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China reports more than 100 new COVID cases as New Year holiday exodus looms

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported more than 100 new COVID-19 cases for the sixth consecutive day, with rising infections in

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World shares sink as virus fears offset recovery hopes

By Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) - Global stock markets sank on Monday as soaring COVID-19 cases offset investor hopes of

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Rudy Giuliani says he won't be on Trump impeachment defense team, Internet dubs disgraced attorney 'co-conspirator'

Earlier today, Giuliani confirmed, 'I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or Senate chamber'

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JioMart likely to be integrated into WhatsApp messenger later this year: Reports

The move by both companies could bring true WeChat-like integration of chat, shopping and payments all in the same app.

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Air quality regulator temporarily suspends cremation limits for LA County amid 'backlog' from pandemic

As Los Angeles County battles against the unrelenting coronavirus, an air pollution control agency says it has temporarily suspended limits on cremations in order to assist crematoriums in the county with a "backlog" caused by the pandemic.

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COVID-19 vaccine prices sourced from DOH — Sen. Angara

The office of Senator Juan Edgardo Angara on Monday said the prices of COVID-19 vaccines that are being attributed to his office were actually given by the Department of Health (DOH) two months ago when the Senate was holding hearings on the 2021 national budget. Angara, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, reiterated that the information on the various prices of vaccines, particularly that of China’s Sinovac Biotech, were provided by the DOH to his office and was meant as a guide for senators who were inquiring about details of the vaccines during the plenary debates last November 2020. “Sen. Angara has neither claimed that he was the source of the data nor said anything about the accuracy of the said prices then and now,” Angara’s office said in a statement. “What was presented during the plenary debates and subsequently quoted in various social media posts was a straightforward citation of the data provided by the DOH to the Office of Sen. Angara,” the statement also read. Angara’s office stressed the proper attribution should be with the DOH and not from the senator. “The Senator does not claim to be an expert on the issue and does not have any knowledge about the actual cost of the vaccines other than what was provided to him by the DOH last November,” they also said. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque had branded as “fake news” allegations that the cost of the COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech that would be sold to the Philippines costs P3,600. According to Roque, the price of Sinovac vaccines would only cost around P650, similar to other countries. Earlier, Angara’s office shared data showing that COVID-19 vaccines from Sinovac cost P3, 629 for two doses. Senators are questioning the government’s preference to procure the Chinese-made vaccines, noting its low efficacy rate and lack of peer-reviews from the medical community.

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Mamata Takes Fight to Adhikari, to Contest WB Polls From Nandigram

“I will contest from Nandigram. Nandigram is my lucky place,” Mamata Banerjee reportedly said.

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Bairstow, Lawrence seal seven-wicket win for England over Sri Lanka

After a seven-wicket win, a double-century innings, and two five-wicket hauls for the bowlers, England captain Joe Root still feels

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The Latest: Chinese province ups restrictions amid outbreak

A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges

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German health minister calls for further efforts to contain spread of coronavirus

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's health minister on Monday said that although measures to contain the spread of coronavirus had started

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Germany prepares for further coronavirus measures

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's health minister on Monday said that although measures to contain the spread of coronavirus had started

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Martin Luther King Jr Day 2021: Who was the civil rights leader and how is the holiday celebrated? (cloned)

Each year Americans celebrate the life of the US civil rights movement’s best-known spokesman and leader on Martin Luther King Jr Day. The movement pioneered by Martin Luther King pressured the American government to end legalised segregation in the United States. Who was Martin Luther King Jr and why is he so important? Born in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister best known for using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience to combat racial inequality. Mr King led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person. He also helped organise the March on Washington in 1963, where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech he is best known for. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights work. Towards the end of his life, he expanded his campaigning to include opposition to poverty and the Vietnam War. Mr King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on 4 April, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, while he was planning a national occupation of Washington DC. News of his death was followed by riots in many US cities. Who commemorates Martin Luther King’s memory and since when? Martin Luther King Jr Day is a paid federal holiday in the US, meaning civil servants and many school pupils are given the day off. The day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, the day closest to his birthday on 15 January. This year, it will be held on Monday 18 January. In 1968, Congress was presented with a petition signed by more than three million people which called for the Mr King’s birthday to be commemorated. However, Republicans initially resisted the move, arguing Mr King had ties to communism and an “inappropriate” sexual past they felt the government should not honour. But in 1983, Ronald Reagan, the US President, signed Martin Luther King Jr Day into law as an official public holiday and it was first observed three years later. Outside of the US, it is observed in Hiroshima, Japan, with a special banquet at the mayor’s office, and Toronto, Canada, which officially recognised Martin Luther King Jr Day, though not as a paid holiday. How is Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated? Many Americans use the day as an opportunity to learn about Mr King’s life and achievements. Others spend the day volunteering for a cause they think Mr King would have supported. Many states hold special events or lectures about race relations in the US. There is a historic walking tour in Harlem, New York, and street parades in Los Angeles. Google are marking the day with one of their famous doodles, by guest artist Dr. Fahamu Pecou. Read More Watch MLK's 'I Have A Dream' speech

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Smokers at Lesser Risk of COVID: Findings from CSIR Serosurvey

Smokers, vegetarians and those with blood group ‘O’ may be less susceptible to contracting the COVID-19 infection.

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Vijay Deverakonda, Ananya Panday's Upcoming Film Titled 'Liger'

The film is being produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions.

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Moeen Ali could yet play for England in second test

GALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Experienced all-rounder Moeen Ali could yet play for England in the second test against Sri

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Siraj’s Five-wicket Haul at Gabba Has Twitter Gushing Over Him

Siraj made is debut in the second Test against Australia at Melbourne.

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Committed to Bring Marathi Areas of Karnataka Into Maha: Uddhav

The dispute between the two states over Belagavi and other border areas is pending before the Supreme Court.

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Phil Spector death: Darlene Love remembers ‘controlling’ music producer and convicted murderer who harmed career

Darlene Love has said working with “controlling” Phil Spector was like “a bad marriage” in the wake of his death. The revolutionary music producer and convicted killer, who was serving a jail sentence for murdering actor Lana Clarkson, died on Saturday (16 January), aged 81. Spector’s death, which was confirmed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, has stirred up mixed feelings about his legacy. Love, who sang a number of Spector’s beloved hits, waded into the matter having been vocal about her struggles working with the figure in the past. Spector downplayed Love’s involvement on many of the songs on which she sang, including The Crystals’ hit “He’s a Rebel”. He also used his power over copyright to prevent her from performing them in public, a move which ultimately harmed Love’s career. Reflecting upon their working relationship to Variety, she said: “You know, the whole thing was like a bad marriage. It’s a marriage that was abusive – not just physically, but mentally. That’s what Phil was trying to do with me." “The problem I have with Phil is that he wanted to control Darlene Love’s talent,” she continued. “If he couldn’t do that, he was going to do everything in his power to keep my talent from shining.” It was because of this Love says she “had to actually work harder to get my name out there” when starting out as a solo artist. She said she felt “very sad” after learning he had died, adding: “I didn’t think of hate. I didn’t think, ‘He deserved it or this should have happened.’ I just felt this was a sad way for him to leave this earth.” Love said there was no doubt that Spector “changed the sound of rock ‘n’ roll”, saying that this sentiment is also shared by musicians including Bruce Springsteen and Elton John. In 1993, Love successfully sued Spector for unpaid royalties. She recently made a cameo appearance in Netflix film The Christmas Chronicles Part II. Spector was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in 2003 after Clarkson was found shot dead in his California home. Four women testified against him in court, all of whom recalled being threatened with a gun by the producer after they rejected his advances. Read More How ASMR crossed over into pop music Russell T Davies: ‘Blame Silicon Valley or Trump… but it’s our fault’ How livestreaming made Dungeons and Dragons cool

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India eye fairytale win, as Australia fret over Starc

By Ian Ransom (Reuters) - Injury-ravaged India will chase 324 runs for a fairytale victory in the fourth test decider

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Groth slams 'selfish' Djokovic after quarantine 'demands'

(Reuters) - Former Davis Cup player Sam Groth has accused Novak Djokovic of a "selfish political move" after a report

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Martin Luther King Day 2021: Who was the civil rights leader and how is the holiday celebrated?

Each year Americans celebrate the life of the US civil rights movement’s best-known spokesman and leader on Martin Luther King Jr Day. The movement pioneered by Martin Luther King pressured the American government to end legalised segregation in the United States. Who was Martin Luther King Jr and why is he so important? Born in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister best known for using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience to combat racial inequality. Mr King led the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person. He also helped organise the March on Washington in 1963, where he delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech he is best known for. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights work. Towards the end of his life, he expanded his campaigning to include opposition to poverty and the Vietnam War. Mr King was assassinated by James Earl Ray on 4 April, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, while he was planning a national occupation of Washington DC. News of his death was followed by riots in many US cities. Who commemorates Martin Luther King’s memory and since when? Martin Luther King Jr Day is a paid federal holiday in the US, meaning civil servants and many school pupils are given the day off. The day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, the day closest to his birthday on 15 January. This year, it will be held on Monday 18 January. In 1968, Congress was presented with a petition signed by more than three million people which called for the Mr King’s birthday to be commemorated. However, Republicans initially resisted the move, arguing Mr King had ties to communism and an “inappropriate” sexual past they felt the government should not honour. But in 1983, Ronald Reagan, the US President, signed Martin Luther King Jr Day into law as an official public holiday and it was first observed three years later. Outside of the US, it is observed in Hiroshima, Japan, with a special banquet at the mayor’s office, and Toronto, Canada, which officially recognised Martin Luther King Jr Day, though not as a paid holiday. How is Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated? Many Americans use the day as an opportunity to learn about Mr King’s life and achievements. Others spend the day volunteering for a cause they think Mr King would have supported. Many states hold special events or lectures about race relations in the US. There is a historic walking tour in Harlem, New York, and street parades in Los Angeles.istory – will last. Google are marking the day with one of their famous doodles, by guest artist Dr. Fahamu Pecou. Read More MLK’s daughter says her father would be ‘extremely disturbed’ by Trump Did James Earl Ray really kill Martin Luther King? 50 Martin Luther King quotes 50 years after his assassination

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Highest incidence of COVID-19 cases recorded in five regions, Kyiv city

As of January 18, the highest incidence of coronavirus cases in Ukraine has been recorded in Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Cherkasy, Kyiv and Luhansk regions and the city of Kyiv.

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South Korea's Moon urges Biden admin to follow up on Kim, Trump summit

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should

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U.S. Equity Futures Retreat, Dollar Edges Higher: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) -- Markets were mildly risk-off on Monday as investors weighed strong economic data from China, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s

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Amazon to open two new hubs in Italy this year

MILAN (Reuters) - Amazon will open two new logistics centres in Italy this year, investing over 230 million euros ($278

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