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* Cyclone Burevi weakens into deep depression; holiday in Kerala, Puducherry

Dec 04 (HT) Cyclone Burevi has weakened into a deep depression and would cross the Tamil Nadu coast on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest bulletin. Burevi, which crossed the Sri Lanka coast on Wednesday night, would hit the Tamil Nadu coast as a cyclonic storm, the weather bureau had earlier forecast.
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* India Muslim man arrested under ‘love jihad law’

Dec 03 (BBC) Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have arrested a Muslim man for allegedly trying to convert a Hindu woman to Islam. He’s the first to be arrested under a new anti-conversion law that targets "love jihad" - a term radical Hindu groups use to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage.
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* Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses

Dec 02 (BBC) A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed after decades of astronomical discoveries. The US National Science Foundation (NSF) said the telescope’s 900-ton instrument platform fell onto a reflector dish some 450ft (137m) below.
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* Ex-US presidents offer to take Covid-19 vaccine publicly

Dec 04 (HT) Three former US presidents have volunteered to take shots of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine — when it is approved — publicly to persuade Americans who are sceptical about inoculations. Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama — three of the four living former presidents — conveyed their offer in public remarks to CNN and SiriusXM on Wednesday.
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* Covid-19 vaccine to be free in Finland

Dec 03 (HT) The Covid-19 vaccination in Finland will be free and will start in early 2021, the country’s Health Ministry said. “Finland’s goal is to protect the entire population with a licensed vaccine. Vaccines are offered free of charge to everyone who wishes.
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* Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week

Dec 02 (BBC) The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe to be rolled out.
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