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Moscow hails US president Joe Biden's offer for summit as a win for Vladimir Putin
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Moscow hails US president Joe Biden's offer for summit as a win for Vladimir Putin

Many Russian officials emphasised the call was a US initiative and noted the lack of criticism of Russia's rights record or the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

COVID-19: Pause sale of captured wild animals in wet markets as emergency measure, WHO urges nations
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COVID-19: Pause sale of captured wild animals in wet markets as emergency measure, WHO urges nations

The coronavirus' origins have been the source of intense speculation, much of it centred around the likelihood that it was carried by bats and passed to humans through an intermediary species

Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site, warns of revenge
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Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site, warns of revenge

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Israeli media reported that the country had orchestrated a devastating cyberattack that caused the blackout

Over 780 mn COVID-19 vaccine shots administered globally, but pandemic far from over, says WHO chief
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Over 780 mn COVID-19 vaccine shots administered globally, but pandemic far from over, says WHO chief

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus voiced concern that confusion, complacency and inconsistency in public health measures and their application are driving transmission and costing lives

India more likely to respond with military force to Pakistan's provocations, says US intel report
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India more likely to respond with military force to Pakistan's provocations, says US intel report

The report also said that although a general war between India and Pakistan is unlikely, crises between the two are likely to become more intense, risking an escalatory cycle

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in American prison; he was 82
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Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in American prison; he was 82

A court-appointed trustee has recovered more than $13 billion of an estimated $17.5 billion that Madoff swindled out of thousands of people over decades

JAM 2021: IISc Bangalore postpones release of Joint Admission Test forms to 20 April; check details at jam.iisc.ac.in
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JAM 2021: IISc Bangalore postpones release of Joint Admission Test forms to 20 April; check details at jam.iisc.ac.in

A total of 5,89,69 students had appeared for the exam which was held on 14 February at different test centres across the country

Microplastics circulating in the atmosphere are causing 'plastification' of the world: Study
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Microplastics circulating in the atmosphere are causing 'plastification' of the world: Study

The amount of microplastic polluting the atmosphere is alarming, as per the study, and circulating everywhere including the oceans.

WHO urges pause in sale of live wild animals as an emergency public health measure
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WHO urges pause in sale of live wild animals as an emergency public health measure

Banning the sale of the live animals can protect the health of those working and others shopping there, WHO said in a statement.

Off-duty Italy art cops find looted 1st century Roman statue in Belgian shop
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Off-duty Italy art cops find looted 1st century Roman statue in Belgian shop

Italy for decades has worked to recover looted antiquities that have ended up in private collections, famous museums and commercial antique shops around the world.

Joe Biden set to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan on 20th anniversary of 9/11
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Joe Biden set to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan on 20th anniversary of 9/11

Over the past year, Afghan security forces have lost territory from repeated Taliban assaults, and have relied on US air power to beat back the insurgents

COVID-19: US agencies recommend pause on use of J&J's vaccine over reports of blood clots
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COVID-19: US agencies recommend pause on use of J&J's vaccine over reports of blood clots

It is still unclear how much this could set back plans to vaccinate all adults in the United States by the end of May 2021.

Negotiations on India-EU trade deal to resume next month, says finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman
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Negotiations on India-EU trade deal to resume next month, says finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Negotiations on a free trade agreement have been stalled since May 2013, when both sides failed to bridge substantial gaps on crucial issues including data security status for the IT sector

US recommends ‘pause’ on administration of J&J's COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of blood clots
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US recommends ‘pause’ on administration of J&J's COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of blood clots

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices will meet Wednesday to discuss the cases and the FDA has also launched an investigation of the cases

Russian feminist artist put on trial on charges of disseminating pornography; rights groups declare her a political prisoner
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Russian feminist artist put on trial on charges of disseminating pornography; rights groups declare her a political prisoner

Yulia Tsvetkova ran a children’s theater and was a vocal advocate of feminism and LGBT rights.

Japan to start releasing treated radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific Ocean in 2022
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Japan to start releasing treated radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific Ocean in 2022

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said this is the "most realistic" option and that disposing the water is unavoidable for the decommissioning of the Fukushima plant, which is expected to take decades

Muslims in Indonesia offer Ramzan prayers with social distancing as govt speeds up vaccination drive
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Muslims in Indonesia offer Ramzan prayers with social distancing as govt speeds up vaccination drive

Neighboring Muslim-majority Malaysia also eased its restrictions, including last year’s ban on taraweeh nighttime prayers and allowing popular open-air bazaars selling food, drinks and clothes to open.

Bulgarian Muslims celebrate circumcision festival in remote village of Ribnovo amid COVID-19
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Bulgarian Muslims celebrate circumcision festival in remote village of Ribnovo amid COVID-19

The group ritual is held here every four or five years, depending on demand and because most people in the region are poor and can rarely spare money for an individual celebration.

Wastewater from Fukushima reactor to be released into the ocean, Japan authorities say
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Wastewater from Fukushima reactor to be released into the ocean, Japan authorities say

Government officials said they will take 'every measure' to ensure the safety of treated water, and address misinformation.

Battle against COVID-19 has made value of global innovation greater than ever before
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Battle against COVID-19 has made value of global innovation greater than ever before

The creative economy, and underlying innovation, has faced a marked slowdown owing to the pandemic —something that we cannot afford to ignore