CHINA,INDIA, RUSSIA MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS: US SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE JOHN KERRY

CHINA,INDIA, RUSSIA MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS: US SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE JOHN KERRY

The world’s big emitting countries, including China, India, Russia and Japan need to “really step up” and begin to lower greenhouse gas emissions, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has said as he called on all nations to raise their ambition to fight against climate change. Kerry on Friday joined UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a special virtual event to mark the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement. The United Kingdom will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November this…

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COMPLETE SPEECH OF U.S. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS

COMPLETE SPEECH OF U.S. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris. Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, and my distinguished guests, my fellow Americans, this is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a Crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge. Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause. The cause of democracy. The people, the will of the people has been heard and the will of the…

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JOE BIDEN BECOMES 46TH US PRESIDENT; KAMALA HARRIS VICE PRESIDENT: US ELECTIONS 2020 LIVE UPDATES !

JOE BIDEN BECOMES 46TH US PRESIDENT; KAMALA HARRIS VICE PRESIDENT: US ELECTIONS 2020 LIVE UPDATES !

Joe Biden has become the 46th US President, US media said, calling the raucous and bitterly-fought election that Donald Trump is yet to concede. Indian-origin Kamala Harris will become his Vice President. US Election Results 2020 Live Updates: Forty-eight years to the day after he was first elected a senator from Delaware, Joseph R. Biden Jr. will speak to the nation for the first time as president-elect on Saturday night. In his first statement after he defeated incumbent Republican US President Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United…

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Big Win For Macron As French Parliament Passes Anti-radicalism Bill to battle ‘Islamist extremism’

Big Win For Macron As French Parliament Passes Anti-radicalism Bill to battle ‘Islamist extremism’

France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of a law to battle “Islamist separatism” that is billed by the government as a riposte to religious groups attempting to undermine the secular state. The draft legislation, which has been criticised for stigmatising Muslims and giving the state new powers to limit speech and religious groups, was backed by a clear majority of MPs in the National Assembly. The lower house of the French parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a controversial bill that would strengthen oversight of mosques, schools,…

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Protests continue in Spain against jailing of rapper Pablo Hasél

Protests continue in Spain against jailing of rapper Pablo Hasél

A dramatic arrest earlier this week of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél, who was convicted of criticizing the monarchy and supporting a Basque separatist group in social media posts, has sparked days of protests across Spain and renewed debate over free speech in the country. Thousands of Hasél supporters have taken to the streets in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Girona, since his arrest. But peaceful protests devolved into chaos as protesters clashed with police for a third night in a row Thursday. Dozens have been arrested across the country since the…

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Italian PM Mario Draghi & his new government wins vote of confidence in Parliament.

Italian PM Mario Draghi & his new government wins vote of confidence in Parliament.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday night secured final parliamentary approval for his government, meaning he can now focus on dealing with the country’s unprecedented health and economic crisis. The lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, overwhelmingly backed the former European Central Bank (ECB) chief and his cabinet team of technocrats and politicians, with 535 votes in favor, 56 against and five abstentions. Given that nearly all parties have lined up behind the new executive, the near-unanimous result was not a surprise. On Wednesday, Draghi easily won a first…

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Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine, CoviVac

Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine, CoviVac

Russia has already approved two COVID-19 vaccines, including the Sputnik V shot, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, following a similar approach of granting approval before seeing any late-stage trial results. The preemptive approvals had raised concerns among some scientists in the West, but inoculations with those first two shots began on a mass scale in Russia only after trials were concluded and showed success. Sputnik V was approved in August and late-stage trials began in September. Mass vaccination was launched in December, after preliminary trial results showed the vaccine to…

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Denmark restricts its border with Germany amid fears of coronavirus variants

Denmark restricts its border with Germany amid fears of coronavirus variants

Border closures have crept back in, this time in northern Germany, amid concerns over new COVID-19 variants. Denmark said it was responding to a cluster in Flensburg near the border. A sign on the Danish-German border that reads: Stop / KontrolSome 13 crossings will be fully closed as a temporary measure, while nine others will be placed under tighter restrictions Denmark has partially and temporarily closed its border with Germany to stop the spread of coronavirus cases, a Danish minister announced on Friday. The closures, introduced Friday night, follow a…

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Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

Sweden plans tighter Coronavirus measures as 3rd wave of covid-19 fear looms

The centre-left government on Wednesday put forward a proposal that for the first time would allow it to close shopping centres, gyms, and restaurants and to fine those who fail to obey the rules SKr2,000 ($240). “There is a significant risk of a third wave of infection . . . It can be necessary to shut down parts of Sweden,” said social minister Lena Hallengren. The country, which stood out internationally because of its refusal to introduce a lockdown, has since December brought in more and more restrictions. Coronavirus cases per capita have ticked…

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Norway proposes to decriminalize recreational drug use

Norway proposes to decriminalize recreational drug use

Norway’s government on Friday proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered treatment rather than face jail. “Decades of repression have taught us that punishment doesn’t work. On the contrary, punishment can make things worse,” Education Minister Guri Melby told a press conference. “Drug addicts need help, not punishment,” she added. Under the centre-right coalition government’s proposal, both possession and the use of small quantities of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, would no longer be punishable under…

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