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FBI ‘aware of’ American Airlines possible UFO spotting, stops short of confirming investigation


February 25, 2021

The FBI is “aware of” an American Airlines pilot’s report of an apparent UFO seen soaring over Northeast New Mexico earlier this week – but stopped short of confirming whether an investigation is underway, Fox News learned Thursday. The pilot was maneuvering a plane bound for Phoenix, Arizona, from Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon when the flight crew spotted a quick-moving, unusual object flying above them, according …

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China denies using Covid-19 anal swabs on US diplomats


February 25, 2021

China on Thursday said it had never asked US diplomats to undergo Covid-19 anal swabs, following American media reports that State Department personnel had complained of being subjected to the intrusive test. China — which has largely brought the virus under control domestically — said last month that anal swabs can be more effective than normal throat and nose swabs …

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Pakistan offers $50m credit line to Sri Lanka for defence ties


February 25, 2021

• Imran proposes establishing trade links as exist among EU members • MoUs signed for cooperation in tourism, education • Both sides highlight need for realising $1bn bilateral trade potential COLOMBO: Pakistan has offered a $50 million new credit line to Sri Lanka for cooperation in the field of defence and security. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan, …

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Van Gogh painting to be shown in public for first time


February 25, 2021

PARIS: A painting of a Paris street scene by Vincent Van Gogh is to be shown to the public for the first time, after spending more than a century behind closed doors in the private collection of a French family. The work, painted by Van Gogh in 1887 while he was lodging with his brother Theo in the French capital, …

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Germany convicts Syrian in ‘historic’ torture trial


February 25, 2021

KOBLENZ: A German court on Wednesday convicted a former Syrian intelligence service agent for complicity in crimes against humanity, in the first court case worldwide over state-sponsored torture by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Eyad al-Gharib, 44, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison over his role in helping to arrest at least 30 protesters in Duma …

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Myanmar junta’s top diplomat in talks with Thailand, Indonesia


February 25, 2021

BANGKOK: The Myanmar junta’s foreign minister visited Thailand on Wednesday as regional powers tried to broker an end to three weeks of deadly unrest triggered by a military coup. The talks came as an anti-coup protester died in detention, a local rescue organisation said. Four others have been killed in the crackdown. Foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin held talks with …

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Chinese court orders man to pay ex-wife for housework


February 25, 2021

BEIJING: A Chinese man has been ordered to pay his ex-wife almost $8,000 for years of unpaid housework, in a landmark divorce case that has sparked furious debate in China. Under the country’s new civil code, which came into effect this year, divorcing spouses have the right for the first time to request compensation if they bore more responsibilities at …

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India’s health workers balk at taking homegrown Covid-19 vaccine


February 25, 2021

India is struggling to convince its health and frontline workers to take a homegrown Covid-19 vaccine controversially approved without late-stage efficacy data, government data showed on Thursday, days ahead of a wider rollout. The country has the world’s second-highest number of Covid-19 infections after the United States, with cases recently surging as mask wearing declined and states eased social distancing …

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Thai court ousts three ministers found guilty of sedition


February 25, 2021

BANGKOK: Three cabinet ministers in Thailand were forced to leave their posts on Wednesday after a court found them guilty of sedition for taking part in sometimes-violent protests in 2013-2014 against the government then in power. The Criminal Court in Bangkok found Digital Economy Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan and Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam guilty along with …

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Ghana first to get vaccines under global Covax scheme


February 25, 2021

ACCRA: Ghana became the first country to receive vaccines from the global Covax scheme on Wednesday, paving the way for poorer nations to catch up with inoculation drives in wealthier parts of the world to stamp out the coronavirus pandemic. But Europe’s vaccine rollout faced fresh woes after AstraZeneca said it would only be able to deliver half its promised …

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