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British lawmakers seek investigation into UK-registered firm possibly linked to Beirut blast
LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Two senior British parliamentarians called on Friday for an investigation into a British-registered company possibly linked to last year's devastating explosion in Beirut, after Reuters found that the firm had not disclosed its beneficial owners.
Portugal identifies first case of South African coronavirus variant
LISBON (Reuters) - The first case of the South African coronavirus variant was identified in Portugal on Friday, health institute Ricardo Jorge told Lusa news agency, as the country struggles to contain a crippling surge in cases partially blamed on the rapid spread of the British variant.
Another cyclone, growing stronger, set to hit central Mozambique
MAPUTO (Reuters) - A powerful storm approaching Mozambique was upgraded on Friday to a tropical cyclone, on course to deluge an area already submerged by floodwaters and still recovering from Cyclone Idai less than two years ago.
UPDATE 1-Mali picks AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for 4.2 million people
BAMAKO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Mali has chosen to use the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in its plan to initially immunize 4.2 million people, targeting medical staff, the elderly and those with comorbidities, the health minister said on Friday.
UPDATE 2-Morocco gets 2 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses, first big shipment to Africa
RABAT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Morocco received 2 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, becoming the first African country to get a large enough shipment to start rolling out a nationwide free immunization program.
WHO says Pfizer deal could allow poor countries to start vaccinating in Feb.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech for 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and should be able to start delivering vaccines to poor and lower-middle income countries next month under its COVAX programme.
UPDATE 2-WHO says Pfizer deal could allow poor countries to start vaccinating in Feb
GENEVA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech for 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine and should be able to start delivering vaccines to poor and lower-middle income countries next month under its COVAX program.
World leaders urged to learn from pandemic in adapting to climate change
BARCELONA, Jan 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world what it is like to go through a dangerous emergency of the kind that could occur if climate change accelerates - and offers lessons on how to respond, the head of the U.N. climate science panel said Friday.
UPDATE 1-Belgium bans foreign tourism to avoid third COVID-19 wave
BRUSSELS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Belgium is banning residents from taking vacations abroad until March to limit the spread of more infectious coronavirus variants and avoid a deadly third wave of COVID-19 cases.
Congo lawmakers move to force out prime minister in victory for President
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A majority in Democratic Republic of Congo's lower house of parliament filed a motion of no confidence in the prime minister on Friday, a move likely to force the government's collapse and hand President Felix Tshisekedi a major political victory.
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