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‘Dire warning’ for the planet

Climate-changing CO2 emissions are set to surge by the second-biggest amount in history this year as the global economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the IEA warned yesterday, a day after UN chief warned days before a major climate summit.

Journalism partly ‘blocked’ in more than 130 countries

The annual report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday said that journalism was at least partly blocked in nearly three-quarters of the 180 countries surveyed.

Pakistan bows to Islamist hardliners

Pakistan’s parliament has postponed until Friday a debate on whether the country should expel the French ambassador, as the government bids to appease a radical party that has threatened more violent protests unless the envoy is kicked out.

NGOs call for $5.5b to save 34m from famine

More than 260 non-governmental organisations signed an open letter yesterday urging governments to donate $5.5 billion to prevent famine from reaching 34 million people in 2021.

EU agency links J&J shot to rare clots, says odds favor use

EU agency links J&J shot to rare clots, says odds favor use

The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Tuesday that it found a “possible link” between Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and that a warning should be added to the label. But experts at the agency reiterated that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh the risks.

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