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Singapore PM says nation must learn to “live with the virus”

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Singapore has now fully vaccinated 80% of its entire population against Covid-19, but the PM says that its Covid strategy isn’t sustainable

Singapore’s Prime Minister has admitted that a zero-covid strategy is not sustainable even with long lockdowns. This comes as the nation records an 80% vaccination rate – one of the world’s highest.

The nation is currently under strict border controls and social distancing measures. However, the government says it’s preparing for Covid-19 to become an endemic. That is, for the nation to become accustomed to living with the virus.

With this in mind, the PM says the nation will reopen “cautiously” and “step-by-step”. He said that the vaccination will allow Singapore to “live with the virus” and become “Covid-resilient”.

“It is no longer possible to bring cases down to zero, even if locked down for a long time”

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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