Geopolitics

Gen Z, Millennials Are Next Vaccine Challenge

Younger people aren't as scared of the virus, so they're often more hesitant about getting vaccinated than their elders.As the days grow longer, there’s a palpable feeling of hope in the air – at least in the more fortunate western countries. Thanks in part to vaccines, COVID-19 deaths are dropping in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US), enabling parts of normal life to resume. But, as we’re well aware, it’s not over yet.

21 April 2021
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China's Xi To Attend Online Biden Climate Summit

China's President Xi Jinping will attend United States (US) President Joe Biden's virtual climate summit this week, Beijing said Wednesday, as the world's top polluting nations seek rare common ground despite wider political tensions.Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Xi and Russia's Vladimir Putin to the meet starting on Earth Day, meant to mark Washington's return to the front lines of the fight against climate change after former president Donald Trump di

21 April 2021
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Duterte Prepared To Deploy Navy Over SCS Claim

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to deploy military ships to the South China Sea to assert the country's claim over oil deposits in a contested part of the waterway.Duterte, who has embraced China since taking power in 2016, has faced growing domestic criticism for his reluctance to confront Beijing over its activities in Philippine-claimed waters. Tensions spiked last month after hundreds of Chinese vessels were detected at Whitsun Reef in the Spratly Isl

21 April 2021
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Deadly New Double Mutant COVID Variant In India

With India’s daily tally of COVID-19 infections surging by records, public health experts worry that a new – possibly more virulent – coronavirus variant could be racing through the crowded nation of more than 1.3 billion people.The new variant, which has a so-called double mutation, is thought to be fuelling India’s deadlier new wave of cases that has made it the world’s second worst-hit country, surpassing Brazil again, and has already begun to overwhelm its hospitals and

20 April 2021
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EU Sanctions 10 Myanmar Junta Officials

The European Union (EU) on Monday announced sanctions on 10 Myanmar junta officials and two conglomerates linked to the military over the coup and bloody crackdown on protesters in their country.The military has ramped up its attempts to crush dissent following mass demonstrations against its ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, with at least 737 civilians killed and the press increasingly under attack.International pressure has been steadily building on the junta, although it has so

20 April 2021
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COVID: How India Failed To Prevent A Second Wave

In early March, India's health minister Harsh Vardhan declared the country was "in the endgame" of the COVID-19 pandemic.Mr Vardhan also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership as an "example to the world in international co-operation". From January onwards, India had begun shipping doses to foreign countries as part of its much-vaunted "vaccine diplomacy".Mr Vardhan's unbridled optimism was based on a sharp drop in reported infections.

19 April 2021
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US: Terror Threat Has 'Moved' From Afghanistan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday defended the United States (US) decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, saying the terror threat had moved elsewhere and that Washington needed to refocus resources on challenges such as China.President Joe Biden announced last week that the US would withdraw all forces from the country before this year's 20th anniversary of the 11 September attacks.The unconditional withdrawal – four months later than a deadline agreed with the Taliban

19 April 2021
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Myanmar Shadow Government Wants ASEAN Talks

Myanmar's shadow government on Sunday urged Southeast Asian leaders to give it a seat at the table during crisis talks next week, and not to recognise the military regime that seized power in a February coup.Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing is expected to join a special ASEAN summit on Myanmar on Saturday in Jakarta – his first official overseas trip since the putsch that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The army has moved to quell mass protests against its rule, killing at least 730

19 April 2021
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COVID Death Toll Passes Three Million

The global COVID-19 death toll passed three million on Saturday as the pandemic speeds up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiralling infection numbers. It is the latest grim milestone since the novel coronavirus first surfaced in central China in December 2019 and went on to infect more than 139 million people, leaving billions more under crippling lockdowns and ravaging the global economy.An average of more than 12,000 dea

18 April 2021
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Myanmar Junta Leader Set To Join ASEAN Summit

Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing will join a special ASEAN summit next week, the Thai foreign ministry said Saturday, his first official trip since masterminding a coup which deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The 1 February putsch triggered a massive uprising, bringing hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets to demand a return to democracy, while civil servants have boycotted work in a bid to shutter the junta's administration.The military has deployed lethal force

18 April 2021
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Pfizer: Vaccine Third Dose Needed Within 12 Months

The head of Pfizer said in an interview aired Thursday that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's COVID-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while elsewhere defending the relatively higher cost of the jab.CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required."We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla said in a CNBC interview recor

17 April 2021
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