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    Democracy has prevailed, says US President Joe Biden

    New York, Jan 20 (IANS) A few minutes before noon on Wednesday, Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States, declaring that "democracy has prevailed" and urging Americans to "lower the temperaturea as he came to power in a deeply divided country riven by multiple crises. At age 78, Biden is the oldest US President to be inaugurated. Light snow flurries dusted parts...

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    Beijing's GDP tops $558.5 billion in 2020

    Beijing, Jan 20 (IANS) Beijing's GDP reached over 3.6 trillion yuan (about $558.5 billion) in 2020, up 1.2 per cent over the previous year at comparable prices, according to the Beijing Municipal Statistics Bureau. The value-added of industrial enterprises above designated size in Beijing increased by 2.3 per cent during the period, with the manufacturing of computers, communications and other...

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    Possible allergic reactions to Moderna Covid vaccine under probe

    New York, Jan 20 (IANS) US-based drugmaker Moderna has confirmed that it has received a report from California's health department that several individuals at one vaccination centre in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions after vaccination from one lot of the company's Covid-19 vaccine. The company is "fully cooperating" with the California...

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    Meet this Chinese man with world's 'fastest hands'

    Beijing, Jan 20 (IANS) Xia Yan (29) from Xi'an, the capital city of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, is keen on time challenges. Xia currently holds eight Guinness World Records for his mind-blowing speed skills, including one for taking the shortest time to type the alphabet on a touchscreen smartphone, the Xinhua news agency reported. Despite his success, the Xi'an resident...

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    Incredible four years, says Trump before flying off

    WASHINGTON: Outgoing US President Donald Trump, who is breaking with an over century-and-a-half old tradition by skipping the inauguration of his successor, sought to list the achievements of his tenure before leaving the US capital on Wednesday. "This has been an incredible four years," he said at a small farewell event at Joint Base Andrews, attended by family members and close...

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    Trump boycotts inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, breaking 150 years of tradition

    NEW YORK: Uttering what could be the epitaph for his years in the White House, "We were not a regular administration," President Donald Trump left Washington on Wednesday to face an abyss of uncertainty. His departure was anti-climactic after some media and pundits speculated that he would not leave the citadel of American power and would have to...

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    Kamala Harris becomes America's first woman Vice President

    NEW YORK: Moments before 11.45 am on a gorgeous winter morning on Wednesday, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as the country's first woman, first Indian and Black American Vice President. Harris is now the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in American government. Harris was sworn in Wednesday by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Court.

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    In historic rite, Biden, Harris sworn-in to lead US

    NEW YORK: Joe Biden was sworn-in as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President in a historic ceremony to take the leadership of a nation ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic and riven by deep political hostility. The daughter of Shyamala Gopalan became the first Indian American, the first woman, and the first African American to be sworn in as the Vice President, putting her a heartbeat away...

    • yesterday
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    Concerns grow over global disparities in vaccination

    BEIJING: As an increasing number of countries started mass vaccination, gaps in access to Covid-19 vaccines, especially huge disparities between the developed world and developing world, have become glaringly evident. While the three wealthy economies of the US, Britain and the European Union "have given citizens about 24 million doses so far - more than half of the shots administered...

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    Blinken indicates US to continue backing India against China incursions

    NEW YORK: Anthony Blinken, who is President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be the secretary of state has indicated that the US would continue to back India against challenges to its sovereignty from China and work with it in the fight against terrorism. Speaking at the confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Blinken said that...

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