06/27/2022, 09.51
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Covid-19: Thai scientists develop anti-viral nasal spray

Today's headlines: G7 outlines alternative plan to China's Belt and Road; At least 37 million Japanese will have to ration electricity use; 203 die in Hindu Char Dham yatra pilgrimage since May; Gay Pride blocked in Istanbul; Russia sends minors to fight in Ukraine.

THAILAND

A group of Thai scientists is working on a nasal spray that could prevent Covid-19 infection from the nose. The antiviral is in the research and development stage. Public and private sectors are participating in the project.

G7-CHINA

G7 leaders (U.S., Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Japan, Canada) detailed a 0 billion infrastructure investment plan. The initiative is a response to China's Belt and Road Initiative and focuses on combating climate change, global health, gender equality, and the digital economy.

JAPAN

The Japanese government is taking energy-saving measures as asphyxiating heat, especially in the Tokyo area, threatens to create problems for the electricity distribution system. The action affects 37 million citizens, who will have to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances today.

INDIA

Since May 3, the traditional Char Dham yatra pilgrimage in Uttarakhand has claimed the lives of 203 Hindu worshippers. The deaths are mainly due to heart attacks and other medical conditions.

TURKEY

Turkish police yesterday blocked hundreds of people who wanted to attend the Istanbul Gay Pride. Dozens of people were arrested. Like last year, authorities had banned the march from taking place.

RUSSIA

The Ukrainian "anti-Putin" military legion, made up of Russians who support Ukraine, showed a video of the capture of a Russian soldier, whose face is not shown or name disclosed, but who is not even 18 years old. "They are sending minors to their death now," is the comment of the Army for the Liberation of Russia.

UZBEKISTAN

After the General Motors company left Russia due to sanctions, production of popular Chevrolet cars that used to be finished in Uzbekistan also ended: the problem is the lack of spare parts. Unsold Daewoo Nexia and Chevrolet Cobalt models still remain in some regions, while Chevrolet Spark models are already finished.

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