Author: Mike Harrison

Players of Palmas were on their way to Goiania to play a match against Vila Nova. Four players and the president of Brazilian soccer club Palmas died in a plane crash on Sunday in the northern state of Tocantins, the team said.The accident occurred when the plane suddenly plunged to the ground at the end of the runway while on takeoff, the club said in a statement.The players were on their way to Goiania, in the central region of the country, to play a match against Vila Nova.The victims were identified as president Lucas Meira and players Lucas Praxedes, Guilherme…

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The embassy would be in a temporary office while a permanent location is prepared. Israel on Sunday said it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, following through on last year’s US-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country.Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the embassy would be in a temporary office while a permanent location is prepared. Eitan Na’eh, a veteran Israeli diplomat, will serve as the head of mission.Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the opening of the new embassy would allow the broadening of what already are warm ties between Israel and the UAEThe UAE…

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The physical meeting will be held in Singapore in May. The World Economic Forum’s online Davos Agenda Summit began on Sunday night with the premier of a concert filmed during the coronavirus pandemic in different parts of the world and the event will see top global leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, speak on the state of the world over the next five days.After a welcome address by WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Shwab, Swiss President Parmelin delivered a special address, followed by annual Crystal Awards and the premier of ‘See Me: A Global…

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Several prominent activists remain in custody even as the case is being investigated The top human rights body of the United Nations has urged the Indian government to release the activists who are in prison for the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case, “at the very least on bail”. Several prominent activists like Varavara Rao and Fr. Stan Swamy were arrested and remain in custody even as the case is being investigated. “We continue to be concerned about the situation of activists detained in India, including in the context of the Bhima Koregaon events. We encourage the authorities to release these individuals,…

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A total of 15 Chinese aircraft, including 12 fighter jets, entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Sunday, the island’s Defense Ministry said, the second day of incursions by China.A map provided by the Ministry showed the Chinese aircraft again flew in between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea.’Intimidation’ bidThe US State Department has said it was concerned by China’s “pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.” “We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in…

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If SNP wins May polls, Sturgeon says she will seek another vote despite Johnson’s opposition Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday said she planned to hold a legal referendum on independence from Britain despite Westminster’s opposition, as an opinion poll showed a majority would vote yes.If her Scottish National Party (SNP) wins a strong showing in regional elections in May, Ms. Sturgeon said she would seek a fresh referendum even though Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said such a vote should only be held once in a generation.“I want to have a legal referendum, that is what I am…

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Mohammed Moquim says the statement of BJP spokesperson was absolutely false and not based on facts A Congress MLA has filed a defamation suit against BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra seeking criminal prosecution.“In November 2020, Mr. Patra had given a statement in New Delhi that nine MLAs of the Congress had taken money from the Biju Janata Dal to maintain silence on the murder of a girl child in Nayagarh, which was an utter lie,” said Mohammed Moquim.Mr. Moquim, Congress MLA from Barabati-Cuttack, moved the court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Cuttack, after his legal notice seeking unconditional apology from the…

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While some species are found only in the unique ecosystem, one in three species have been recorded in the region Indian Sunderbans, which is part of the largest mangrove forest in the world, is home to 428 species of birds, a recent publication of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) States.The publication, “Birds of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve”, released earlier this month by the ZSI, not only documents the avifauna of the Sunderbans, but also serves as comprehensive photographic field guide, with detailed distribution and locality data for all the species from the region.Authors of the publication said the book…

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The party councils of the the opposition, center-right Reform Party and the ruling left-leaning Center Party were expected on Sunday to vote in favor of joining a Cabinet headed by Reform’s prime minister-designate and chairwoman Kaja Kallas Estonia’s two biggest political parties say they have clinched a deal to form a new government to be led by a female prime minister for the first time in the Baltic country’s history, replacing the previous Cabinet that collapsed into a corruption scandal earlier this month.The party councils of the the opposition, center-right Reform Party and the ruling left-leaning Center Party were expected…

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The process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole, did not really exist when we came into the White House, says President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain There was no distribution plan for the coronavirus vaccine set up by the Trump administration as the virus raged in its last months in office, new President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, said on Sunday.”The process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole, did not really exist…

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