Germany hopes faster vaccine drive will lessen record Omicron wave Jan 14, 2022 0 0 12345 Berlin: The vaccination rate appears to be picking up in Germany, as the government tries to meet its target of having 80 per cent of the population double-vaccinated by the end of the month.Some 780,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines were administered on Wednesday, 66,000 more than on Tuesday and considerably more than the average of 593,000 per day in the past week. Many of these were for booster shots, which have been received by 37.5 million people, or 45.1 per cent of the population. The government is particularly trying to reach those who have not been vaccinated yet, with a debate raging in parliament and among the public about a planned national vaccine mandate. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Jan 14, 2022 0 0 France demands release of French academic in Iranian jail Jan 14, 2022 0 0 Russian-led forces begin departure as stability returns to Kazakhstan Jan 14, 2022 0 0 1960s music icon Ronnie Spector dies at 78 dpa Los Angeles Ronnie Spector, whose towering voice propelled indelible early 1960s hit records including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She .. OSCE gives warning of war but no solutions in stand-off with Russia dpa Vienna Diplomats warned of a possible military escalation between European nations and Russia on Thursday, but offered no solutions in the face of searing tensions. They were speaking at a meeting of the .. Queen strips Prince Andrew of honorary military roles dpa London Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has agreed to strip the Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, of his honorary military roles and royal patronages, Buckingham Palace has announced. The move is a major blow to Andrew who is .. Iran, Venezuela lose voting rights at UN General Assembly dpa New York Iran and Venezuela have temporarily lost their voting rights at the UN General Assembly because of payment arrears. In a letter published Wednesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the minimum .. Nigeria to lift Twitter ban after more than half a year dpa Lagos Twitter is to become accessible again in Nigeria after the government said on Wednesday it would lift a ban on the microblogging website in place for seven months. After talks with the US company, it was agreed .. Hundreds of schools evacuated in Russia due to wave of bomb threats Moscow: Russian schools received a barrage of anonymous bomb threats on Thursday, with more than 100 schools evacuated in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk alone, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported. In other ..