PM Boris Johnson’s party sweeps to victory in bellwether election

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s ruling Conservative Party won a new seat in Parliament on Friday (May 7), sweeping aside the incumbent Labour Party with a victory in the northern English…

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British officials may declare Covid-19 strain in India “variant of concern”

LONDON (REUTERS) – British officials could declare one of the new coronavirus strains first found in India a “variant of concern”, the BBC and Guardian reported on Friday (May 7),…

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Russian spy team left traces that bolstered CIA’s bounty judgment

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) – In early 2020, members of a Taleban-linked criminal network in Afghanistan detained in raids told interrogators that they had heard that Russians were offering money to reward…

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Border divides, and unites, Swedish twins separated by Covid-19

SVINESUND, NORWAY (AFP) – They haven’t been allowed to have each other over to their homes for a year now because of Covid-19. So come rain or shine, two 73-year-old…

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US move to loosen vaccine patents will draw drug companies to bargain – lawyers

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US support for waiving intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines could be a tactic to convince drugmakers to back less drastic steps like sharing technology and expanding…

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Germany’s strategy unravels as EU takes a harder line on China

BERLIN – As Dr Angela Merkel enters the final stretch of her chancellorship, one cornerstone of her foreign policy is falling by the wayside. The announcement this week to shelve…

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Modi faces growing pressure to lock down India as COVID-19 crisis devastates country

With coronavirus cases still surging to record levels, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a harsh nationwide lockdown amid a debate whether restrictions imposed by…

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US braces for billions of cicadas to emerge after 17 years underground

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others are curious what they might taste like: Americans are swapping tips on how best to weather the storm…

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Syrian shepherds suffer with grazing lands a no-go zone

AL-HAYJANA, SYRIA (AFP) – Syrian farmer Mohammad Saasaani grew up grazing sheep in the vast Badia rangelands, but today they are rife with Islamist fighters, a place too dangerous to…

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Biden promises to ‘build back better’ but some climate experts see trouble

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA (NYTIMES) – When President Joe Biden arrived in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Thursday (May 6) to push for spending trillions of dollars on infrastructure nationwide, plywood still…

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