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My Life Will Always Be Devoted To Service – Queen Elizabeth Finally Speaks After Death Rumour

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said her life would always be devoted to service in a message to mark Commonwealth Day, after the 95-year-old monarch was forced to pull out of Monday’s annual church service to mark the occasion.

Queen Elizabeth, the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch whose health has become an increasing concern, announced on Friday she would miss the Commonwealth Service at London’s Westminster Abbey which the royals have attended for nearly 50 years.

Buckingham Palace said her son and heir Prince Charles would represent her instead. The decision was not related to any illness but due to concerns over the discomfort of travelling from her Windsor Castle home, to the west of London.

“In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service,” she said in a message to the Commonwealth, an organisation of 54 nations, mainly former British colonies, which she heads.

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The queen, whose husband Prince Philip died last April aged 99, spent a night in hospital last October and has been mainly limited to carrying out duties virtually since then after being advised to rest by her doctors.

Last month she tested positive for COVID-19, suffering mild cold-like symptoms, but was well enough to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week.

Shortly after she celebrated the 70th anniversary of becoming queen in February, a royal source said she intended to return to normal duties, and despite pulling out of Monday’s service, the palace said she would go ahead with other in-person engagements this week.

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The Commonwealth has always been close to Elizabeth’s heart, and historians say its success in evolving from the British Empire is one of the greatest achievements of her reign.

“Today, it is rewarding to observe a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time,” she said in her message.

“That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved.”

 

 

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.

 

 

 

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New Omicron Variant BA.2 Is Now The Leading Version Of COVID-19 And Considered “Highly Contagious”

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JUST IN: Ghana Records Two New Cases Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

 

BA.2, the new Omicron variant that led to a surge of new COVID-19 cases in Europe, has now overtaken the U.S. as the most dominant version of the virus throughout the country. This latest data estimate is from a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, predicted that BA.2 would quickly become dominate in the U.S

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The first case of the BA.2 was initially identified in the U.S. back in December. Meanwhile, scientists have been closely watching BA.2—which is now the third of the genetically distinct varieties of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The rapid growth of BA.2 is due partially to its eight gene mutations that spike protein on the virus’s surface, something that is not found in the previous strain, BA.1.

Although BA.2 is more transmissible than BA.1, as of now there are no signs that it causes more severe illness and it’s shown that vaccines continue to protect against the worst outcomes.

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Many U.S. health officials said that they expect cases to rise and are firmly blaming U.S. residents for not doing enough to prevent another potential surge of COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

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JUST IN: China Eastern Plane Carrying 133 People Crashes In Guangxi, Says State Media

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A China Eastern plane carrying 133 people on board has crashed in Guangxi province, Chinese state media is reporting.

The number of casualties and reason for the crash are not yet known.

The crash of the Boeing 737 jet, in a mountainous region, led to a fire in the woods, state media is reporting.

Flight MU5735 was scheduled to leave Kunming at 13:15 local time (05:15 GMT) and was en route to Guangzhou.

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Flight tracking sites report the plane was in the air for just over an hour.

The plane went down near Teng county in Wuzhou province. Guangxi is a southern province neighbouring Guangzhou, a major city in the south-east.

Rescue crews have been deployed to the area, CCTV reported.

According to FlightRadar23 data, the last sourced information on the flight showed it ended at 14:22 local time, at an altitude of 3,225 ft.

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