The first nightclub event in the UK for over a year is set to take place in Liverpool at the end of the month.
The first nightclub event in the UK for over a year is set to take place in Liverpool at the end of the month.
The Army was found to have killed nine of the 10 people shot in west Belfast in August 1971.
A cabinet minister has told Sky News the government "can't rule anything out" when it comes to the possibility of local coronavirus restrictions in areas that have seen cases rise sharply. Sky News analysis has found there are 28 local authority areas in England, four in Northern Ireland and two in Scotland that have COVID-19 case rates twice the national average. Data shows that although the average infection rate in the UK has fallen by 15% to 40.1 per 100,000 people for the two-week period ending 4 May, there have been sharp rises in some areas.
Dublin, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Financial Brokerage Market in India 2021" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The brokerage market was valued at INR 135.0 Bn in FY 2016. In FY 2020, it reached INR 210 Bn from INR 195 Bn in FY 2019, expanding at an annual growth rate ~7.69%. The financial brokers offers financial advice to the firm or the individual. India's broking industry is transitioning from a transaction-based to a fee-based model, offering services such as investment advisory and wealth management. Apart from advisory services, emphasis on fund-based activities, including loan against shares and margin funding, is rising, allowing brokers to build sustainable earnings. Financial brokers have developed their marketing ability to support customers in achieving their goals. They offer wide-ranging products and services that strengthen their relationship with clients. The industry gained popularity, owing to a significant increase in trading activities. Financial brokerage firms have generated revenues from stocks, commodities, and currency. The financial brokerage market operates through different business verticals including full-service, discount, and hybrid brokerage. The full-service brokers segment accounted for the significant share of the brokerage market in FY 2020, followed by discount brokers and hybrid. Major players operating in the market include Angel Broking Limited, Geojit Financial Services Limited, ICICI Securities Limited, and Kotak Securities Limited.Impact of COVID-19The pandemic and prolonged global lockdown severely impacted India's financial market and liquidity position. A struggling economy in India, coupled with the outbreak of COVID-19, has led to an apprehensions in which capital market investments have become a challenge for investors. While the Indian economy has been experiencing massive pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trading volumes in the domestic capital market started to recover after the lockdown was lifted. It reached an all-time high in July 2020.Market segment insightsIn FY 2020, full-service brokers held the highest market share (~58%) of the overall broking industry based on NSE active clients. The shift of the trading platform from offline to online-offline mode increased the revenues generated by full-service brokers. However, in India, full-service brokers have been experiencing unstable growth as leading companies are losing considerable market share to discount brokers. Key growth drivers of the market Technological innovations is a significant driver for the increasing participation of investors in equity markets. The pandemic resulted in a significant meltdown in the stock market. Improved financial awareness led to a 130% growth in Demat account openings. About 6.3 Mn accounts were opened in the first half of FY 2021. Post demonetization, fintech companies have played a significant role in the growth of the brokerage market, backed by increased smartphone users and high internet speed with low data costs. Retail investors use mobile-based trading as they primarily invest in convenient and user-friendly apps with secure platformsIn India, brokerage houses offer global investment services that permit their customers to own blue-chip stocks in the US. Investors' demand for portfolio diversification is one of the key drivers that encourage firms to provide these services. Broking firms entered into international partnerships, indicating a good demand for such services. In September 2020, Kuvera, an online platform for investments in India's mutual funds, partnered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission's listed investment adviser, Vested Finance. This partnership permits investors to purchase stocks from the US on its online platform. Key deterrents to the growth of the marketLack of financial knowledge is a significant reason behind the under-penetration of the brokerage market. Several Indians are not aware of shares, stocks, and mutual funds. They do not know how to invest in them to reap high returns compared to traditional investment tools. Most people are also ignorant of the basic financial concepts such as reward (return) to variability (risk) ratio, asset allocation, and diversification benefits.Companies Covered Angel Broking LimitedGeojit Financial Services LimitedICICI Securities LimitedIIFL Finance LimitedKotak Securities LimitedMotilal Oswal Financial Services LimitedReliance Capital LimitedSMC Global Securities LimitedHDFC Securities LimitedSharekhan Limited Key Topics Covered: Chapter 1: Executive summaryChapter 2: Socio-economic indicatorsChapter 3: Introduction3.1. Market definition and structureChapter 4: Market overview4.1. Broking industry in India - An overview4.2. National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) active clients4.3. NSE active clients and market share4.4. Broker-wise broking and commission revenue4.5. Peer comparison based on wide parameters4.6. Top-10 stock brokers in India as of September 2020 (Number of accounts)4.7. Brokerage rates of various major brokerages across productsChapter 5: Industry scenario5.1. Broking industry in India - PE ratio5.2. Equity share of brokers in the NSE cash and derivatives market5.3. Equity market turnover 5.4. Commodity market5.5. Currency market5.6. Increasing share of internet-based trading in overall turnover for NSE segment5.7. Retail ADTO trend for cash market and equity derivativesChapter 6: Impact of COVID-196.1. Impact of COVID-19 on the marketChapter 7: Market influencers7.1. Market drivers7.2. Market challengesChapter 8: Market trends8.1. Market trends Chapter 9: Competitive landscape9.1. Angel Broking Limited9.2. Geojit Financial Services Limited9.3. ICICI Securities Limited 9.4. IIFL Finance Limited 9.5. Kotak Securities Limited 9.6. Motilal Oswal Financial Services Limited 9.7. Reliance Capital Limited 9.8. SMC Global Securities Limited 9.9. HDFC Securities Limited 9.10. Sharekhan LimitedChapter 10: Recent developmentsChapter 11: Appendix For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/b9907x CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The International Federation of the Red Cross says coronavirus cases have exploded in Asia in the past two weeks with over 5.9 million new infections. It says more people have been diagnosed with the illness in Asia over the past two weeks than in the Americas, Europe, and Africa combined. The Red Cross warned Wednesday that the surge is pushing hospitals and health systems to the brink of collapse. It said seven out of 10 countries globally that are doubling their infection numbers the fastest are in Asia and the Pacific. The Red Cross called for regional support with more medical equipment, support for prevention and urgent access to vaccines. It said vaccination campaigns in Asia are hampered by shortages, hesitancy and the costly logistics of reaching many areas. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Public service jobs in the US are increasingly thankless and exhausting, a situation worsened by pandemic — Variant detected in India may spread more easily, but testing to track and understand it better has been slow — A boom in pet ownership has veterinarians backlogged and burned out — Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: TAPIPAI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s president has sought to reassure the public that the government is capable of withstanding a further outbreak of COVID -19 after six local cases were detected. The exact origins of the cases have not yet been discovered. President Tsai Yin-wen says the challenge at this moment is still severe. She says medical supplies are sufficient and vaccines will continue to be distributed. Taiwan had virtually eradicated domestic transmission of the coronavirus through strict mask wearing, case tracing, travel restrictions and quarantine measures. It has counted 1,210 confirmed cases to date, with the vast majority imported. The island has banned indoor events with more than 100 people and outdoor events with more than 500 until early June. ___ ISLAMABAD — Coronavirus infections in Pakistan have been on a decline for more than two weeks after rising for over two months amid a nationwide lockdown. Pakistan reported less than 3,000 cases in the past 24 hours, showing a steady decline in COVID-19 cases. But experts say it is too early to assume Pakistan has peaked. In an effort aimed at containing the spread of the virus, Pakistan's government last week imposed a lockdown ahead of Eid al-Fitr which is likely to be celebrated on Friday subject to sight of moon. Pakistan has also expanded its vaccination program to protect people from coronavirus by offering free vaccinations to those who are 30 years old or above. Pakistan reported 104 single-day fatalities in the past 24 hours. Since last year, Pakistan has reported 19,210 fatalities from coronavirus among 867,438 COVID-19 cases. ___ CANBERRA, Australia — Qantas Airways has pushed back its forecast resumption of international travel to late December. The Sydney-based airline previously said international travel would restart in late October, based on the government's forecast on vaccine availability for Australians. However, the Australian government forecast Tuesday that international travel will remain at low levels until mid-2022 and vaccines won’t be widely available in Australia until the end of 2021. “We will keep reviewing these plans as we move towards December and circumstances evolve,” Qantas said in a statement Wednesday . Australia bans its citizens from leaving the country except under limited circumstances to prevent them from bringing home infections. The only exception is New Zealand. The two countries last month introduced a quarantine-free travel bubble that recognized their success in containing the virus. Qantas said it was optimistic more travel bubbles would open once Australia completes a vaccine rollout and other countries are in similar positions. ___ DHAKA, Bangladesh — China delivered 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine as a gift to Bangladesh on Wednesday to help it cope with a shortage. Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is in desperate need after India banned exports of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines produced by the Serum Institute of India because of its own devastating surge in infections. Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming formally handed over the Sinopharm vaccines in Dhaka on Wednesday. Bangladesh has already approved the Chinese vaccines after the World Health Organization has recently listed the Sinopharm for emergency use globally. Bangladesh received about 7 million doses from the Indian institute, but its deal had called for 30 million doses to be delivered by June. Bangladesh already suspended administering the first dose of vaccines. Some few hundreds of thousands of people are due their second dose but would be left out if new doses do not arrive soon. Bangladesh has attempted to diversify its vaccine sources, asking the United States for 4 million doses from its stock and signing a deal with Russia to produce Sputnik-V vaccines locally in Bangladesh. ___ NEW DELHI — India has confirmed 4,205 more deaths, setting another daily record and taking its official COVID-19 toll past 250,000 as it battles a ferocious surge in infections. Around 370,000 new cases were added in the last 24 hours, pushing India’s total past 23 million, according to the health ministry. The figures are considered vast undercounts due to insufficient testing and records among other factors. On Tuesday, authorities warned that nearly 90% of districts in the country are seeing a high positivity rate, sparking fears the virus is spreading fast into rural areas. India's recent surge has been blamed on more contagious variants as well as government decisions to allow massive crowds to gather for religious festivals and political rallies. Even though daily cases have shown very early signs of flattening, experts have cautioned authorities to not let down their guard. With nearly 4 million cases still active, health care systems remain strained with limited hospital beds, oxygen and medicine. Many states have imposed their own restrictions to curb infections, and the southern state of Telangana became the latest to announce a 10-day lockdown on Tuesday. Calls and pressure for a nationwide lockdown have been mounting. ___ SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill to give tenants who are struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently tenants have until July, but the legislation will extend the deadline to next Feb. 28. The bill already passed the Senate and now goes to the governor. The measure protects renters from the long-term impact of not making payments on time by barring such information from being reported to consumer credit agencies or being used in consideration of future rental applications. The measure also bars landlords from screening out applicants based on pandemic-era evictions. In March, more than 17% of Oregon renters in a U.S. Census survey reported being behind on rent payments. ___ COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina parents can opt their children out of wearing masks in public schools. Gov. Henry McMaster issued the executive order, citing widespread access to coronavirus vaccines for adults across the state. “It goes against all logic to continue to force our children — especially our youngest children — to wear masks against their parents’ wishes," McMaster said in the statement Tuesday. The order also bars state and local government agencies from requiring people to show proof of vaccination in order to receive government services or access public buildings and facilities. The governor’s order also limits local governments from issuing mask ordinances based on his prior emergency declarations related to the pandemic. Those governments will have to find justification for such mask rules within their own ordinances. ___ TORONTO — Canada’s largest province says it will stop giving out first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over blood clots. Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams says the decision has been made out of an abundance of caution because of increased instances of a rare blood clotting disorder linked to the shot. AstraZeneca is restricted in some European countries because of a potential link to extremely rare blood clots. In Canada, at least 12 cases have been confirmed out of more than 2 million doses given and three women have died. Ontario says it has 49,280 doses of the shot remaining in the province out of over 707,000 received. Health officials are awaiting results of a clinical trial in the United Kingdom looking at giving a different vaccine for the second dose. That would allow people who got AstraZeneca first to be given Pfizer or Moderna for their second dose. The Associated Press
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Delivery Hero, the food delivery company that spans more than 50 countries, is relaunching operations in its home city of Berlin as a first step towards winning back the German market it quit over two years ago. Delivery Hero sold its German operations https://www.reuters.com/article/us-delivery-hero-divestiture-takeaway-co-idUSKCN1OK038 in Dec. 2018 to Dutch rival Takeaway.com - now known as Just Eat Takeaway - to focus on markets spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
The euro zone will rebound from its COVID-19 slump more than expected, the European Commission said on Wednesday, but some countries won't reach pre-crisis levels before the end of 2022 -- an argument for continued suspension of EU borrowing limits. The aggregate growth of the 19 countries sharing the euro currency should be 4.3% this year and 4.4% in 2022, the European Union's executive arm said, revising upwards its forecast from February of 3.8% growth in both years. The forecast brings the Commission closer to the International Monetary Fund, which last month said it expected 4.4% growth in the euro zone this year.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Under Kremlin orders, the U.S. Embassy has stopped employing Russians, forcing the embassy to cut its consular staff by 75% and limit many of its services. The order went into effect on Wednesday, bringing the sharply deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship to an intensely personal level. Because of the cuts, the embassy can offer only very limited services, such as considering “life-and-death” visa applications. That leaves Russian businessmen, exchange students and romantic partners adrift because they won't be able to obtain visas. Even Americans will be unable to register their newborns or renew their passports. For Anastasia Kuznetsova, a 20-year-old engaged to marry a Californian, it's a crushing blow. She had already spent about two years seeking a fiancee's visa. The notoriously laborious process for Russians to get U.S. visas had already been slowed by COVID-19. “I felt destroyed, much more depressed than I was before," said Kuznetsova, who last saw her fiance in January on a trip to Mexico. “We have no idea when it’s going to continue working and if we will be able to see each other even during these years.” Thomas H V Anthony, an American living in Russia, was already frustrated because of a delay in registering the birth of his daughter, a record of the child's claim to U.S. citizenship. “My expectation was as things get better with the situation with the pandemic, gradually the consulate would open more and more and more,” he said. “It was a big shock to suddenly get an email from them, about two weeks ago, saying effective on the 11th we will no longer be offering any consular services.” For Anthony, this means his daughter, who was born before the pandemic, will not be able to travel to visit her grandparents in the United States in the foreseeable future. The embassy has made no statements on whether it is taking measures to beef up the consular staff with new employees from the United States. Embassy spokespeople could not be reached for clarification on how the mission will handle other jobs also filled by locals, such as security. An order signed last month by President Vladimir Putin called for creating a list of “unfriendly” countries whose missions could be banned from hiring Russians or third-country nationals. The list includes the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Poland and several other European countries, but the United States is the first for which the ban is being enforced. The move followed U.S. sanctions imposed over Russian interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and involvement in the SolarWind hack of federal agencies. Each country expelled 10 of the other's diplomats. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the ban on local employees is in line with convention. “We rarely employ any local personnel in the country where our diplomatic mission is. And thus we have the full right to transfer this practice onto the regulations which manage the work of the U.S. Embassy and their general consulate in the Russian Federation," he said last month. Yulia Kukula, a university student who was accepted for a PhD program in sustainable energy at Arizona State University, may have found a laborious and costly way around the problem of getting her visa to attend university. After searching online for advice from others in her situation, Kukula was able to sign up for an interview for a visa at the U.S. consulate in neighboring Kazakhstan. But that's a 2,300-kilometer (1,400-mile) trip from Moscow, and the interview isn't until October. The United States once had three other consulates in Russia — in Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok and St. Petersburg — which somewhat eased the travel burden for people seeking visas. But those consulates have closed or stopped providing visas amid diplomatic spats in recent years, in what Alexis Rodzianko, head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, called “a visa war.” That had already placed a burden on the companies in his chamber whose executives needed to travel. “Now it looks like it's impossible for the indefinite future,” he said. The travel restrictions of the pandemic have shown that videoconferencing can't entirely replace the in-person contact of business travel, he said. “They're especially good for people who already know each other and they're much less effective for people getting to know each other,” he said. He also sees a larger problem if the visa halt lasts for long. He worries that because the U.S. and Russian governments are adversaries, a lack of contacts between people on both sides could lead to “dehumanization,” adding, “which is very dangerous because that's what you need to fight a war.” Kuznetsova, who had hoped to celebrate her wedding in the United States this year and had even quit her university in Russia in preparation for the move, feels trapped as a small piece in a large geopolitical dispute. “I understand that there can be problems between countries, it’s normal, it’s happened throughout all of history, but it’s not normal to divide people and separate them, especially when it’s families and the lives of people,” she said. Daniel Kozin And Jim Heintz, The Associated Press
Close-up footage captured by a local zoologist, shows a fiddler crab snacking on insects at a beach in Tainan City, Taiwan, using its claw to place the small creatures into its mouth.Fiddler crabs are an endemic species of Taiwan, and are known for eating algae, fungus and insects.This footage was captured by Hung-Chang Liu, a Taiwan-based zoologist, who has spent time studying crabs on the Australian territory of Christmas Island.Hung-Chang Liu stated that the footage was recorded originally recorded on April 4, 2020, however it was posted to YouTube on March 15 of this year. Credit: Hung-Chang Liu via Storyful
Dublin, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Cenospheres Market Report: Trends, Forecast and Competitive Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The cenospheres market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 12% to 2024. The study includes the cenospheres market size and forecast for the cenospheres market through 2024, segmented by color type, end use, and region. The future of the cenospheres market looks promising with opportunities in the building & construction, oil & gas, automotive, paints & coatings, and refractory industries. The major growth driver for this market is increasing demand for cenospheres due to reduced shrinkage, improved level of thermal insulation, weight reduction, and fire resistant properties in the end use industries. Some of the cenospheres companies profiled in this report include Petra India Group, Cenosphere India Pvt. Ltd., Durgesh Merchandise Pvt. Ltd., Omya AG, Qingdao Eastchem Inc., Envirospheres, Scotash Limited, PR Ecoenergy Pvt. Ltd., Ceno Technologies, Reslab Microfiller, 3M Company, Dennert Poraver GmbH, and Momentive (U.S.)., and othersSome of the features of Cenospheres Market 2019-2024: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis' include: Market size estimates: Cenospheres market size estimation in terms of value ($M) shipment.Trend and forecast analysis: Market trend (2013-2018) and forecast (2019-2024) by end use industry.Segmentation analysis: Market size by color type, end use industry, and region.Regional analysis: Cenospheres market breakdown by North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World.Growth opportunities: Analysis on growth opportunities in different industries and regions for cenospheres in the cenospheres market.Strategic analysis: This includes M&A, new product development, and competitive landscape for cenospheres in the cenospheres market.Analysis of competitive intensity of the industry based on Porter's Five Forces model. This report answers the following 11 key questions: What are some of the most promising potential, high growth opportunities for the cenospheres market?Which segments will grow at a faster pace and why?Which regions will grow at a faster pace and why?What are the key factors affecting market dynamics? What are the drivers and challenges of the cenospheres market?What are the business risks and threats to the cenospheres market?What are emerging trends in this cenospheres market and the reasons behind them?What are some changing demands of customers in the cenospheres market?What are the new developments in the cenospheres market? Which companies are leading these developments?Who are the major players in this cenospheres market? What strategic initiatives are being implemented by key players for business growth?What are some of the competitive products and processes in this cenospheres area and how big of a threat do they pose for loss of market share via material or product substitution?What M & A activities have taken place in the last 5 years in this, cenospheres market? Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive Summary2. Industry Background and Classifications2.1: Introduction, Background, and Classification2.2: Supply Chain2.3: Industry Drivers and Challenges3. Market Trends and Forecast Analysis from 2013 to 20243.1: Macroeconomic Trends and Forecast3.2: Global cenospheres Market: Trends and Forecast3.3: Global cenospheres Market by Color Type3.3.1: Grey Cenosphere3.3.2: White Cenosphere3.4: Global cenospheres Market by End Use Industry:3.4.1: Oil & gas3.4.2: Refractory3.4.3: Building & construction3.4.4: Automotive3.4.5: Paints & coatings3.4.6: Others4. Market Trends and Forecast Analysis by Region4.1: Global cenospheres Market by Region4.2: North American cenospheres Market4.2.1: Market by Color Type: Grey Cenosphere and White Cenosphere4.2.2: Market by End Use Industry: Building & Construction, Oil & Gas, Automotive, Paints & Coatings, and Refractory4.2.3: Market by Country: US, Canada, and Mexico4.3: European cenospheres Market4.4: APAC cenospheres Market4.5: ROW cenospheres Market5. Competitor Analysis5.1: Product Portfolio Analysis5.2: Market Share Analysis5.3: Operational Integration5.4: Geographical Reach5.5: Porter's Five Forces Analysis6. Growth Opportunities and Strategic Analysis6.1: Growth Opportunity Analysis6.1.1: Growth Opportunities for Global cenospheres Market by Color Type6.1.2: Growth Opportunities for Global cenospheres Market by End Use Industry6.1.3: Growth Opportunities for Global cenospheres Market by Region6.2: Emerging Trends in Global cenospheres Market6.3: Strategic Analysis6.3.1: New Product Development6.3.2: Capacity Expansion of Global cenospheres Market6.3.3: Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures in the Global Market7. Company Profiles of Leading Players7.1: Petra India Group7.2: Cenosphere India Pvt. Ltd.7.3: Durgesh Merchandise Pvt. Ltd.7.4: Omya AG7.5: Qingdao Eastchem Inc.7.6: Envirospheres7.7: Scotash Limited7.8: PR Ecoenergy Pvt. Ltd.7.9: Ceno Technologies7.10: Reslab Microfiller For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/k2r4c6 CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager email@example.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former firebrand president will run again for office in upcoming elections in June, raising the possibility of a bolstered hardline leadership at a time of tense negotiations with the West. Thronged by shouting supporters, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marched to a registration center at the Interior Ministry where he filled out registration forms. He held up his hands in a “V for Victory” salute, before addressing reporters. “My presence today for registration was based on demand by millions for my participation in the election,” he said, adding that the move also came after “considering the situation of the country, and the necessity for a revolution in the management of the country.” Ahmadinejad in recent years has tried to polish his hardline image into a more centrist candidacy, criticizing the government for mismanagement. The Holocaust-denying Ahmadinejad has previously been banned from running for the presidency by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2017, although then, he registered anyway. A constitutional watchdog, the Guardian Council ultimately disqualified him. Khamenei says he will not oppose the nomination of any candidate, although the electoral council may still block Ahmadinejad's candidacy. In either case, the populist's return to the political scene may energize discontent among hard-liners who seek a tougher stance against the west — particularly Israel and the U.S. Iran opened registration on Tuesday, kicking off the race as uncertainty looms over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers and tensions remain high with the West. President Hassan Rouhani can not run again due to term limits, yet with the poll just a month away no immediate favorite has emerged among the many rumored candidates. There also appears to be little interest in the vote by a public crushed by sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, many view the country’s hard-liners as ascendant — even as the U.S. under President Joe Biden tries to find a way to re-enter the atomic accord. Whoever wins the June 18 vote will take over from Rouhani, a relative moderate within the Islamic Republic whose two four-year terms began with Iran reaching the nuclear deal. His time in office now draws to a close with the accord unraveled after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from it under President Donald Trump in 2018. Ahmadinejad pushed his nation into open confrontation with both the West over its nuclear program and its own people after his disputed 2009 re-election sparked the biggest mass protests since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Abroad, he became a caricature of Western perceptions of the Islamic Republic’s worst attributes, such as denying the Holocaust, insisting Iran had no gay or lesbian citizens and hinting Iran could build a nuclear weapon if it chose to do so. At home, however, the former Tehran mayor drew support from the countryside for his populist cash handouts and home-building programs. As his two-term presidency drew to a close and in his life after office, he also crossed the clear red line of Iran’s Shiite theocracy, directly challenging Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state. Ahmadinejad entered office in 2005 and left in 2013, after the election of President Hassan Rouhani, who would go onto to make the nuclear deal with world powers. Yet even out of office, Ahmadinejad sought to reinvigorate his political fortunes in public and on social media. Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press
Europe's top human rights watchdog has urged Greece to end pushbacks of asylum-seekers on its borders, a practice that Athens denies carrying out. In a letter to Greek ministers dated May 3 and published on Wednesday, the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner said there had been "numerous credible allegations" since at least 2017 of asylum-seekers illegally returned to Turkey or left adrift at sea but that Athens had simply dismissed them.
District officials in Modi's constituency either blamed private hospitals of under-reporting deaths or claimed most of those brought to be cremated or interred in Varanasi were from some other part of Uttar Pradesh.
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