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LONDON: Survivors and families of the victims of Britain’s worst residential fire since World War II will on Tuesday (Jun 14) mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy. A total of 72 people were killed when a fire that started in a faulty freezer ripped through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block in west London. An…

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SYDNEY: China needs to lift its sanctions on Australia to improve relations, Australia’s prime minister said on Tuesday (Jun 14), as he welcomed as “a good thing” the first talks between ministers from the two countries in almost three years. China is Australia’s largest trading partner and the biggest customer for its iron ore –…

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SYDNEY: Australians have been warned to expect blackouts across the densely populated east coast on Tuesday (Jun 14), as an energy crisis grips one of the world’s biggest coal and gas producers. Australia’s energy market regulator warned there could be a power shortfall in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, which are home…

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Its approval for use against alopecia was based on the results of two randomised, controlled clinical trials involving a total 1,200 adults with severe alopecia. Each trial split participants into three groups: A placebo group, a group that received a 2mg dose every day and a group that received a 4mg dose every day. After 36…

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The World Bank has approved a loan of €454.4 million (US$474.4 million) to help South Africa fund COVID-19 vaccine purchases, the bank and South Africa’s National Treasury said in a statement. South Africa has recorded the most coronavirus cases and deaths on the African continent, with more than 3.9 million confirmed cases and more than 101,000…

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MAJOR GAINS IN CHINA Almost all populated regions in the world exceed WHO guidelines, but nowhere more so that in Asia: By 15-fold in Bangladesh, 10-fold in India, and nine-fold in Nepal and Pakistan. Central and West Africa, along with much of Southeast Asia and parts of central America, also face pollution levels – and…

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BRUSSELS: Rich countries have made a dangerous dash for fossil fuels in response to the Ukraine war, the UN secretary-general said on Tuesday (Jun 14), warning that new investments being made in coal, oil and gas were “delusional” given their impact on climate change. “The energy crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine has seen a perilous…

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ROME: Pope Francis has taken a new series of swipes at Russia for its actions in Ukraine, saying its troops were brutal, cruel and ferocious and that the invasion violated a country’s right to self-determination. In the text of a conversation he had last month with editors of Jesuit media and published on Tuesday (Jun…

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BERLIN: Germany’s top court ruled on Tuesday (Jun 14) that a medieval anti-Semitic sculpture can stay on the facade of a church in the eastern town of Wittenberg, rejecting an appeal by a Jewish plaintiff who has for years argued it is an insult to all Jews. The 13th century “Judensau” or “Jew Sow” on…

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Taiwan’s representative office in Saudi Arabia, which oversees Qatar, has been trying to find out what was happening, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou. “At present we are still awaiting a response from the relevant body in Qatar,” she added. Saeed Al-Kuwari, director of the Hayya programme for Qatar’s World Cup organisers, told reporters he…

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