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India, China agree to resolve remaining issues in eastern Ladakh expeditiously

India, China agree to resolve remaining issues in eastern Ladakh expeditiously

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New Delhi, August 2 The Indian and Chinese armies on Monday described as "constructive" the 12th round of military talks on the eastern Ladakh row during which they agreed to resolve the pending issues in an "expeditious" manner, even as no concrete outcome came out of the negotiations on the much-anticipated disengagement process in the remaining friction points. A joint statement released here by the Indian Army, two days after the talks, said the two sides had a "candid and in-depth exchange" of views relating to the disengagement and that the meeting further enhanced mutual understanding. People familiar with the talks said some forward movement was made on the disengagement in the friction points of Hot Springs and Gogra and both sides will discuss about a detailed plan on it in th...
Combining AstraZeneca and mRNA Covid19 vaccines is effective: Danish study

Combining AstraZeneca and mRNA Covid19 vaccines is effective: Danish study

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Copenhagen, August 2 Combining AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine with a second dose from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna's jab provides "good protection", Denmark's State Serum Institute said on Monday. A growing number of countries are looking at switching to different Covid-19 vaccines for second doses, a measure particularly necessary in Denmark after health authorities discontinued inoculations with AstraZeneca's vaccine in April over rare side-effect concerns. More than 144,000 Danes, mostly frontline personnel in the health sector and the elderly, received their first jab with AstraZeneca's vaccine but were subsequently vaccinated with either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna's shots. "The study shows that fourteen days after a combined vaccination program, the risk of infection with SA...
Ex-Canadian minister accuses Pak of engaging in ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan

Ex-Canadian minister accuses Pak of engaging in ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan

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Islamabad/Toronto, August 2 Former Canadian politician and diplomat Chris Alexander has accused Pakistan of being complicit in "proxy war and war crimes" and engaging in an "act of aggression" against neighbouring Afghanistan. We strongly condemn the unwarranted comments by former Canadian Minister Chris Alexander, making unfounded amp; misleading assertions about 🇵🇰's role in #AfghanPeaceProcess. Such remarks betray a complete lack of understanding of the issue as well as ignorance of facts on ground.1/3 — Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) August 1, 2021 Alexander, who served as Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from 2013 to 2015, said in a tweet on Sunday, "Taliban fighters waiting to cross the border from Pakistan to Afghanistanhellip; anyone still den...
Ex-Canadian minister accuses Pakistan of engaging in ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan

Ex-Canadian minister accuses Pakistan of engaging in ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan

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Islamabad/Toronto, August 2 Former Canadian politician and diplomat Chris Alexander has accused Pakistan of being complicit in "proxy war and war crimes" and engaging in an "act of aggression" against neighbouring Afghanistan. We strongly condemn the unwarranted comments by former Canadian Minister Chris Alexander, making unfounded amp; misleading assertions about 🇵🇰's role in #AfghanPeaceProcess. Such remarks betray a complete lack of understanding of the issue as well as ignorance of facts on ground.1/3 — Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) August 1, 2021 Alexander, who served as Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from 2013 to 2015, said in a tweet on Sunday, "Taliban fighters waiting to cross the border from Pakistan to Afghanistanhellip; anyone still den...
New Zealand housing crisis sparks human rights inquiry

New Zealand housing crisis sparks human rights inquiry

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Wellington, August 2 New Zealand's housing crisis is having a "punishing impact" on marginalised communities and leaving many people homeless, the human rights commission said on Monday as it launched an inquiry into the country's red-hot property market. A raft of cooling measures enforced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier this year has had no impact on runaway house prices in New Zealand, as investors cashed in on historically low interest rates and cheap access to capital under the government's pandemic-inspired stimulus spending. Property prices in New Zealand have soared by the most among OECD nations, rising about 30% in just the past 12 months. "The housing crisis in Aotearoa is also a human rights crisis encompassing homeownership, market renting, state housing and homel...
Mexico holds referendum on whether to investigate former presidents

Mexico holds referendum on whether to investigate former presidents

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Mexico City, August 1 Mexicans voted on Sunday on whether to investigate five former leaders in a referendum championed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, amid criticism that the poll is a political stunt and with early indications that turnout was low. Lopez Obrador has cast past administrations as deeply corrupt and made combating graft his top priority. But critics say the president is hoping to use the vote, what he calls a "public consultation", to energize his base and that it is unlikely to muster enough votes to be valid. At least 40% of registered Mexican voters, or some 37 million people, would need to vote for the results to be binding. Analysts have said they doubt the turnout, which was slightly above 50% in June midterm elections, will be sufficient. Several hours...
Army patrols Sydney streets as Brisbane extends Covid-19 lockdown

Army patrols Sydney streets as Brisbane extends Covid-19 lockdown

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Sydney, August 2 Australian officials on Monday extended a snap three-day lockdown in the city of Brisbane and some neighbouring regions while hundreds of army personnel began patrolling Sydney to help enforce COVID-19 lockdown rules. Sydney, Australia's largest city, is into its sixth week of a lockdown as it struggles with a spike in infections that added nearly 3,500 cases since the first one was detected in a limousine driver who transported overseas airline crew. Officials in New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, have implored residents to stay home to prevent more surges and brought in the military to help police enforce compliance after some defied lockdown rules. Some 300 army personnel, who will be unarmed and under police command, will go door to door to ensure peo...
US: Evictions expected to spike as federal moratorium ends

US: Evictions expected to spike as federal moratorium ends

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Boston, August 2 Evictions, which have mostly been on pause during the pandemic, are expected to ramp up on Monday after the expiration of a federal moratorium as housing courts take up more cases and tenants are locked out of their homes. Housing advocates fear the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium could result in millions of people being evicted in the coming weeks. But most expect an uptick in filings in the coming days rather than a wave of evictions. The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban to expire. It argued that its hands are tied after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month. House lawmakers on Friday attempted but, ultimately failed, to pass a bill to ext...
New Zealand to open one-way travel for workers from some Pacific nations

New Zealand to open one-way travel for workers from some Pacific nations

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Wellington, August 2 New Zealand will open up one-way quarantine-free travel for seasonal workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu to address labour shortages in the horticulture industry, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. The quarantine-free arrangement is expected to start from September, Ardern said at a news conference. It will only be available to workers who qualify under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, which allows the horticulture sector to recruit labour from overseas for seasonal work when there are not enough New Zealand workers. The scheme was suspended after the country shut its borders last year due to COVID-19. "Covid has closed borders and New Zealand like many others experienced workforce shortages," Ardern said. "We know our agriculture sector is ex...
After months of work, US senators unveil $1-trillion infrastructure Bill

After months of work, US senators unveil $1-trillion infrastructure Bill

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Washington, August 1 US senators introduced a sweeping $1-trillion bipartisan plan to invest in roads, bridges, ports, high-speed internet and other infrastructure, with some predicting the chamber could pass this week the largest public works legislation in decades. The massive infrastructure package, a goal that has eluded Congress for years, is a top legislative priority for Democratic President Joe Biden, who billed it on Sunday as the largest such investment in a century. Senators said the 2,702-page Bill included $550 billion in new spending over five years for items such as roads, rail, electric vehicle charging stations and replacing lead water pipes on top of $450 billion in previously approved funds. "I believe we can quickly process relevant amendments and pass this bill in ...