AU expresses solidarity with Palestine as violence escalates in Gaza

12 May 2021, 3:34 PM
The African Union (AU) has expressed solidarity with the Palestinian people over violence in the Middle East.
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EU calls on US and others to exports their vaccines 7 May 2021, 11:39 PM

The European Commission called on Friday on the United States and other major COVID-19 vaccine producers to export what they make as the European Union does, rather than talk about waiving intellectual property rights to the shots.

US President Biden says he is confident he can meet Russia’s Putin soon 7 May 2021, 9:06 PM

US President Joe Biden said on Friday he expected to be able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon and the White House said ongoing differences between the United States and Russia would not need to be resolved in advance of a summit.

Hong Kong shortens coronavirus quarantine for vaccinated residents 7 May 2021, 5:01 PM

Hong Kong authorities said on Friday residents who have been fully vaccinated can spend a shorter time in quarantine if they have been exposed to a COVID-19 patient, after thousands of people were sent to tiny quarantine quarters for up to 21 days.

India’s Gandhi demands faster vaccinations 7 May 2021, 11:01 AM

India's opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday demanded the government rapidly vaccinate the entire country and scientifically track the coronavirus in an effort to curb a deadly second wave which saw 1.5 million new cases in a week.

Japan government seeks to extend state of emergency to May 31 7 May 2021, 3:41 AM

The Japanese government is seeking to extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May, in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus cases with fewer than three months before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.

Japan may approve AstraZeneca, Moderna vaccines as early as May 20 – Nikkei 7 May 2021, 3:11 AM

Japan's government may approve the use of coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca PLC and Moderna Inc as early as May 20, the Nikkei reported on Friday.

Spain backs vaccine patent waiver, calls for more international cooperation 7 May 2021, 1:30 AM

The Spanish government on Thursday said a US proposal to waive patents on coronavirus vaccines signals the "way forward" but will not be enough to guarantee supplies to developing countries.

WTO vaccine waiver could take months to negotiate, faces opposition – Experts 7 May 2021, 12:32 AM

World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations on a waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines could take months - provided they can overcome significant opposition from some member countries, trade experts say.

Germany rejects US proposal to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines 6 May 2021, 7:32 PM

Germany on Thursday rejected a US proposal to waive patent protection for COVID-19 vaccines, saying the greatest constraints on production were not intellectual property but increasing capacity and ensuring quality.

Acute food insecurity at five-year high: UN agencies 6 May 2021, 5:19 PM

The stark warning from the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises released on Wednesday revealed that conflict, or economic shocks that are often related to COVID-19 along with extreme weather, are continuing to push millions of people into acute food insecurity.

EU ‘ready to discuss’ COVID vaccine patent waiver, says von der Leyen 6 May 2021, 3:17 PM

The European Union is willing to discuss a proposal, now backed by the United States, to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.

Scotland votes to decide the fate of independence movement 6 May 2021, 5:28 AM

Scotland votes on Thursday in an election that could trigger a showdown with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over a new independence referendum just five years since the Brexit vote strained the United Kingdom to breaking point.

Denmark, Norway study finds slightly raised blood clot rates after Astra COVID shot 6 May 2021, 4:10 AM

A study in Denmark and Norway has found slightly increased rates of vein blood clots among people who have had a first dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine,including clots in the brain, compared with expected rates in the general population.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says United States will soon send vaccines to Brazil 6 May 2021, 3:04 AM

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that US President Joe Biden will soon send doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the South American country, which has recorded the world's second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak.

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian teen during West Bank clashes 6 May 2021, 1:55 AM

Israeli troops shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian male during clashes in the occupied West Bank late on Wednesday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Guatemala receives first batch of Sputnik V vaccines 6 May 2021, 1:40 AM

Guatemala on Wednesday took delivery of its first consignment of Russian Sputnik vaccines, with 50 000 doses arriving despite Guatemalan concerns Russia could cancel the deal after the confidential vaccine contract was leaked.

Biden move on vaccine IP ‘monumental moment’ in COVID-19 fight -WHO chief 5 May 2021, 11:37 PM

The head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that US President Joe Biden's plan to back a proposed waiver on intellectual property rights to boost global vaccine production was a "monumental moment in the fight against #COVID-19."

Biden says he plans to back WTO IP waiver for vaccines 5 May 2021, 9:38 PM

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he plans to back a World Trade Organisation (WTO) waiver for vaccine Intellectual Property (IP) and would talk about it later in the day.

Biden urged not to support proposal to temporarily waive IP rules amid COVID-19 pandemic 5 May 2021, 8:42 PM

Twelve Republican lawmakers have written to United States President Joe Biden urging him not to support a proposal by South Africa and India to temporarily waive from Intellectual Property (IP) rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Indian minister to join G7 meeting virtually after possible COVID-19 exposure 5 May 2021, 11:20 AM

India's entire delegation to the Group of Seven (G7) summit in London is self-isolating after two of its members tested positive for COVID-19, the British government said on Wednesday.

Syria says Israeli raids target Mediterranean port region of Latakia 5 May 2021, 5:20 AM

Syrian air defences downed several Israeli missiles during pre-dawn raids on the Mediterranean port city of Latakia, the Syrian army said on Wednesday, a rare attack on the ancestral home region of the Syrian leader and close to a Russian air base.

Japan considering state of emergency for Tokyo, other areas beyond May 11 – Media 5 May 2021, 4:00 AM

Japan had placed Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures under a 17-day state of emergency on April 25 in an effort to reverse the surge in coronavirus infections.

US trade chief says COVID-19 recovery depends on addressing global vaccine inequity 5 May 2021, 2:56 AM

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Tuesday (May 4) that making vaccines more widely available throughout the world is needed to end the coronavirus pandemic and foster economic recovery.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin asks judge for new trial 5 May 2021, 12:59 AM

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin asked a Minneapolis judge on Tuesday for a new trial, court records showed, two weeks after he was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.

Brazil COVID-19 inquiry told of Bolsonaro’s blind faith in chloroquine 5 May 2021, 12:10 AM

Brazil's former health minister told a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing government knew full well that the treatment they were advocating for COVID-19 patients had no scientific basis.

Spain, Greece excluded from UK’s travel ‘green list’ – The Sun 4 May 2021, 11:49 PM

People from Britain will be able to fly to Gibraltar and Malta but not to Spain and Greece under UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's green light scheme, The Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Netanyahu’s deadline to form government expires, rivals eyed 4 May 2021, 11:20 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's deadline for forming a new Israeli government expired early on Wednesday,with the country's longest-serving prime minister having failed to break more than two years of political deadlock.

23 killed after train plunges into busy road in Mexico 4 May 2021, 4:25 PM

A full investigation will be carried out into the causes of an overpass collapse that killed at least 23 people when a Mexico City metro train plunged onto a busy road below, authorities said on Tuesday.

India’s tally of coronavirus infections crosses 20 million 4 May 2021, 7:31 AM

India's tally of coronavirus infections surged past 20 million on Tuesday, boosted by 357 229 new cases over the last 24 hours.  

Mexico hopes to finish vaccinating its population in early 2022 4 May 2021, 4:24 AM

Mexico hopes to finish vaccinating its entire population against COVID-19 by the end of next year's first quarter, Mexico's deputy health minister, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said Monday evening.