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India's Covid-19 surge and the new variant: what we know

New Delhi - India is battling a record-breaking rise in Covid-19 infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and led to severe bed and oxygen shortages.A key question is whether a new variant with potentially worrying mutations -- B.1.

Biden seeks to rally world on climate as summit momentum builds

Washington - President Joe Biden hopes to rally the world on climate as he unveils more ambitious US commitments Thursday at a summit that is expected to see a slew of new promises.

Germany faces up to unpredictable post-Merkel era

Berlin - A sea change in German politics began this week with two leading parties announcing their candidates to succeed Angela Merkel at September's elections, when the veteran chancellor will bow out from politics.

Along the mighty Niger River, fewer fish and more jihadists

Mopti - Ousmane Djebare Djenepo, wearing sunglasses and an easy smile, stands upright to show off the mighty Niger River which is flowing around his traditional wooden canoe, or pirogue.

A ripped up deal, virus accusations and spies: Australia-China relations in freefall

Bejing - Spying charges, calls for a probe into the origins of Covid-19, and now a body blow to Chinese Belt and Road ambitions Down Under -- tensions between Australia and its biggest trade partner China are going from bad to worse.

Hamas warns against delaying next month's Palestinian election

Gaza - Any change to the timetable for the first Palestinian elections in 15 years would deal a heavy blow to efforts to reconcile the rival administrations in Gaza and the West Bank, a top Hamas official warned.

China warns of 'serious harm' to relations as Australia scraps BRI deal

Bejing - China on Thursday said Australia's sudden scrapping of a Belt and Road Initiative deal risked "serious harm" to relations and warned of retaliatory actions, but Canberra insisted it would not be bullied.

Myanmar crisis summit a test for ASEAN's credibility: Thailand

Yangon - A weekend summit on the Myanmar coup crisis will be a test for ASEAN's credibility and unity, a senior Thai official said Thursday, amid an escalating death toll and violence across its western border.

India logs record jump in virus infections as Biden hails US vaccine drive

New Delhi - India on Thursday posted a global record for the number of coronavirus cases in a day, as US President Joe Biden hailed his government's "stunning" vaccination drive.

Biden cranks up US ambition as summit lifts climate hopes

Washington - President Joe Biden on Thursday sharply ramped up US ambitions on slashing greenhouse gas emissions, leading Japan and Canada in raising commitments at a summit whose promises bring the world closer to limiting the worst climate change.

Belgian ambassador to South Korea apologises for wife's 'assault'

Seoul - Belgium's ambassador to South Korea apologised Thursday after footage showed his wife hitting two boutique staff in the head in a row over shoplifting.

Prague gives Moscow ultimatum to let Czech diplomats return

Prague - The Czech government on Wednesday warned Moscow it might expel more Russian diplomats unless the 20 Czech nationals ejected from Russia were allowed to return to work within a day.Moscow responded by saying the ultimatum was "unacceptable".

Kremlin downplays pro-Navalny rallies after nearly 1,800 detained

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday downplayed opposition protests in support of jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny that saw nearly 1,800 people detained across Russia.

Hong Kong journalist convicted over database search for mob attack probe

Fpo - An award-winning Hong Kong journalist was found guilty on Thursday of improperly searching a public database of vehicle licence plates to help track down the perpetrators of an attack on democracy supporters by government loyalists.

Biden to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide: reports

Washington - US President Joe Biden is preparing to recognize the World War I-era killings of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide, US media said Wednesday.

Hong Kong journalist convicted over public database searches

Fpo - An award-winning Hong Kong journalist was found guilty on Thursday of improperly searching a public vehicle licence database to help track down the perpetrators of an attack on democracy supporters by government loyalists.

Pakistan Taliban claim deadly blast at luxury hotel

Quetta - The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Thursday for a deadly suicide blast at a luxury hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in the southwest of the country, as officials raised the death toll to five.

Over 1,700 detained at pro-Navalny rallies across Russia

Moscow - More than 1,700 people were detained by police at rallies in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in dozens of cities across Russia, an independent monitor reported on Thursday.

India posts global record of 315,000 daily Covid cases

New Delhi - India posted a global record of almost 315,000 new Covid infections on Thursday as hospitals in New Delhi sent out desperate warnings that patients could die without fresh oxygen supplies.
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