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Power Picture: Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin Shake Hands

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva on Wednesday for a summit. The picture of the two leaders, shaking hands, is going viral on social media. The meeting comes amid brewing tensions between Moscow and Washington at their highest in years.

The Presidents — of the world’s two most powerful nations — shook hands after standing with their host, Swiss President Guy Parmelin outside the La Grange villa in Geneva.

The meeting between the two leaders is set to last five hours, with cyberattacks, election meddling and rights abuses among the many contentious issues on the agenda.

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Dupharma To Supply 6.4 Million Sputnik Doses To Govt

Pharma company Duopharma has signed a deal with the government to supply 6.4 million doses of Sputnik V, a vaccine developed by Russia. Sputnik V is being currently used in 68 countries across North and South America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa. Going by the accuracy, the Sputnik V vaccine is considered most effective against the virus and its efficacy has been measured at over 90%. Also, the vaccine is known to have the least serious adverse events.

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Duopharma Biotech’s Group managing director Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar confirmed the company’s state of readiness to supply vaccines.

Abdul Shatar said that Covid has brought in extraordinary challenges for Malaysia and immediate collaboration is needed to overcome it on many fronts.

“Duopharma Biotech is fully committed and proud to be part of our nation’s immunisation programme,” he said.

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Video: Tens of Thousands of Protests In Russia Demanding For Navaln’s Release

Moscow: Thousands of protesters have come out on the streets of the Russian capital Moscow, demanding the release of Alexei Navalny, who was arrested by authorities soon after he called the nationwide agitation against the Russian government last week on 17 January.

According to reports, more than 3,000 protesters have been arrested, including Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top critic Navalny, his wife Yulia Navalnaya, his spokesperson Kira Yarmysh, and dozens of his close aides.

Navalny was arrested last week after he landed in Moscow from Germany, where was being treated, after poisoning in August 2017.

Nearly 100 rallies were organised across the country against his longtime rival President Putin by Navalny, who had blamed in August that he was poisoned by the Russian government to kill him.

According to reports, clashes have erupted between hundreds of pro-Navalny protesters, who have taken to the streets in minus 50 degree temperatures, and security forces.

A blogger and lawyer-turned activist Navalny, who has a huge fan following in Russia, came into Russian government’s eyes for the first time after he exposed corruption in his several stories in 2008.

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Video: Russian Authorities Rescue Cat From Garbage Plant, Give It A Job

Kuala Lumpur: A black and white feline cat has been named as honorary deputy environment minister after a close call on a trash plant conveyor belt in Ulyanovsk, Russia.

CCTV footage showed the employees removing the cat from a plastic bag, shortly after which the video went viral.

Employee Mikhail Tukash said he felt something soft inside the bag, after which he slightly cut the bag open, to find those innocent eyes looking at him.

He was honoured by the Ulyanovsk region’s Ministry of environment for rescuing the cat from the brink of death.

The department said the cat would have ended up in trash seperator if Tukash hadn’t grabbed him.

Meanwhile, the cat has got a new chance at life and in career, as the local television had made him a local celebrity.

He was adopted by the ministry and was bestowed with the title. Online new portal Reuters, shared his photos in which he was seen already lounging at the job.

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Russia’s Sputnik V vs America’s Moderna: Comparing Covid-19 Vaccine Cost

The Russian Vaccine Sputnik V against Covid-19 will cost much lower than the US Pfizer and Moderna, the Russian drugmaker company revealed on Twitter. Russia was the first country in the world to give regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine in August– developed in cooperation with Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Healthcare Ministry.

According to reports, Covid-19 victims need to take two doses of Pfizer, Sputnik V, and Moderna vaccines. The price of Pfizer is said to be $19.50 and Moderna is $37 per dose. Which means their actual price is $39 and $74 per person.

However, the Russian Vaccine Official handle announced that the price of Sputnik V will be much lower.

Russia became the first country to give regulatory approval to Covid-19 vaccine in August when Sputnik V was officially registered after large-scale clinical trials.

According to the analysis, Sputnik V is 92% effective and its price will be declared soon.

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Vladimir Putin To Quit As Russia’s President: Report

Moscow: A report has claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin may leave his position due to his health concern. Putin, who has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for a long time, may retire from politics in January next year.

New York Post has claimed that Putin’s girlfriend Alina Kabaeva and his family members are pushing him to leave politics and focus on health. According to reports, Putin has been seen recently exhibiting symptoms of the disease. 

‘Putin has a family and a deep influence on the Russian president. In January, Putin can hand over power to someone else. The president is likely battling Parkinson’s and recent pictures have shown signs of his illness”, said Moscow-based political scientist Valery Solovei to a British newspaper. 

She also claimed that a new president will be appointed soon and will be guided by him or her to rule Russia under Vladimir Putin. 

Parkinson is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, often including tremors.

Putin, who has been in power since 2012 as President, recently made changes in the constitution to remain in power through 2036. 

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Russia Kills More Than 60 Turkey-Backed Fighters In Air Strike In Syria

An alleged Russian airstrike on a radical training camp in north-west Syria killed more than 50 Turkish-backed fighters and injured nearly 67. The ultras belonged to Faylaq al-Sham, one of the most supreme Turkish-backed factions of Syria.

The rebel organizations pledged to retaliate after the attack in Idlib, the last province held by rebels and jihadists. 
According to the experts and war monitors, this was the deadliest attack on Turkish-backed forces in the region since a truce of peace was agreed eight months ago.

The high damage from the attack has raised concerns of a broken ceasefire which was in perfect action since March.

The leaders of the revolutionary camps are dead along with the ‘media representative’, a commander mentioned.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan Agree To Ceasefire After 10-day Of Deadly War

Asia’s two arch-rival countries Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire after at least 10-day in a deadly war that killed more than 370 people and hundreds other injured. This unprecedented development came after both sides held ten hours of long talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on 9 October.

The peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan were held in Moscow after Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered and invited Foreign Ministers of both countries.

According to reports, international humanitarian organizations Red Cross would take part in the affected areas of both sides for
humanitarian operation.

The fierce clash broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan last month on 27 September over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province.

The conflict region lies in Shiite Muslim majority country Azerbaijan but is controlled by Armenian ethnic backed Armenian government since the end of the separatist war in 1994 that killed more than 30,000 people.

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