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 This file photo taken on Feb. 28, shows New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right) and New Zealand's then-Minister of Maori Development and Local Government (left) Nanaia Mahuta. Ardern named an
This file photo taken on Feb. 28, shows New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right) and New Zealand's then-Minister of Maori Development and Local Government (left) Nanaia Mahuta. Ardern named an `
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New Zealand wants a mature relationship with China, foreign minister says

Nanaia Mahuta's comments come after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this week that differences with its top trading partner were getting harder to reconcile, and the country's parliament unanimously declared human rights abuses were taking place against Uyghur people in China's Xinjiang region, angering Beijing.

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Brazil's Bolsonaro links COVID-19 to 'germ warfare'

"It's a new virus. Nobody knows whether it was born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn't have," said the far-right leader.

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Japan town builds giant squid statue with Covid grant

The huge pink monument with its tentacles outstretched was unveiled in March by the coastal town of Noto in central Japan as a proud nod to its local delicacy.

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New Zealand wants a mature relationship with China, foreign minister says

Nanaia Mahuta's comments come after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this week that differences with its top trading partner were getting harder to reconcile, and the country's parliament unanimously declared human rights abuses were taking place against Uyghur people in China's Xinjiang region, angering Beijing.

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Mosques full despite Pakistan's Covid third wave

Anxious over the virus's deadly rampage through neighbouring India, officials have steadily tightened restrictions and banned travel during the upcoming Eid holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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China slams New Zealand parliament's Uyghur concerns

Beijing expressed anger after New Zealand's parliament passed a watered-down motion Wednesday expressing "grave concern" at human rights abuses involving the Uyghur Muslim minority in China's Xinjiang province.

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Brazil's Bolsonaro links COVID-19 to 'germ warfare'

"It's a new virus. Nobody knows whether it was born in a laboratory or because a human ate some animal they shouldn't have," said the far-right leader.

21 hours ago
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Japan town builds giant squid statue with Covid grant

The huge pink monument with its tentacles outstretched was unveiled in March by the coastal town of Noto in central Japan as a proud nod to its local delicacy.

22 hours ago
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Taiwan thanks G7 support for Taiwan's participation in WHO forums

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou pointed out that it is the first time Taiwan has been included in the communique of the G-7 foreign ministers' meeting.

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Saudi walks diplomatic high wire on Iran, Yemen

Iraq has hosted talks between Riyadh and Tehran "more than once", its President Barham Saleh, an ex-premier of Iraqi Kurdistan, said Wednesday, following reports that a Saudi delegation led by intelligence chief Khalid bin Ali al-Humaidan met Iranian officials in Baghdad on April 9.

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HK activist Joshua Wong gets 10 more months in jail for June 4 rally

Wong, Lester Shum, Tiffany Yuen and Jannelle Leung were handed down the sentences after pleading guilty to the charge at the same Hong Kong court last Friday. They were found to have participated in the rally even though it had been banned by police citing public safety and health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID spreading in rural India; record daily rises in infections, deaths

COVID-19 infections in the world's second most populous nation have surged past 21 million, with a death toll of 230,168, health ministry data show.

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India sees record Covid-19 deaths, new cases in 24 hours

Health ministry numbers showed 3,980 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the national total to 230,168, and 412,262 new cases, bringing India's caseload since the pandemic began to 21.1 million.

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Yair Lapid tapped to form government, could mark end of Netanyahu era

President Reuven Rivlin tapped Lapid in an announcement that could end the Netanyahu era in Israeli politics. The move followed consultations with party leaders to determine if any lawmaker had a path to clinch a coalition capable of ending an unprecedented era of political gridlock.

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Trump moves to assert party control despite Facebook ban

Despite losing the presidency to Joe Biden last year and enduring a second impeachment after January's deadly insurrection at the US Capitol, the brash billionaire remains his party's most influential figure.

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US backs waiver on intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines

Noting that "extraordinary measures" are needed to tackle the global health crisis, the US trade representative said in a statement that the administration of President Joe Biden will support the IP waiver "in service of ending this pandemic."

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Scotland votes to decide the fate of independence movement

Scotland is home to one of the world's most prominent independence movements and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described this election as the most important in the country's history.

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US watching Chinese rocket's erratic re-entry: Pentagon

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is "aware and he knows the space command is tracking, literally tracking this rocket debris," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. 

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Japan, US, South Korea vow to seek total denuclearization of North Korea

In a meeting in London, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui Yong agreed to push North Korea to comply with its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions over its nuclear and missile programs, the ministry said.

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Britain gears up for keenly watched local elections

Most of the elections were meant to be held a year ago but were delayed by the pandemic. Polls open at 7:00 am (0600 GMT) on Thursday, with results expected from Friday.

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Indian foreign minister at G7 says exposed to possible Covid-19 positive cases

India is not part of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies but was invited by Britain to the talks.

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'Human catastrophe' as India's COVID-19 surge spreads to Nepal

“We need to act now and we need to act fast to have any hope of containing this human catastrophe. This virus has no respect for borders and these variants are running rampant across Asia," said Alexander Matheou, Asia Pacific director for the Geneva-based agency representing the global humanitarian network.

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Japan, South Korea meet with Blinken despite rifts

Joined by aides, Blinken sat in the centre of a U-shaped table with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong on each side in a conference room of a London hotel on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting.

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