On October 2021...

Shares in the struggling property giant China Evergrande have fallen sharply after plans to offload a stake in one of its units for $2.6bn fell through, casting further doubt over whether it can avert the country’s biggest ever corporate failure. China Evergrande Group, the parent company for the sprawling empire built by former steel industry executive Xu Jiayin, closed down 12.54% in Hong Kong on Thursday…

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October 21, 2021...

Children aged 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a Covid-19 shot at their paediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said as it detailed plans for the expected authorisation of the Pfizer shot for elementary school youngsters in a matter of weeks. Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks to weigh the safety and effectiveness of giving low-dose shots to the roughly 28 million children in that age group…

For more details – https://www.nzherald.co.nz/

October 20, 2021...

North Korea test fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Tuesday, South Korea said. It would be the latest step in nuclear-armed North Korea’s efforts to field SLBMs, which are seen as a potent nuclear deterrent because they can be difficult to detect or destroy. Analysts and officials in South Korea believe the country is building an operational ballistic missile submarine…

For more details – https://www.reuters.com/

October 19, 2021...

China’s economy grew 4.9% in the July to September quarter from a year earlier, the slowest pace in a year and worse than analysts had predicted. This was far slower from the previous quarter when growth was almost 8%, suggesting the recovery is weakening. Power shortages, outbreaks of Covid-19 and pressure from Beijing on a number of industries are taking their toll. These developments may dampen growth for the rest of the year and should not be underestimated, one expert said…

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October 18, 2021...

The State Department confirmed on Sunday that 16 Americans were among 17 people kidnapped in Haiti. A gang that was responsible for kidnapping five priests and two nuns earlier this year is being blamed for the recent kidnapping as well, police say. “The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the State Department said in a statement…

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October 17, 2021...

Projected sea level rise would mean 40% of the buildings in the Marshall Islands’ capital of Majuro would be permanently flooded and entire islands would disappear, potentially costing the Pacific country its status as a nation, according to a devastating new report from the World Bank. The report, Mapping the Marshall Islands, containing grim visualisations of the impact of sea level rise on the Marshall Islands…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

October 16, 2021...

Norwegian authorities said on Thursday the bow-and-arrow rampage by a man who killed five people in a small town appeared to be a terrorist act, a shocking attack in a Scandinavian country where violent crime is rare. Police identified the attacker as Espen Andersen Braathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen, who was arrested on Wednesday night. They said he used the bow and arrow and possibly other weapons to randomly target people at a supermarket and other locations in Kongsberg…

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October 15, 2021...

Carbon emissions are rebounding strongly and are rising across the world’s 20 richest nations, according to a new study. The Climate Transparency Report says that CO2 will go up by 4% across the G20 group this year, having dropped 6% in 2020 due to the pandemic. China, India, Argentina are set to exceed their 2019 emissions levels. The authors say that the continued use of fossil fuels is undermining efforts to rein in temperatures…

For more details – https://www.bbc.com/

October 14, 2021...

Standing beside North Korea’s largest missiles, leader Kim Jong Un said his country’s weapons development is necessary in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea, state media said on Tuesday. Pyongyang was only increasing its military in self-defence and not to start a war, Kim told a defence exhibition on Monday, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency reported…

For more details – https://www.reuters.com/

October 13, 2021...

G20 leaders and ministers are meeting by video conference to discuss a UN proposal to channel funds to Afghanistan to ease its worsening humanitarian catastrophe. It is the first time the world’s richest countries have met to discuss the consequences of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover on 15 August. Afghanistan was 75%-dependent on foreign aid before the takeover, and funds held overseas have been frozen by the US…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

October 12, 2021...

A new report released by the World Health Organization on Monday warns that climate change is the “single biggest health threat facing humanity.” The report points out that climate change is already impacting the lives and health of millions of people in various ways, and that while “no one is safe from these risks,” people in low-income communities are most vulnerable. The threats include harm or death from increasingly frequent extreme weather events…

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October 11, 2021...

The global community must invest much more and raise the scale and speed of its pledges to protect nature and prevent species loss, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday on the eve of a new round of global biodiversity talks. The first part of the twice-postponed “COP15” biodiversity negotiations begin in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming on Monday, with the aim of generating momentum for an ambitious post-2020 agreement to reverse decades of habitat destruction caused by human encroachment…

For more details – https://www.reuters.com/

October 10, 2021...

California on Saturday became the first state to say large department stores must display products like toys and toothbrushes in gender-neutral ways, a win for LGBT advocates who say the pink and blue hues of traditional marketing methods pressure children to conform to gender stereotypes. The new law, signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, does not outlaw traditional boys and girls sections at department stores…

For more details – https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

October 09, 2021...

A suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz has killed at least 50 people, officials say, in the deadliest assault since US forces left. Images on social media showed bodies and debris inside the mosque, used by the minority Shia Muslim community. More than 100 people were injured in the blast in the northern city. No group has said it was behind the attack, but Sunni Muslim extremists, including a local Islamic State group, have targeted the Shia community…

For more details – https://www.bbc.com/

October 08, 2021...

The World Health Organization has recommended the widespread rollout of the first malaria vaccine, in a move experts hope could save tens of thousands of children’s lives each year across Africa. Hailing “an historic day”, the WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that after a successful pilot programme in three African countries the RTS,S vaccine should be made available more widely…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

October 07, 2021...

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked Texas from enforcing the controversial abortion ban that bars the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Judge Robert L. Pitman has granted the Department of Justice’s motion for a temporary restraining order as the constitutionality of the law is further litigated in the courts. “From the moment S.B. 8 went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution,” the order reads…

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October 06, 2021...

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are back up and running after an outage that lasted almost six hours, Facebook says. The company says the cause was a faulty configuration change. All three services are owned by Facebook and could not be accessed over the web or on smartphone apps. Downdetector, which tracks outages, said it was the largest failure it had ever seen, with 10.6 million problem reports around the world…

For more details – https://www.bbc.com/

October 05, 2021...

The US urged China on Sunday to stop its “provocative military” activities near Taiwan, after the island scrambled jets to warn away close to 100 Chinese military aircraft entering its air defence zone over a three-day period. Taiwan, a democratically governed island that is claimed by China, has complained for more than a year of repeated missions near it by China’s air force, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands… 

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October 04, 2021...

North Korea said on Sunday the United Nations Security Council applied double standards over military activities among U.N. member states, state media KCNA said, amid international criticism over its recent missile tests. The Council met behind closed doors on Friday upon requests from the United States and other countries over the North’s missile launches. The meeting came a day after Pyongyang fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile…

For more details – https://www.reuters.com/

October 03, 2021...

A record 38 Chinese military jets crossed into Taiwan’s defence zone as Beijing marked the founding of the People’s Republic of China, officials in Taipei have said. The show of force on China’s national day on Friday near the self-ruled democratic island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory, came in the same week it accused Britain of sending a warship into the Taiwan strait with “evil intentions”…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

October 02, 2021...

The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region “is spiraling out of control,” according to the U.N. humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths, with 5.2 million people in need of  food aid and 400,000 living in famine-like conditions. The crisis is one that U.N. agencies and other international aid organizations have been trying to address for months. The U.N.’s World Food Program says malnutrition rates are 80% for pregnant and breastfeeding women in the region…

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October 01, 2021...

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