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Guard killed as UN compound attacked in Afghan city

Guard killed as UN compound attacked in Afghan city

An Afghan police guard was killed yesterday when a United Nations compound came under attack in Herat, officials said, as fighting raged between government forces and the Taliban on the outskirts of the western city.

More deaths as wildfires sweep Turkey’s southern coast

More deaths as wildfires sweep Turkey’s southern coast

The death toll from wildfires on Turkey’s southern coast has risen to four and firefighters were battling blazes for a third day yesterday after the evacuation of dozens of villages and some hotels.

Hard-won gains at risk as Delta variant spreads, WHO warns

Hard-won gains at risk as Delta variant spreads, WHO warns

The Delta variant of the coronavirus (Covid-19) is a warning to the world to suppress the virus quickly before it mutates again into something even worse, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

Assam tells residents to shun Mizoram travel

Assam tells residents to shun Mizoram travel

The Indian state of Assam has advised its residents to avoid travelling to neighbouring Mizoram after six policemen were shot dead in a rare border clash between the two regions.

Faster vaccination urged as India Covid cases rise

Faster vaccination urged as India Covid cases rise

India yesterday reported 44,230 new Covid-19 cases, the most in three weeks, the latest evidence of a worrying trend of rising cases that has forced one state to lock down amid fears of another wave of infections.

Covid vaccine protection highly likely to wane over time: experts

Covid vaccine protection highly likely to wane over time: experts

The protection that vaccines give against coronavirus infection, and potentially severe disease, is highly likely to wane over time so vaccine campaigns will continue for years to come, scientists told the British government’s advisory group.

Philippines to place Manila area in lockdown to curb Delta variant

Philippines to place Manila area in lockdown to curb Delta variant

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday approved the imposition of lockdown measures in the capital region, in a bid to contain the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant and to shield the country’s medical system.

Duterte fully restores key US military pact

Duterte fully restores key US military pact

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a crucial pact governing the presence of US troops in the southeast Asian nation, the two countries’ defence ministers said yesterday, reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern in Washington and Manila.

Australia sets 80% coronavirus vaccine target to open borders

Australia sets 80% coronavirus vaccine target to open borders

Australia will reopen its borders and end lockdowns when 80% of the population is fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed yesterday, sketching a long road out of “Fortress Australia” virus restrictions.

Obama planning big 60th birthday bash

Obama planning big 60th birthday bash

Looks like former president Barack Obama is gearing up to throw the (outdoor) bash of the summer.

Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox, warns CDC

Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox, warns CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said, citing an internal CDC document.

Trump ‘told justice dept tooverturn election results’

Trump ‘told justice dept tooverturn election results’

Then president Donald Trump pressured top US justice department officials in December to overturn his election defeat, threatening to oust them if they did not comply with his demands, documents released by congressional investigators show.

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