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European Union's Ursula von der Leyen gets first COVID-19 jab
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European Union's Ursula von der Leyen gets first COVID-19 jab

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Antony J Blinken, Abdullah Abdullah discuss future of US-Afghan partnership
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Antony J Blinken, Abdullah Abdullah discuss future of US-Afghan partnership

Secretary of State Antony J Blinken on Thursday met Afghanistan High Commission for National Reconciliation Chair Abdullah Abdullah and discussed the future of the US-Afghanistan partnership, said US State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

Iraq reports 7,810 new COVID-19 cases
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Iraq reports 7,810 new COVID-19 cases

The Iraqi Ministry of Health reported on Thursday 7,810 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total nationwide infections to 956,860.

Protest outside Pakistan embassy in Hague against 1971 genocide in Bangladesh
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Protest outside Pakistan embassy in Hague against 1971 genocide in Bangladesh

A demonstration was staged near the Pakistan embassy in the Hague wherein protestors demanded an "unconditional official apology" for the genocide committed by the Pakistan army in Bangladesh during the 1971 Liberation War.

UK records another 2,672 coronavirus cases, 30 deaths
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UK records another 2,672 coronavirus cases, 30 deaths

Another 2,672 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,380,976, according to official figures released Thursday.

China wants to use water as weapon: Expert on Beijing planning super dam in Tibet near Indian border
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China wants to use water as weapon: Expert on Beijing planning super dam in Tibet near Indian border

An expert has expressed concern over China's plans to build a super dam on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zanngbor river near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), saying Beijing wants to control water and use it as a weapon against India.

Derek Chauvin invokes Fifth Amendment in trial for George Floyd's death, won't testify
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Derek Chauvin invokes Fifth Amendment in trial for George Floyd's death, won't testify

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is currently undergoing trial for the death of George Floyd, invoked the Fifth Amendment on Thursday, confirming that he will not testify in his murder trial.

After US restricts trade with Beijing, Taiwan's TSMC suspends orders from Chinese company
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After US restricts trade with Beijing, Taiwan's TSMC suspends orders from Chinese company

After the United States restricted trade with seven Chinese supercomputing centres, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has suspended new orders from Phytium Information Technology Co, one of the Chinese organisations, that was put on the US Entity List last week.

Amid fresh attacks from pro-Beijing institutions, Hong Kong cultural district director quits
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Amid fresh attacks from pro-Beijing institutions, Hong Kong cultural district director quits

Amid fresh attacks from a pro-Beijing camp, Alison Friedman, the artistic director of performing arts at the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) in Hong Kong, has resigned from her post to return to her home country, the United States.

Never intended to have permanent military presence in Afghanistan: Blinken
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Never intended to have permanent military presence in Afghanistan: Blinken

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on Thursday reached Kabul on an unannounced visit after Washington announced the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

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