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03/03/2021

Pentagon concerned by U.N. report indicating possible North Korea nuclear reprocessing


​ The Pentagon expressed concern on Tuesday about a U.N. report indicating possible reprocessing of nuclear fuel for bombs by North Korea, and said such activity could raise tensions with Pyongyang.


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Venezuela's Guaido spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken


​ Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said, the highest-level U.S. contact with Guaido since President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20.


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Myanmar's neighbours press junta for Suu Kyi's release, restoration of democracy


Some of Myanmar’s neighbours pressed its ruling junta on Tuesday to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease using lethal force against opponents of their Feb. 1 coup to work out a solution to the crisis.


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02/03/2021

U.S. to push for 'intense' U.N. Security Council talks on Myanmar


​ U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday she hopes to use Washington’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council in March to push for more “intense discussions” on Myanmar.


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Ecuador links deadly prison riots to transnational crime groups


Ecuadorean officials said on Monday prison riots that left 79 inmates dead last week were linked to organized transnational crime, and said the situation in its penitentiary system remained “tense.”


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U.S. to give Americans COVID-19 vaccines before discussing sharing with Mexico: White House


The Biden administration on Monday downplayed the prospect of sharing coronavirus vaccines with Mexico, saying it is focused first on getting its own population protected against a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 Americans.


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01/03/2021

At least 18 protesters killed in Myanmar in worst violence since coup


​Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday and at least 18 people were killed in the worst violence since a Feb. 1 military coup, the United Nations said, calling on the international community to act to stop the repression.


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Iran dismisses idea of talks with EU and U.S. to revive 2015 nuclear deal


​Iran on Sunday ruled out holding an informal meeting with the United States and other major powers to discuss ways to salvage the unravelling 2015 nuclear deal, insisting Washington must first lift all its unilateral sanctions.


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UK earmarks a further $2.3 billion for its COVID vaccine push


British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce an extra 1.65 billion pounds ($2.30 billion) to fund the country’s fast vaccination rollout as part of his annual budget statement on Wednesday, the finance ministry said.


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28/02/2021

Myanmar's U.N. ambassador vows to fight after junta fired him


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Myanmar's United Nations envoy in New York vowed to fight on Saturday after the junta fired him for urging countries to use "any means necessary" to reverse a Feb. 1 coup that ousted the nation's elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


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