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Covid 19 World News – 20 September 2021

  • Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts, sending lava streaming towards villages
    A volcano has erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, sending lava shooting into the air and streaming in rivers towards houses in two villages from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island.
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  • Russia’s Ruling Pro-Putin Party Wins Majority After Crackdown On Critics
     Moscow: Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its majority in parliament after a three-day election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, despite losing around one fifth of its support, partial results on Monday showed.
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  • India upset with UK’s fresh vaccine-linked travel curbs
    The new rules, which were unveiled on Friday and will become effective from October 4, were described by the UK as an attempt to change the current “red, amber, green traffic light system” to a single red list of countries and “simplified travel measures” for arrivals from around the world.
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  • French, UK Defence Ministers’ Meeting Off Amid Submarine Row: Report
    Australia: France has cancelled a meeting set for this week between its Defence Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart Ben Wallace, a source at her ministry told AFP Sunday.
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  • Gordon Brown calls for urgent action to avert ‘Covid vaccine waste disaster
     More than 100m Covid vaccine doses are due to expire and be “thrown away” unless global leaders urgently share surplus supplies with the world’s poorest countries, Gordon Brown has warned.
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  • We felt fooled’: France still furious after Australia scraps $90bn submarine deal French anger at the Morrison government’s decision to scrap its $90bn submarine program with France continues to boil over, with the country’s recalled ambassador saying it felt “fooled” by the announcement.
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  • Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue
    Last February, Dr Bryce Meck, 30, would lock herself in the bathroom to cry for five minutes when her patients, whom she had watched over for weeks in the medical intensive care unit, were dying from Covid-19. They begged her to tell people in their community to get vaccinated. Of the 20 patients with Covid-19 in her care, only three survived.
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  • North Korea expanding weapons-grade uranium plant, satellite images suggest
    Recent satellite images appear to show North Korea is expanding a uranium enrichment plant at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, with experts saying the move shows an intent to boost the production of bomb materials.
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  •  New Zealand Covid update: new cases outside Auckland could delay lockdown easing
    New Zealand has recorded 22 new cases of coronavirus in the community, including three cases outside Auckland, which could put the brakes on prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s much anticipated easing of lockdown restrictions.
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  • Bees kill 63 endangered penguins in South Africa A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said.
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