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First Kraken, now Orthrus: What’s this highly transmissible COVID variant that US, China are tracking?

Monsters from Greek mythology are taking a new form – of COVID-19 variants. Now experts warn of Orthrus. Officially called CH.1.1, this Omicron spawn could leave the fast-spreading Kraken behind

Explained: Why kids in Italy have the legal right not to see their grandparents
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Explained: Why kids in Italy have the legal right not to see their grandparents

In Italy, parents of two children appealed against the decision of a lower court which had forced the youngsters to spend time with their grandparents. Now, the top court has said that this is not an obligation

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UK Police Under Scanner: West Midlands Police officer grooms minor he met online for sex, pleads guilty

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US imposes new visa restrictions on Taliban members repressing women in Afghanistan
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US imposes new visa restrictions on Taliban members repressing women in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said providing equal access to education and work is an 'essential component to the vitality and resiliency of entire populations'

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India keeps aside Rs90,000 Cr in Budget 23-24 for fuel, ammo, spares with eye on China, Ukraine war

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UK Police Under Scanner: West Midlands Police officer grooms minor he met online for sex, pleads guilty

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Half a million Russian troops ready for major offensive to mark 1st anniversary of invasion: Ukraine defence minister

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Adam Driver-starrer action-packed thriller film 65 to release on 10th March in India

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India Women vs South Africa Women T20I Final Live Streaming: When and Where to watch IND-W vs SA-W final live

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Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani to tie the knot at Suryagarh Palace, Jaisalmer, preparations in full swing

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IPL will become 'world's biggest domestic sporting event', says former England captain Andrew Strauss

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55-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura joins Portuguese second-division club Oliveirense

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