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Covid 19 World News – 13 September 2021

  • Iran to allow new memory cards in UN’s nuclear site cameras
    Iran agreed Sunday to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there, the head of its atomic programme said, averting a diplomatic showdown this week.
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  • UN seeks to raise over $600 million to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan
    The United Nations is convening an aid conference in Geneva on Monday in an effort to raise more than $600 million for Afghanistan, warning of a humanitarian crisis there following the Taliban takeover.
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  • Chinese City Suspends Schools, Flights As Typhoon Approaches
    Shanghai: Authorities in Shanghai and neighbouring coastal regions cancelled flights, and suspended schools, subways and trains as Typhoon Chanthu approached mainland China after drenching Taiwan.
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  • North Korea says it tested long-range cruise missiles 
    The move follows Kim Jong Un’s call to strengthen the country’s military might. North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend.
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  • South Africa Announces ‘Vaccine Passport’ Plans, Eases Covid Curbs
    Johannesburg: South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced plans to introduce COVID-19 “vaccine passports” amid widespread scepticism of the jab, ahead of an easing of movement restrictions this week.
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  • Southeastern China Reports New Coronavirus Outbreak
    Beijing: China’s southeastern Fujian province on Sunday registered 20 new COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission (NHC) said.
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  • SpaceX To Send First All-Civilian Crew Into Orbit For 3 Days
    Yet another billionaire entrepreneur is set to ride into space this week, strapped inside the capsule of a SpaceX rocketship, as part of an astro-tourist team poised to make history as the first all-civilian crew launched into Earth orbit.
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  • Several Gorillas At US Zoo Being Treated For Coronavirus
    Washington: Several gorillas at Zoo Atlanta in the southern US state of Georgia have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, the zoo said. The western lowland gorillas were tested after keepers saw them coughing and other symptoms, it said.
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  • UK Government Drops Plan For Vaccine Passports In England
    London: The UK government has dropped a plan to make people in England show vaccine passports to enter crowded events such as nightclubs, the health minister said Sunday.
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  • Suspected Chinese Submarine Spotted Near Territorial Waters: Japan         
    Tokyo: Japan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific.
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