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Azerbaijan confirms 474 new Covid cases

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Azerbaijan recorded 474 new coronavirus cases, Task Force under the Cabinet of Ministers told Report.

As many as 1,322 people recovered from the infection, while 16 patients lost their lives over the past day.

So far, 225, 820 people have contracted COVID-19 in Azerbaijan, 212, 120 have recovered, while 2, 957 died. At present, 10, 743 people are receiving treatment.

Azerbaijan has conducted 2, 287, 959coronavirus tests over the past period, including 8, 052 today.

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New images of Mars released

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The China National Space Administration releases three high-definition images of Mars, Report mentions, citing CGTN.

The footage was taken by the nation's first Mars exploration mission probe, Tianwen-1.

Earlier it was said that the Tianwen-1 probe had entered the support orbit of Mars.

#BREAKING The China National Space Administration releases three high-definition images of #Mars taken by the nation's first Mars exploration mission probe Tianwen-1 pic.twitter.com/niZnadV6hK

— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) March 4, 2021

Tianwen-1 was launched from the Wenchang Cosmodrome on July 23 last year. The mission is to search for signs of life on Mars and opportunities for human use.

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UN rights chief: At least 54 killed, 1,700 detained since Myanmar coup

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At least 54 people have been killed, and more than 1,700 detained since Myanmar's Feb 1 coup, the UN rights chief said on Thursday (Mar 4), demanding that the military "stop murdering" protesters.

According to Report, the comments come after the deadliest day of protests in Myanmar, with at least 38 dead Wednesday in rallies where security forces were seen firing into crowds.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet urged security forces to "halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protesters."

"Myanmar's military must stop murdering and jailing protesters," she said in a statement.

"It is utterly abhorrent that security forces are firing live ammunition against peaceful protesters across the country," she added.
Bachelet added that she was "also appalled at the documented attacks against emergency medical staff and ambulances attempting to provide care to those who have been injured."

The UN rights office said it had corroborated information that police and military officers had killed at least 54 people since Feb 1.
"The actual death toll, however, could be much higher as these are the figures the office has been able to verify," it stressed.

The killings have escalated sharply in recent days.

The rights office had verified 30 of the 38 deaths reported by other UN entities on Wednesday, saying the killings by security forces had taken place in Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Magway, and Mon.

Another person was documented killed on Tuesday and 18 people on Sunday, with five before that.

It said it was difficult to document injuries but that "at a minimum, hundreds have been wounded during protests."

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Bloomberg: US, Britain may impose additional sanctions on Russia

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The US and UK weigh additional penalties against Russia over the use of chemical weapons, with options ranging from sanctions against oligarchs to the extreme step of targeting the nation's sovereign debt, Report informs, citing Bloomberg.

British officials plan to push for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to continue to pressure Russia to provide answers over its use of banned substances.

The US is expected to follow-up with a second, more extensive round of sanctions unless Russia meets certain conditions.

The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, punishing the Kremlin for opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The US Department of Commerce then released a list of organizations on the sanctions list.

The list includes Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia's Federal Security Service, Alexander Kalashnikov, director of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Igor Krasnov, prosecutor general, Pavel Popov, deputy defense minister, Alexei Krivoruchko, another deputy defense minister, Sergey Kiriyenko, first deputy head of the Kremlin administration, and Andrei Yarin, chief of the Kremlin's Department of Internal Policy.

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