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Up to 10,000 fans allowed at Tokyo Olympics events

Up to 10,000 fans allowed at Tokyo Olympics events

Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at Tokyo Olympic events, organisers said Monday, warning competition could move behind closed doors if infections surge.

Fifth presidential hopeful arrested in Nicaragua

Fifth presidential hopeful arrested in Nicaragua

A fifth would-be candidate for the Nicaraguan presidency was detained Sunday, police said, part of a mounting crackdown by President Daniel Ortega ahead of elections this year.

India begins inoculating all adults with free shots

India begins inoculating all adults with free shots

India on Monday began a nationwide campaign of free Covid-19 shots for all adults after weeks of criticism that a chaotic rollout had caused acute shortages and intensified a deadly second wave that killed hundreds of thousands in April and May.

Bitcoin dives as China widens crackdown on crypto mining

Bitcoin dives as China widens crackdown on crypto mining

Bitcoin tumbled more than 10 per cent Monday after China broadened a crackdown on its massive cryptocurrency mining industry with a ban on mines in a key southwestern province.

Ethiopians vote in poll overshadowed by Tigray

Ethiopians vote in poll overshadowed by Tigray

Ethiopians began voting Monday in a closely-watched election taking place as famine grips the war-torn Tigray region and doubts linger about the credibility of the twice-delayed vote.

Australia deputy PM loses job in government climate split

Australia deputy PM loses job in government climate split

A climate change revolt in Australia's governing coalition on Monday brought in a new deputy prime minister likely to challenge the country's already hesitant moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

New US envoy for North Korea looks forward to 'positive response' on dialogue

New US envoy for North Korea looks forward to 'positive response' on dialogue

The United States' new top envoy for North Korea said on Monday in Seoul that he looks forward to a "positive response soon" on dialogue from North Korea.

Armenia PM party wins majority in snap polls

Armenia PM party wins majority in snap polls

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's party won 53.9 percent of the vote in snap parliamentary polls called in an effort to defuse a political crisis after a war with Azerbaijan, official results showed Monday.

Post-war Armenia votes in snap parliamentary polls

Post-war Armenia votes in snap parliamentary polls

Armenians voted yesterday in snap parliamentary elections called by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in an attempt to heal divisions after a disastrous war with Azerbaijan and reaffirm his mandate.

Navalny poisoning: US preparing new Russia sanctions

Navalny poisoning: US preparing new Russia sanctions

The United States is preparing fresh sanctions against Russia over the near-fatal poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a top White House adviser warned yesterday.

French far-right eyes gains in regional polls

French far-right eyes gains in regional polls

The vote will pick new assemblies for mainland France’s 13 regions and 96 departments, with Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) tipped to win at least one region for the first time in what would be a major coup.

Afghan president replaces two top ministers, army chief as violence grows

Afghan president replaces two top ministers, army chief as violence grows

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has replaced his defence and interior ministers and the army chief of staff amid rising casualties among Afghanistan's security forces in sharply increased fighting with the Taliban.

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