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COVAX to supply 355 million vaccine doses for Eastern Med this year - WHO official

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CAIRO The COVAX vaccine sharing platform expects to have 25 million coronavirus vaccine doses for the Eastern Mediterranean region in March, rising to 355 million doses by December, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Wednesday.

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U.S. commission cites 'moral imperative' to explore AI weapons

The United States should not agree to ban the use or development of autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, a government-appointed panel said in a draft report for Congress.

Jan 26 2021
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'Bigger than winning World Cup': Nepali climber on first winter ascent of K2

KATHMANDU A team of Nepali climbers that made the first winter summit of K2, the world’s second tallest peak, arrived back in the country to a heroes' welcome on Tuesday from crowds of well-wishers.

Jan 26 2021

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For years, Nangji Mal struggled to scrape together a living growing pulses and pearl millet on his farm in Nagarparkar, a desert area in Pakistan's southeastern Sindh province.

Jan 25 2021
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Pakistan to approve Russian Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

ISLAMABAD Pakistan is all set to approve the Russian Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, a government official said on Monday, a week after China's Sinopharm and Oxford University's AstraZeneca vaccine got a similar authorization.

Jan 25 2021
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Relatively spared by the coronavirus, Pakistanis drop their guard

ISLAMABAD Alongside the usual snacks arranged on a tray balanced on one hand, Momin Khan sells face masks to passengers at a crowded bus stand in Islamabad. Most choose the snacks instead of paying six cents for a mask, he says.

Jan 21 2021
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Pakistan: China to gift half million doses of Sinopharm vaccine

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday that China has agreed to provide half a million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 free of cost to Pakistan by January 31.

Jan 21 2021

Asian garment makers fashion united front to pressure Western brands

DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Manufacturers from the six nations that make most of the world's clothes have forged a common front to negotiate better terms with Western fashion brands, whose cancelled orders devastated Asian garment workers early in the pandemic.

Jan 20 2021
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Body of American mountaineer found near K2 in northern Pakistan

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's military located the body of American mountaineer Alex Goldfarb-Rumyantzev on Monday in the Karakoram mountains in northern Pakistan, the second death of a foreign climber in the area in less than a week.

Jan 19 2021
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Indian opposition seeks inquiry into security leak after TV anchor's messages emerge

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI Indian opposition parties called on Monday for an investigation into chat messages from a top TV anchor that they said showed prior knowledge of air strikes carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government against Pakistan in 2019.

Jan 18 2021