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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks at a ceremony marking the National Security Education Day in Hong Kong, China April 15, 2021. REUTERS-Lam Yik

Carrie Lam: Hong Kong seeking closer integration with mainland China

Hong Kong's strategy to strengthen the city's global financial hub status is through greater integration with mainland China, now that Beijing has helped restore "stability" in the city, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Sunday
A worker operates a forklift to transport Moderna vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Taiwan Air cargo Terminal in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Ann Wang

Taiwan welcomes US vaccine aid, bolstering its coronavirus fight

Taiwan welcomed 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the United States on Sunday as help from a true friend, more than doubling the major semiconductor-producing island’s arsenal of shots as it deals with a cluster of domestic infections.
Long queues formed outside an NHS vaccination clinic at West Ham’s London Stadium in Stratford, east London (PA)

Thousands receive coronavirus jab at London stadium

Thousands of east Londoners received their first COVID-19 jab at a special pop-up NHS Vaccination Clinic at London Stadium on Saturday.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chairs the first weekly cabinet meeting of his new government in Jerusalem June 20, 2021. Emmanuel Dunand-Pool via REUTERS

Israel’s Naftali Bennett warns against nuclear talks with Iran’s ‘hangmen regime’

Israel condemned on Sunday the election of hardline judge Ebrahim Raisi as Iranian president, saying his would be a "regime of brutal hangmen" with which world powers should not negotiate a new nuclear deal.
A medical staff member wearing protective gear holds a coronavirus sample of a resident at a drive-through screening and testing facility at the port city of Karachi. Rizwan TABASSUM - AFP

Malawi runs out of coronavirus vaccines as second jabs due

Delays in coronavirus vaccine shipments to Malawi have caused health facilities to run out of doses as hundreds are due to receive a second shot, the health minister said Saturday.
Major, one of the family dogs of U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, explores the South Lawn after on his arrival from Delaware at the White House in Washington, Jan. 24, 2021.

Joe Bidens announce death of ‘first dog’ Champ

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Saturday announced the passing of their German shepherd Champ, who they called a "constant, cherished companion" for 13 years.
Iran summoned Britain’s ambassador Saturday to protest what it said were violent incidents targeting its expatriates as they voted in presidential elections at polling stations set up in the UK.

Iran summons UK envoy over alleged attacks on expat voters

Iran summoned Britain’s ambassador Saturday to protest what it said were violent incidents targeting its expatriates as they voted in presidential elections at polling stations set up in the UK.
The favourite to succeed Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist prevented under the constitution from serving a third four-year term, is hardline Ebrahim Raisi.

Rights groups call for probe into Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Ebrahim Raisi's election as Iran's new president was a blow for human rights and called for him to be investigated over his role in what Washington and rights groups have called the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.
A Palestinian health worker gives a woman a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a vaccination drive in Tubas, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 25, 2021. REUTERS-Raneen Sawafta

Israel: Coronavirus vaccines rejected by Palestinians were safe

COVID-19 vaccines delivered by Israel and then rejected by the Palestinian Authority (PA) over their expiration date were fine, the Israeli health ministry said on Saturday.
Turkey coach Senol Gunes said on Saturday his side will need a “miracle” to reach the Euro 2020 last 16 ahead of their final group game against Switzerland.

Turkey ‘need a miracle’ to reach Euro 2020 knockouts – coach

Turkey coach Senol Gunes said on Saturday his side will need a “miracle” to reach the Euro 2020 last 16 ahead of their final group game against Switzerland.
Gravediggers wearing protective suits carry a coffin as spotlights illuminate the graves during a night burial at Vila Formosa cemetery, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Sao Paulo, Brazil April 28, 2021. Picture taken April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Brazil set to pass half a million coronavirus deaths

Brazil's death toll from COVID-19 is expected to pass 500,000 on Saturday as experts warn that the world's second-deadliest outbreak may worsen due to delayed vaccinations and the government's refusal to back social distancing measures.
FILE PHOTO - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, looks on during a joint news conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in Kabul, Afghanistan February 29, 2020.REUTERS-Mohammad Ismail-File Photo

Afghan president replaces security ministers as Taliban advance

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani replaced two top ministers charged with managing the country’s faltering security Saturday, as the Taliban pressed on with their campaign to capture new territory in fierce battles with government forces.
[FILES] Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waits to read the Queen’s Speech on the The Sovereign’s Throne in the House of Lords chamber,, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London on May 11, 2021, which is taking place with a reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions. – The State Opening of Parliament is where Queen Elizabeth II performs her ceremonial duty of informing parliament about the government’s agenda for the coming year in a Queen’s Speech. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)

Queen attends Royal Ascot for first time since Philip’s death

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Ascot without her late husband Prince Philip for the first time on Saturday.
Three construction workers were confirmed dead and two still missing on Saturday, a day after a school construction site partially collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp.

Three dead, two missing under Belgium school collapse

Three construction workers were confirmed dead and two still missing on Saturday, a day after a school construction site partially collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp.
Iran's outgoing President Hassan Rouhani and Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi speak to the media after their meeting in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Hardline judge wins landslide in Iran presidential vote amid low turnout

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured a landslide victory on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.
FILE PHOTO- Workers transport Moderna vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to Taiwan Air cargo Terminal in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Ann Wang

U.S. triples vaccines for Taiwan with 2.5 million-dose shipment

The United States will ship 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan on Saturday, a senior administration official told Reuters, more than tripling Washington’s previous allocation of shots for the island, which has faced increasing political and military pressure from China.
Russian news agencies identified the woman as 34-year-old US citizen Catherine Serou

Body of missing US woman found in Russia

Russian investigators said Saturday they have detained a man on suspicion of murder after finding the body of a foreign woman the media identified as a missing American student.
FILE PHOTO - Lebanon's President Michel Aoun speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon October 21, 2020. Dalati Nohra-Handout via REUTERS

EU warns Lebanon’s leaders of sanctions over ‘home-made’ crisis

The European Union’s foreign policy chief told Lebanon’s leaders on Saturday they were to blame for the country’s political and economic crisis and some could face sanctions if they continue to obstruct steps to form a new government and implement reform.
Russian investigators said Saturday they have detained a man on suspicion of murder after finding the body of a foreign woman the media identified as a missing American student.

Body of missing US woman found in Russia

Russian investigators said Saturday they have detained a man on suspicion of murder after finding the body of a foreign woman the media identified as a missing American student.
“The actions taken by the Chinese government have caused serious harm to the Australian wine industry,” Trade Minister Dan Tehan said at a press conference announcing the decision to lodge a formal dispute with the WTO.

Australia takes China to WTO over wine duties

Australia will take China before the World Trade Organization over Beijing’s imposition of crippling tariffs on Australian wine exports, it announced Saturday, in the latest sign of worsening tensions between the two countries.
French gendarmes in Redon where they intervened to stop an overnight rave that violated France’s Covid-19 curfew. June 19, 2021. Loic Venance, AFP

Many injured as French police invade social event

Five police officers were injured overnight in western France as they broke up a 1,500-strong illegal rave, authorities said Saturday, with one partygoer losing a hand in the clashes.
Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai Alkaila said they had been told the jabs would expire in July or August, but, when they arrived, the marked date was June.

Palestinians cancel vaccine swap deal with Israel

Palestinian Authority Health Minister Mai Alkaila said they had been told the jabs would expire in July or August, but, when they arrived, the marked date was June.

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Wales have progressed into the round of 16 at this year’s Euros despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Euro 2020: Wales qualify for knockout stage despite defeat to Italy

Wales have progressed into the round of 16 at this year’s Euros despite a 1-0 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Hungary players salute the fans at a packed-out Puskas Arena. Tibor Illyes-EPA

UEFA probes discrimination at Hungary’s Euro 2020 matches

UEFA is investigating “potential discriminatory incidents” during Hungary’s European Championship matches against Portugal and France at the Puskas Arena, European football’s governing body said on Sunday.
Caf president Patrice Motsepe, the former Mamelodi Sundowns president, has given the green light for an African Super League.

Caf supremo: African Super League being assessed

Caf president Patrice Motsepe, the former Mamelodi Sundowns president, has given the green light for an African Super League.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice to lead Switzerland to a 3-1 win against Turkey on Sunday in their Euro 2020 Group A match that kept their hopes of reaching the knockouts alive.

Euro 2020: Switzerland beat Turkey to keep knockouts hopes alive

Turkey exit the competition after a third straight defeat while the Swiss hope to progress to the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams after finishing level with second-placed Wales on four points but behind on goal difference.

Ondo election judgment: PDP accuses appeal court of withholding certified true copies

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ondo State Chapter, has decried deliberate delay by the Court of Appeal in making the Certified True Copies of the judgment on Ondo governorship election available.

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FAO reiterates support to Nigerian government’s efforts to tackle food insecurity

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has reiterated its commitment to support the Federal Government‘s efforts to ensure food sufficiency.
Chelsea supporters were delighted at the performance of Fikayo Tomori after he made his debut for AC Milan against Inter Milan yesterday.

Fikayo Tomori sends emotional goodbye message to Chelsea fans after AC Milan move

AC Milan signing, Fikayo Tomori, has a goodbye message for Chelsea fans after sealing a transfer to the Italian giants.

INEC: Voters’ registration to resume June 28

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared its readiness to resume the nationwide Continuous Voter Registration scheduled for June 28.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has announced the deployment of 200 officers of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to Ibarapa and Oke Ogun zones.

Oyo: We are committed to reducing maternal mortality – official

The Oyo State Government has restated its commitment towards the reduction of matenal morality rate in the state.
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APC wins Jigawa bye-election

The APC candidate in the Saturday bye-election to fill the Gwaram Federal Constituency seat in Jigawa, Yusuf Galami, has emerged victorious.