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Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia

Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia

Google on Friday threatened to make its search engine unavailable in Australia if the government went ahead with plans to make tech giants pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly hit back, saying “we don’t respond to threats.” “Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia,” Morrison told reporters in Brisbane. “That’s...

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US President Joe Biden signs coronavirus measures

US President Joe Biden signs coronavirus measures

Deep in the deadliest coronavirus wave and facing worrisome new mutations, President Joe Biden will kick off his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans mask up for travel. Biden also will address inequities in hard-hit minority...

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Twin Bombings in Baghdad kill at least 32

Twin Bombings in Baghdad kill at least 32

At least 32 people have been killed after two men blew themselves up in an attack that targeted a street market in central Baghdad, Iraq’s health ministry says. The updated death toll makes it the most serious attack to hit the Iraqi capital in about three years. About 110 people were injured, including 36 who...

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US statehouses fortified ahead of Biden inauguration

US statehouses fortified ahead of Biden inauguration

US statehouses were fortified as small groups of protesters – some of them armed – have gathered where tensions are high after the deadly riots at the Capitol in Washington. Protests are being held outside capitol buildings in Texas, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. But many other statehouses were quiet on...

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India begins world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccine drive

India begins world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccine drive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Covid-19 vaccine programme, which aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against Covid. He paid tribute to front-line workers who will be the first to receive jabs. India has recorded the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world after the United States. Millions of doses of two...

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Two members of WHO team blocked from entering China over failed coronavirus antibody test

Two members of WHO team blocked from entering China over failed coronavirus antibody test

Two members of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic have been blocked from flying to China after failing a coronavirus antibody test. An international team of 13 scientists was due to land in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where cases of the coronavirus were first recorded in...

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US President Donald Trump impeached again

US President Donald Trump impeached again

President Donald Trump made history yesterday when he became the first president to be impeached twice. The House impeached President Trump on Wednesday for a second time, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the violent riot by a pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol last week. In a bipartisan rebuke, lawmakers...