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Air pollution: Even worse than we thought – WHO

Air pollution is even more dangerous than previously thought, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, as it slashes maximum safe levels of key pollutants such nitrogen dioxide. An estimated seven million people die prematurely each year from diseases linked ...

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Melbourne earthquake: Tremor rattles southeast Australia

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake has rattled southeast Australia, damaging buildings in the city of Melbourne. The earthquake happened about 09:15 local time (23:15 GMT) on Wednesday at Mansfield, not far from the Victorian state capital. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said ...

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Russia shooting: Gunman kills several at Perm University

A gunman has killed six people at a university in the Russian city of Perm, officials say. The assailant walked on to the campus on Monday morning and started shooting. Students and teachers barricaded themselves inside the university building; others ...

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Aukus: French minister condemns US and Australia ‘lies’ over security pact

France’s foreign minister has accused Australia and the US of lying over a new security pact that prompted Paris to recall its ambassadors. In an interview with France 2 television, Jean-Yves Le Drian also accused the countries of “duplicity, a ...

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Aukus: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China

The UK, US and Australia have announced a historic security pact in the Asia-Pacific, in what’s seen as an effort to counter China. It will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, using technology provided by the US. ...

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International community announces over $1.2 billion in pledges for Afghanistan humanitarian crisis

The U.N. chief emphasised that “it is impossible to provide” humanitarian assistance inside Afghanistan “without engaging with the de facto authorities of the country” The international community has announced over $1.2 billion in aid for the Afghanistan humanitarian crisis, with ...

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UK’s National Health Service starts world’s largest trial of Galleri blood test

The United Kingdom’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) has commenced the world’s biggest trial of a blood test where they will detect more than 50 types of cancer. The world’s largest trial of Grail Inc’s flagship Galleri blood test will find ...

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Women Only for Ola’s E-Scooter Factory Which Is World’s Largest

Led by Bhavish Aggarwal, the e-mobility business is a follow-up to ride-hailing startup Ola, which is expected to make its debut on public markets next year. Ola Electric Mobility Pvt’s new electric-scooter factory aims to build 10 million two-wheelers annually, ...

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Why is there a food emergency in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has experienced long queues to buy essential items amid tight lockdown measures to control the spread of Covid-19. Shelves at government-run supermarkets have been running low – some even empty – with very little stock remaining of imported ...

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Lebanon gets new government amid deepening crisis.

A new government has been announced in Lebanon over a year after the previous administration quit following the devastating Beirut port explosion. Najib Mikati – Lebanon’s richest man – becomes prime minister, a position he has held twice before. His ...

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Afghanistan: US concerned by new Taliban government

The US has said it is concerned after the Taliban unveiled Afghanistan’s new all-male government with figures linked to attacks on American forces. The interim cabinet is led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who is on a UN blacklist. Another ...

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Taiwan says 19 Chinese warplanes entered air defence zone

Taiwan has said a large incursion of Chinese military jets flew into its air defence zone on Sunday. The defence ministry said 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ). Taipei has been ...

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Afghanistan: Last US military flight departs ending America’s longest war

The last US military flight has left Kabul airport, marking the end of a 20-year presence in Afghanistan and America’s longest war. Officials said the last C17 aircraft took off with the US ambassador onboard after midnight local time on ...

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Hurricane Ida: New Orleans loses power as storm strikes

The US city of New Orleans has lost power, with only generators working, as Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana. The storm brought 150mph (240km/h) winds when it made landfall and those people who did not flee have been advised to shelter ...

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