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More than 50M people currently impacted by urban conflict: UN
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More than 50M people currently impacted by urban conflict: UN

WASHINGTON – More than 50 million people are currently being impacted by fighting inside towns and cities around the world, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday. Speaking at the opening of a UN Security Council debate on how to protect civilians caught up in urban conflict, Guterres said when explosive weapons are used in populated areas,...

Apple keeps crown as world’s most valuable brand at $355-B
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Apple keeps crown as world’s most valuable brand at $355-B

ANKARA – Apple has kept its crown as the world’s most valuable brand in 2022 with USD355 billion, as its value jumped 35 percent from last year, according to a new report. Apple was followed by tech-centered Amazon and Google, with values of USD350 billion and USD263 billion, respectively, said the latest report by Brand Finance,...

More than 2K New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, allies yield in Leyte in 2021
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More than 2K New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, allies yield in Leyte in 2021

TACLOBAN CITY – More than 2,000 members and staunch supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered in Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran provinces in 2021, stalling the rebel group’s attempt to recruit new members in these provinces. The majority of the surrenderers were members of the NPA’s front organizations, tasked to support their armed struggle...

Kids should get the COVID-19 shot, and an extra for the immunocompromised: NACI
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Kids should get the COVID-19 shot, and an extra for the immunocompromised: NACI

OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has urged kids aged five to 11 to get their two doses of an mRNA COVID-19 shot, and also recommends a third dose for immunocompromised kids.  When child-sized doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine were approved for kids in November, NACI decreed that kids may be offered...

Canada faces criticism for ‘soft’ response to Ukraine amid Russia threat
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Canada faces criticism for ‘soft’ response to Ukraine amid Russia threat

OTTAWA — As the Trudeau government wraps its cabinet retreat Wednesday, its handling of the Ukraine-Russia crisis faces growing criticism for being soft and superficial while rendering Canada missing in action with its allies. The criticism comes from not only the Conservative Opposition but from a former Canadian analyst in Europe who was on the...