Top 10 world news: WHO backs AstraZeneca and J&J, Biden warns Putin, and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Mar 17, 2021, 08:59 PM IST


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After reports of blood clots as a side-effect of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine, the WHO has approved the vaccine for the time being and UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson ha announced he will take a jab of the same vaccine. Meanwhile, the Presidents of Russia and US are at each other's throat regarding accusations of meddling in US election 2020. Taliban and US, too, are stuck in disagreements regarding withdrawal of US troops.

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Indian Prime Minister Modi will visit Bangladesh for a two-day visit on March 26 and will join the main Independence Day celebrations that also marks 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Taliban has retaliated by asserting that the US troops must leave Afghanistan by the decided deadline or face the "consequences".

The statement has come after several countries temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca after a few cases of formation of blood clots were reported around the world.

'The document prepared by the US intelligence community is another set of groundless accusations against our country of interfering in American internal political processes,' Russia replied.

Ann Rose Nu Tawng's image of kneeling in front of the police went viral earlier this month and was praised worldwide as a symbol of peace to counter the junta's brutal crackdown.

The comments made by Johnson came after he repeatedly insisted that AstraZeneca's vaccine is safe despite many European nations stopping its rollout over cases of blood clots.

Speaking in parliament, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng, who took up his post last month, said Taiwan has increased personnel and armaments on Itu Aba, the main island Taiwan occupies in the South China Sea.

Scientists have concluded that the Guinea outbreak has definitely been spread from someone who survived the 2014-2016 epidemic in West Africa.

India and Bangladesh share 54 common rivers. During the almost day-long talks in Delhi both sides agreed to expand cooperation to include mitigation of pollution, riverbank protection and basin management. 

This warning has come as the EU has been on crossroads with the UK over vaccine delivery after the EU accused Britain of operating a de facto export ban, which Boris Johnson denied.