Morning news brief: Extreme cold kills 20 in China during ultramarathon and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: May 23, 2021, 09:06 AM(IST)

This photo taken on May 22, 2021 shows rescuers carrying equipment as they search for runners who were competing in a 100-kilometre cross-country mountain race when extreme weather hit the area, leaving at least 20 dead, near the city of Baiyin in China's Photograph:( AFP )

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Morning news brief: The biggest news stories of the morning - from a new study coming in from the United Kingdom shedding light on how effective vaccines are against the coronavirus variant first found in India, to the 20 deaths reported in China due to a sudden drop in temperature during an ultramarathon - we have it all! In addition, we also bring latest news from Myanmar, where over 100,000 teachers have been suspended for not supporting the coup. In Vietnam, elections are behind held amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ever Given's ship owner has blamed Suez Canal for the mishap which led the ship aground and caused massive supply delays across the world. To read the full story, please click on the headline.

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