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At least 4 people shot dead in protests against Myanmar coup

At least four people were shot dead during protests in Myanmar on Sunday, as security forces continued their violent crackdown on dissent following last month's military coup.Two of the victims died in Yangon, the country's largest city. One of them was shot in the head and another in the abdomen, according to local media covering the demonstrations in Hlaing Thar Yar municipality.A third person was killed in the northern city of Hpakant when police fired at a crowd of protesters, local media reported. A fourth victim, a woman, died after being shot in the head in Mandalay, the country's second-largest city, while security forces carried out clean-up operations.In Yangon, a video posted on social media showed crowds of people, some wearing helmets and gas masks, running down a street ...
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Bolivia’s political crisis deepens after the arrest of the former interim president

The conservative interim president who led Bolivia for a year was arrested on Saturday and released shortly thereafter.Jeanine Anez was released after being questioned by the Prosecutor's Office in the capital La Paz.Officials from the restored left-wing government are persecuting people they believe were involved in the removal from power of socialist leader Evo Morales in 2019.Other arrest warrants have been issued for more than a dozen former officials. Among them are several former cabinet ministers, as well as former military leader William Kaliman and the police chief who had urged Morales to resign in 2019.Anez had been detained in her hometown of Trinidad and was later flown to the capital, La Paz."This is an abuse," he told reporters after his appearance at the prosecution. "...
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Germany kicks off ‘super election’ year with two state polls with severe test for Merkel party

Voters in two German states will go to the polls on Sunday in a key test for Chancellor Angela Merkel's party as she prepares to resign later this year.Southwestern Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatine landers are the first of six to elect their regional legislature this year. The federal elections to elect the national parliament and thus the new chancellor will also take place on September 26.Sunday's elections are seen as key in determining what voters think about the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences. For Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), they are also a barometer of what voters think of the new leadership as the Chancellor prepares to step down after 16 years at the helm of the county.In total, more than 10 mil...
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Myanmar: civil leader in hiding promises ‘revolution’ against junta

The civilian leader of the Myanmar government in hiding vowed to continue supporting a "revolution" to overthrow the military that seized power in last month's coup, while security forces again engaged the protesters with lethal forces, killing the less to seven.Mahn Win Khaing Than, who was appointed interim vice president by ousted Myanmar lawmakers and is a member of the party of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed the public on Saturday for the first time since the military takeover on February 1."This is the nation's darkest time and the time when dawn is approaching," he said in a video posted on the shadow government's website and social media."To form a federal democracy, which all the ethnic brothers who have been suffering various kinds of oppressions from the dictators...
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London police criticized for clashing with mourners at vigil to remember Sarah Everard

London police were criticized on Saturday for their handling of a vigil to remember Sarah Everard, whose death prompted an officer to be charged.The Metropolitan Police have defended their action, citing the pandemic and the ban on meetings.Hundreds of people showed up in London's Clapham area on Saturday, near where Everard was last seen, despite a court ruling banning the gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.Those attending the vigil said they wanted to draw attention to the fear and danger that many women see as part of everyday British life.Many laid flowers at a makeshift memorial. Among them was Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, who was seen pausing for a moment in front of the sea of ​​flowers.But footage from the event posted on social media by aide Deborah Hermanns showed poli...
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At least four dead as Myanmar security forces crack down on protests

Security forces in Myanmar shot and killed at least four people on Saturday as they tried to end demonstrations against the military's seizure of power in the country.Three deaths were reported in Mandalay, the country's second-largest city, and one in Pyay, a city in south-central Myanmar. There were multiple reports on social media of the deaths, along with photos of people killed and injured at both locations.The UN's independent human rights expert for Myanmar, Tom Andrews, said Thursday that "credible reports" indicated that security forces in the Southeast Asian nation had so far killed at least 70 people. He also cited the mounting evidence of crimes against humanity since the military overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.Reports on social media also said that t...
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Is the increase in cases in Serbia, a leader in vaccination, a warning for the UK?

For more than a month, Serbia has been in the headlines as an example of a country succeeding with its coronavirus vaccination campaign.With more than a million of its 7 million inhabitants now receiving at least one hit from COVID, is way ahead of many other countries in the European Union.Benefiting from vaccine diplomacy, Serbs can choose from four different vaccines: China's Sinopharm, Russia's Sputnik V, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca. The Moderna vaccine is expected to be available soon as a fifth option. But despite this apparent success, the country is struggling with high rates of COVID-19 infection. When its vaccination program began, between 1,000 and 1,500 new infections were recorded daily. Now, more than a month after the start of mass vaccination, that number rises to more t...
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Mary Robinson offers her vision of Europe’s biggest challenges

Mary Robinson is the former President of Ireland, the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the current President of the Elders. That's a group of independent world leaders that Nelson Mandela brought together in 2007 to work together for peace and human rights. Mary Robinson has had a long and prestigious career. He took the time to share some of his thoughts with Euronews on the COVID-19 pandemic, inequalities, migration, climate change, and even Princess Latifah.What would be the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dangerously widening gap between countries, populations and social classes?The Elders President Mary Robinson:"It is very worrying, the Elders have been talking a lot about the fact that Covid has exacerbated all inequalities, inequal...
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Plans to build an airport in Albania threaten migration routes of migratory birds

Albania is in one of the most important flyways for migratory birds traveling between Europe and Africa. The Narta lagoon, located on the southeastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, and made up of more than 10,000 hectares of salt lands and cultivated lands, is where hundreds of species of these birds rest in transit. It is the second most important site for waterfowl in Albania, which is one of the reasons why it is a protected area.The birds in the Narta Lagoon already have to dodge poachers' bullets and busy roads. But guns and cars are not the only threat to them. Now there are plans to build an international airport within this protected area.Controversial plansthe government master plan it's not just for build an international airport. There will also be large-scale construction ...
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More twins are being born than ever amid a surge in fertility treatments

These days more twins are being born than ever, according to a study by the University of Oxford.Researchers say the trend can be attributed primarily to increased fertility treatments and parents forming their families later in life.The new study, published in the academic journal Human reproduction, shows that the global twin birth rate has risen by a third since the 1980s, from just over 9 twin births per 1,000 deliveries to 12 per 1,000. That equates to 1.6 million pairs of twins every year.Asia and Africa currently account for 80 percent of all twin births in the world, but Europe, North America and Oceania are catching up fast, according to the analysis.The researchers analyzed twinning rates between 2010 and 2015 in 165 countries covering 99 percent of the world's population. Fo...
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