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Myanmar’s military has seized power after detaining de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party. All authority has been given to the top army commander and a one-year state of emergency has been declared, a statement on military TV said. The coup follows a landslide election win by Ms […]

US President Joe Biden has begun to undo some of Donald Trump’s key policies, hours after being sworn in. “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face,” he tweeted as he headed to the White House following his inauguration. President Biden signed 15 executive orders, firstly to boost […]

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” at last week’s Capitol riot. Ten Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the president by 232-197. But his trial in the Senate will not happen until after Joe Biden, a Democrat, is inaugurated as the new US president next week. Mr […]

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for rollout next week. Immunisations could start within days for those who need it the most, such as […]

The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford stops 70% of people developing Covid symptoms, a large-scale trial shows. It is both a triumph and a disappointment after vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna showed 95% protection. However, the Oxford jab is far cheaper, and is easier to store and get to every corner of […]

Singapore is offering a one-off payment to encourage people to have babies during the coronavirus pandemic. The worry is that citizens are putting off parenthood as they struggle with financial stress and job layoffs. Details of the amount that could be paid have yet to be released. It is in addition to several hefty baby […]

The commission that oversees US presidential debates says it will change the format to ensure the remaining two encounters between Donald Trump and Joe Biden are more orderly. One new measure could be to cut the microphones if the candidates try to interrupt each other, US media report. The announcement followed Tuesday’s ill-tempered debate that […]

A Japanese man has pleaded guilty to murdering nine people after contacting them on Twitter, in a high-profile case that has shocked the country. Dubbed the “Twitter killer”, Takahiro Shiraishi was arrested in 2017 after body parts were found in his flat. He told a court in Tokyo on Wednesday that the allegations against him […]

India has recorded more than 90,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, taking its total above that of Brazil. The country now has the second-largest number of confirmed cases in the world, 4,204,613. It has reported 71,642 deaths, the third-highest in the world. The surge in reported infections has mostly come from […]

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is set to announce his resignation for health reasons, officials from his party say. He has suffered for many years from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but his condition is thought to have worsened recently. Public broadcaster NHK said the 65-year-old wanted to avoid causing problems for his government. Last […]


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