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 […]

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 […]

Dr Fauci predicts a ‘significant drop’ in Covid cases as US nears 40% of its population vaccinated

Dr Anthony Fauci is finally giving Americans some good news. America’s top infectious disease doctor predicts a ‘a real change, the start of a precipitous drop’ in new daily COVID-19 infections now that the share of U.S. adults vaccinated against the virus is nearly 40 percent.  ‘When you do that, that’s when people are going […]

Turkey lifts travel ban for Britons and confirms tourists WON’T need a vaccine

Turkey has announced today that British tourists will be welcome in the country this summer without having to show a vaccination certificate. Visitors from the UK will not need to produce a Covid vaccine passport, but will need to show proof of a negative PCR test.   The country also promises to provide testing for tourists […]

Coronavirus: Just half of carers vaccinated in London borough with South Africa variant outbreak

Real name: B.1.351 When and where was it discovered?  Scientists first noticed in December 2020 that the variant, named B.1.351, was genetically different in a way that could change how it acts. It was picked up through random genetic sampling of swabs submitted by people testing positive for the virus, and was first found in […]

Covid Canada: Outbreak of Brazilian variant defies even strict quarantine hotels

An explosion of cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant in Canada shows how even strict quarantine hotels cannot completely block troubling strains from crossing borders, experts warned today.  Scientists told MailOnline it was ‘inevitable’ when dealing with highly infectious new variants that they find a way to ‘leak’ out of the isolation scheme – which is […]

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. […]

How Chile’s new Covid spike proves England’s cautious roadmap is the right route out of this crisis

Things are going according to plan. Despite a few wobbles about vanishingly small blood-clot risks, our vaccine rollout charges forward. And tomorrow we will enter the next phase of our roadmap to freedom. But at the Downing Street press conference last Monday, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty was circumspect. Moving ‘steadily’ was key, he […]

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 […]

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 […]

US is seeing 4% more Covid cases a day compared to last week

After weeks of encouraging declines, coronavirus cases in the U.S. are on the rise again, with the average number of daily infections rising to nearly 57,000 on Wednesday – four percent higher than they were a week earlier, according to a analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

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 […]

These international destinations are open to US tourists

Editor’s Note — CNN Travel updates this article periodically. It was last updated in its entirety on February 27. The US State Department advises that travelers consult country-specific travel advisories via their website or consult the CDC’s latest guidance. Before you make any international travel plans, check these sites first and again before you depart. […]

Fully vaccinated people can gather individually with minimal risk, Fauci says

A medical worker inoculates a municipal worker with a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in New Delhi, India, on February 22. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images India has supplied more than 36 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to various countries, of which 6.75 million doses have been provided as grant assistance, a spokesperson for the Ministry […]

“We still have too much vaccine in the fridge,” says German health minister

A medical worker inoculates a municipal worker with a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in New Delhi, India, on February 22. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images India has supplied more than 36 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to various countries, of which 6.75 million doses have been provided as grant assistance, a spokesperson for the Ministry […]

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 […]

Khashoggi report: Biden calls Saudi King before expected release of intelligence report

The congressionally mandated release of the report, which is expected to further implicate Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Washington Post columnist’s death, is expected to take place imminently now that Biden and the King have spoken. The call “went well,” according to a source close to the Saudi government. White […]

Dubai’s missing Princess Latifa is “being cared for at home”

“In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position,” the statement by her family said, according to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London. In secret recordings obtained by the BBC […]

Lawmakers call Biden’s Yemen policy ‘historic shift’ in US foreign relations

In 2017, Khanna, a progressive Democrat from California, introduced a measure that came to be known as the Yemen War Powers resolution. It was intended to curtail US military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has created a humanitarian crisis in the country. At the time, there was very little support on Capitol […]

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 […]

Princess Latifa: Dubai princess claims she is being held ‘hostage’ in secret video recordings

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum — the daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — was last seen publicly in March 2018 aboard a yacht off the coast of India before a raid by Indian and Emirati forces took her back to Dubai, according to two people who had helped […]

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

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 Saudi […]

Bahrain now 2nd nation to grant Pfizer shot emergency use

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The island kingdom of Bahrain said Friday it has become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The state-run Bahrain News Agency made the announcement on Friday night, following an earlier announcement by the United […]

Sudanese former PM and opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi dies of Covid-19

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 06:25 Sudan’s former prime minister and top opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection on Thursday, his party said. The 84-year-old was the country’s last democratically elected prime minister before he was toppled in 1989 by now-ousted president Omar al-Bashir in an Islamist-backed military coup. The leader of the […]

Netanyahu made secret trip to Saudi Arabia, met MBS, says Israeli media

Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 10:41 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday and met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo there, Israel’s Kan public radio and ArmyRadio said on Monday.  The broadcaster cited unnamed Israeli officials as saying that Netanyahu and the head of […]

Does the end of the Trump administration signal a revival of its war games with Iran?

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 14:25Modified: 20/11/2020 – 14:26 With two months to go before the handover of power to Joe Biden, will lame-duck US President Donald Trump go back to playing war games with Iran? According to the New York Times, the lame duck president asked his advisers, who dissuaded him, about options for a […]

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

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 stance […]

Bahrain’s FM makes first official visit to Israel

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 television […]

How the Out-of-Control Pandemic Is Speeding the Hunt for Vaccines

The coronavirus is spreading out of control in the United States, overwhelming health systems and killing more than 1,100 Americans a day. But there is a slender silver lining: It is hastening the testing of vaccines that could eventually end the pandemic. The surging virus has already allowed Pfizer and Moderna to accelerate the testing […]

France’s Macron to walk diplomatic tightrope while hosting Trump ally Pompeo

Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 11:47 France’s Emmanuel Macron will be forced to walk a diplomatic tightrope on Monday when he hosts US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, while the French president simultaneously seeks to build relations with President-elect Joe Biden. Pompeo arrived in Paris Saturday at the start of a […]

Germany warns months more virus curbs as Mexico tops 1 mn cases

Germany went into partial lockdown in early November, closing bars, restaurants, gyms and other recreational facilities Germany warned Sunday that its anti-coronavirus measures were likely to last four or five more months, as Greece announced a new ban on gatherings and Mexico surpassed one million infections. Germany, Europe’s largest economy, went into partial lockdown in […]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 15:48 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in France Saturday at the start of a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East, a trip that is certain to be awkward since all the countries on his schedule have congratulated Joe Biden over his victory in the US presidential race […]

Pompeo’s meetings in France to be held in ‘complete transparency’ with Biden team, says Macron

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 16:25 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Friday for a seven-nation trip that includes France, where his meetings will be held in “complete transparency towards the team of president-elect Joe Biden”, according to a statement by French President Emmanuel Macron’s office. The visit comes days after the top US diplomat […]

U.K. has biggest 1-day jump in confirmed coronavirus cases

One shopper walks away with a full cart as others queue outside a major supermarket in Leicester, England, Sunday Nov. 1, 2020. The British government announced on Saturday a four-week public lockdown in response to the latest coronavirus surge, and government lawmaker Michael Gove on Sunday acknowledged that the lockdown could be extended. (Joe Giddens/PA […]

EU hopes to distribute Covid-19 vaccine in months, cases surge in Italy

The European Union expressed hope Wednesday that it could start vaccinating people against the novel coronavirus as early as next year, as Italy recorded more than one million cases and Britain said its death toll has surpassed the 50,000 mark. The head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrea Ammon, told […]

EU sees vaccinations within months as cases top 1 million in Italy

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The European Union expressed hope Wednesday that it could start vaccinating people against the novel coronavirus as early as next year, as Italy recorded more than one million cases and Britain said its death toll has surpassed the 50,000 mark. The head of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control […]

Biden’s election stirs apprehension and hope in the Middle East

Of all US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy moves, it may be those in the Middle East that prove the most lasting. Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal; angered the Palestinians by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, cutting off US aid and closing their diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C.; and later […]

World leaders congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for election victory

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump’s rejection of international alliances. While Trump refused to accept the results of the election, Western and Asian allies expressed hope for a fresh start […]

US allies, rivals react to Trump-backed Sudan-Israel normalisation

Issued on: 24/10/2020 – 15:18 Sudan and Israel agreed Friday to normalise relations, in a US-brokered deal to end decades of hostility that was widely welcomed but stirred Palestinian anger. The announcement makes Sudan, technically at war with Israel since its 1948 foundation, the fifth Arab country to forge diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. […]

Sudan, Israel agree to normalise diplomatic relations with US help

Issued on: 23/10/2020 – 18:32 Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months. U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, sealed the agreement in […]

Israel lauds UAE delegation visit as ‘making history’, Palestinians deem it ‘shameful’

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 14:27 In an historic first visit by a Gulf Arab nation, a United Arab Emirates delegation arrived in Israel on Tuesday to cement the normalisation deal signed last month. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other American officials accompanied the delegation on Etihad Airways plane from Abu Dhabi to Ben Gurion […]

Trump to remove Sudan from state terrorism sponsors blacklist

Issued on: 20/10/2020 – 04:42 President Donald Trump announced on Monday the United States would remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism as soon as Khartoum sets aside the $335 million it has agreed to pay to American victims of militant attacks and their families. The deal could also set in motion steps by Sudan toward […]

Israel and Bahrain formalise diplomatic ties following US-brokered deal

Issued on: 18/10/2020 – 20:42 Israel and Bahrain signed a joint communique to formalise nascent ties at a ceremony in Manama on Sunday as the wealthy Gulf region continues to open up to the Jewish state. An Israeli delegation, led by National Security Council chief Meir Ben-Shabbat, arrived from Tel Aviv for a one-day trip that saw […]

Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000

In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, photo provided by the Iranian Health Ministry, medics tend to a COVID-19 patient at the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Iran. Iran is confronting a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. (Akbar Badrkhani/Iranian Health Ministry via AP) Iran announced Saturday that its death toll […]

The rise and fall of Juan Carlos: Is the Spanish monarchy in peril?

Issued on: 16/10/2020 – 14:17 Appointed by the late dictator, Francisco Franco, as next in line to the Spanish throne, Juan Carlos I was long respected as the king of Spain’s democratic transition. But today, he may turn out to be the cause of the monarchy’s downfall. Money laundering, tax evasion, suspicious gifts … the […]

Lebanon and Israel to start landmark talks on disputed waters

Issued on: 14/10/2020 – 05:23 Lebanon and Israel, still technically at war, begin unprecedented talks sponsored by the UN and Washington on Wednesday to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for hydrocarbon exploration. Following years of US shuttle diplomacy, Lebanon and Israel, this month said they had agreed to begin UN-brokered negotiations, […]

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah, who championed Arab unity, dies at age 91

Kuwait’s ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died, his office announced on Tuesday, plunging his country into mourning for a leaderregarded by many Gulf Arabs as a savvy diplomatic operator and ahumanitarian champion. Sabah, 91, had ruled the Gulf Arab oil producer and US ally since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more […]

Fatah, Hamas agree to hold first Palestinian elections since 2006

Issued on: 24/09/2020 – 15:58 Gaza rulers Hamas and their rivals in the occupied West Bank, Fatah, have agreed to hold the first Palestinian elections in nearly 15 years, officials from both sides told AFP on Thursday. Polls will be scheduled within six months under a deal reached between Fatah leader Mahmud Abbas and Hamas […]

US adds new sanctions on Iran, with plans to enforce them singlehandedly

The United States slapped additional sanctions on Iran on Monday after the Trump administration’s disputed unilateral weekend declaration that all United Nations penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal had been restored. The announcement came in defiance of nearly all UN members, including US allies in Europe, who have rejected US legal standing to impose […]

New Zealand near eradication, but virus has grim global hold

Blue Impulse of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force fly over the Tokyo Station to show support towards medical staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, May 29, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced the lift of a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining areas, ending the restrictions nationwide […]