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Five dead in India vaccine plant fire, COVID drug unaffected

Written by on 22 January 2021

MUMBAI – Five people died as a fire tore through a building in the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturing hub in India, but the company insisted the production of drugs to counter the coronavirus pandemic would continue. Rescue workers discovered five bodies in the under-construction building after the blaze at the Serum Institute of India was brought under control, media reports […]

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Zimbabwe reintroduces national lockdown

Written by on 5 January 2021

A commuter wearing a face mask awaits transport to get out of the central business district of Harare. AFP/Jekesai Njikizana HARARE – Zimbabwe’s government on Saturday imposed a national lockdown with immediate effect, following a surge in COVID-19 cases, creating a major problem for most citizens who rely on the informal employment sector. Only essential services, […]

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China court sentences ex-banker to death for $260m bribes, bigamy

Written by on 5 January 2021

Beijing – The former chairman of one of China’s largest state-controlled asset management firms was sentenced to death Tuesday for soliciting $260 million in bribes, corruption and bigamy. Lai Xiaomin, a former Communist Party member, gave a detailed confession on state broadcaster CCTV in January 2020, with footage of a Beijing apartment reportedly belonging to […]

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Germany considering ban on South African flights due to new Covid strain

Written by on 20 December 2020

Berlin – Germany is considering banning flights from South Africa and Britain to prevent the spread of a new, more infectious coronavirus strain circulating in the two countries, a source close to the German health ministry told AFP on Sunday. Following the example of the Netherlands, where a ban on all passenger flights from the […]

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China’s moon probe returns to earth safely

Written by on 18 December 2020

Constance van Niekerk   China’s Chang’e-5 moon probe has returned to planet Earth, landing in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia (Nei Mongol), the official Xinhua news agency reported. It has brought back the first lunar samples since the 1970s. The return capsule touched down in Inner Mongolia in the early hours of Thursday […]

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