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Iran to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in coming weeks: President Rouhani
President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in the coming weeks in Iran, the Middle East’s worst hit country.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (AP)

“Foreign vaccines are a necessity until local vaccines are available,” Rouhani said in televised remarks, without giving details of what foreign vaccines would be used.

His remarks came as daily COVID-19 deaths fell to a low of more than seven months and officials announced that there were no more high-risk “red cities” in the country.
WHO: Poorer nations to get first 40 million vaccines next month
World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said his UN agency’s COVAX scheme had reached a deal with vaccine maker Pfizer-BioNTech for 40 million doses for poorer countries.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (File)

Another 150 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine will come in the first quarter of 2021 under COVAX — assuming WHO safety clearance, said Seth Berkley, chief executive of the private-public vaccination fund GAVI.

Addressing a press conference in Geneva, UN agency head Tedros added that fresh US “commitment” under new President Joe Biden to join COVAX meant “that we are closer to fulfilling” the scheme’s promise.
Johnson says he looks forward to working with Biden on shared goals
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he looked forward to working with U.S. President Joe Biden on their shared goals, including tackling climate change.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to U.S. President Joe Biden from London, Britain in this social media image obtained on January 23, 2021. (Twitter @BorisJohnson via REUTERS)

Johnson used his first phone call with the U.S. president to welcome Biden’s announcements that the United States would rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate and the World Health Organization, and they discussed the prospects of a free trade deal.

“Great to speak to President Joe Biden this evening,” Johnson said on Twitter. “I look forward to deepening the longstanding alliance between our two countries as we drive a green and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.”
INDIA: 13-Yr-Old Girl Abducted, Gang-Raped by Nine Men; 7 Arrested
Nine men allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped a 13-year-old girl multiple times in five days in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district, police said.

As per the police investigation, the girl was abducted on 4 January by a man known to her, who raped her for two days along with six of his friends.

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Here is a look at world leaders who have been vaccinated against Covid-19

US President-elect Joe Biden

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Indonesian President Joko Widodo
WhatsApp Clarifies On Privacy Policy Update Amid Criticism
Amid row over reports of WhatsApp users alleging leak of their private messages with family and friends on search engines, the Facebook-owned messaging service has issued yet another clarification.

WhatsApp has said the change in its recently revised policy "does not affect privacy of messages with friends or family". "Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp".

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Four deaths, 52 arrests made after Trump supporters storm US Capitol
Four people died on the US Capitol grounds Wednesday and 52 people have been arrested, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee said Wednesday evening, after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an unprecedented effort to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.

In a late-night news conference, Contee said that 47 of the 52 arrests to date were related to violations of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 6 pm curfew, with 26 of those involving people arrested on US Capitol grounds.

Several others were arrested on charges related to carrying unlicensed or prohibited firearms.
South Korea expands ban on social gatherings nationwide
South Korea expanded a ban on private gatherings larger than four people to the whole country, and extended unprecedented social distancing rules in greater Seoul as the number of daily cases bounced back to more than 1,000 in four days.

People wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk by public sports facilities taped for social distancing rules at a park in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has been experiencing a prolonged surge in infections during the latest wave, which has led to a sharp increase in deaths.

South Korea has been experiencing a prolonged surge in infections during the latest wave, which has led to a sharp increase in deaths.

The country reported 1,020 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday midnight, bringing the total to 64,264 infections, with 981 deaths, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

Only 657 cases were reported over the weekend. A health official had said that the recent third wave of infections is being contained.

The extended social-distancing rules imposed on Seoul and neighbouring areas include curbs on churches, restaurants, cafes, ski resorts and other venues.

More than 60% of the cases are from Seoul, Gyeonggi province and city of Incheon, with mass cluster outbreaks centered around nursing homes and prisons.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun called for an all-out effort to prepare for the country’s vaccination programme.

“The KDCA should perfectly ready for the entire process the moment the vaccine arrives – the distribution, storage, inoculation and follow-ups,” Chung told a government meeting.

He also called on the related health, safety and transport ministries to help speed up the process so to not face the sorts of problems seen in the United States and some countries in Europe.

The country plans to start vaccinations in February, with health workers and vulnerable people first in line, but the government has been criticised for that schedule in light of vaccinations under way in the United States and European Union.
EU officials call for humane conditions for migrants at Bosnian camps
The EU Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Johann Sattler, along with the Austrian, Italian and German Ambassador to BiH met with Bosnia’s minister of security, Selmo Cikotic, on Saturday to discuss the living conditions of homeless migrants in Bosnia.

Migrants walk towards the forest after the Lipa camp closed.

The migrants were left homeless in freezing conditions since the Lipa camp near the northwestern town of Bihac burned down last month.

“The situation is completely unacceptable. Lives and basic human rights of many hundreds of people are seriously jeopardized. Bosnia and Herzegovina is party to international human rights instruments and needs to live up to its obligations, as an aspiring EU member,” said Sattler.

The ambassadors called for “humane living conditions” such as water and electricity at the provisional camp site. They also called for a fully equipped camp at the location and a long-term solution.
Mexico City begins 2021 with ban on single-use plastics
Mexico City on Friday introduced a ban on single-use plastics following a year-long preparation.

Lawmakers passed the ban on plastic bags, utensils and other disposable plastic items in 2019, aiming to reduce non-biodegradable plastics and hoping to turn Mexico’s capital into a more sustainable city.

The new law took effect last year. The city of 9 million people, one of the world’s largest, has spent the past year adjusting to the changes.

In a statement, city authorities declared that “the commercialization, distribution and delivery of single-use plastic products is prohibited” as of January 1.
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Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa submitted his resignation and a proposal to dissolve his government Thursday after hundreds gathered outside the parliament building to demonstrate against the policies.
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The Pakistan Electronic Media Authority Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) took action against Bol News on Friday, according to a statement.
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