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India Stands With France Amid Muslim Leaders Backlash

The beheading of a French teacher by a Muslim extremist in France recently has evoked a troubling response from countries around the world. The French President Emmanuel Macron sparked outrage across the Muslim world by accusing French Muslims of “separatism” and describing Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world.” His statement has prompted calls from many leaders […]

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PAHO Will Only Support Safe, Effective Vaccines

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, says the entity will only support the distribution of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to member countries that is proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials, reviewed by national regulatory authorities, and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Speaking during PAHO’s COVID-19 digital briefing recently, Dr. Etienne indicated that […]

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Push Back In Sudan After Peace Agreement With Israel

“HUGE win today for the United States and for peace in the world. Sudan has agreed to a peace and normalization agreement with Israel! With the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, that’s THREE Arab countries to have done so in only a matter of weeks. More will follow!” — was how President Trump parsed in a tweet, the agreement between […]

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Pope Francis — Endorses Civil Unions For Gay Couples

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pontiff while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered earlier this week at the Rome Film Festival. The film covers a wide range of topics that have occupied the mind of the pope over many years. These include the environment, poverty, migration, racial, and income inequality and […]

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U.S. Bucks Historical Death Trends

According to a report released recently, nearly 300,000 more people have died in the United States this year during the coronavirus pandemic than expected, based on historical trends. About two-thirds of the deaths were due to COVID-19 illnesses. The report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that a little more than 299,000 more people died […]

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Judge Halts Trump Admin Food Stamp Cut Back Plans

A federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule that could have taken away food stamp benefits from nearly 700,000 people. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell said implementing the change would radically and abruptly alter decades of regulatory practice, leaving states scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for some Americans. “The final rule at issue in this litigation […]

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Iran Set To Become Embargo Free

The international conventional arms embargo imposed on Iran 13 years ago by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), is set to come to an end this Sunday. Consequently, Iran will be able to engage in the trade of conventional arms and military equipment once again. The arms embargo ends as part of Resolution 2231 of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal […]

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WHO Director-General — Anti-viral Drug Remdesivir Is Not The Real McCoy

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a recent press briefing, said that in the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Trial to test the effectiveness of four drugs, it found that Remdesivir and interferon have little or no effect in preventing death from COVID-19 or reducing time in hospital. He noted that the Solidarity Trial is the world’s largest randomized controlled trial of […]

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Bloodletting And Destruction Continue In Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Charges and counter-charges continue between Armenia and Azerbaijan’s leadership amid brutal attacks on the civilian population. According to the latest press reports, thirteen civilians have been killed, and more than 40 people were injured in an early-hours missile attack on Azerbaijan’s second-biggest city, Ganja. A missile raid leveled a row of homes in Azerbaijan’s second city of Ganja, killing and […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials Suffer Setback

Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has paused its COVID-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials due to an unexplained illness in a study participant. The company made the announcement at the start of the week. It said the participant’s illness is being reviewed and evaluated by an independent data and safety monitoring board as well as the company’s clinical and safety physicians. […]