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Abbas to undergo 'medical tests' in Germany: Palestinian source - RFI

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas left for Germany on Monday for "routine medical tests", a source in his office told AFP, weeks before the first Palestinian polls in 15 years. The 86-year-old Abbas left the presidential compound in Ramallah in the....
 

Spain to exhume bodies of civil war victims at Valley of the Fallen

The Socialist government said it had set aside €665,000 ($780,000) to exhume some 33,000 victims whose remains lie behind a vast basilica near Madrid. Franco was buried in the basilica when he died in 1975 but his remains were removed in 2019 and transferred to a discreet family plot on the outskirts of the capital.

Female ministers are now the majority as Spanish PM reshuffles cabinet

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reshuffled his government Tuesday, in a move that will see the majority of government posts handed to women. The cabinet is now composed of 12 women and 10 men, with the four key posts of deputy premier held by women. Spain was the “only country in the world” to have a cabinet dominated by women, Sanchez said.

Spain extends AstraZeneca vaccine to over 65s

The vaccine, restricted until now to the 55-to-65 age group, will now be made available to over-65s in priority groups such as health workers, police officers or teachers. “In respect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, given the new scientific evidence … the age limit is raised,” said a ministry statement Tuesday evening.

Long queues, public suffering as buses start operating at 50% occupancy

Commuters, especially office-goers, have been facing difficulties since this morning as public transports have started operating at 50 percent occupancy in Dhaka and adjacent areas in line with the latest government directive. Long queues formed at bus stops, reports our photographer while visiting....

Google Maps to start directing drivers to 'eco-friendly' routes

Google's Maps app will start directing drivers along routes estimated to generate the lowest carbon emissions based on traffic, slopes and other factors, the company announced on Tuesday. Google, an Alphabet Inc unit, said the feature would launch later this year in the U.S.

Hefajat leader Muhammad Waqqas dies of Covid-19

Mufti Muhammad Waqqas, a member of the central advisory council of Hefajat-e Islam and president of a faction of Jamiat Ulamaye Islam, died of Covid-19 at a Dhaka hospital today. He was 74. Jamiat Ulamaye Islam is a component of the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

'There is no excuse': Hundreds turn out to protest against sexual violence in Wellington

Hundreds have taken to Courtenay place to rally against sexual violence and call for safer streets in the capital. Their message is clear, enough is enough. The #LetUsLive: Rally for a City Free From Sexual Violence comes after swathes of recent reports highlighting the issue of safety in Wellington.

Israel election results: Joint List, Yesh Atid to meet for coalition talks

LIVE UPDATES. 09:28 A.M. Joint List, Yesh Atid to meet for coalition talks. Joint List and Yesh Atid representatives will meet on Thursday to discuss the Joint List's potential support of Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid receiving the mandate to form a coalition.

Kenney says he’s been told youth sports could be linked to ‘worrisome signs’ of COVID-19 transmission in Alberta 4 hours

It’s been nearly two months since Alberta allowed for more opportunities for children and youth to take part in sports-related activities. On Monday night, the premier suggested it’s possible that could be linked to a concerning trend amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Commission launches survey to evaluate European Research Area policy framework

An online survey to support the European Commission’s ongoing Study to evaluate the ERA policy framework/ERA monitoring mechanism has been launched. The study objectives are: Evaluate the European Research Area (ERA) policy framework's efficiency and effectiveness between 2015-2020, including the....

Euro zone bonds calm as investors await inflation data

By Yoruk Bahceli * Euro zone periphery govt bond yields tmsnrt.rs/2ii2Bqr AMSTERDAM, March 31 (Reuters) - Euro zone bond yields calmed on Wednesday after a sell-off a day earlier as investors awaited inflation data for the region. German and Italian yields rose on Tuesday to their highest in nearly two weeks, driven by a sell-off in U.

Asia shares fall on virus worries, despite strong China data

TOKYO – Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday despite data that pointed to a strong economic recovery in China, as worries lingered about the pandemic. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dipped 0.9% to 29,178.80. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.8% to 6,790.70. South Korea's Kospi fell nearly 0.1% to 3,066.

The geopolitics of railways in South Caucasus

With several months from the signing of the trilateral agreement which ended the Second Karabakh War, it is important to look at how various stipulations are being implemented. Below the focus is placed on the evolving connectivity patterns in the South Caucasus.

Further delay likely for Etinde FID

. A final investment decision (FID) on developing the Etinde gas block in the shallow waters off Cameroon is "likely to slip into 2022," one of its developers Bowleven said on March 30. Etinde contains the IM gas and condensate field. Development will involve a wellhead platform tied to an onshore gas processing and storage facility.

King Saud University

resumed their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5-0 win over Palestine on Tuesday in a match that saw the return of fans inside the stadium. It was announced in the lead-up to the match that the would welcome vaccinated supporters to 40 per cent capacity for the D match.

Executive Committee

On , the Standing Committee of the adopted amendments to I and Annex II of Hong Kong's Basic Law that deal with the method of selection of its chief executive and the formation and voting procedures of the Apart from its original function of nominating and electing the chief executive, the....

The National

The champions of the Championships were impressed with the course in Tyler and the hospitality during the nearly week-long stay. Over 500 disc golfers competed on three courses with the top professionals on the course at “The sport has grown a ton, the media has grown a ton. The publicity is out there.

Body of South African man killed in Mozambique attacks repatriated

Pretoria – Six more South African nationals were successfully evacuated on Tuesday and the body of a man killed in deadly terrorist attacks in Mozambique last week has been repatriated. The Department of International Relations and Co-operation has extended gratitude to Mozambique’s government for....

Zvezda lays keel for 1st of three LNG-powered MR tankers

The MR-type product carrier will be operating on LNG as a marine fuel as a means of cutting sulfur and NOx emissions. The 1B-ice class tanker will have a deadweight of about 50,000 tonnes, length of over 180 meters, a width of over 32 meters, and a draft of 13 meters.

Hyundai Mobis, announced the urban shared future mobility concept, M.Vision X and M.Vision POP!

SEOUL, South Korea March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Mobis disclosed a new mobility concept reflecting the post-Covid 19 era. At the held at the R&D headquarters in Korea on March 31st , Hyundai Mobis disclosed urban shared mobility concept cars, M.Vision X and M.Vision POP, while also demonstrating new technologies.

Asia shares fall on virus worries, despite strong China data

Japan Financial Markets A car stops in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Asian shares were mixed Wednesday as data showed a strong economic recovery in China but worries lingered about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Latest: Japan wants further probe into COVID-19 origins

Virus Outbreak Japan Daily Life People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) (Koji Sasahara) March 31, 2021 at 2:44 am EDT By The Associated Press TOKYO — Japan is calling for further....

5 Russian rulers who became Orthodox saints

Olga was the first Russian ruler to become a Christian. Furthermore, she was baptized even before Russia adopted Christianity. "She shone among the pagans, like a pearl in the mud," the authors of old Russian chronicles later wrote about her. Olga became one of the first saints venerated in Russia.

Search by postcode to see how much your Council Tax will rise tomorrow

Millions of ratepayers’ bills will tip over £2,000 for the first time as Tory ministers force the burden onto hard-pressed families during the pandemic. Of 147 English councils that provide social care that we analysed last month, 93 were planning the maximum 4.99% rise at the time of our research. A further six were planning a rise of between 4.

Australia's COVID-19 vaccine roll-out misses targets

FILE PHOTO: Commuters wearing protective face masks in accordance with new public health regulations for riding public transit depart a train station in the wake of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo.

Shaken by Greensill, German towns pull millions from banks

Part of financier Lex Greensill’s insolvent Greensill Capital, the bank collapsed this month and triggered a 2 billion euro ($2.34 billion) bill for Germany’s deposit protection scheme. But towns and cities are excluded from this shield and are nursing losses of hundreds of millions of euros.

UK economy grew by stronger-than-expected 1.3% in fourth-quarter

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain’s coronavirus-hammered economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the final three months of last year but still shrank by the most in more than three centuries in 2020 as a whole, official data showed on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Commuters walk across the London....

COVID-19 pushes Lloyd's of London to $1.2 billion loss in 2020

FILE PHOTO: A man walks out of Lloyd's of London's headquarters in the City of London, Britain, July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson. LONDON (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic pushed Lloyd’s of London to a 900 million pound ($1.24 billion) pre-tax loss in 2020, compared with a 2.

Capital FM: US orders diplomats out of Myanmar as violence spirals

Yangon, Myanmar, March 31 – The United States on Wednesday ordered the departure of non-essential diplomats from Myanmar, amid growing violence following the military coup to oust civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Daily protests demanding the restoration of the elected government have been met with....

News updates from HT: Rainforest destruction went up by 12% in 2020, says report

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times. Rainforest destruction went up by 12% in 2020, says report. The primary forest loss globally was 12% higher in 2020 compared to 2019 and the resulting carbon emissions from....
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