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World Leaders Condemn Riot At US Capitol Building

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World leaders, especially America’s allies, have all condemned in strong terms the attack on us capitol building in Washington on Wednesday, where a mob, encouraged by president Donald Trump, had invaded the Capitol and interrupted congress’s count of electoral votes to certify president-elect Joe Biden’s win.

Democratic leaders around the world have described the chaotic scenes as “shocking” and “disgraceful.”

UK prime minister Boris Johnson issued a strong condemnation against both the rioters and president Trump.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, who rarely comments on internal affairs of the alliance’s member states, urged Americans to respect the outcome of the November election. His call was echoed by European parliament president David Sassoli, who called on the country to protect the rules of democracy.

Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven says the us democratic election process must be respected.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani called Trump a “sick person.” he said the event shows the fragility of western democracy.  He also said when a sick person takes office, he disgraces his country and creates trouble for the world.

Chairman of the Russian upper house foreign affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, said the storming of the capitol building signaled the derailment of American democracy.

German chancellor Angela Merkel said, during a meeting on Thursday, the riots made her feel “angry and sad.”

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the violence as “disgraceful” and said it should be “vigorously condemned.”

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the united states. He says violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people.

European council president Charles Michel describes it as shocking and shameful.

European commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen, also wrote, “I believe in the strength of us institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. Joe Biden won the election.”

 

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US: Biden To Reinstate COVID-19 Travel Ban

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A public health official in United States has said that president Joe Biden will on Monday formally reinstate COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders.

The principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr Anne Schuchat told Reuters news agency in an interview stating that “we are adding South Africa to the restricted list because of the concerning variant present that has already spread beyond South Africa.”

Schuchat added that the CDC was “putting in place this suite of measures to protect Americans and also to reduce the risk of these variants spreading and worsening the current pandemic.”

Biden is reversing an order from President Donald Trump in his final days in office that called for the relaxation of the travel restrictions as of Tuesday.

More than 25 million persons in the United States have now been confirmed with COVID-19, about a quarter of the world’s total infections.

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Dog Spent Days Outside Turkish Hospital Waiting For Sick Owner

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A devoted dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital in northern Turkey where her sick owner was receiving treatment.

The pet, Boncuk (Bon-DJUK), which means bead, followed the ambulance that transported her owner, Cemal Senturk, to hospital in the Black Sea city of Trabzon on Jan. 14. She then made daily visits to the facility, private news agency DHA reported on Wednesday.

Senturk’s daughter, Aynur Egeli, said she would take Boncuk home but the dog would repeatedly run off and return to the hospital.

Hospital security guard Muhammet Akdeniz told DHA: “She comes every day around 9 a.m. and waits until nightfall. She doesn’t go in.”

“When the door opens she pokes her head inside,” he said.

On Wednesday, Boncuk was finally reunited with Senturk when he was pushed outside in a wheelchair for a brief meeting with his dog.

“She’s very used to me. And I miss her, too, constantly,” he told DHA.

Senturk was discharged from the hospital later on Wednesday and returned home with Boncuk. (AP)

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Hungary approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

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Hungary has become the first country in the European Union to give preliminary approval to the Russian coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V.

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff confirmed both the Russian jab and the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine have been approved.

Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has been scheduled to travel to Moscow for further talks, where he is expected to discuss a shipment and distribution plans.

Hungarian health officials are also in Beijing for discussions on the approval and immediate delivery of one million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, already being used in Serbia.

Sinopharm is a Chinese company that announced last month phase three trials of its jab showed 79% effectiveness.

At least 140,000 Hungarians have already been vaccinated with it.

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