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Canada's Trudeau in isolation after COVID exposure; says test negative

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday he had gone into isolation for five days after

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Apple to turn iPhones into payment terminals, rival Square - Bloomberg

(Reuters) -Apple Inc is planning a new service that will allow small businesses to accept payments directly on their iPhones

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Wall Street opens higher after several days of whiplash

Stocks are off to a solid start on Wall Street Thursday as markets settle down following several days of whiplash moves both up and down

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2 ATS officers attend Malegaon blast trial to ‘help’ NIA; Pragya Thakur objects

The surprise appearance of the two ATS officers comes a fortnight after Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse Patil’s statement that the agency will appoint a lawyer to assist NIA in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast trial

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Conspiracy theorists falsely claim Ashli Babbitt was ‘a victim and a martyr’

Self-described independent journalist Tayler Hansen took to Twitter to exonerate Ashli Babbitt in a series of tweets and shared a video taken just before she was shot

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Eye on Northeast | A border deal, a teen lost and found, and a party cut short

The Assam-Meghalaya land swap plan divides opinion; the PLA hands over Arunachal teenager gone missing; and the coronavirus pours cold water on grand plans to celebrate statehood milestones

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4 out of 5 vaccinated Filipinos willing to get booster shots – SWS survey

Four out of five or 80 percent of vaccinated adult Filipinos are willing to get a booster dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed on Thursday, Jan. 27. This figure is composed of 73 percent surely and 7 percent probably, SWS said. The nationwide survey done face-to-face from Dec. 12 to 16, 2021, among 1,440 respondents also found that 7 percent said they are unwilling (3 percent probably not, 3 percent surely not, correctly rounded) to get a booster shot. On the other hand, the remaining 13 percent were uncertain about getting a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. SWS mentioned that the survey found only 8 percent of adult Filipinos saying they are unwilling to get vaccinated against COVID-19, down from the 18 percent in September 2021, 21 percent in June 2021, and 33 percent in May 2021. Meanwhile, SWS also said that willingness to get a booster shot is high in all areas Among vaccinated adults, the percentage of those willing to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine varies slightly among areas, with Balance Luzon highest at 82 percent (75 percent surely, 7 percent probably), followed by Metro Manila at 81 pecent (76 percent surely, 5 percent probably), the Visayas at 79 percent (71 percent surely, 8 percent probably), and Mindanao at 78 percent (68 percent surely, 10 percent probably). In education levels, percentage of those willing to get a booster dose is high in all educational groups: it is 86 percent (80 percent surely, 6 percent probably) among college graduates, 79 percent (72 percent surely, 8 percent probably, correctly rounded) among junior high school graduates, 77 percent (71 percent surely, 6 percent probably) among elementary graduates, and 82 percent (71 percent surely, 11 percent probably) among non-elementary graduates. The willingness to get booster shots also rises with age as the percentage of vaccinated adults willing to get a booster dose is high in all age groups. It is highest among those 55 years old and above at 84 percent (77 percent surely, 77 percent probably), followed by the 45 to 55-year-olds at 81 percent (77 percent surely, 5 percent probably, correctly rounded), the 35 to 44-year-olds at 79 percent (69 percent surely, 10 percent probably), the 25 to 34-year-olds at 78 percent (73 percent surely, 5 percent probably), and the 18 to 24-year-olds at 74 percent (61 percent surely, 13 percent probably).

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Barty to face Collins in bid to end Australian title drought

Ash Barty has ended a 42-year drought by reaching the Australian Open final with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Madison Keys

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Russia sees little optimism in US response on Ukraine crisis

The Kremlin says the U.S. rejection of Russia’s main demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine leaves “little ground for optimism,” but added that dialogue was still possible

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ServiceNow Soars After Optimistic Outlook for Software Sector

(Bloomberg) -- ServiceNow Inc. shares surged the most in almost three years on Thursday after the company reported strong sales

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EU Backs Pfizer Covid Pill; H.K. Cuts Quarantine: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 pill received backing from the European Union’s drugs regulator, offering a tool to manage coronavirus

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Struggling Air India sold after 69 years in govt hands

India's beleaguered national carrier landed back in the hands of its founders Thursday, decades after it was nationalised and following

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New Italy president still elusive after 4th round of voting

Lawmakers and regional representatives have failed again to find consensus on a new Italian president

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Apple Marks Black History Month With 'Black Unity' Watch Strap

Apple is celebrating Black History Month with a focus on Black health and wellness. Throughout

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Assault Case: Actor Dileep Gets Protection From Arrest Till 2 Feb

Kerala Police's Crime Branch had questioned Dileep and others in conspiracy case for over 3 days since last Sunday

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After Alleged Gang-Rape, Woman Beaten Up & Paraded; 6 Arrested by Delhi Police

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has condemned the incident, and requested strict action.

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UAE resume flight to Nigeria: UAE lift flight ban on Nigeria, South Africa and 10 African kontris

UAE bin suspend flights from many destinations for Africa afta di emergence of di Omicron variant.

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His biggest fight yet: Ukraine-Russia crisis pushes Vitali Klitschko centre stage

The mayor of Kiev, the former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, knows a thing or two about fighting. But even he is daunted by a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, the possibility of which has loomed large since Moscow massed tens of thousands of troops near the territory. The 45-year-old, who turned to politics full-time after his retirement from boxing in 2013, has become a central voice in the crisis, which currently shows no signs of abating. He has been mayor of the Ukrainian capital since 2014 and was a leading figure in the Euromaidan protests. Now centre stage in the current crisis, Mr Klitschko, the only heavyweight boxer in history to have reigned as world champion in three different decades, wants his country’s allies to supply it with weapons to offset the enormous military advantage Russia has over its neighbour. The UK and the US are among the countries that have so far obliged, sending thousands of anti-tank missiles to Kyiv in recent days. However, Germany, where Mr Klitschko lived for two decades, has taken a different approach to the crisis. Christine Lambrech, its new defence minister, said Berlin will not send lethal weapons, as they could “fuel the situation”. Instead, her country has confirmed it will send 5,000 military helmets to Ukraine. Speaking to the German tabloid Bild this week, the Kyiv mayor said this constituted a “betrayal” of Ukraine. "What kind of support will Germany send next?" he asked. "Pillows?" "The behaviour of the German government leaves me speechless. The defence ministry apparently hasn’t realized that we are confronted with perfectly equipped Russian forces that can start another invasion of Ukraine at any time," he added. Mr Klitschko also took Berlin to task for not explicitly stating that it will halt the Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, if Moscow attacks Ukraine. In contrast, he has thanked the British government for its help. The former boxer, who was dubbed Dr Ironfist during his career, a nickname which blended his sports science doctorate with his fearsome reputation in the ring, hopes diplomacy will win out. However, he is under no illusion about the threat his country faces. “Mr. Putin’s idea is to rebuild a Soviet empire. We don’t want to go back to the USSR. We see our future as a democratic European country,” he told CNN earlier this month. He also told the BBC Radio 4 that Ukraine has no option but to defend itself, if attacked by its neighbour. “If someone comes to Ukraine, we don’t have a choice... we have to fight for our country,” he said. Read More Wladimir Klitschko hints at comeback at 45 with sparring video Ukraine: Soldier detained after five shot dead at military factory Trump impeachment: Giuliani sought help for Kiev mayor Klitschko when meeting senior Ukrainian official Your chance to ask our man in Ukraine anything as tensions with Russia rise More than 20 Russian warships hold drills in Black Sea amid rising Ukraine tensions German archbishop pushes reform after criticism over abuse

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Oil at seven-year high as Ukraine crisis overshadows Fed

By Ahmad Ghaddar and Noah Browning LONDON (Reuters) -Oil extended gains to seven-year highs above $90 a barrel on Thursday

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Tesla Drops as Musk Delays Models Due to Supply-Chain Woes

(Bloomberg) -- Tesla Inc.’s shares fell after the company pushed back introductions of new models to next year, wagering the

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Ukraine-Russia crisis: Your questions on what is happening answered live by Kim Sengupta

The threat of a war in Europe continues to ominously grow with the diplomatic road to solve the Ukraine crisis seemingly coming towards an end. Such a conflict, both sides agree, would have disastrous consequences for the country and have huge international ramifications. How have we come to this point? And what does the future hold? Kim Sengupta, The Independent’s World Affairs Editor covered the last Ukraine conflict and is reporting from there now. I will be here to answer your questions live at 1.30pm UK time on Friday 28 January. If big news breaks here, I may have to postpone but I will get to your questions as soon as I can. All you have to do is register to submit your question in the comments below. If you’re not already a member, click “sign up” in the comments box to leave your question. Don’t worry if you can’t see your question – they’ll be hidden until I join the conversation to answer them. Join us then, on this page at 1.30pm, as I answer as many of your questions as I can. Read More On the front line: Inside the Ukrainian border city with strong ties to Russia ‘What choice have we got?’: Ukraine’s volunteer army prepares for war Ukraine: Man named by UK as Putin’s choice to run Kyiv puppet regime says claim ‘fake news’

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Lamont Marcell Jacobs rejects doping accusations and insists 100m gold down to ‘blood, sweat and tears’

Olympic 100m champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who won a shock gold medal at Tokyo 2020, has vehemently denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs. The Italian maintains his breakout success is down to “extreme hard work”, having only broken the 10-second barrier in May 2021, six weeks before running 9.80, the 11th fastest 100m of all time, at the Games in Tokyo. Scepticism surrounded the 27-year-old’s shock victory, particularly after he shut down his season immediately after clinching a golden double with Italy’s victory in the men’s 4x100m relay. But the former long jumper has categorically denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs, adding that the accusations of wrongdoing have been “hurtful”. “Absolutely not, and I would not,” Jacobs told The Daily Telegraph when asked if he had ever taken performance-enhancing drugs. “People think they can say whatever they want about you without understanding that sometimes what they say can be hurtful. “The negative pieces hurt me a bit because what they did was put doubt over my victories. My victories represent extreme hard work. Hard work that nobody saw, hard work that was blood, sweat, tears and injuries.” Jacobs also clarified that the abrupt ending to his season was due to the “exhausting” nature of the Olympics, adding that he “needed to regenerate my mind and body.” But doubts also surfaced when Jacobs’ one-time nutritional adviser, Giacomo Spazzini, was embroiled in a police investigation known as “Operation Muscle Bound” concerning the illegal distribution of anabolic steroids. But despite removing himself from the situation and cutting Spazzini out of his lift in March last year, Jacobs maintains there have been many “wrong” accusations, including “a lot of mud slung about him as a person and a professional”. Jacobs will make his return to the track at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais in the 60m. It’s the event in which Jacobs achieved his first victory of 2021, winning in 6.54, a personal best at the time. An improved world-leading 60m of 6.47 would follow a month later to claim the European indoor title in Poland. And after his meteoric rise last summer, all eyes will be on Jacobs again on 17 February with the prospect of a big indoor season ahead of the European and World Championships this summer. Read More Galal Yafai targeting world title to add to Olympic gold after turning professional China scrambles to stop Beijing Covid outbreak ahead of Olympics Anti-vax Olympic gold medalist dies of Covid Galal Yafai targeting world title to add to Olympic gold after turning professional China scrambles to stop Beijing Covid outbreak ahead of Olympics Anti-vax Olympic gold medalist dies of Covid

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Intel Drops as Turnaround Investments Weigh on Profit Forecast

(Bloomberg) -- Intel Corp. shares fell on Thursday after the company gave a disappointing profit forecast, fueling concern that Chief

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US economy grew 5.7% in 2021 in rebound from 2020 recession

The U.S. economy grew last year at the fastest pace since Ronald Reagan’s presidency, bouncing back with resilience from 2020′s brief but devastating coronavirus recession

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Kosovo's first female Winter Olympian Kryeziu aims for glory in China

Young, determined and willing to take chances, slalom skier Kiana Kryeziu's journey to the Olympics mirrors the recent history of

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