Political divisions grip advanced economies, S’pore least divided: Pew survey

WASHINGTON – The United States is deeply conflicted along political and racial lines, while Singapore stands out as one of the least divided societies despite its ethnic and religious diversity…

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WHO panel on origins of new pathogens includes Wuhan probe members

GENEVA (REUTERS) – The World Health Organisation on Wednesday (Oct 13) proposed 26 experts to form its new Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens  (Sago), including several…

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Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other…

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Canadian William Shatner ready to travel to space on Blue Origin flight

Actor William Shatner counted down Wednesday to his wildest role yet: riding a rocket into space, courtesy of “Star Trek” fan Jeff Bezos. Best known for his role as Captain…

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Joe Biden to sign bill increasing debt limit as U.S. avoids default

The House has approved a short-term increase to the nation’s debt limit, ensuring the federal government can continue fully paying its bills into December and temporarily averting an unprecedented default that…

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White House pushes 24-hour service to relieve US port snarls

NEW YORK (AFP) – The Port of Los Angeles and its longshoreman union will provide 24-hour service to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated global supply chain problems, senior Biden administration…

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EU envoy to visit Iran amid push to revive nuclear talks

TEHERAN (AFP) – The European Union envoy charged with coordinating talks on reviving a troubled nuclear deal between Iran and major powers is to visit Teheran on Thursday (Oct 14),…

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US calls ransomware summit, but leaves out Russia

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Washington has called about 30 nations together on Wednesday (Oct 13) and Thursday to boost the international fight against ransomware, a senior White House official said, noting…

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EU to propose easing checks on British trade to Northern Ireland

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – The European Commission will put to Britain on Wednesday (Oct 13) a package of measures to ease the transit of goods to Northern Ireland, while stopping short…

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Countries adopt ‘Kunming Declaration’ to boost biodiversity, China says

KUNMING, CHINA (REUTERS) – Representatives from more than 100 countries have adopted the “Kunming Declaration” to create momentum for a new global biodiversity pact, China’s environment minister Huang Runqiu said…

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