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UN envoy calls for free, safe environment for elections in Iraq

The top UN envoy for Iraq on Tuesday called for a free and safe environment for elections in Iraq scheduled for October 2021.

India bus plunges into canal, killing at least 40 passengers

At least 40 passengers were killed and several others went missing on Tuesday after a bus carrying them skidded off the road and plunged into a canal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, officials said.

Iran denies links to rocket attacks in Iraq’s Erbil

Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denied "rumors" that Iran is linked to recent rocket attacks in Iraq's Erbil.

24 people hospitalized after consuming poisoned meat in western Zambia

Twenty-four people were hospitalized in western Zambia's Nalolo district after consuming meat suspected to have been poisoned, the police said on Tuesday.

Germany’s manufacturing sector employs fewer people for first time in 10 years

The number of employees in Germany's manufacturing companies with 50 or more staff last year declined by 2.2 percent year-on-year to around 5.5 million, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Tuesday.

Armenian opposition vows to secure impressive number of protesters in rally against current PM

The leaders of the Armenian opposition held a regular meeting yesterday evening, local media reported.

Aussie PM seeks to improve complaint handling following alleged rape of former gov’t staffer

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeks to improve the handling of complaints after a former government staffer alleged she was raped in Parliament House.

Cold front causes power outage in north Mexico

A cold wave hitting North America led to a power outage in northern Mexico, leaving some 400,000 people without electricity, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reported on Monday.

WTO welcomes its first female, African chief

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday agreed by consensus to appoint Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister of Nigeria, as the next director-general, said the WTO in a press release.

WHO approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday gave the green light to two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, allowing them to be rolled out globally via COVAX.

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