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UAE considering restrictions on residents without COVID-19 vaccine
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UAE considering restrictions on residents without COVID-19 vaccine

DUBAI: The UAE may place movement restrictions on people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Dr Saif Al-Dhaheri, spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.“The vaccine is our best means to recover and return to a normal life … Delaying or refraining from taking the vaccine poses a threat to the safety of society and puts all groups, especially those most vulnerable to infection, at risk,” Dr Al-Dhaheri was quoted as saying by Arab News. “Strict measures are being considered to restrict the movement of unvaccinated individuals and to implement preventive measures, such as restricting entry to some places and having access to some services, to ensure the health and safety of everyone,” he added, as he urged residents age...
Ukraine’s Zelensky invites Russia’s Vladimir Putin to meet
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Ukraine’s Zelensky invites Russia’s Vladimir Putin to meet

Zelensky extended the invitation on Tuesday night during a public address, urging Putin to restore a ceasefire in the region where he said "millions of lives" are at stake."A proposal was made to meet at the contact line in order to see and understand the situation as accurately as possible. What should I understand? I go there every month. Mr Putin!" Zelensky said. "I am ready to go even further and invite you to meet anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass, where there is a war," he said.A build-up of Russian troops along the border has reignited tensions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been locked in a tense standoff with Russian-backed separatists demanding independence from Kiev since 2014. The US has assessed that the Russian military has moved more than 40 battalion ta...
Dementia Risk After Age 50 Increases With Less Sleep, Study Says
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Dementia Risk After Age 50 Increases With Less Sleep, Study Says

The correlation also held whether or not people were taking sleep medication and whether or not they had a mutation called ApoE4 that makes people more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, Dr. Sabia said.The researchers found no general difference between men and women.“The study found a modest, but I would say somewhat important association of short sleep and dementia risk,” said Pamela Lutsey, an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota, who was not involved in the research. “Short sleep is very common and because of that, even if it’s modestly associated with dementia risk, it can be important at a societal level. Short sleep is something that we have control over, something that you can change.”Still, as with other research in this area, the ...
Who are the rivals to lead Germany after Chancellor Merkel?
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Who are the rivals to lead Germany after Chancellor Merkel?

What are his chances? Backed by Germany's most powerful bloc, Armin Laschet should be the clear favourite, writes the BBC's Damien McGuinness in Berlin. But he's accused of inconsistency over lockdown measures, so his ratings are rock-bottom. His power struggle with Markus Söder has only annoyed voters more. Mr Laschet believes once the pandemic is more under control, the party's poll numbers and his ratings will improve. But there are doubters in the CDU. Source link
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tests positive for coronavirus
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tests positive for coronavirus

A file photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi speaking at a rally. Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi has tested positive for the coronavirus and is currently isolating at home.The news was tweeted by the Indian politician on Tuesday, who advised those who had been in contact with him recently to follow all safety precautions.  "After experiencing mild symptoms, I've just tested positive for COVID. All those who've been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe," Rahul Gandhi, 50, wrote.Sources close to the Indian politician said he hasn't met his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the last 12 days. He also hasn't met his sister, Priyanka Gandhi. Following his tweet, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also prayed for his political ...
European Super League: 12 football teams to form breakaway league amid condemnation from UEFA, Premier League, FIFA
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European Super League: 12 football teams to form breakaway league amid condemnation from UEFA, Premier League, FIFA

Speaking to CNN Sport contributor Darren Lewis, Ceferin did not hold back on the proposals which threaten to rock the foundations of the sport but was confident the new league would not be a success. "Because we [UEFA] respect the fans, the traditions, football, the football community, our society, we will win. In the end, we will win," Ceferin says."If 12 people want to meet to take football hostage, just to fill their pockets that are already so full that it's hard to put anything in, they can't win. Long term, they can't win."The announcement has resulted in widespread condemnation, with fans, players and politicians all criticizing the founding members for prioritizing financial gain and creating a closed shop for the richest clubs. "I'm proud and happy that fans respect football, t...
Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times
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Your Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times

All U.S. adults are now eligible for a vaccineHawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont were the last of the 50 U.S. states to expand eligibility to anyone over the age of 16, opening Covid vaccinations to all adults and meeting the deadline that President Biden set two weeks ago.But vaccine hesitancy continues. And about a fifth of those age 65 and older, a particularly vulnerable group, have not received even one shot. Over the past week, the U.S. has been averaging more than 67,000 new virus cases a day — up from over 54,000 a month ago, according to a Times database.By the numbers: At its current pace, the U.S. will vaccinate 70 percent of its population by mid-June. As of Sunday, more than 131 million people, or half of all American adults, had received at...
George Floyd death: Five key moments from the Derek Chauvin trial
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George Floyd death: Five key moments from the Derek Chauvin trial

The defence has argued that the presence of bystanders influenced Mr Chauvin's actions that day. The court heard from one Minneapolis police officer, Peter Chang, that the crowd had been "very aggressive to the officers", while Nicole McKenzie, who trains the city's police on providing medical care, said the presence of bystanders at an arrest could make it harder for officers to see signs of distress in those they detained. Source link
Iraq brokers talks between rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia
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Iraq brokers talks between rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia

(L to R) The flags of Saudi Arabia and Iran. — Wikipedia/FileMiddle East rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran are holding talks secretly in Baghdad, according to an Iraqi government official told AFP. The official-level meetings aim to restore relations severed five years ago between the two states. The initiative comes at a time of shifting power dynamics, as US President Joe Biden is seeking to revive the tattered 2015 nuclear deal that was abandoned by Donald Trump.Riyadh has officially denied the talks in its state media while Tehran has stayed mum, asserting only that it has "always welcomed" dialogue with Saudi Arabia.The two countries cut ties in 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions following the kingdom´s execution of a revered cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-...
Thailand’s ‘sea people’ adapt to life on land after centuries of nomadic living
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Thailand’s ‘sea people’ adapt to life on land after centuries of nomadic living

Ko Surin, Thailand (CNN) — These days, Salamak Klathalay, like most of us, lives in a house, on land. But this is a relatively new experience for the 78-year-old."As a kid, I lived on a boat part of the year and on land part of the year," Salamak tells me from his home on Ko Surin, an island-bound national park in Thailand's south. "We would go to land during the monsoon season to look for tubers. After that, we would go back to our boats."Salamak is a member of Thailand's Moken ethnic group. Also known as the "sea gypsies" or chao ley -- Thai for "sea people" -- the Moken lay claim to an astounding list of traits. They're one of the only groups of humans who, traditionally, lived predominately at sea, in houseboats called kabang. These skills were honed over centuries of nomadic living...