The European counterparts are not happy with the way Britain has become the first western country to have fast tracked licensing of a Covid-19 virus vaccine. They feel the country has prioritized speed over the authenticity and efficacy of the vaccine, without taking into consideration public opinion.

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According to EU European Medicines Agency, UK has not won the public confidence, and gone through the speedy approval route (emergency authorization), something even the European Union could have also adopted. But “we worked on the premise that the idea is not that we’re the first to give to the world a vaccine, but the idea is to have safe and effective vaccines in the pandemic and that we can create confidence, and nothing is more important than confidence with respect to vaccines,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn. …


Iran has rejected incoming Biden administration’s pre-conditioned nuclear deal and has said of complete compliance with the deal only after United States lifts all the sanctions imposed on it. Iran’s foreign minister also said that first step towards consensual talks is US to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal.

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Javed Zarif, Iran foreign minister, has laid out new parameters to embark on new relationship with Washington. He said that before US rejoins the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and lifts the sanctions imposed on it by Trump administration, Tehran would need some kind of guarantee that it would leave the deal again like predecessor Donald Trump. Zarif also hinted at no clause of renegotiating the existing deal. …


Syrian refugees are going to have a harrowing time outside of their nation, as their past comes haunting once in a while. Despite having stayed in Germany, under the wings of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Syrian refugees have found themselves caught in various kinds of embarrassing situations.

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Former members of the Syrian security forces are the ones in front of the firing squad. It is now being debated whether they should be persecuted for war crimes or should they serve as key witnesses in an effort to bring senior officials to justice.

In both cases, there is no peace for the Syrian refugee community that has been trying to learn the German language to be able to get absorbed into the milieu of German way of life. Germany, today is home to as many as 6million Syrian refugees. Additionally, prosecutors have used universal jurisdiction laws that allow them to prosecute crimes against humanity committed anywhere in the world to seek justice for victims of alleged torture and extrajudicial killings by Assad’s forces. …


US Justice Department is investigating a potential “bribery for pardon” scheme at the White House. The stirring news was made public on Tuesday after unsealing of a court filing. Though the documents redacted don’t specifically name President Donald Trump, the questions and doubts point directly to the highly controversial President as he is moving towards end of his term. This comes as president is reportedly coming up with a sweeping number of pardons before leaving White House next month.

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The Justice Department investigation says that an individual offered According to the document, two individuals/ officials acted as lobbyists to offer pardon and secure it in the alleged “bribery for pardon” scheme. The names haven’t been made public and are blacked out in the released documents. However, the justice department have said that no federal official is subject of investigation to determine if money was funneled to “buy” presidential pardon. …


There seems to be little doubt that China has lied about the numbers of COVID-19. When Wuhan pneumonia infected the West, the data on infections and victims immediately seemed different from those in China. Suffice it to say that today in Europe, in a country like France or Italy, while the emergency is far from over, there are more dead and more infected than the official numbers provided by Beijing. Where it is believed the virus originated. Now, leaked documents finally proved that China’s government underreported the number of the new coronavirus contagions in the early stages of the pandemic.

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The CNN obtained, from Chinese health authorities in the Hubei province, several files showing what the president of the United States, Donald Trump, affirmed from the beginning of the pandemic: China hid the “real number” of COVID-19 cases. As for now, the report doesn’t confirm if Chinese officials tried deliberately to conceal the accurate magnitude of the coronavirus outbreak. According to the documents from the Hubei province local authorities on February 10 — when China reported 2,478 new cases — executives clandestinely reported 5,918 new cases, more than double the announced figure. One of the files also exposes that in early March the medium period between a patient presenting COVID-19 symptoms and diagnosis was 23.3 …


December 1 is World AIDS Day, and this year was different. The decades old global disease is still far from being contained, and this year as we struggle with Covid-19 pandemic, the global response towards HIV stands on a cliff edge. HIV pandemic and Covid-19 pandemic have proved one thing — lack of policy making wrecks a havoc and results in deaths. This is applicable to regulations regarding access to testing, distribution of new medical technologies and treatment options, public health and criminal law. …


The French parliamentary majority will suspend and “completely rewrite” the hotly contested article 24 of the new security law. The former Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, today group leader at the National Assembly of En Marche, the party of President Emmanuel Macron, said on Monday. The measure known as , part of a law, would have placed strict limits on the ability of the press to disseminate images of law enforcement officers on duty. Protests against the reform brought tens of thousands of French people to the streets last Saturday.

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The demonstrations resulted in clashes with the police with dozens of arrests and injuries, in a climate of tension aggravated by the beating of a music producer of African origins at the hands of four policemen. Three policemen have been indicted for and the Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz announced yesterday. These are the three agents at the center of Loopsider’s video unveiled Thursday that triggered a national scandal and led President Emmanuel Macron to express his shock. …


The month-long conflict between Addis Ababa government led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) in the northern region of Tigray has reached its “final phase”. The fighting is continuing in the region’s capital, Mekelle, which was taken under control by federal forces at weekend. TPLF’s leader Debretsion Gebremichael has also said that its fighters have retaken another city, Aksum, back from the military. But government claims that TPLF has been crushed and is in no position to engage in a guerilla war.

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Hundreds and thousands of people have been killed in the conflict in Tigray region. Hundreds have been forced to fled and many displaced, spreading concern among UN and other human rights groups regarding the humanitarian crisis. …


In recent weeks, the institutions of the European Union and the member states are starting the discussions on the Pact regarding the immigration and asylum file presented by the EU Commission on September 23, 2020. Last week, the European Parliament (EP) met in a high-level conference to discuss a strategy based on a fair sharing of responsibility and solidarity, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced at a press conference. By the end of this week, the Commission will present further details of the mechanism decided following the consultations.

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Meanwhile, von der Leyen recalls that Indeed, this pact did not immediately appeal to all Member States. First of all, Hungary and Poland. They have interpreted the recent imposition by the EU as a requirement to access the Recovery Fund. A blackmail for countries that do not want to consent to the division of migrants. As the EU debates, however, dozens of migrant people who continue to cross the Mediterranean Sea find death instead of a better life. In October only, 222 migrants were found dead or disappeared at sea near the coast of the Canary Islands, according to “Euronews.” …


The E-retailing giant Amazon has invested heavily in its expansion, giving hope of jobs to thousands in the MENA region. By increasing its storage capacity by over 45 per cent across its fulfillment network, it has now opened a new delivery station in the UAE. This in itself has created more than 2000 permanent and seasonal jobs.

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According to official figures, the company has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, bringing its global work force to more than 1.2 million. Amazon is tapping land hiring in remote areas of India and Italy and investing heavily into its warehousing infrastructure. …

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