Covid England: Infections DOUBLE in a week in four Indian variant hotspots


Coronavirus infections have doubled in a week in four Indian variant hotspots, official figures show, amid fears lockdown easing measures could be delayed because of the mutant strain. But Public Health England cautioned there was no need to panic yet because infections nationwide were ‘stable’ and hospitalisations have continued to drop. Dr Yvonne Doyle, PHE’s […]

Coronavirus: UK records 2,657 cases and 11 deaths


Britain today announced 2,657 more coronavirus cases and 11 deaths as the country’s outbreak remains flat but creeping upwards.  The case count was on par with last Thursday’s – a 1.7 per cent rise from 2,613 — but the number of positive test results have been rising for over a week, with fears growing about […]

Number of Brits getting ill with Covid has risen by 65% in a week amid spread of Indian variant


Britain’s coronavirus cases have risen by 65 per cent in a week amid the rapid spread of the Indian variant, a symptom-tracking app warned today. The ZOE and King’s College London study estimated 2,800 Britons were being infected with the virus every day last week, up from 1,686 in the previous seven-day spell. But one […]

Coronavirus UK: Boris Johnson admits he is ‘anxious’ about Indian variant


Boris Johnson today admitted he was ‘anxious’ about the Indian variant spreading rapidly in the UK and warned the Government would ‘rule nothing out’ in its effort to contain it. The Prime Minister claimed England’s lockdown-easing plans on Monday and June 21 were still on track — despite cases of the B.1.617.2 strain tripling nationally in […]

Earthworms could help reduce antibiotic resistance genes in soil — ScienceDaily


Earthworms improve the soil by aerating it, breaking down organic matter and mineralizing nutrients. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have dug up another possible role: reducing the number and relative abundance of antibiotic-resistance genes (ARGs) in soils from diverse ecosystems. These results imply that earthworms could be a natural, sustainable solution […]

Residential coal use in China results in many premature deaths, models indicate — ScienceDaily


Coal combustion by power plants and industry pollutes the air, causing many governments to implement mitigation actions and encourage cleaner forms of energy. Now, a new study in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology indicates that in China, indoor air pollution from residential coal burning causes a disproportionate number of premature deaths from exposure to tiny, […]

Coronavirus UK: Could spread of Indian variant jeapordise plans to ease lockdown?


India‘s Covid variant is now dominant in four local authorities in England and its rapid spread could jeopardise plans to ease lockdown, experts fear. Analysis by one of the UK’s biggest variant trackers warns the strain is focused in hotspots Bolton and neighbour Blackburn with Darwen, where outbreaks have grown by 93 and 86 per […]

Experts warn CDC estimate that less than 10%’ of COVID-19 cases occur outdoors is exaggeration


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) estimate of the risk of COVID-19 transmission outdoors is misleading, public health experts warn. When the federal health agency released new guidelines on masks for fully vaccinated people last month, director Dr Rochelle Walensky stated that ‘less than 10 percent’ of coronavirus spread was occurring outside.    Epidemiologists […]

Covid: UK could be ‘back to normal by the end of the year’ if vaccines continue to work, says SAGE


Britain could be back to normal by the end of the year if vaccines continue to work and no variants emerge that can bypass immunity, one of the Government’s top scientific advisers said today. Professor Graham Medley, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and chairman of the SAGE subgroup SPI-M, said the country […]

Undetected early heart damage raises risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients — ScienceDaily


Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with impaired first-phase ejection fraction were nearly 5 times more likely to die compared to patients with healthier measures of this early, often undetected sign of heart failure, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. First-phase ejection fraction is a measure of the left ventricular ejection […]

This system helps robots better navigate emergency rooms — ScienceDaily


Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have developed a more accurate navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy clinical environments in general and emergency departments more specifically. The researchers have also developed a dataset of open source videos to help train robotic navigation systems in the future. The team, […]

First optogenetics-based study of unrestricted social interactions within groups of animals — ScienceDaily


Northwestern University researchers are building social bonds with beams of light. For the first time ever, Northwestern engineers and neurobiologists have wirelessly programmed — and then deprogrammed — mice to socially interact with one another in real time. The advancement is thanks to a first-of-its-kind ultraminiature, wireless, battery-free and fully implantable device that uses light […]

First optogenetics-based study of unrestricted social interactions within groups of animals — ScienceDaily


Northwestern University researchers are building social bonds with beams of light. For the first time ever, Northwestern engineers and neurobiologists have wirelessly programmed — and then deprogrammed — mice to socially interact with one another in real time. The advancement is thanks to a first-of-its-kind ultraminiature, wireless, battery-free and fully implantable device that uses light […]

First optogenetics-based study of unrestricted social interactions within groups of animals — ScienceDaily


Northwestern University researchers are building social bonds with beams of light. For the first time ever, Northwestern engineers and neurobiologists have wirelessly programmed — and then deprogrammed — mice to socially interact with one another in real time. The advancement is thanks to a first-of-its-kind ultraminiature, wireless, battery-free and fully implantable device that uses light […]

Coronavirus: Almost HALF of all Covid cases in London are now the Indian variant, data suggests


Real name: B.1.617 — now divided into B.1.617.1; B.1.617.2; B.1.617.3 When and where was it discovered?  The variant was first reported by the Indian government in February 2021.  But the first cases appear to date back to October 2020.  Its presence in the UK was first announced by Public Health England on April 15. There have since been […]

Short-term spikes in air pollution ‘may speed up brain decline in older men’


CAUSE CHILDREN TO HAVE A LOW IQ: Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found in May 2019 that children born to mothers who live in polluted areas have an IQ that is up to seven points lower than those living in places with cleaner air. CAUSE CHILDREN TO HAVE POORER MEMORY: Researchers at the […]

Coronavirus: Indian variants on the rise in some parts of England


Indian Covid variants are on the rise in parts of England and now make up one in 10 cases in London, figures suggest. Data from the Sanger Institute, which analyses positive swabs for different variants, suggest the mutant strains spread widely during April. Nationally the three different variants — which are all genetically similar — […]

One third of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have lung changes after a year — ScienceDaily


A new study has shown that most patients discharged from hospital after experiencing severe COVID-19 infection appear to return to full health, although up to a third do still have evidence of effects upon the lungs one year on. COVID-19 has infected millions of people worldwide. People are most commonly hospitalised for COVID-19 infection when […]

Seychelles reintroduced Covid-19 measures despite being the most vaccinated nation in the world


Seychelles, the world’s most Covid-vaccinated nation with more than 60 per cent of its adult population having received two jabs, has reintroduced restrictions because of a spike in cases. All schools have been closed and sporting activities cancelled for two weeks in the idyllic Indian Ocean archipelago, as infections continue to surge. Measures also include a […]

Artificial color-changing material that mimics chameleon skin can detect seafood freshness — ScienceDaily


Scientists in China and Germany have designed an artificial color-changing material that mimics chameleon skin, with luminogens (molecules that make crystals glow) organized into different core and shell hydrogel layers instead of one uniform matrix. The findings, published May 6 in the journal Cell Reports Physical Science, demonstrate that a two-luminogen hydrogel chemosensor developed with […]

Covid strain first found in India will likely become ‘variant of concern’


One of the three Indian coronavirus variants is likely to be upgraded to become ‘of concern’ after clusters were found in several areas of England, it was claimed today. Cases of the mutant coronavirus have been found in schools, care homes and places of worship in the North West, London and the East Midlands. Up to […]

Indian delegation to G7 summit in London ‘goes into self-isolation’


Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab today tried to shrug off the Indian delegation to the G7 foreign ministers’ summit in London going into self-isolation after positive coronavirus cases. The Foreign Secretary said ‘we are all having to adapt in agile ways’ as he kicked off the second day of the gathering after the dramatic news. […]

Covid UK: Boris Johnson pledges ‘absolutely ruthless’ tracking of India’s coronavirus variant


India’s mutant coronavirus strain is now officially a ‘variant of concern’, British health chiefs announced today. Public Health England say the variant — linked to an explosion of cases in India — is ‘at least’ as infectious as the current dominant Kent strain. Cases of the variant, scientifically called B.1.617.2, have more than doubled in […]

100 MILLION Americans are fully vaccinated


At least 100 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a major milestone in the harrowing fight to end the pandemic, White House officials announced Friday.  Daily average COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. fell to a low of 628 for this year on Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Coronavirus: Indian variant cases in the UK rise to 400 and there are now three types


The proportion of UK Covid cases caused by the Indian variant spiked eight-fold in a fortnight at the start of April, MailOnline can reveal. Four hundred cases of the strain – linked to an explosion of cases in India – have now been detected in Britain since it was first spotted in February. While it accounted […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

Understanding molecular interactions might be a target of precision medicine — ScienceDaily


Scientific studies rarely focus on long non-coding RNA molecules (lncRNAs), even though they potentially regulate several diseases. The role of several lncRNAs in anti-viral inflammatory response regulation has recently been reported. Considering their significant regulatory function in immune response, researchers from the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University sought to identify lncRNAs co-expressed with […]

Covid India: Second wave ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’


India’s Covid second wave is being driven by a ‘far more infectious and probably far more deadly’ strain of virus that has pushed hospitals ‘beyond crisis point’ in just a matter of weeks, a top medic has warned. Dr Zarir Udwadia, a physician in hard-hit Mumbai and a government advisor, said India is now ‘in […]

How deadly is India’s Covid variant and is it REALLY behind explosion of cases?


India‘s coronavirus variant may not be fully to blame for the country’s devastating second wave, according to scientists who say a ‘perfect storm’ of Covid complacency, a disregard for social distancing and lack of preparedness by the Government has fuelled the crisis.  Doctors on the frontline claim the B.1.617 strain is responsible for the raging second […]

Risk factor is equivalent to lead exposure, study finds — ScienceDaily


A multidecade study of young adults living in the United Kingdom has found higher rates of mental illness symptoms among those exposed to higher levels of traffic-related air pollutants, particularly nitrogen oxides, during childhood and adolescence. Previous studies have identified a link between air pollution and the risk of specific mental disorders, including depression and […]

‘Jelly’ that could renew damaged knee joints


An injection of jelly could help treat worn-out joints. Scientists hope the jab, using jelly found in donated umbilical cords, will stimulate the growth of cushioning cartilage once injected into the knees of patients with osteoarthritis. Tests on animals suggest the jelly — called Wharton’s jelly — can potentially reverse damage to joints caused by […]

DIY drug infusion that halves the risk of relapse to benefit hundreds of thousands of MS patients


Hundreds of thousands of British multiple sclerosis patients are to benefit from a DIY drug infusion that they can administer in their own home. The monthly jab goes into the leg, arm or stomach using a device, similar to the EpiPen carried by severe allergy sufferers. In trials, the drug, Kesimpta, more than halved the […]

Certain gut microbes make mosquitoes more prone to carry malaria parasite — ScienceDaily


Dietary sugars and gut microbes play a key role in promoting malaria parasite infection in mosquitoes. Researchers in China have uncovered evidence that mosquitoes fed a sugar diet show an increased abundance of the bacterial species Asaia bogorensis, which enhances parasite infection by raising the gut pH level. The study appears April 20 in the […]

Further studies underway to determine extent of clinical benefits — ScienceDaily


A natural compound previously demonstrated to counteract aspects of aging and improve metabolic health in mice has clinically relevant effects in people, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. A small clinical trial of postmenopausal women with prediabetes shows that the compound NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) improved the ability of […]

Coronavirus: Four-month-old kitten in the UK is put down after catching Covid from its owner


A kitten had to be put down after catching Covid from its owner during the UK’s first wave, scientists have revealed. The cat was a four-month-old Ragdoll that got taken to the vet in April 2020 because it was struggling to breathe.  Its condition got worse in the following days and the kitten had to […]

Covid vaccine boxes must be defaced before they are thrown away, official guidance warns


Coronavirus vaccine boxes must be defaced with permanent marker and destroyed before they are thrown away, official guidance warns. NHS England instructions say this is to stop thieves using the cartons to sell fake jabs on doorsteps and the dark web. They add that vials, which contain doses before they are put into syringes, can […]

Pfizer finds more than 80 fake doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland


Pfizer Inc has identified the first confirmed instances of counterfeit versions of its COVID-19 vaccine being used abroad. Fake doses of the two-shot inoculation, developed with German partner BioNTech SE, were found in Mexico and Poland, according to The Wall Street Journal. The vials in Mexico had fraudulent labeling while those found in Poland appeared […]

How SARS coronaviruses reprogram host cells to their own benefit — ScienceDaily


Coronavirus researchers led by Professor Rolf Hilgenfeld of the University of Luebeck and PD Dr. Albrecht von Brunn of the Ludwig-Maximilian Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have discovered how SARS viruses enhance the production of viral proteins in infected cells, so that many new copies of the virus can be generated. Notably, coronaviruses other than SARS-CoV […]

Droplets containing urine and faeces from a flushing toilet stay in the air for up to 20 seconds


Tiny droplets which can harbour small pieces of urine, faeces, vomit and viruses float into the air at mouth-level after a toilet is flushed, a new study has warned. It shows that tens of thousands of particles are spewed into the air by a flush and can rise several feet above the ground.  Droplets were […]

Heathrow told dedicate terminal to red list arrivals amid claims airport is Covid ‘breeding ground’


Ministers want Heathrow to dedicate a terminal to passengers arriving from ‘red list’ countries amid fears the airport has become a Covid ‘breeding ground’.  The Home Office is keen for Terminal 4 — which has been shut since last year — to process travellers from coronavirus hotspots with troublesome virus variants.  Officials are bracing for […]

Food allergies, changes to infant gut bacteria linked to method of childbirth, ethnicity — ScienceDaily


Researchers have found a causal link between caesarean section birth, low intestinal microbiota and peanut sensitivity in infants, and they report the effect is more pronounced in children of Asian descent than others, in a recently published paper in the journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. “It’s important to know what predicts or increases risk […]

Boris Johnson to hold 5pm Covid press conference amid growing concerns over Indian variant


Boris Johnson will hold his first press conference in two weeks tonight amid growing concerns about the Indian coronavirus variant.  The Prime Minister is due to appear in Downing Street‘s new briefing room at 5pm after coming under fire for taking too long to ban travel to India.   No10 only announced India was being added […]

New safer blood test is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut allergies 


A new blood test promises to diagnose food allergies more accurately and offer a safer alternative to current testing practices. A trial by doctors at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London has found that the test — called the basophil activation test (BAT) — is close to 100 per cent accurate at spotting nut […]

SARS-CoV-2 variants from minks evade inhibition by antibodies — ScienceDaily


It has been known for about a year that minks can become infected with SARS-CoV-2. The virus had been transmitted from humans to farmed mink and mutated in infected animals. Mutations were acquired in the spike protein, which is crucial for the entry of the virus into host cells and represents the central point of […]

Coronavirus: China knew Wuhan market was a disease risk for years before Covid, scientist says


Chinese health officials knew Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market was a disease risk for years before the Covid pandemic started there, an Australian scientist has claimed. Professor Eddie Holmes, a virologist at the University of Sydney, said he was taken on a tour of the market by public health officials in the now-infamous city in 2014. […]

Patients who are overweight or obese at risk of more severe COVID-19, study finds — ScienceDaily


Patients who are overweight or obese have more severe COVID-19 and are highly likely to require invasive respiratory support, according to a new international study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Queensland and published in Diabetes Care, found obese or overweight patients are at high risk for […]

Scientists generate human-monkey chimeric embryos — ScienceDaily


Investigators in China and the United States have injected human stem cells into primate embryos and were able to grow chimeric embryos for a significant period of time — up to 20 days. The research, despite its ethical concerns, has the potential to provide new insights into developmental biology and evolution. It also has implications […]

From Denisovans to the human immune response — ScienceDaily


Describing the genetic diversity of human populations is essential to improve our understanding of human diseases and their geographical distribution. However, the vast majority of genetic studies have been focused on populations of European ancestry, which represent only 16% of the global population. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur, Collège de France, and CNRS have looked […]

New study showing how the brain retrieves facts and personal experiences may help people with memory disorders — ScienceDaily


A shared set of systems in the brain may play an important role in controlling the retrieval of facts and personal memories utilised in everyday life, new research shows. Scientists from the University of York say their findings may have relevance to memory disorders, including dementia, where problems remembering relevant information can impact on the […]

Why nations relying on China’s Covid vaccines are at risk of more waves


Countries relying on China‘s Covid vaccines may be vulnerable to future waves of the disease, scientists warned today. Experts told MailOnline the spiralling crisis in Chile should send a warning to the rest of the world that Chinese-made jabs are too weak to halt the spread of the virus, even with a successful immunisation programme. […]

China admits its Covid jabs are not very effective in major blow to global health battle


China has admitted its Covid vaccines do not work well – which could explain why Chile is suffering a resurgence despite having one of the best rollouts in the world. In an extremely rare confession, the head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said the jabs ‘don’t have very high […]

UN chief criticises wealthy countries for stockpiling Covid-19 vaccines as poor countries go without


UN chief criticises wealthy countries for stockpiling Covid-19 vaccines as poor countries go without The UN health agency chief said stockpiling of vaccines was a ‘moral outrage’ At least 36 countries are yet to receive any vaccines through the Covax initiative £435 million  is needed to support vaccine delivery around the world By Lauren Lewis For […]

UK ‘has made great strides’ in reaching out to Covid vaccine sceptics, says minister


Britain ‘has made great strides’ in reaching out to coronavirus vaccine sceptics and boosting uptake among black people, a cabinet minister said today. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng blamed ‘misinformation’ and ‘people sharing things on social media’ for some getting scared of having jabs.  But he claimed there had already been ‘huge improvements’ in willingness to […]

Covid UK: Daily Covid deaths HALVE in a week to 56 while new cases fall 25% to 4040


Britain’s daily Covid death toll has halved in a week, official figures revealed today amid mounting calls for Boris Johnson to lift lockdown restrictions quicker. Department of Health bosses posted 56 lab-confirmed fatalities and another 4,040 coronavirus cases — down 25 per cent on last Tuesday. It comes after the Office for National Statistics today […]

CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel internationally safely


Americans who are fully vaccinated can safely travel both domestically and internationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.    Fully vaccinated people of any nationality arriving to the U.S. from other countries no longer have to quarantine upon arrival, and Americans can leave the U.S. without testing negative before boarding an international fight.  […]

More than 100 MILLION Americans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine


The U.S. has now vaccinated more than 100 million people with at least one dose of COVID-19 shots, a historic milestone in effort to end the pandemic.  Almost a third of American adults now have or will soon have some degree of protection against COVID-19.  About 17.5 percent of Americans are now fully vaccinated against […]

Covid-19 UK: Moderna’s vaccine comes on stream in small quantities


No10 may have to roll back its target date for vaccinating all adults if AstraZeneca‘s jab is banned for under-30s, an expert warned today.  And Britain may need to approve vaccines developed by Russia or China in order to hit the goal of offering everyone a first dose by the end of July.   The Medicines […]

Lockdown easing could be SPED UP because vaccines ARE working, says SAGE scientist


Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick team that correctly predicted the UK’s second wave, said he was ‘really pleasantly surprised’ that reopening schools did not cause a spike in infections Britain’s roadmap out of lockdown could be sped up because the coronavirus vaccines are working so well, according to one of the Government […]

CDC tells businesses to ‘end the hygiene theater’


It’s time to stop obsessively Clorox-ing every surface and object, U.S. health officials announced Monday.   An army of sanitizing robots, round-the-clock cleaning staffs and UV lamp-wielding workers is being called off by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has deemed the risk of contracting COVID-19 by touching surfaces ‘low.’  Schools, businesses, and […]

Studimi/ Ky është vendi më i lumtur në botë! Ja në cilin vend renditet Shqipëria, Kosova më e lumtur se ne


Finlanda është vendi më i lumtur në botë. Kombet Nordike dominojnë listën globale ndërsa Mbretëria e Bashkuar bie pesë vende në vendin e 18-të – ndërsa Zimbabve vjen i fundit në listë. Ndërkohë për sa i përket Shqipërisë, vendi ynë rendit i 63. ndërsa për sa i përket Kosovës renditet në vendin 31. Shumë më […]

Psaki: ‘More effective ways’ to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi’s murder than sanctioning crown prince


“We believe there is more effective ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again and to also be able to leave room to work with the Saudis on areas where there is mutual agreement — where there is national interests for the United States. That is what diplomacy looks like,” Psaki told CNN’s Dana Bash […]

Apple had a blowout quarter in China. But can its success there continue?


Sales in the greater China region grew a whopping 57% from the same period in the previous year, topping more than $21 billion, thanks to strong demand for the iPhone 12. The results marked a big win in a key market for Apple (AAPL) — China sales made up nearly 20% of the company’s total […]

Dozens of Hong Kong former lawmakers charged under national security law


If found guilty of “conspiracy to commit subversion” they could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Those charged were among 53 people — many prominent former lawmakers, activists and district councilors — who were arrested last month for organizing, planning and participating in a primary election for the city’s democratic opposition last July. […]

The people who shared details of the Covid-19 pandemic that Beijing left out


Meet the truthtellers Chen Mei was perhaps an unlikely hero of the coronavirus pandemic. Chen Mei Chen Mei What he did Archived and republished articles about the early days of the coronavirus on Terminus 2049, including interviews with Ai Fen and Li Wenliang, and a Caixin investigation into the early days of the outbreak. What […]

CPAC 2021 speeches: 2024 GOP prospects seek their own breakout moments at Trump-dominated conference


Though it will take years for the 2024 race to fully take shape, this year’s CPAC in Orlando, Florida, offered a window into a GOP primary dominated by a new Republican Party built around the grievances that animated Trump’s campaigns and his presidency.  Speakers embraced Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being rigged. Organizers built this […]

The court of international public opinion long ago found MBS guilty over Khashoggi murder. The US has just caught up


A Turkish intelligence audio recording captured the moments inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that Saudi government agents drugged, suffocated and dismembered the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist. In the 879 days since, the only geopolitical question of consequence is what role Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, played in […]

Anna Hursey: Table tennis prodigy is helping US President Biden tackle the climate crisis


Yet it isn’t her sporting abilities attracting attention, rather her environmental advocacy, a topic she cares passionately about. That led to the US Embassy getting in touch with Hursey’s mom and dad earlier this year, inviting the youngster to work with US President Joe Biden in his mission to tackle the climate crisis. “I was […]

Biden doesn’t penalize crown prince despite promise to punish senior Saudi leaders


The choice not to punish Prince Mohammed directly puts into sharp relief the type of decision-making that becomes more complicated for a president versus a candidate, and demonstrates the difficulty in breaking with a troublesome ally in a volatile region. On Friday, Biden’s administration released an unclassified intelligence report on Khashoggi’s death, an action his […]

Fact checking CPAC’s first day: multiple false claims about the election


The CPAC schedule made clear in advance that the conference — taking place in Orlando instead of its usual home just outside Washington, DC — would feature election-related lying. Over three days, the CPAC agenda includes seven separate panels or speeches under the title of “protecting elections” — plus appearances by other prominent figures, including […]

Birkenstock sold to group backed by Bernard Arnault’s LVMH


The company said in a statement on Friday that L Catterton affiliates including Arnault’s family investment company, Financière Agache, will also invest in the maker of the iconic flat sandals. Arnault is Europe’s richest person, with an estimated net worth of $117 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. “In L Catterton and Financière Agache […]

Global stocks routed as inflation fears dominate


Asian markets followed US stocks lower. Japan’s Nikkei 225 (N225) tumbled 4%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) closed down 3.6% — that index’s worst day in nine months. South Korea’s Kospi (KOSPI) dropped 2.8%, while China’s Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) lost 2.1%. European stocks also dropped sharply in early trading. The FTSE 100 […]

Russian diplomats leave North Korea by hand-pushed rail trolley due to Covid-19 restrictions


North Korea’s borders have been effectively locked down for months as part of the Kim Jong Un regime’s efforts to keep Covid-19 at bay, stranding the few diplomats operating inside Pyongyang. North Korean state-owned airline Air Koryo operates flights from Vladivostok in eastern Russia, but those flights have also been suspended for months. The labyrinthine […]

The week in 43 photos


Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang


Activists and United Nations rights experts say at least one million Muslims are being detained in camps in the remote western region of Xinjiang. The activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labor and sterilizations. China denies any human rights abuses in Xinjiang and says its camps provide vocational training and […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines


How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so if […]

Chinese bowl bought for $35 in Connecticut could make half a million at Sotheby’s auction


Written by Oscar Holland, CNN A small floral bowl bought at a yard sale in Connecticut for just $35 has been identified as an exceptionally rare 15th-century Chinese antique. The intricate blue-and-white artifact, which features motifs of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and pomegranate blossoms, was originally commissioned by China’s imperial court during the Ming dynasty. It […]

Japan increases protection for US military amid ‘severe security environment’


The number of what Japan calls “asset protection” missions was up from 14 in 2019 amid a “severe security environment,” according to an announcement from Japan’s Ministry of Defense. The Japanese military said the 25 missions involved Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) protecting US Navy ships on four occasions while those ships were gathering information on […]

Chinese court orders man to pay ex-wife $7,700 for housework in landmark divorce case


Wang, a homemaker, demanded restitution equivalent to $24,700 from her husband after he filed for divorce at a district court in Beijing in October. Wang said she was left to take care of the couple’s child and housework alone, as her husband “barely cared about or participated in any kind of domestic chores,” the state-run […]

Uyghurs in China: What Biden should do about China’s atrocities (opinion)


This genocide — that’s what it is — poses an urgent test for President Joe Biden’s new administration and for the international community. Either the United States and the world will finally go beyond tepid criticism and respond with real action, or we can forget about values, universal rights, and international law. The term genocide […]

White House works to inject stateliness into a virtual visit from Justin Trudeau


In-person visits from foreign leaders are still off-limits as the novel coronavirus continues to rage. So Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will beam into the West Wing from Ottawa, his bearded visage positioned next to Biden on a large screen as each man does his best to replicate the traditional choreography of a White House […]

Donald Trump offered Kim Jong Un a ride home on Air Force One following Vietnam summit


The former official said Trump did not ask any of his aides whether there would be any problems in making such an offer. “Just did it for his friend,” the former official said, referring to Trump’s warm relationship with Kim. The BBC was the first to report the story. Matthew Pottinger, the top Asia expert […]

Merrick Garland’s 2-day confirmation hearing to be Biden’s attorney general starts Monday morning


Now Garland gets another chance to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the first day of a two-day hearing, but this time he’s appearing for a different role as President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Justice Department. While Garland is expected to face pointed questions over multiple thorny […]

Britain to challenge China at UN over access to Xinjiang


British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will also mark Britain’s return to the UN Human Rights Council as a voting member by condemning the rights record of fellow council members China and Russia and will raise concerns about Myanmar and Belarus, his office said. On China, Raab will refer to reports of abuses in Xinjiang, including […]

Iran hostages: White House has started to communicate with Iran over American hostages


“We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage — the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran,” Sullivan told CBS News. “We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we […]

Beijing’s 2008 Olympics were a soft power victory for China, but 2022 may be another story


Remembered today as an event in which record-breaking sporting achievements were matched only by the spectacular pageantry and organization of the Games, the success of the Beijing Olympics was no sure thing. China had never hosted the Olympics before, and in the run-up to the 2008 Games — held under the slogan “One World, One […]

Opinion: The three biggest decisions facing Merrick Garland


If all goes as planned and Garland takes the reins at the Justice Department, he will face a daunting thicket of quandaries that present thorny issues of law, accountability and politics. Garland will bring impressive credentials to the attorney general position. Unlike the former Attorney General William Barr, Garland earned his stripes as a trial […]

WHO panel to recommend ‘deeper’ study of early Covid-19 clues


Independent scientists told CNN the rudimentary investigative work being recommended should have been done many months previously by Chinese scientists looking into the virus’ origin. They said they found it “surprising” and “implausible” Chinese scientists had not already done that work. The panel’s recommendations will pursue, among others, two key lines of inquiry, the investigators […]

Why Britain’s anti-immigration politicians are opening the doors to thousands of Hong Kongers


Full of bravado and often clad in black, the 21-year-old oversaw a group of 60 combative front-liners who embraced confrontational tactics against the police while demanding greater democracy in the former British colony. Today, he is applying for asylum in the United Kingdom, and separated from his family in Hong Kong where he feels he […]

Opinion: Our mask-wearing road trip across a battered America


And so on January 18 we embarked on the strangest of American road trips, crossing eight states and back, 6,000 miles in 18 days: a surreal and spectacular journey, sure to reveal truths about our battered nation, our resilient people, and ourselves. It was quiet and chilly for southern Arizona, maybe 35 degrees, when the […]

Chinese fighters buzz Taiwan’s air defense zone as it appoints new defense minister


Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory, says it is responding to what it calls “collusion” between Taipei and Washington, Taiwan’s main international backer and weapons supplier. The Taiwanese Defense Ministry said four Chinese J-16s and four JH-7s as well as an electronic warfare aircraft flew near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the top part […]

Hundreds of drones took Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ to the skies — and set a Guinness World Record


The instantly recognizable work of art has been plastered on posters, coffee mugs and even a bike path. It seemed like the painting had made it everywhere. That is, until 600 drones mapped it onto the night sky in northern China’s Tianjin Municipality, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. EFYI Group, a drone […]

US may have enough vaccines to fully vaccinate its population by July


French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured during a video conference meeting with African Union officials at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on February 17. Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool/AFP/Getty Images European countries should allocate 4-5% of their vaccine supply to developing countries, French President Emmanuel Macron has urged ahead of the G7 virtual meeting Friday where the issue is expected […]

Opinion: The US is back in the Paris Agreement. Now what?


The US was a key player in helping to deliver the Paris Agreement, with former State Secretary and current US climate envoy John Kerry playing an instrumental role in this successful process. I have been extremely encouraged by the conversations I have had with Kerry and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy — both […]

4 Chinese soldiers died in bloody India border clash, China reveals


The two sides fought with fists, stones, and nailed-studded bamboo poles, in what was the deadliest border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbors in more than 40 years. New Delhi previously said at least 20 Indian soldiers died during the brawl in the Galwan Valley area. On Friday, China’s official army newspaper, PLA Daily, said […]

Taiwan blames ‘external forces’ for blocking BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine deal. China says it had nothing to do with it


Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Thursday it was “purely fabrication” that Beijing had intervened in BioNTech’s vaccine sale to Taiwan, state news agency Xinhua reported. A day earlier, Taiwanese health minister Chen Shih-chung said in a radio interview that Taiwan and BioNTech were about to sign a deal for 5 […]

Allegations of shackled students and gang rape inside China’s detention camps


“There was no spark of life in her face. Her cheeks were drained of color, she was not breathing,” said Sidik, a former elementary school teacher who says she was forced to spend several months teaching at two detention centers in Xinjiang in 2017. A policewoman who worked at the camp later told her the […]

US says it is willing to sit down for talks with Iran and other nations on nuclear deal


“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement Thursday. The P5+1 refers to the permanent members of the UN Security Council — […]

Opinion: Americans are hitting the road. ‘Nomadland’ goes along for the ride


The highly anticipated film “Nomadland,” out Friday in theaters and on demand, offers a powerful example of one possible scenario: life on the road, permanently. The film, from director Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), is a travelogue centered on Fern (Frances McDormand), a widowed and unemployed Nevadan who puts most of her belongings into storage and […]

As the WHO investigated coronavirus origins in China, Beijing pushed a conspiracy about the US


That Chinese officials should point to the US when discussing the origins of a virus first detected in central China may at first appear confusing to many. But for months now, China has been advancing alternative theories for how the coronavirus first emerged, ones that would obviate any blame officials in Wuhan may bear for […]

Opinion: Why I’ll be sweating out seven minutes of the Mars mission


A NASA spacecraft holding a robot with the noble name Perseverance is en route to Mars. Perseverance will explore the Martian surface, tasked with looking for evidence of Martian life and collecting samples that researchers hope will one day be returned to Earth for analysis. The discovery of life that evolved on a planet other […]