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Explainer-Germany plans vaccine mandate amid qualms over rights

BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers are due to debate introducing a bill making vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory. The idea is facing resistance from politicians as well as ordinary Germans.

Some of the main issues:

Why does Germany want to introduce a vaccine mandate?

The government is worried that rising COVID-19 infections and the risk of new variants could strain the health system next autumn or winter. It wants to increase vaccination rate significantly by then.

In Germany, around 75% of the population has received at least one shot against the virus - lower than other western European countries such as France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands on 80%, 86%, 83% and 77% respectively.

When and how does Germany plan to introduce suc

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13-year-old girl ostracised by family after being raped by brother

LAST week, Twitter user @chairman_GLC shared a heartwrenching anecdote from a doctor in Kelantan about a teen who was abandoned by her family after being raped by her 16-year-old brother.

According to the doctor in charge of the teen’s case, she is currently almost seven months pregnant and instead of getting the guidance and support she needs, her parents had made a hasty decision to send her away to live with foster parents.

The pregnant teen told the doctor that the last time she saw her family was in November 2021 and that they forbade her to go back because they didn’t want anyone to find out about her pregnancy.

According to the doctor, the parents had initially lodged a police report but they retracted it at the very last minute because they were afraid that the brother would be sent to jail. However, the parents have since sent the brother to a religious boarding school, as two more sisters are living in the s

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Mexican reporters plan nationwide protests over journalist killings

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican journalists on Tuesday were set to start nationwide protests in 28 cities and towns to denounce the recent murders of three reporters, demanding an end to impunity that has often characterized the killings of their colleagues.

The planned protests follow the murder of seasoned journalist Lourdes Maldonado on Sunday, some three years after she raised the issue of killings with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and said she feared for her life.

Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters, and some 145 journalists have been killed between 2000-2021, according to Article 19, an advocacy group.

Mexican journalist networks voted to stage the gatherings, which will coincide with online protest campa

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What threat? Russian state TV plays down Moscow’s role in Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - NATO is scrambling to beef up its eastern flank and Western governments have warned of crippling economic sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine, but watching Russian state TV provides little sense, for now at least, that war may be imminent.

Russian state TV - vital for the Kremlin's public messaging over 11 time zones - has often focused in recent days on other issues such as Russian athletes' hopes for the Beijing Winter Olympics or rising Omicron cases.

"At the moment, there's no sense the enemy is at the door and that we're starting a war soon... That's not happening at all," said one Russian media analyst, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In their reporting on Ukraine, Russian state media say Western "panic" is fuelling the t

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Video of attack on homeless man goes viral

RECENTLY, a video of a homeless man being kicked went viral on social media, and netizens were outraged over the heartless attack..

The video was posted on Twitter by Jabatan Netizen Malaysia (Ajnmalaysia). According to the caption of the video, the incident took place somewhere in Bukit Bintang.

In the 30-second clip, four men who appear to be council workers can be seen cleaning up the area where the homeless man had put his belongings. While the homeless man, who looked to be elderly, was trying to save his things from being taken away, one of the men who was dressed in green pushed and kicked the homeless man until he fell down.

The other three workers ignored the whole situation and just watched the homeless man getting mistreated.

The viral video caught netizens’ attention, and they roundly condemned the man’s action as “rude”, and called for authorities to investigate the issue and make sure the atta

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U.S. calls Russian decision to add Navalny to list of ‘terrorists and extremists’ disturbing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Tuesday said Russia's decision to add jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and a handful of his allies to an official list of "terrorists and extremists" was disturbing, and it again called for Navalny's immediate and unconditional release.

"This latest designation represents a new low in Russia's continuing crackdown on independent civil society," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Costas Pitas; Writing by Daphne Psaledakis)

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