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Tunisian PM dismisses 5 ministers from gov’t

Tunisian head of government Hichem Mechichi on Monday decided to remove five ministers from their duties, said the government in a statement.

How bad is the COVID-19 variant problem? We won’t know until we test for it

As COVID-19 vaccinations slowly become available to more Americans, variants of the novel coronavirus have started circulating in the United States and elsewhere, making people wonder whether the shots are still worth getting.

4 killed in building collapse in Egypt’s capital

At least four were killed in a two-storey building collapse on Monday in Shoubra district in the heart of the Egyptian capital Cairo, state-run Ahram website reported.

Philadelphia referees have dominated NBA officiating for decades. Here’s why.

NBA players and coaches occasionally murmured about the league’s unusually large collection of Philadelphia-area referees, but none as loudly as Red Auerbach, the longtime Boston Celtics coach and executive.

Children found affected by long-term COVID-19 symptoms in Sweden

More than 200 children have been diagnosed with long-term COVID-19 symptoms here, statistics by Swedish Television (SVT) showed Monday.

“The Croods: A New Age” reclaims top spot at North American box office

Universal and DreamWorks' animated film "The Croods: A New Age" reclaimed the top spot surprisingly at North American box office with an estimated 2.04 million U.S. dollars from 1,890 theaters between Friday and Sunday in its twelfth weekend of release, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.

Armenia’s public debt approaches 80%, making default possible

A very dangerous tendency is forming in Armenia today, according to Armenian economic expert Artashes Ter-Hovhannisyan who was answering the question of how appropriate it is to be proud of the buildup of external debt.

Malawi president fires disaster commissioner, COVID-19 task force chair

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has fired the commissioner for the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and a co-chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for failing to demand accountability on funds spent on fighting the pandemic.

Innovation key to tackling carbon emissions: Bill Gates

Innovation is a key to tackling carbon emissions, and governments should be encouraged to invest more than what they have done, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said.

Japan’s GDP contracts real 4.8 pct in 2020 amid pandemic

Japan's economy shrank 4.8 percent in real terms in 2020 from a year earlier, marking the second sharpest contraction since record keeping began, owing to the adverse effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the government said in a report Monday. 

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