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Sexual harassment rife inside Australian parliament, report finds

One in three people working in Australia's parliament have experienced sexual harassment, a report published on Tuesday said, following an independent inquiry into parliamentary workplace culture. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who ordered the review in February after his party came under pressure over its handling of an alleged rape inside …

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World Bank considers releasing humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

The World Bank is finalizing a proposal to deliver up to $500 million from a frozen Afghanistan aid fund to humanitarian agencies, people familiar with the plans told Reuters, but it leaves out tens of thousands of public sector workers and remains complicated by U.S. sanctions. Board members will meet …

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Covid-19 vaccine makers start work on Omicron-tailored shots

BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are working on vaccines that specifically target Omicron in case their existing shots are not effective against the new coronavirus variant, the companies said on Monday. The variant's emergence has triggered a strong global response as countries worried that it could spread fast even …

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74 years on, Palestinians remain stateless

The dream of Palestinians for an independent state remains farfetched as they mark the 74th anniversary of the partition of their homeland by the United Nations. On Nov. 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181, which called for the partition of Mandatory Palestine into three territories, including Jewish …

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India steps ups Covid-19 testing for international flyers

India will make on-arrival Covid-19 testing mandatory for flyers from more than a dozen countries, including South Africa and Britain where the Omicron variant has been detected, the health ministry said on Monday. The decision will be effective from Dec. 1 and comes after a man who recently returned from …

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OIC decries Israeli president’s forced visit to Ibrahimi Mosque

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday condemned a visit by Israeli President Isaac Herzog to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Herzog forced his way into the mosque on Sunday to participate in a candle-lighting Jewish ceremony. …

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Scientists ask whether Omicron can outrun Delta

As scientists race to understand the consequences of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, one of the most important questions is whether this new version of the coronavirus can outrun the globally dominant Delta variant. The World Health Organization on Friday designated Omicron a "variant of concern" just days after the variant was …

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