more freedoms to t...
Partygate report will be published in full, vows PM Boris Johnson

Partygate report will be published in full, vows PM Boris Johnson

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London, January 27British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday vowed to publish in full the findings of an official report into alleged breaches of lockdown rules with parties in his Downing Street office and across government as pressure mounted on him to step down.The much-anticipated Cabinet Office inquiry report, being compiled by top civil servant Sue Gray and said to be in its final stages, is expected to be handed to Downing Street imminently.The Opposition and members of Johnson's own Conservative Party have insisted that it should be published in its entirety once handed in by the Cabinet Office.During a visit to North Wales, when asked by reporters if it would be published in full, Johnson said: "Of course. I can't go beyond what I said yesterday, but I stick to what I said t...
World remembers Holocaust as antisemitism rises in pandemic

World remembers Holocaust as antisemitism rises in pandemic

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Brussels, January 27 Holocaust survivors and politicians warned about the resurgence of antisemitism and Holocaust denial as the world remembered Nazi atrocities and commemorated the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on Thursday. "I have lived in New York for 75 years, but I still remember well the terrible time of horror and hatred," survivor Inge Auerbacher, 87, told the German parliament. "Unfortunately, this cancer has reawakened and hatred of Jews is commonplace again in many countries in the world, including Germany." Commemorations are taking place amid a rise of antisemitism that gained traction during lockdowns as the pandemic exacerbated hatred online. "This sickness must be healed as quickly as possible," Auerbacher said. German parliame...