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Sydney Olympics marathon gold medallist Naoko Takahashi and former Paralympic alpine skier Kuniko Obinata were among 12 women added to the Tokyo Olympics organising committee board on Wednesday, more than doubling the ratio of women on it to 42%. The organising committee said on Tuesday it would increase female representation on its board after its former president, Yoshiro Mori, stepped down last month over sexist remarks he made. Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, resigned as Tokyo Games president after sparking a furore when he said during a Japanese Olympic Committee meeting in February that women talk too much.
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday singled out the U.S. relationship with China as the main overseas focus of President Joe Biden's administration and said the country posed "the biggest geopolitical test" of this century. In a speech at the State Department, Blinken sought to set out how foreign policy will bring benefits for American workers and families, and said that was key to the new administration's approach. Biden wants to signal a break with former President Donald Trump's "America First" approach by re-engaging with allies and centering multilateral diplomacy, while also recognizing the world has changed since he served in the Obama administration that preceded Trump.
Facebook has taken down 185 accounts and groups engaged in an information influencing operation in Thailand run by the military, the company said on Wednesday, the first time it has taken down Thai accounts with ties to the government. The Thailand-based network removed in the latest sweep of "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on the platform included 77 accounts, 72 pages and 18 groups on Facebook and 18 accounts on Instagram, Facebook said. The company said the accounts were linked to the Thai military and targeted audiences in the southern provinces of Thailand, where conflict has flared on and off for decades as insurgent groups continue a guerrilla war to demand independence.
Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech said Wednesday its domestically developed vaccine, criticised for being rolled out before final trials, was found in interim late-stage data to have almost 81 percent efficacy in preventing Covid-19 infection.
A toddler from Elgin, Illinois, wasn’t too impressed when she found out she was going to be a big sister on February 19.Footage by Erin Merryn shows her three daughters discussing the news that they are getting a new sibling, and one sister in particular was initially not enthused at the thought of a new baby in the house.Two-year-old Claire didn’t like the fact that she would no longer be the baby of the family, and skulks out of the room in apparent disgust – but thankfully she has since come around to the idea.“She is now excited to be a big sister and loves wearing her big sister shirt,” Merryn told Storyful.“Abby our oldest, who is six, does not want a brother. Hannah, the middle, just goes with the flow and says she will be happy with a brother,” she added. Credit: Erin Merryn via Storyful
A thunderstorm that hit areas near Tampa, Florida, on the morning of March 3 caused “slight damage” to some houses and knocked down fences in Dade City, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.Aerial footage shows the storm damage near an apartment complex and hotel. The NWS also said the wind brought down some trees and power lines in the area. Credit: Pasco Fire Rescue via Storyful
Downdetector showed there were nearly 2,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Zoom at its peak, at 9 a.m. ET. Zoom has seen a meteoric rise in users thanks to remote work and online learning against the backdrop of stay-at-home orders.
James Bond said he was thrilled and seven-times Super Bowl champion Tom Brady threw in support from afar as Aston Martin showed off their first Formula One car in 61 years on Wednesday. The launch, presented online by "Quantum of Solace" actress Gemma Arterton, played up the 108-year-old marque's connection to the fictional British secret agent as the Silverstone-based team started a new era. "I just want to send a massive congratulations to all at Aston Martin for getting back onto the F1 grid for the first time since 1960," Bond actor Daniel Craig said in a video message.
India is taking a cautious approach in its response to the military coup in neighbouring Myanmar, worried about the future of ambitious projects worth about $650 million and reluctant to openly denounce generals who could move closer to its rival China. Two sources aware of the Indian government's position said it is in favour of restoration of democracy in Myanmar and is holding private discussions with the Tatmadaw, or military, which staged the coup on Feb. 1. Security forces have killed more than 30 people since the coup, which ousted the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and triggered pro-democracy protests across the country.
Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip was making slight progress after being admitted to hospital more than two weeks ago, his daughter-in-law said on Wednesday.
Drone footage shared on March 1 shows flooding in east Kentucky after a number of counties in the region had heavy rain over the previous weekend.The video, taken by Johnnie Nicholson, features clips of the Rockcastle River in Laurel County, and Line Creek in eastern Pulaski, as well as footage from the Fariston area south of London. Credit: Johnnie Nicholson via Storyful
The first batch of COVAX COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 2.Approximately 1 million doses were delivered on Tuesday, UNICEF said.This clip, released by the World Health Organization in Kenya, shows the first batch arriving.The vaccines were transported to Kenya by UNICEF as part of the COVAX initiative, which aims to “accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.”The vaccines were met at the airport by Kenya government officials led by Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe, UNICEF Representative to Kenya Maniza Zaman, and World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Kenya Dr Rudi Eggers, according to a statement from UNICEF. Credit: WHO Kenya via Storyful
The Senate Finance Committee easily approved President Joe Biden's pick to be America's top trade negotiator. The panel on Wednesday confirmed Katherine Tai to be U.S. trade representative on a voice vote. Tai has promised to make sure that U.S. trade policy benefits America's workers, not just corporations, and to work more closely with U.S. allies to counter an increasingly assertive China.
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