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US state capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end
World

US state capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end

  • The FBI has warned police agencies of possible armed protests at all 50 state capitols starting Jan. 16 through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.
  • Intelligence indicated "violent extremists" may seek to exploit planned armed protests in Austin to "conduct criminal acts."
Published 16 Jan, 2021 06:31pm
Indonesian Semeru volcano erupts, spews ash 5kms into sky
World

Indonesian Semeru volcano erupts, spews ash 5kms into sky

  • Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country, and while many show high levels of activity it can be weeks or even months before an eruption.
  • The Semeru mountain erupted at just past 5 p.m. local time. Videos posted on social media showed grey ash clouds towering over houses.
Published 16 Jan, 2021 06:25pm
Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery
World

Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery

  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in March imposed one of the world's longest and strictest lockdowns to contain the virus.
  • "As a friend of the Philippines and your closest neighbour, we will firmly stand with the people of the Philippines until the defeat of this virus," Wang said.
Published 16 Jan, 2021 06:21pm
Pakistan approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
Pakistan

Pakistan approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

  • The Chinese vaccine has not yet been approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).
  • DRAP granted emergency use authorisation to AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine.
  • The vaccine company's Ad5-nCoV COVID-19 candidate is currently nearing completion of phase III clinical trials in Pakistan.
Published 16 Jan, 2021 06:15pm
Uganda's Museveni declared winner of presidential poll, rival alleges fraud
World

Uganda's Museveni declared winner of presidential poll, rival alleges fraud

  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni won a decisive re-election victory on Saturday, elections officials said, but his main rival Bobi Wine alleges widespread fraud.
  • Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.6%, while main opposition candidate Wine had 3.48 million votes (34.8%), the Electoral Commission said at a news conference on the final results from Thursday’s election.
Updated 16 Jan, 2021 06:40pm
Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated
World

Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated

  • Under Biden’s plan, federal disaster-relief workers would set up thousands of vaccination centers, where retired doctors would administer shots to teachers, grocery store workers, people over 65 years old and other groups who do not currently qualify.
  • Biden said his team has identified companies that are ready to be activated under the law, which enables the president to order businesses to produce items necessary for national defense.
Published 16 Jan, 2021 03:47pm
CBOT soyabean futures rise
Markets

CBOT soyabean futures rise

CHICAGO: Chicago Board of Trade soyabean futures rose 1.7% on Thursday, supported by signs of strong demand from ...
Published 16 Jan, 2021 02:56am