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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday brushed aside allegations from his former chief aide that his failings had caused tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths from COVID-19, saying “some of the commentary” bore no relation to reality.Dominic Cummings, who was Johnson’s right-hand man until late last year, delivered a withering attack on his former boss during seven hours of testimony before a parliamentary committee on Wednesday, casting Johnson as incompetent, disorganised and unfit to be the prime minister.With almost 128,000 deaths, the United Kingdom has the world’s fifth-highest official COVID-19 toll, far higher than the government’s initial worst-case estimates…

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Dominica is not a country that dominates India’s news headlines very often. But after fugitive Indian businessman Mehul Choksi was traced and ‘captured’ there on Wednesday, naam toh suna hoga.Wanted in the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, Choksi allegedly entered Dominica ‘illegally’ and has now been detained. He had been staying in Antigua and Barbuda since January 2018 and recently disappeared from there.Speaking to India Today, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said, “We have asked the Dominican government to detain him for entering their country illegally, to make him persona non grata and have him deported…

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The origins of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which has left around 3.5 million dead and more than 168 million affected around the world remains a mystery. ‘What is the origin of the virus that has ravaged the world’ remains a widely debated topic, with some scientists and politicians maintaining that the possibility of a lab leak of the deadly virus exists.The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is near the outbreak’s known epicentre of Huanan Seafood Market in central China’s Wuhan city, where the virus first emerged in late 2019 and became a pandemic.In the past few days, the theory that…

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Saturday’s eruption sent rivers of lava streaming down the hillside from Mount Nyiragongo, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee. A pedestrian walks near a crack on the road caused by earth tremors as aftershocks following the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo volcano near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo May 26, 2021. (Photo: Reuters)More than 20,000 people are homeless and 40 still missing in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption in eastern Congo that killed dozens and continues to cause strong earthquakes in the nearby city of Goma, the United Nations said on Wednesday.Saturday’s eruption sent rivers…

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London’s Science Museum and the Cambridge University library said Wednesday they have acquired a large collection of items belonging to late physicist Stephen Hawking, from his personalised wheelchairs to landmark papers on theoretical physics and his scripts from his appearance on “The Simpsons.”The entire contents of Hawking’s office at Cambridge — including his communications equipment, memorabilia, bets he made on scientific debates and office furniture — will be preserved as part of the collection belonging to the Science Museum Group.READ: Remembering Stephen Hawking, the universe-deducing physicist who never let his body hold him backHawking occupied the office at the university’s…

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Global sea levels have risen as a result of warmer water temperatures as well as melting glaciers and ice sheets. Surfers are seen in the sea in Sanya, Hainan province, China November 26, 2020. Picture taken November 26, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)China’s coastal sea waters have risen by 3.4 millimetres per annum over the 1980-2020 period and hit their third highest level on record last year, the country’s environment ministry said on Wednesday.In its annual bulletin on the state of the country’s environment, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said China’s coastal waters were now 73 millimetres higher than “normal”,…

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China on Wednesday accused the US of “spreading conspiracy theories and disinformation” as the theory resurfaced that the coronavirus emerged from a Wuhan laboratory, while urging Washington to open its virology facilities to scrutiny.Led by the US, pressure is mounting for a new probe into the origins of Covid-19 after a World Health Organization (WHO) mission to China, beset by delays and dogged by political baggage, returned inconclusive findings.The Wuhan Institute of Virology has returned to the spotlight after a report in The Wall Street Journal, citing US intelligence, said three lab workers there were hospitalised in November 2019 with…

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Meteorologists are saying there is a 40 per cent chance that the earth would be so hot in the next 5 years that it will push past the Paris climate agreement goal. At least one of the next five years will be 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial times. Image for representation.There’s a 40 per cent chance that the world will get so hot in the next five years that it will temporarily push past the temperature limit the Paris climate agreement is trying to prevent, meteorologists said.The 2015 Paris climate accord set a goal of keeping warming to a…

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A Dutch court ordered oil giant Shell on Wednesday to slash its greenhouse gas emissions in a landmark victory for climate activists with implications for energy firms worldwide.Shell must reduce its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 as it is contributing to the “dire” effects of climate change, the district court in The Hague ruled. Campaigners hailed the “historic” verdict as the first time that a company had been made to align its policy with the 2015 Paris climate accords.Dubbed “the People versus Shell”, the case was backed by seven environmental groups and more than 17,000 Dutch citizens. Judge…

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Over 150 people are feared to have drowned in Nigeria after an overloaded boat they were travelling in capsized in the Niger River while it was ferrying passengers to a market. Boat tragedies are common on Nigerian waterways mostly due to overcrowding. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)More than 150 people were feared drowned in northwest Nigeria on Wednesday after an overloaded boat ferrying passengers to a market sank in the Niger River, local officials said.The boat was travelling between central Niger state and Wara in northwest Kebbi state when it sank, National Inland Waterways Authority local manager Yusuf Birma told reporters.”The boat…

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