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WHO launches new air quality guidelines after 16 yrs; recommends new AQ levels

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the revised Global Air Quality Guidelines for the first time after 16 years. The guidelines recommend new air quality levels by reducing levels of key air pollutants. “Small particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) are of particular public health relevance, as they are capable of penetrating deep into the lungs,” the WHO said.

Russia, China, Pakistan agree to maintain contacts with Taliban

Special representatives of Russia, China and Pakistan agreed with the Taliban to maintain contacts at the recent consultations in Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It said, “An agreement was reached to maintain constructive contacts in the interests of Afghanistan’s peace & prosperity.” Taliban emphasised their special focus on promoting relations with Russia, China and Pakistan, it added.

Billionaires joyriding to space while millions go hungry on Earth: UN Chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “Another disease is spreading in our world today: a malady of mistrust,” while adding, “Billionaires are joyriding to space while millions go hungry on Earth.” In July, billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos flew into space. This month, billionaire Jared Isaacman led the first all-private space mission with SpaceX and raised funds for kids’ health.

Shots fired at car carrying Ukraine President’s aide in assassination bid

Multiple shots were fired at a car carrying Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s principal aide, in what a senior official called an assassination attempt. Over 10 bullets reportedly hit the car during an incident near a village outside the capital Kyiv. Zelenskiy’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said the assassination attempt could be a result of President’s fight against the oligarchs.

‘Will it be JAIAUKUS?’, jokes US as it rules out adding India, Japan to AUKUS

The United States has ruled out adding India or Japan to the newly created security partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom in the Indo-Pacific known as the AUKUS. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki joked, “What would it become? JAUKUS? JAIAUKUS?” while adding, “There is no one else who will be involved in security in the Indo-Pacific.”

US to donate 500 million additional Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to world

US President Joe Biden announced that America would donate an additional 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries. The US President announced the decision at a virtual summit on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York. The donations are being made “free of charge”, a senior administration official said.

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