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SERHA freezes all non-essential leave; recalls those already out

THE South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has frozen all leave applications and directed health-care workers on non-essential leave to return to work as its facilities buckle under the weight of the fourth wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The directive issued by SERHA says that the regional director Errol Greene has directed, with immediate effect, that if the need exists, all staff members currently off on non-inescapable/non-essential leave must return; approval of non-inescapable leave must cease until further notice; and only urgent or emergency surgical procedures be addressed until further notice.

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Four On Trial Over Poster At Swiss Rally Saying ‘Kill Erdogan’

Four people went on trial in the Swiss capital Tuesday over a protest against Turkey’s government four years ago where some demonstrators hoisted a banner showing a gun pointed at an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next to the words, “Kill Erdogan.”

Bern regional prosecutors at the time opened a probe for alleged “public provocation of crimes or violence,” and an investigation was also opened in Turkey. Officers collected evidence when the banner was raised during a peaceful protest outside the Swiss Parliament.


Blinken To Visit Ukraine, Germany To Discuss Russian Military Buildup

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Ukraine for talks with the country’s president, amid continued fears that Russia is planning to invade its neighbor.

The State Department said Tuesday the quicky arranged trip has Blinken scheduled to meet Wednesday in Kyiv with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. It said the visit is meant “to reinforce the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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Iraq Faces Growing Violence As Political Rift Deepens

Attacks this week underscore the challenges to forming a government away from ethno-sectarian power-sharing arrangement.

Baghdad, Iraq – The threat of worsening violence looms over Baghdad again this week, underscoring the challenges faced by influential Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of parliament’s biggest bloc, in his stated efforts to form a majority government following October’s contested election.

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Xi Jinping Stresses Full, Strict Party Governance, Vows Zero Tolerance On Corruption

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Tuesday stressed rigorous and unswerving efforts in further promoting full and strict Party governance.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, vowed to maintain a zero-tolerance stance on corruption, while addressing the sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), China’s top anti-graft body.

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