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The Latest: Mississippi hospital to require masks
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The Latest: Mississippi hospital to require masks

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s only level-one trauma hospital and academic medical center will require all employees and students who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear an N95 mask while inside, a decision that a top official acknowledged would not be popular with everyone in the country’s least vaccinated state and may result in the loss of employees. University of Mississippi Medical Center Vice Chancellor Dr. LouAnn Woodward said the university has responsibility and an obligation as “the place that takes care of the sickest patients” to set the example for others in health care across the state. “I feel strongly that this is the right thing to do,” she said, emphasizing that the vaccines are safe and offer strong protection against contracting the potentially life-threatenin
Family files $30M suit over deputies’ shooting of Black man
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Family files $30M suit over deputies’ shooting of Black man

The family of an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina says he died because of the officers’ “intentional and reckless disregard of his life,” according to a $30 million civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday. Andrew Brown Jr. was killed April 21 by Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputies while they were serving drug-related warrants at his Elizabeth City home. Several deputies surrounded Brown in his BMW before his car backed up and moved forward. They fired several shots at and into his vehicle. He was killed by a bullet to the back of his head. Lawyers for the Brown family said the shooting was unjustified because Brown was trying to drive away — not toward the deputies. “This lawsuit was easy to draft because of the facts in this case,” attorney
154 operations, 1,528 militants, and 1 Afghan force ANDSF kill
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154 operations, 1,528 militants, and 1 Afghan force ANDSF kill

Afghan forces conducted 154 military operations in which 1,528 militants were killed and over 800 were wounded. The operations include land operations, airstrikes, and artillery shells. The spokesperson of ANDSF said that the forces have been out of defensive stance and are currently in offensive one during the latter stance some attacks have also been repelled. On casualty of civilians he said, a large number of ANDSF operations were suspended in order to prevent civilian casualties in the country. General Ajlam Shinwarai accused the Taliban of killing 14 civilians and wounding nearly thirty more during the previous week. The claim over civilian casualty comes after UNAMA in its latest report said that the past two months were the deadliest in terms of civilian casualties....
China jabs deal hailed as leaders tackle Covid economic woes
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China jabs deal hailed as leaders tackle Covid economic woes

China jabs deal hailed as leaders tackle Covid economic woes Covax has delivered more than 100 million jabs so far, well short of its aims after expected supplies from India failed to materialise. GENEVA: A global initiative to distribute coronavirus vaccines to poorer countries was boosted on Monday by a deal to buy more than 100 million Chinese jabs, as Asia-Pacific leaders agreed to address the Covid-induced economic slump. European countries were also facing a reckoning with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to announce further details of England's plans to do away with most restrictions on July 19, and French President Emmanuel Macron set to address the nation on his ideas for weathering the onslaught from new variants. The virus has killed more than four million people sin...
Racing for super app supremacy
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Racing for super app supremacy

Grab and Gojek have diversified their services. A push by corporates to become super app operators like the case of Malaysian-based airline AirAsia casts light on their determination to create ecosystems that could drive down costs and expand customer bases through integrated services, say business pundits. On Wednesday, AirAsia announced it would acquire Indonesian ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek's Thailand business, saying the deal is the right move to leverage the know-how of Gojek and integrate it with the stronger brand of AirAsia which is looking to expand into food deliveries and fintech services. A series of companies are striving to achieve merger and acquisition deals to expand their reach to boost revenue streams as existing businesses run out of steam. Business experts...
Telenor announces Myanmar exit
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Telenor announces Myanmar exit

This file photo shows customers queue to buy Telenor sim cards at a mobile shop in Yangon. (AFP photo) OSLO: Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor ASA has sold its Myanmar business, blaming the difficulties of operating under the military junta and dealing a blow to activists who say they relied on the only Western operator for communications. Telenor, one of the biggest foreign investors in Myanmar, sold its operations to Lebanese investment firm M1 Group for $105 million, announcing its retreat from a country that slid into chaos after a military coup in February. It was one of the few Western companies to bet on the Southeast Asian country after it emerged from military dictatorship a decade ago. Myanmar accounted for 7% of Telenor's earnings last year. "There are three reasons why we th...
The Latest: SKorea sees 11th straight day over 1,000 cases
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The Latest: SKorea sees 11th straight day over 1,000 cases

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported another new 1,455 cases of the coronavirus, its 11th straight day over 1,000, as officials push to tighten pandemic restrictions nationwide. The numbers reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Saturday brought the national caseload to 176,500, including 2,055 deaths. The record-breaking surge has been mostly driven by transmissions in the greater Seoul region, home to half of the country’s population of more than 51 million. Officials here have enforced the country’s toughest social distancing restrictions, which prohibit private social gatherings of three or more people after 6 p.m., ban visitors at hospitals and nursing homes, and shut down nightclubs and churches. Officials are also discussing whether to enforce fou
Biden blasts ‘un-American’ voting limits; Texas Dems act
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Biden blasts ‘un-American’ voting limits; Texas Dems act

PHILELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden declared preserving voting rights an urgent national “test of our time” on Tuesday but offered few concrete proposals to meet it. Texas Democrats took their own dramatic action to stymie Republican efforts to tighten ballot restrictions in their state. Biden, who has proclaimed protecting ballot access the central cause of his presidency, has faced sharp criticism from allies for not doing more, though political headwinds and stubborn Senate math have limited his ability to act. Despite his ringing words Tuesday, he avoided any mention of trying to alter the Senate filibuster rule that stands in the path of federal legislation. Speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Biden called state efforts to curtail voting accessibility “un
Asian markets mixed but traders on edge after China crackdown
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Asian markets mixed but traders on edge after China crackdown

Asian markets mixed but traders on edge after China crackdown The Federal Reserve's meeting will be closely watched for an idea about its plans for monetary policy as the US economy continues to improve. HONG KONG: Asian markets were mixed Tuesday with confidence at a premium after the previous day's sell-off, with investors keeping a wary eye on China following its latest crackdown on a range of industries. The announcement of new regulations on the tutorial sector -- which has decimated private education firms -- along with more moves against tech firms and fresh rules for property and food delivery companies has traders worrying where Beijing will strike next, analysts said. That comes against a backdrop of rising concerns about the fast-spreading Delta Covid variant and the slow ro...
Govt: Phuket Sandbox going well, marred by fake news
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Govt: Phuket Sandbox going well, marred by fake news

Govt: Phuket Sandbox going well, marred by fake news Phuket deputy governor Piyapong Chuwong, right, and provincial health chief Dr Kusak Kukiatikoon, left. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran) The Phuket Sandbox scheme aimed at revitalising the economy and tourism and is going well, with tourists continuing to arrive, but its success has been marred by "fake news" on social media of its imminent collapse, a government spokesman said. Thanakorn Wangboonkongchan, secretary to the Prime Minister's Office minister and spokesman for the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA), said false reports were being disseminated on social media that Phuket had been ordered closed because Covid-19 had spread beyond control. Mr Thanakorn said this was not true. The Phuket Sandbox programme was...