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Da Vinci's 'Head of Bear' drawing seen fetching up to $16 mn

Da Vinci's 'Head of Bear' drawing seen fetching up to $16 mn

A drawing of a bear's head by Leonardo da Vinci is seen fetching up to $16.7 million, potentially setting a record, when it heads to auction in July, Christie's said on Saturday.

India hits 4,000 virus deaths in a day; States impose lockdowns

India hits 4,000 virus deaths in a day; States impose lockdowns

India recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time and more states imposed lockdowns Saturday in a desperate bid to halt the devastating new surge.

WHO approves Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline

WHO approves Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline

The World Health Organisation (WHO) approved for emergency use a Covid-19 vaccine from China's state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm on Friday, bolstering Beijing's push for a bigger role in inoculating the world.

Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry

Chinese rocket to tumble back to Earth in uncontrolled re-entry

A large segment of a Chinese rocket is expected to make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere on the weekend, but Beijing has downplayed fears and said there is a very low risk of any damage.

Johnson hails Conservatives’ crushing win in Labour stronghold

Johnson hails Conservatives’ crushing win in Labour stronghold

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday welcomed early election results in Britain’s first major vote since Brexit and the pandemic, including a stunning by-election victory for his Conservative party in an opposition Labour stronghold.

Germany breaks third virus wave but warns against complacency

Germany breaks third virus wave but warns against complacency

Germany seems to have halted a surge of coronavirus infections driven by the British variant, its health minister said yesterday, cautioning however against lifting restrictions precipitously.

UK eases foreign travel restrictions

UK eases foreign travel restrictions

Britain yesterday announced it was lifting a coronavirus ban on people in England going on holiday to Portugal and Israel due to their low infection and high vaccination rates.

Rare Kashmir sapphire glitters in Geneva auction

Rare Kashmir sapphire glitters in Geneva auction

The largest Kashmir sapphire ever auctioned and a royal tiara which everyone can try on via Instagram are the stars of this year’s May magnificent jewels sales in Geneva.

Philippine govt tightens controls on inbound travellers

Philippine govt tightens controls on inbound travellers

Travellers entering the Philippines will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine, up from a week previously, as authorities try to contain more infectious coronavirus variants, the presidential spokesman said yesterday.

Nepali scales Everest record 25 times, after mountain reopens amid pandemic

Nepali scales Everest record 25 times, after mountain reopens amid pandemic

A Nepali sherpa scaled Mount Everest for a record 25th time yesterday, an official said, beating his own record after he ascended as part of a group that was the first to reach the summit in more than a year.

India’s opposition leader warns of ‘explosive’ Covid-19 wave

India’s opposition leader warns of ‘explosive’ Covid-19 wave

India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi warned yesterday that unless the deadly second Covid-19 wave sweeping the country was brought under control it would devastate India as well as threaten the rest of the world.

WHO gives emergency nod to China’s Sinopharm vaccine

WHO gives emergency nod to China’s Sinopharm vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) approved a Covid-19 vaccine from China’s state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm for emergency use yesterday, a boost to Beijing’s push for a big role in inoculating the world.

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