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

[ad_1] 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 […]

Vaccine passports WON’T be ready by May 17

[ad_1] Heathrow’s boss today warned of his ‘deep concerns’ about impending chaos at arrivals after it emerged covid passports will not be ready for the start of foreign holidays from May 17 and could be delayed until ‘later in the summer’. John Holland-Kaye said the Home Office and UK Border Force ‘need to get a […]

Tiny miracles saved by surgery in the womb

[ad_1] There could barely be worse news for a mother-to-be to receive. And because of pandemic regulations, Becky had to hear it alone. ‘The sonographer said: ‘I’m so sorry, there’s something seriously wrong with your baby and she is in imminent danger,’ ‘ the 28-year-old recalls. ‘I couldn’t stop crying.’ What should have been a routine […]

40m Britons now live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas

[ad_1] Nearly 40million people in England live in practically ‘Covid-free’ areas, data has revealed. The UK’s hugely successful vaccine rollout and continued lockdown measures have meant that seven in ten people now live in places where two or fewer cases were recorded during the latest week. It sparks hopes that Boris Johnson will proceed with the […]

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

[ad_1] 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 […]

Just 32 Britons have been hospitalised with coronavirus after being vaccinated

[ad_1] Just 32 people in the UK were hospitalised with Covid after receiving a vaccination for the virus, according to ‘extraordinary’ real-world data.  Figures due to be handed to Government advisers today show inoculated people made up a tiny fraction of the thousands of people admitted with the virus in recent months. The research by the […]

Covid: Denmark to SWAP unwanted AstraZeneca vaccine as Sweden offers alternatives to under-65s

[ad_1] Denmark is looking to swap its unwanted AstraZeneca jabs for other coronavirus vaccines owned by other countries after ditching it entirely over blood clot fears. Meanwhile, it was announced by the Swedish Health Agency on Tuesday that Swedes under 65 who have had one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be given a different vaccine for […]

Covid PILLS could be available in UK ‘by autumn’ says Boris Johnson

[ad_1] People in the UK could be offered pills to treat Covid at home from autumn this year thanks to a new antivirals taskforce being set up by No10. Boris Johnson today said he will assemble a team of scientists to find ways for people to recover from the virus without going into hospital because […]

Boris Johnson CANCELS trip to India amid surging coronavirus cases and alarm about new variant 

[ad_1] India is being added to the UK’s travel ‘red list’ after Boris Johnson cancelled his visit amid surging coronavirus cases and alarm about a new variant. Matt Hancock told MPs today that the government had made the ‘difficult’ decision to place the country in the highest level of restrictions from 4am on Friday.  Some 103 […]

Britain records just FOUR Covid deaths in lowest daily toll since September

[ad_1] Britain today announced four coronavirus deaths in the lowest daily count since September 7 — when just three victims were added to the official toll. Department of Health figures showed there were also 2,963 new infections in the past 24 hours, down 17 per cent on last week’s figure of 3,568.  Today’s Covid deaths are the […]

How do you get over losing the partner you’ve spent nearly all your life with?

[ad_1] Few moments in life are as profoundly lonely as the day after the funeral of a loved one.  And if the loss is of a lifelong companion – one’s ‘strength and stay’, as the Queen so elegantly described her husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh – then it marks the point at […]

You’re close enough to catch Covid from someone else if you can smell their breath, expert says

[ad_1] Dr Julian Tang, a virologist, said if you can smell someone’s breath you are too close Britons should use the ‘garlic-breath distance’ measurement to work out whether they are at risk of catching coronavirus, an expert said today. Dr Julian Tang, a virologist at Leicester University, warned people were standing close enough for the […]

Brother shares his pain after losing ‘completely healthy’ sister, 19, to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome

[ad_1] A brother who lost his ‘completely healthy’ 19-year-old sister to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) is calling for more routine screening of young people to prevent further tragedies. Patrick Mead, 18, from Frome, Somerset, was 17 when his mother made the harrowing discovery his sibling Lauren had passed away in her sleep after suffering […]

Experts warn against laminating your vaccine card just yet

[ad_1] Why you should not laminate your vaccine card just yet: Experts warn you may need to add booster shot information and the plastic coating prevents errors from being fixed Stores like Staples and Office Deport have offered to laminate CDC vaccination cards for free  Health experts say Americans don’t need to have their cards […]

School reopening: Here’s why it’s so hard

[ad_1] Unlike other countries, the US leaves school control at the local level, and the challenges to providing in-person instruction are not the same everywhere, making it nearly impossible to create effective federal and even state-level guidance as the pandemic wears on. Some buildings don’t have enough space to spread students out, while others don’t […]

The tough message Biden just sent Iran (Opinion)

[ad_1] Pentagon officials said two F15s dropped Joint Direct Attack Munitions (precision weapons with GPS navigation capabilities) on buildings at an unofficial border crossing believed to be used by militias to transfer munitions into Syria from Iraq. The strike sought to cripple the ability of these groups, particularly Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, […]

Opinion: Trump has CPAC, but Biden has kryptonite

[ad_1] What should President Biden do? Trump will inevitably launch a few rhetorical grenades at the new administration, so does Biden need to respond? Will saying nothing simply give his defeated predecessor a platform to disseminate falsehoods, disinformation and smears without any sort of retribution? Will this be the beginning of another birther-style campaign, where […]

Andrew Kaczynski and wife on mourning the loss of their daughter Francesca

[ad_1] Anderson talks with Andrew Kaczynski of CNN’s “KFile” and his wife to talk about the loss of their beloved daughter Francesca and their fight for funding for cancer research so that no other family will have to suffer the same fate. [ad_2] Source link

Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: ‘We’re in it for the long haul’

[ad_1] In his first official trip in the wake of a disaster, the President visited the Harris County Emergency Operations Center and later toured and met with volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, where first lady Jill Biden packaged food and water for the community earlier in the day. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, […]

Senate Democrats look for alternative ways to boost minimum wage after suffering setback

[ad_1] As an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is now eying imposing penalties for corporations offering less than a $15 minimum wage as part of the relief package, which stands as the new administration’s first big legislative priority and the first chance Democrats have to show they can deliver on their promises now that […]

Covid relief bill: The House is set for a historic down payment on Biden’s legacy

[ad_1] Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President’s impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan’s significance. The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power […]

US court awards $2.3 billion to USS Pueblo crew held hostage by North Korea more than 50 years ago

[ad_1] More than 100 crew members and their relatives filed a suit against North Korea in February 2018 in a federal court under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which allows victims to sue state sponsors of terrorism for torture, hostage-taking, personal injury or death. The award is among the largest sums ever handed out in […]

Hyundai’s recall of 82,000 electric cars is one of the most expensive in history

[ad_1] The recall will cost Hyundai 1 trillion Korean won, or $900 million. On a per-vehicle basis, the average cost is $11,000 — an astronomically high number for a recall. Replacing an entire battery is an extreme measure, requiring a similar amount of work and expense as replacing an entire engine of a traditional internal […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines

[ad_1] 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 […]

First on CNN: Biden’s Covid plan gets backing from more than 150 top business leaders

[ad_1] The group of executives includes the top executives representing some of the powerful business interests in the US, ranging from bank and investment firms like Goldman Sachs and Blackstone, to technology companies like Google, Intel and IBM, to hospitality companies like Loews Hotels & Co. and airlines including American and United Airlines. Top executives […]

San Francisco poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights bookstore founder, has died aged 101

[ad_1] Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Beat poet, publisher and founder of San Francisco’s beloved City Lights bookstore, has died aged 101. He passed away from lung disease on Monday evening, confirmed the store’s vice president and director of marketing and publicity, Stacey Lewis. One of the last surviving members of the […]

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

[ad_1] 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 […]

Facebook will restore news in Australia after talks with the government

[ad_1] The announcement caps month of bitter dispute between the American tech firm and Canberra, which had been working on legislation that would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content. The agreement “will allow us to support the publishers we choose to, including small and local publishers,” said Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president […]

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

[ad_1] 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 […]

Family of Americans held hostage in Iran urge Biden admin to make release key part of Iran policy

[ad_1] Babak Namazi, the son of Baquer and brother of Siamak Namazi, told reporters Monday that it “pains (him) greatly that we are now in into a third administration, with both (his) brother and father still being held captive.” “As the Biden administration develops its new Iran policy, my family expects that President Biden and […]

GOP irked after last-ditch attempt fails to deter Biden push for quick passage of Covid relief plan

[ad_1] The Maine Republican had tried to make an urgent plea to the new president: Abandon the idea of going it alone with just Democrats on the $1.9 trillion relief bill and instead continue working on a bipartisan deal. Biden, two sources familiar with the call said, was sounding out Collins, speaking freely to her […]

Opinion: CPAC’s dangerous embrace of Trump

[ad_1] To be clear, I’m not urging CPAC to cancel Trump’s speech. Rather, my hope is that all Americans will use the event to reflect on the dangerous developments for our democracy from the right. First, the majority of GOP members of Congress refused to hold Trump accountable for his two months of nonstop lies […]

Iran nuclear deal: IAEA inspections to go ahead over next 3 months

[ad_1] IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said Sunday that the two sides had reached the temporary “technical understanding” following his trip to Iran, which had recently signaled plans to scale back cooperation with the global nuclear watchdog. Iran announced last week it would stop implementing the IAEA’s additional protocol, effectively limiting which facilities nuclear inspectors could […]

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

[ad_1] “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 […]

Three children and their grandmother perished in a Texas fire after trying to stay warm during power outages. Their mom survived

[ad_1] Jackie Pham Nguyen and her three kids, Olivia, 11, Edison, 8, and Colette, 5, affectionately nicknamed Coco by her family, still had power and were happy to have more time with their Ba Ngoai, which means maternal grandmother in Vietnamese. “We thought we were really lucky because we still had power until the early […]

How to celebrate Black History Month

[ad_1] Right now, all over the United States, Black families are teaching the next generation of Black youth with intention and care. Black History Month is a time to consciously center and celebrate Black empowerment and achievements, as well as the legacies of strength and struggle against racism. It’s a time to honor the whole […]

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

[ad_1] 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 […]

Bill Gates: Texas’ tradeoffs lead to deaths

[ad_1] Gates pushed back on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s claim that frozen wind turbines were to blame for the massive power failure. Gates said America’s dependence on renewable energy sources isn’t high enough to worry about their stability — the problem was natural gas plants that were not weatherized. “This is not because of renewable […]

How Biden’s massive Covid relief bill was put on a glide path to passage

[ad_1] While Biden’s hope for GOP support on Capitol Hill has all but disappeared in the last several weeks, his enthusiasm for the proposal — and his view that despite its high price tag it will only serve to bolster Democrats as they remain unified — has hardly waned. “I learned based on the polling […]

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

[ad_1] 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, […]

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

[ad_1] 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 […]

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

[ad_1] “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

[ad_1] 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 […]

US Coronavirus: US will have to work double time to make up for Covid-19 vaccine weather delays, Fauci says

[ad_1] “It’s been slowed down in some places going to a grinding halt,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said in an interview with MSNBC Thursday. “We’re just going to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifts a bit, the ice melts and we can get the trucks out, […]

Texas power grid was “seconds or minutes” away from catastrophic failure, officials say

[ad_1] FedEx planes are parked at Nashville International Airport on February 16. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images United Parcel Service says it has “extensive contingency plans” to complete coronavirus vaccine deliveries, in spite of the massive winter storm.  It says it is still making pickups and deliveries “where conditions allow” for safe operation.  “We are in regular […]

Prince Philip spends second night in London hospital

[ad_1] Prince Philip: Decades in public life Britain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, poses in his military dress uniform circa 1990. Prince Philip: Decades in public life Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine […]

India-China border: New satellite images show Chinese troops have dismantled camps on disputed border near Ladakh

[ad_1] Satellite images taken on January 30 by US-based Maxar Technologies showed a number of Chinese deployments along Pangong Tso, a strategically important lake that runs across the two nuclear powers’ de facto border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In new images taken on Tuesday, dozens of vehicles and building structures had […]

6 takeaways from Joe Biden’s CNN town hall

[ad_1] I watched, took notes and have some thoughts about what mattered most — and why. My takeaways are below. 1. A hard deadline on vaccinations: Less than five minutes into the town hall, Biden made a promise that will be the big news not just tomorrow but for months to come: He said that […]

Macron urged to press Egypt’s Sisi on human rights during Paris visit

[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 16:17Modified: 06/12/2020 – 16:27 President Emmanuel Macron hosts Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from Sunday for a three-day state visit with France facing calls from activists that Egypt should not be “indulged” despite the close alliance between Cairo and Paris. Egypt and France have enjoyed an increasingly close relationship under […]

Amid the verbal barbs, Macron and Turkey’s Erdogan may be ideal foes

[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 19:04 Relations between Turkey and France sank to new lows this week as the countries’ heads of state engaged in the latest bout of vitriol that had all the colour and spectacle of a ringside sport. French President Emmanuel Macron has been caught up in a series of verbal spats […]

Last-ditch push as Britain, EU resume Brexit trade talks in Brussels

[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 11:46 British and European Union negotiators will meet in Brussels on Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to strike a post-Brexit trade deal before a transition agreement ends on Dec. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke on Saturday and instructed their teams […]

Amnesty, rights groups urge Macron to press Egypt’s Sisi during Paris visit

[ad_1] Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 16:17Modified: 06/12/2020 – 16:27 President Emmanuel Macron hosts Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from Sunday for a three-day state visit with France facing calls from activists that Egypt should not be “indulged” despite the close alliance between Cairo and Paris. Egypt and France have enjoyed an increasingly close relationship under […]

Nations plan for vaccine as global virus cases top 65 million

[ad_1] Britain is training healtcare workers to administer the Covid-19 vaccine after it become the first country to approve one for public use Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization warned against complacency and […]

How COVID-19 vaccines will get from the factory to your local pharmacy

[ad_1] Temperature requirements for the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines. Credit: The Conversation US, CC BY-ND Bahar Aliakbarian is an expert in supply chain management in pharmaceuticals and a professor at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Below, she describes the vaccine supply chains of Pfizer and Moderna, which are expected to […]

Saudi Arabia says end to diplomatic rift with Qatar is ‘within reach’

[ad_1] Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 08:10 Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday a resolution to a bitter dispute with Qatar seemed “within reach” after Kuwait announced progress towards ending a row that Washington says hampers a united Gulf front against Iran. The United States and Kuwait have worked to end the dispute, during which […]

Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets

[ad_1] Recovering COVID-19 patient Marisol Ortiz Bernal waves goodbye to the health workers that cared for her at the Mexico City Ajusco Medio General Hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 2. 2020. Mexico continues to report an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, with Mexico City continuing to report the biggest portion of the surge in cases. […]

Napoli stadium renamed after Maradona in honour of their footballing legend

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 21:38 Italian side Napoli’s San Paolo stadium has been officially renamed the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium after the late Argentina striker who led them to their only two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup, the city’s council said on Friday. Maradona died last week after suffering a heart attack […]

Erdogan expresses hope that France will ‘get rid of Macron’ as soon as possible

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 20:00 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders. Turkey is embroiled in a series of disputes with France and its EU partners, from […]

Brexit talks hang in the balance as EU warns it can make no more concessions

[ad_1] Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 08:22 European diplomats warned Thursday they have made all the concessions they can in trade talks with Britain, as Downing Street vowed to press ahead with a UK law that could undermine Brussels’ remaining trust in London. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has been in London for six days, […]

Britain’s OK of COVID-19 vaccine sparks speedy debate

[ad_1] A man is reflected in a window as he walks past a Christmas tree in London, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. The European Union on Thursday hit back at a British minister’s claim that U.K. vaccine regulators were better than other countries, stressing “this is not a football competition.” This came after Britain became the […]

UN, France urge Lebanon to form new government amid pledges of aid

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 22:47 France and the United Nations vowed Wednesday to keep providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon but urged the country’s leaders to form a new government as a political deadlock in Beirut has blocked billions of dollars in assistance for the cash-strapped country hit by multiple crises. A meeting organized by […]

Pompeo criticises Turkey over Russian missiles, alliance reforms at NATO talks

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 22:25 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticised Turkey at a NATO ministerial meeting, participants told AFP on Wednesday, raising the hopes of some allies pushing for sanctions against Ankara. A US spokesman would not confirm or deny the details of Pompeo‘s participation in Tuesday’s foreign minister’s videoconference, but […]

Afghan government, Taliban reach deal to conduct peace talks

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 18:33 Afghan government and Taliban representatives said on Wednesday they had reached a preliminary deal to press on with peace talks, their first written agreement in 19 years of war and welcomed by the United States as a chance to halt the violence. The agreement lays out the way forward for discussion but is considered […]

Chief EU Brexit negotiator Barnier says talks nearing ‘make-or-break’ point

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 11:52 Chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Wednesday he could not guarantee he would strike a trade deal with Britain, diplomats said, and the next few days will be crucial.  “We are quickly approaching a make-or-break moment in the Brexit talks,” Barnier told a video meeting of European envoys, […]

France hosts aid meeting in effort to break Lebanon’s political gridlock

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 10:41Modified: 02/12/2020 – 10:45 President Emmanuel Macron will seek to revive a French initiative on Lebanon when he hosts an international aid conference on Wednesday, but with the country’s fractious political class bickering, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim. Four months after a massive explosion that killed more than 200 […]

Afghan army kills mastermind of Taliban car bomb attack on military base

[ad_1] Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:31 Afghan forces have killed the Taliban mastermind of a suicide car bomb attack that left at least 30 security personnel dead, officials said Monday. Hamza Waziristani was killed in an air strike overnight in the eastern province of Ghazni where the bomber struck an Afghan military base on Sunday. […]

Defoe: Tottenham mund ta fitojë Premierligën, Mourinho po bën një punë të mrekullueshme

[ad_1] Ish sulmuesi i Tottenham, Jermain Defoe, i cili ishte me klubin kur ata për herë të fundit fituan një trofe në vitin 2008, beson se Tottenham mund të shkojë deri në fund dhe të fitojë Premier League këtë sezon. “Sigurisht që ata munden. s’ jam i njëanshëm, unë thjesht po shikoj ndeshjet”, tha Defoe, […]

Azerbaijani forces enter Lachin, last district handed over by Armenia

[ad_1] Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 07:44Modified: 01/12/2020 – 07:45 Azerbaijani forces on Tuesday moved into the final district given up by Armenia in a peace deal that ended weeks of fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan‘s defence ministry released a video showing a tank flying an Azerbaijani flag leading a column of trucks into […]

President-elect Joe Biden picks Janet Yellen for US treasury secretary

[ad_1] Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 03:25 President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, topping a slate of economic officials who would break racial and gender barriers in the US government. The rollout of Biden‘s economic team comes after running mate Kamala Harris made history […]

Eritrea hit by rocket fire as Ethiopia presses ahead with Tigray offensive

[ad_1] Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 11:51 Eritrea’s capital came under fire from Ethiopia’s breakaway Tigray region Friday, raising fears that Ethiopia’s internal conflict could spread as leader Abiy Ahmed resisted calls for dialogue. For more than three weeks now, Ethiopia and Tigray have engaged in fierce fighting that the International Crisis Group said Friday had […]

Anger at police beating galvanises French protests against security bill

[ad_1] Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 09:52 Dozens of rallies are planned on Saturday against a proposed French law that critics say will undermine the media’s ability to scrutinise police behaviour, with the country shaken by footage showing officers beating and racially abusing a black man. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said images of police […]

Ethiopia’s Abiy meets African Union envoys, rejects talks with Tigray leaders

[ad_1] Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 22:30 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region Friday, but said he was willing to speak to representatives “operating legally” there during a meeting with African Union special envoys trying to end the deadly conflict between federal troops and the […]

Macron ‘very shocked’ by police brutality images as pressure on govt mounts

[ad_1] Issued on: 27/11/2020 – 16:42 French President Emmanuel Macron is “very shocked” by the images of police beating a Black music producer in Paris, a presidential official said on Friday, as pressure on the government mounted with top politicians and sportsmen expressing outrage over the incident. A day after the publication of images of […]

Military’s Role in Vaccine to Be Strictly Behind the Scenes

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — When President Trump talks about efforts to deliver the coronavirus vaccine to millions of Americans eager to return to their normal lives, he often says he is “counting on the military” to get it done. Mr. Trump has given the impression that troops would be packing up vials, transporting them from factories […]

Mental health issues more likely to affect communities of color during the holidays

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain For Listiner Martinez, the holiday season never brought feelings of merriment. Coming from an abusive home, she said, she never really celebrated the holidays. Martinez said she tried to move past that feeling when she had children, but sadness around the holidays still lingers. “I typically look forward to when […]

In appointing John Kerry to top role, Biden shows he’s serious about climate

[ad_1] By appointing former senator and secretary of state John Kerry as the first ever US climate leader, President-elect Joe Biden is sending a clear message. He’s not only reversing President Donald Trump’s reversal of America’s commitments to fighting climate change – he also plans to push these commitments much further. “For the first time ever, […]

France risks US wrath with ‘digital tax’ on tech groups’ 2020 earnings

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 15:16 France will require online technology giants to pay a new “digital tax” on their 2020 earnings, the finance ministry said Wednesday, breaking a truce with Washington over the long-running tax fight that could prompt a round of punitive US tariffs on French goods. “The companies subject to this tax […]

Calls to protect civilians in Tigray as Ethiopia’s ultimatum looms

[ad_1] Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 03:41 International pressure mounted Tuesday on Ethiopia’s warring parties to cease fighting and protect civilians in Tigray, where the army says it has encircled the capital ahead of a threatened bombardment. Forces loyal to Tigray‘s ruling party have been battling Ethiopian soldiers in the northern region for nearly three weeks, […]

France to end lockdown Dec 15, shops to reopen Saturday

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain France aims to lift a nationwide lockdown on December 15, President Emmanuel Macron said, with shops authorised to reopen as early as Saturday after weeks of closure. In a TV address Tuesday, Macron said some restrictions would remain in place to avoid a resurgence of the virus, and the threat […]

French parliament gives initial approval to controversial security bill

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 18:56Modified: 24/11/2020 – 19:32 A draft law that would make it a crime to circulate an image of a police officer in certain circumstances passed the first hurdle in France’s parliament on Tuesday despite protests from rights activitsts and journalists. Opponents say the law – steered through parliament by tough-talking […]

Germany plans to limit social gatherings at Christmas

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Germany’s 16 states have agreed to guidelines limiting social contact over Christmas, according to a draft deal seen by AFP on Tuesday, dashing hopes for large holiday gatherings. State leaders agreed to cap gatherings to 10 people over the December 23 to January 1 holiday—double the limit for the rest […]

EU strikes deal with Moderna for up to 160 million vaccine doses

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 13:24 The European Union has reached a deal with US biotech firm Moderna for the supply of up to 160 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, the president of the European Commission said on Tuesday.  The deal will be formally approved by the EU executive on Wednesday, said European Commission […]

Tigray leader rejects Ethiopia’s ultimatum, says his people ‘ready to die’

[ad_1] Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 05:56 The leader of Ethiopia’s dissident Tigray region has said that his people are “ready to die” defending their homeland, rejecting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ultimatum that they surrender within 72 hours. Abiy launched a military campaign against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on November 4, accusing it of […]

Turning away from Afghanistan will have ‘disastrous consequences’, warns UN refugee chief

[ad_1] Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 09:04 The international community must continue aiding Afghanistan or face the risk of “disastrous consequences,” UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi urged ahead of a donors conference starting Monday.  Grandi’s appeal also comes after his visit to the Asian nation that is struggling with growing violence, a US pullout and flagging […]

Pat Quinn, Who Promoted A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 37

[ad_1] Pat Quinn, who helped raise $220 million to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., by promoting the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, died on Sunday, seven years after he learned he had the disease. He was 37. His death, at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., was confirmed by the A.L.S. Association and […]

Ethiopia rebuffs mediation attempts as Tigray offensive continues

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 19:12 The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. More than two weeks into Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed‘s offensive, the government says Tigrayan forces are bulldozing roads and destroyed […]

US Secretary of State Pompeo meets Afghan govt, Taliban negotiators in Qatar

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 17:48 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met negotiators from the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha Saturday, amid signs of progress in their talks as Washington speeds up its withdrawal. Pompeo‘s visit comes in the wake of a deadly rocket attack which struck densely populated areas of Kabul, […]

Deadly barrage of rocket fire strikes residential areas in Kabul

[ad_1] Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 08:13 At least three people were killed Saturday when a barrage of rockets struck densely populated parts of Kabul, officials said, marking the latest attack in an ongoing wave of violence sweeping the Afghan capital. The salvo slammed into various parts of central and north Kabul — including near the […]

The New Parisienne: Meeting the women who are changing the city

[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 14:53 In a special edition, we unpack the myth of the Parisian woman who is frequently portrayed as being svelte and seductive while also often white; her so-called individual sense of style becoming the global benchmark for beauty. Annette Young talks to Lindsey Tramuta, the author of ‘The New Parisienne’, […]

UN warns that Yemen is in imminent danger of world’s ‘worst famine’ in decades

[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 17:36 U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday that war-torn Yemen “is now in imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades.” Guterres warning comes as the United States threatens to blacklist Yemen‘s Iran-allied Houthi group as part of its “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran. Aid […]

EU talks fail to break budget deadlock after Poland, Hungary veto

[ad_1] Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 05:48 European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a dispute to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and pandemic recovery package which is held up by Poland’s and Hungary’s rejection of a linkage between rule of law standards and budget disbursements. Instead, they were happy to hand […]

German vaccine maker gives hope as US virus deaths top 250,000

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The German maker of a top coronavirus vaccine said on Friday its jab could be delivered as early as December, offering more promising news even as virus deaths in the world’s worst affected country, the United States, passed a quarter of a million. A slew of positive clinical vaccine trials […]

German virus case growth stable but numbers ‘still too high’

[ad_1] Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Germany’s partial coronavirus lockdown is having a positive effect but the daily number of new coronavirus cases remains too high, health officials said Thursday. The country introduced restrictive measures in early November to curb a surge in cases, closing bars, restaurants and other leisure venues but keeping schools and shops […]

Top US diplomat Pompeo’s planned visit to occupied Golan Heights angers Palestinians

[ad_1] Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 10:59 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was Thursday set to make the first visit by an American top diplomat to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights after an expected stop in a West Bank Jewish settlement, infuriating Palestinians. The envoy of US President Donald Trump, who has made a staunchly pro-Israel […]

Taliban hails US troop drawdown from Afghanistan as ‘good step’

[ad_1] Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 15:44 The Taliban on Wednesday welcomed the Pentagon’s announcement it would soon pull about 2,000 US troops from Afghanistan as a “good step” that will help end the country’s long-running conflict. The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the US will slash troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to their lowest levels […]

Boris Johnson reveals love of French cartoon Asterix in new literacy campaign

[ad_1] Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 16:42 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed his childhood love of French cartoon Asterix with its “magic potion and eating whole boars” as he backed football star Marcus Rashford’s literacy campaign.  “Well done, Marcus, on your fantastic initiative,” Johnson said in comments to the Sun newspaper published Wednesday. “I […]

Bahrain’s FM makes first official visit to Israel

[ad_1] Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 11:20Modified: 18/11/2020 – 11:52 Bahrain’s foreign minister arrived in Israel Wednesday on the first official visit from the Gulf kingdom, which normalised relations with the Jewish state in September. The minister, Abdellatif al-Zayani, was welcomed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport by his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi, a live Israeli […]