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‘Do not wreck this now’: UK govt scientist urges lockdown-weary Brits not to flout...

England's deputy chief medical officer has urged people to adhere to the current lockdown restrictions and warned there’s been a slight uptick of Covid-19 case rates in some areas of the UK. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland are among the areas "burning quite hot" with the virus. Also on ‘Comp..

Russian Foreign Ministry says Twitter no longer independent social media, but a tool of...

Twitter is rapidly changing from an independent platform into a tool of Western countries to impose a dictatorship over the internet. That's according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, following a recent ban of Russian accounts. Speaking on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova blasted the US tech giant for removing 100 account..

U.S. Offers Reward For Russian Businessman Accused Of 2016 Election Interference

The United States is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Kremlin-friendly Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin in connection with alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The FBI’s announcement said that Prigozhin is wanted for alleged “involvement in a conspiracy to defraud the United S..

The Week In Russia: ‘Ghastly Zealot’ Or Medieval Prince — Statues And Signals 30...

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COVID: Almost 4 mn vaccine doses given

(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 26 - Almost four million does of the COVID vaccine have now been administered in Italy, the health ministry said Friday. The exact figure is 3,998,727. Almost half a million of over-80s have had the jab. Some 1.37 million have had the second shot. (ANSA). Let's Post Your Story on Open Magazine!

Looking into Palantir: Activists want NHS to come clean about secretive deal with data-mining...

Under a deal negotiated in secret with the British government, shady data firm Palantir will continue to manage NHS data for two years. Activists calling for transparency have now brought the NHS to court. When the British government unveiled its ‘Covid-19 data store’ last March, controversial “spy tech” firm Palantir was given control of the data..

COVID: 20,499 new cases, 253 more deaths

(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 26 - There have been 20,499 new COVID-19 cases, and 253 more deaths from the virus, in Italy in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said Friday. This compares with 19,886 fresh cases and 308 new deaths Thursday. Some 325,404 more tests have been carried out in the last 24 hours, down from 353,704 Thursday. The positivity rate ..

‘Red alert for our planet’: UN report warns governments ‘nowhere close’ to climate targets

A UN climate change report has found that global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions "fall far short of what is required" and that nations must "step up" to fulfil promises made under the Paris agreement. In a stark warning ahead of a make or break COP26 climate conference in Glasgow later this year, countries were criticised over their emission reduc..

Amid Yerevan turmoil & military uprising, Azerbaijani President Aliyev says Armenian PM Pashinyan has...

Armenian leader Nikol Pashinyan is running Yerevan into “abyss and ruin” and has undermined his own country’s statehood. That’s according to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who led Baku to war victory against Armenia in 2020. Aliyev’s comments came a day after rallies were held in Yerevan, following the Armenian General Staff’s demand that Pri..

Covid cases fall across UK to last October’s levels, statistics office reports

Covid-19 levels have fallen across the UK to rates similar to mid-October 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported Friday, with slightly more than 421,000 cases in the community for the week ending February 19. The weekly ONS snapshot said that one-in-145 people in England have the virus compared to one-in-115 the week before. In No..

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