Morning news brief: US does damage control, unvaccinated Bolsonaro and UN meet, more

Here's what happening around the world this morning

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Damage control mode: Blinken calls angry France a vital partner in Indo-Pacific

Blinken claimed that US has been informing France about US-UK-Australia submarine deal. But this was refuted from French circles

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Africa COVID-19 jab shortfall could take world 'back to square one', says WHO

Due to global shortages, the Covax alliance set up to ensure equitable delivery of jabs, will ship about 150 million fewer doses of vaccine to Africa than planned

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US medical experts to vote on Pfizer COVID-19 boosters

President Joe Biden's administration announced in August a plan to roll out third shots to everyone, not just the immune compromised already able to receive them, starting from September 20

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Brazil's Bolsonaro going to UN meet despite being unvaccinated

"Next week I will be at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), where I will give an opening speech" on Tuesday, the president said during a social media broadcast

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3,000 unvaccinated French health care workers face suspension

President Emmanuel Macron gave staff at hospitals, retirement home workers and the fire service an ultimatum in July to get at least one shot by September 15 or face unpaid suspension.

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EU observers call for 'peaceful' Iraq vote

Bringing forward the elections was one of the only concessions made by the government in the face of mass demonstrations that broke out in late 2019 against endemic corruption and administrative…

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Somali president withdraws PM's powers in escalating row

The move by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is popularly known as Farmajo, came despite efforts by Somali politicians to defuse the escalating tensions with Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein…

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EU 'not informed' on US, UK and Australia alliance

The announcement has fuelled fears that Europe is being cut out by Washington, with EU capitals still smarting over the way the US handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan

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EU calls for urgent reform of WTO

Diplomats and experts alike agree that the global trade body -- which only takes decisions by consensus -- has been stuck in a rut for years and unable to conclude large-scale negotiations

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UK launches post-Brexit review of EU laws

Brexit minister David Frost told the upper chamber House of Lords that the special status accorded retained EU law would be abolished as part of the review

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Vladimir Putin to attend 2022 Beijing Olympics as Russia remains under penalties for doping

Owing to the ban, Russian government officials also cannot be issued an Olympic accreditation unless they are invited by the head of state of the host nation. 

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What is the United Nations General Assembly and what are its functions and responsibilities?

The United Nations General Assembly meets in regular sessions from September to December each year, and thereafter as required. It discusses specific issues through dedicated agenda items or sub-…

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Top 10 world news: Schedule of 76th UNGA, Taliban's Anas Haqqani speaks to WION, and more

Here are the top 10 stories from across the world

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Fire breaks out in building near Capitol building before far-right rally

A far-right rally named 'Justice For J6' is scheduled to take place in Washington DC on September 16 in which hundreds of people will take to the roads to show solidarity with the people who were…

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