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Indian farmers clash with police over farm reforms

New Delhi - Indian police fired tear gas and water cannon on Thursday in clashes with several thousand farmers marching to New Delhi to protest against recent agricultural reforms.

Dozens jailed for life over Turkey's 2016 coup

Ankara - A Turkish court jailed 27 former pilots and other suspects for life in one of the largest trials stemming from the bloody 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Thailand confirms return of Iranians held over 2012 bomb plot

Bangkok - Thailand confirmed Thursday it had returned three Iranians jailed over a 2012 bomb plot in Bangkok, in an announcement that came after Tehran freed an Australian-British lecturer imprisoned for alleged spying.

Mass evacuations hailed for casualty-free India cyclone

Puducherry - Accurate forecasting and the evacuation of several hundred thousand people helped avert any loss of life after a cyclone clobbered southeast India, authorities said Thursday, as rescuers worked to restore power and clear fallen trees.

US Supreme Court sides with religious groups on virus rules

New York - The US Supreme Court has barred New York from imposing coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship in a ruling likely to be heralded by conservatives as a victory for religious freedoms.

Pakistan cricketers positive for Covid-19 in New Zealand

Wellington - Pakistan's cricket tour of New Zealand was in the balance Thursday after six squad members tested positive for Covid-19 and the team received a "final warning" for flouting quarantine rules.

South Korea virus cases hit highest level since March

Seoul - South Korea reported its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since March on Thursday, with a surge of new infections sparking fears of a major third wave.

Narcolepsy fiasco spurs Covid vaccine fears in Sweden

Stockholm - Take a vaccine developed in haste? Never again, says Meissa Chebbi, who, like hundreds of other young Swedes suffered debilitating narcolepsy after a mass vaccination campaign against the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic.

Europe's Christmas ski season threatened by virus as cases pass 60 mn

Berlin - Germany announced Wednesday that it will push for Europe to ban ski holidays in a bid to curb coronavirus infections, while cases of Covid-19 reached a new peak of more than 60 million globally.

After year-long sprint, Covid-19 vaccines finally at hand

Paris - Less than a year after an unknown coronavirus that has claimed 1.4 million lives began spreading across the globe, a number of highly promising Covid-19 vaccines are on the cusp of release.

AstraZeneca admits errors were made in vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus treatments: some progress, no panacea

Paris - Nearly a year after a mysterious pneumonia emerged in China and began its global spread, there is still no silver bullet treatment for Covid-19 despite an unprecedented effort to discover new medicines or repurpose existing drugs.

'Infodemic' risks jeopardising virus vaccines

Paris - As early as February, with the global pandemic spreading fast, the World Health Organization issued a warning about an "infodemic", a wave of fake news and misinformation about the deadly new disease on social media.

Mexican protesters decry violence against women

Mexico - Demonstrators marched through the Mexican capital on Wednesday and scuffled with police during an angry protest at widespread violence against women in the Latin American nation.

Virus forges path to new life for Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews

Jerusalem - For many, the pandemic has been a time of devastating isolation, but for some ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews it has pushed them to integrate in the world outside their narrow communities.

Europe's Christmas ski season threatened by virus as cases pass 60 mn

Berlin - Germany announced Wednesday that it will push for Europe to ban ski holidays in a bid to curb coronavirus infections, while cases of Covid-19 reached a new peak of more than 60 million globally.

Covid vaccines: Why the safety process reassures experts

Washington - Covid-19 vaccine emergency approvals are around the corner, makers are preparing to ship millions of doses -- and experts are trying to reassure the public that the record-breaking speed of development hasn't compromised safety.

Off the pistes: Germany seeks to keep EU ski resorts shut

Berlin - Germany will seek a deal with European partners to close ski slopes through to early January due to coronavirus, setting it on a collision course with resort operators and Austria ahead of the crucial Christmas holiday season.

Powerful cyclone buffets southern India pushing tens of thousands into shelters

Puducherry - A powerful cyclonic storm hurtled into India's southeastern coast early Thursday, uprooting trees and packing strong winds and rains as tens of thousands of people took refuge in shelters.

Felipe Lima talks Energy Standard, ISL Season 2, plans for future Special

Brazilian swimmer Felipe Lima chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about ISL Season 2 and swimming for the Energy Standard swimming team.
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