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Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatists

Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatists

Spain yesterday pardoned nine jailed Catalan separatists behind a failed 2017 independence bid, aiming to break a deadlock over the political crisis in the wealthy northeastern region.

New Yorkers vote in Democratic primary for post-pandemic mayor

New Yorkers vote in Democratic primary for post-pandemic mayor

New York City residents cast ballots in a Democratic primary yesterday that will select the candidate almost certain to take over as mayor tasked with shaping the post-pandemic future of America’s largest metropolis.

Officials count ballots after Ethiopia’s election

Officials count ballots after Ethiopia’s election

Officials in Ethiopia counted ballots yesterday after a parliamentary election billed as the first free vote in the country’s history but marred by an opposition boycott, war and reports of irregularities in some areas.

Concerns raised about China at UN rights council

Concerns raised about China at UN rights council

More than 40 countries led by Canada voiced grave concerns at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday about China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet – triggering a fierce backlash from Beijing.

Duterte threatens vaccine decliners with jail

Duterte threatens vaccine decliners with jail

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, frustrated by the slow pace of Covid-19 vaccinations in his country, threatened people who refuse to get inoculated with jail or an injection of Ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug widely used to treat animals.

New Covid variant is a concern, says India

New Covid variant is a concern, says India

India yesterday declared a new coronavirus variant to be of concern, and said nearly two dozen cases had been detected in three states.

EU launches antitrust probe against Google over online ads

EU launches antitrust probe against Google over online ads

The EU launched a wide-ranging antitrust probe against Google Tuesday over concerns that it is forcing out rivals in the lucrative online advertising market.

Nordic fund KLP divests from Adani Ports over links to Myanmar military

Nordic fund KLP divests from Adani Ports over links to Myanmar military

Norwegian pension fund KLP is divesting from Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited on the grounds the company's links with the Myanmar military breach the fund's responsible investment policy, KLP told Reuters on Tuesday.

Italy to scrap mandatory masks outdoors from June 28

Italy to scrap mandatory masks outdoors from June 28

Italy will lift a requirement that people wear face masks outdoors from June 28, the government said late on Monday, as Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations decline.

India tests longer-range drone flights, eyes Covid-19 vaccine deliveries

India tests longer-range drone flights, eyes Covid-19 vaccine deliveries

An aviation firm has carried out the first tests in India of longer-range drone deliveries, as hopes grow that they could deliver medicines as well as Covid-19 vaccines to remote areas.

Pakistan to receive 13mn doses of Pfizer vaccine

Pakistan to receive 13mn doses of Pfizer vaccine

Pakistan has made an agreement to procure 13 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer, the country's health minister said on Tuesday.

'World's happiest country' seeks migrants

'World's happiest country' seeks migrants

Repeatedly dubbed the happiest nation on the planet with world-beating living standards, Finland should be deluged by people wanting to relocate, but in fact it faces an acute workforce shortage.

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