TOKYO -- Japan on Monday purportedly began to speed up its highly criticized and sluggish rollout of COVID-19 inoculation campaign, informed sources said Monday.
The central government said that plans are currently in effect to ensure that all of Japan's 36 million senior citizens are inoculated by the end of July amid soaring cases of the virus and with no signs of it abating in urban areas even under extended emergency measures. (Japan-Vaccination)
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JERUSALEM -- Israel's government on Monday rerouted an annual nationalist flag parade away from East Jerusalem's flashpoint sites to avoid further clashes with the Palestinians.
The decision came as Jerusalem Day's flag parade was already underway. The controversial parade, held annually by Israeli nationalist and far-right groups, marks Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem after the 1967 Middle East war. (Israel-Palestine-Clash)
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BISHKEK -- President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the initiative of the Russian side, the press service of the Kyrgyz president reported on Monday.
The report said that the heads of state congratulated each other on the 76th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The Russian president also congratulated the people of Kyrgyzstan on the entry into force of a new constitution. (Russia-Kyrgyzstan-Ties)
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KAMPALA -- Ugandan police and military have stepped up security in and around the capital Kampala ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni slated for this Wednesday, a police spokesperson said on Monday.
Fred Enanga, police spokesperson, told reporters that joint security forces have been deployed on motorized and foot patrols to ensure a peaceful event. (Uganda-Security)