Covid:  Sydney extends lockdown as other Australian cities reopen

Sydney’s lockdown has been extended by another month as Covid cases continue to rise. Australia’s largest city has been under stay-at-home orders since late June due to an outbreak of the Delta variant. More than 2,500 people have been infected in Sydney’s worst outbreak this year. New South Wales – of which Sydney is the […]

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North and South Korea restore hotline after a year

North and South Korea have restored a communication hotline that was cut off by Pyongyang last year. According to the South’s presidential office, the leaders of both countries have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties. They have exchanged several personal letters since April, added the statement. North Korea cut the hotline in June 2020 […]

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Covid: Fauci says US heading in wrong direction as cases rise

The US is heading “in the wrong direction” on the coronavirus pandemic as infections surge among the unvaccinated, warned the country’s top infectious disease expert. Dr Anthony Fauci said the Delta variant of Covid-19 was driving the spike in areas with low vaccination rates. He said health officials were considering revising mask guidance for vaccinated […]

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Pegasus spyware: French President Macron changes phone after hack reports

French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his phone and number following reports that he was targeted with Israeli-made spyware called Pegasus. Macron’s office said the president has also ordered an overhaul of security protocols. This week, Le Monde reported that he and 14 French ministers were flagged for potential surveillance by Morocco. Moroccan authorities have […]

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Pegasus: Princess Latifa and Princess Haya numbers ‘among leaks’

Phone numbers used by two Dubai princesses have reportedly been found as part of an investigation into the phone hacking spyware known as Pegasus. Princess Latifa is the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, and Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein is his former wife. In mid-February, a secret video from Princess Latifa appeared in which she […]

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Passengers trapped inside submerged subway as deadly floods sweep central China

Terrified subway passengers in central China were left clinging to ceiling handles inside flooded cars on Tuesday, trapped up to their necks in rising water, as record breaking rains devastated parts of Henan province. At least 12 people have been confirmed dead in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, where over 20 centimetres of rain fell in […]

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Chinese authorities slam ‘groundless’ hacking claims

China has slammed “groundless” claims that it carried out a major cyber-attack against tech giant Microsoft. A group of Western countries had accused China of hacking Microsoft Exchange – a popular email platform used by companies worldwide. The joint statement accused the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) of undermining global stability and security. China […]

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Covid vaccination centres vandalized in France

Two vaccination centres have been ransacked in France amid protests over the government’s introduction of tougher coronavirus rules. One site in south-east France was vandalized and flooded with fire hoses on Friday night, said authorities. A day later, another clinic in the south-west was partially destroyed in what local media called an arson attack. The […]

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Haiti assassination allegedly involved Americans and retired members of Colombian military, says officials

The armed group who assassinated Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moise, were “professional killers” consisting of more than two dozen people, including two American citizens and retired members of the Colombian military, said authorities. However, as more details begin to emerge of the people who killed Moise, little is known about the suspected masterminds and the reasons […]

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Surfside tower collapse: ‘Zero’ hope of finding survivors

Rescue teams combing the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Florida are switching from a search-and-rescue mission to a recovery effort. The decision comes about two weeks after the 12-storey Champlain Towers South fell in the middle of the night. Fifty-four victims have been found and 86 are still missing, Surfside city officials said. […]

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