Delta to account for 90 percent of EU coronavirus cases in August

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says ‘very important to progress with vaccine rollout at a very high pace’ to stop spread of highly contagious variant. By the end of August, the highly contagious Delta variant of the new coronavirus is expected to account for 90 percent of the new COVID-19 cases in the […]

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Amid rising crime, Biden targets gun violence in the US

Responding to a string of mass shootings and rising crime in the United States, President Joe Biden is taking new steps to control gun violence with a “zero-tolerance” policy for gun dealers and new funding for police and communities. Biden in a speech on Wednesday will announce new gun safety measures and will redirect some […]

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Oath Keeper latest to plead guilty for role in US Capitol riot

A member of the right-wing Oath Keepers militia group is due to plead guilty on Wednesday to charges related to the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. The man, Graydon Young, is one of the 14 members of the Oath Keepers group charged with crimes including conspiracy […]

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Prices of new US homes hit record high as sales fall unexpectedly

Sales of new homes in the US fell unexpectedly last month, while prices broke a new record. Sales of new single-family homes in the United States fell last month while prices continued to spike to record highs, with eager house hunters vying to become homeowners in a seller’s market. Sales of newly constructed single-family homes […]

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Southern African nations agree to deploy forces to Mozambique

The SADC Standby Force will support Mozambique ‘to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism’ in Cabo Delgado province. A southern African bloc of countries has agreed to deploy troops to Mozambique to help it tackle an escalating conflict that has over the past three-and-a-half years killed nearly 3,000 people and displaced almost 800,000. The […]

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After regional polls, is Le Pen further away from the presidency?

Paris, France – France’s far-right National Rally party did not receive the victories many pundits and opinion polls had predicted in the first round of Sunday’s regional elections, a sharp setback for Marine Le Pen as she looks to cement her party’s legitimacy before next year’s presidential race. While regional elections do not typically carry […]

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Global watchdog to tackle greenwashing with ESG ratings guidance

A global securities watchdog plans to publish its first regulatory guidance for firms that rate corporate environment, social and governance (ESG) performance. A global securities watchdog plans to publish its first regulatory guidance for raters of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in July to stem growing concern among asset managers about overstated green […]

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Pardoned Catalan separatist leaders freed from Spanish prisons

Nine leading secessionists, imprisoned for their part in a failed 2017 independence bid, walk out of jail as Madrid moves to ease years-long political crisis. The nine Catalan separatist leaders who were jailed for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid walked out of prison on Wednesday after the government granted them pardons. Former […]

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US defence chief backs change in military sex assault cases

In a major shift, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he backed removing the prosecution of sexual assault and other related crimes from the military’s chain of command, allowing instead for independent lawyers to try those cases. Advocates and lawmakers have been calling for years for the military commanders to be taken out of the […]

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