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    • Rain falls at Greenland’s highest peak

      Rain falls at Greenland’s highest peak

      Rain fell at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet last week for the first time on record, news wires reported. This is yet another worrying sign of warming for the ice sheet already melting at an increasing rate, scientists said cited by Reuters.

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    • US authorizes an extra dose of Covid-19 vaccine for high-risk groups

      US authorizes an extra dose of Covid-19 vaccine for high-risk groups

      The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday that it has authorized a third Pfizer or Moderna jab for people with weakened immune systems. The measure allows for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, such as organ transplant recipients, the FDA said in a statement, cited by dpa. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is scheduled to meet on Friday to discuss further clinical recommendations regarding immunocompromised individuals.

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    • US budget deficit spikes to $2.54tn

      US budget deficit spikes to $2.54tn

      The United States budget deficit surged to 2.54 trillion dollars for the first 10 months of the fiscal year. The budget gap was mainly due to spending over the government stimulus programmes aimed to offset the impact of the Covid-19 recession over the country's economy, AP reported. The US Treasury Department announced that the deficit through July is 9.5% lower than the same period a year ago.

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    • Kathy Hochul to become New York's first female governor

      Kathy Hochul to become New York's first female governor

      Andrew Cuomo's resignation as governor of New York after a series of sexual misconduct accusations has turned a spotlight on his lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, who will become the first woman to lead the state in its 233-year history, news wires reported. Hochul is set to take over running the New York state government in two weeks from Cuomo, who announced his resignation on Tuesday. A report released last week by the state Attorney General’s office found that the three-term governor had sexually harassed at least 11 current and former staffers. Both Cuomo and his lawyer have strongly denied the allegations.

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    • Covid-19 jabs will be mandatory for US army

      Covid-19 jabs will be mandatory for US army

      US announced it had decided to make vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory for all military personnel. The spread of pandemic including the new variants is seen threatening the readiness of the army, AP elaborated, citing the plans of the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed the plans and said the mid-September deadline will be accelerated as infection rates continue to rise.

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