Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots to fight COVID

1 August 2021, 11:01 AM
Cambodia will begin offering a booster shot against COVID-19, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.
Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead 25 July 2021, 1:47 AM

Rescue teams in India struggled through thick sludge and debris on Saturday to reach dozens of submerged homes as the death toll from landslides and accidents caused by torrential monsoon rain rose to 125.

Protesters opposed to COVID-19 measures clash with police in Paris 24 July 2021, 5:43 PM

French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes broke out during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 curbs and vaccination, local television reported.

Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood Manila, provinces 24 July 2021, 1:55 PM

Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents in the capital, Manila, out of low-lying communities on Saturday as heavy monsoon rains, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces.

Samoa’s new Prime Minister seeks to install cabinet on Tuesday 24 July 2021, 10:20 AM

Samoa's first female Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, said on Saturday her government would formally take office next week, a day after the country's Court of Appeal affirmed her government was legal.

China reports 35 new COVID-19 cases on July 23 vs 48 a day earlier 24 July 2021, 5:00 AM

China reported 35 new COVID-19 cases in the Mainland on July 23, down from 48 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Saturday.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian teen in West Bank clash – Palestinian officials 24 July 2021, 3:25 AM

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager during a clash in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Florida firefighters end their search for remains from Miami-area condo collapse 24 July 2021, 2:54 AM

The Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue Department on Friday declared an end to its search for more human remains in the rubble of a Florida condominium complex that collapsed on June 24, killing at least 97 people.

Violent protests mar funeral of slain Haiti President 24 July 2021, 2:05 AM

Haiti bid a rowdy farewell to assassinated President Jovenel Moise on Friday as his funeral was roiled by nearby gunfire and protests, prompting a high-level US delegation to leave abruptly and other dignitaries to duck into vehicles for safety.

As Americans navigate conflicting COVID-19 mask advice, ‘everyone is confused’ 23 July 2021, 7:30 PM

A COVID-19 surge ignited in parts of the United States by the highly contagious Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy has led to new mask mandates and deep confusion among some people about which guidance to follow.

Outgoing UNWomen chief Mlambo-Ncquka reflects on her tenure 23 July 2021, 11:24 AM

Outgoing Executive Director of UNWOMEN has confirmed that she is a member of the African National Congress and intends to be active within the ruling party when she permanently returns to South Africa next month.

Masking guidance unchanged as Delta variant sweeps US – CDC director 23 July 2021, 4:32 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not revised its masking guidance, even as the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps the United States, driving up infections, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said on Thursday.

Ex-UN rights boss to head probe into Israel, Hamas alleged crimes 23 July 2021, 2:51 AM

Former United Nations Human Rights chief Navi Pillay will head an international commission of inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the latest conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza,the UN's Human Rights Council said in a statement on Thursday.

France adjusts Macron’s security protocols as Israel eyes spyware export curbs 22 July 2021, 6:58 PM

 France has decided to adapt President Emmanuel Macron's security protocols in light of the Pegasus spyware case, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Thursday, in one of the first concrete actions announced in relation to the scandal.

Senior US diplomat Sherman to visit China amid strained ties 22 July 2021, 11:43 AM

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit China on July 25-26, the State Department said on Wednesday, as the world's two largest economies seek to navigate a deeply troubled bilateral relationship.

Protests rock northern Haiti city ahead of president’s funeral 22 July 2021, 5:23 AM

Unrest rocked the northern Haitian city of Cap-Haitien on Wednesday as demonstrators set up road blocks in protest against the assassination earlier this month of President Jovenel Moise,whose body will be laid to rest there on Friday.

Syrian air defences intercept Israeli attack over Homs – State media 22 July 2021, 5:02 AM

Syria's air defences early on Thursday intercepted an Israeli attack on the Al Qusair area in Homs, Syrian state media reported. A Syrian military source said in a statement there was some material damage from the strike and no casualties.

At least 17 migrants drown off Tunisia in shipwreck – Red Crescent 22 July 2021, 12:09 AM

At least 17 Bengali migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya, while more than 380 were rescued by the coastguard, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Wednesday.

UN human rights office describes Pegasus spyware scandal as extremely alarming 21 July 2021, 7:00 PM

"Extremely alarming" is how the human rights office of the United Nations is describing revelations regarding the widespread use of surveillance software to spy on individuals from heads of state to journalists.

Biden to convene private sector leaders for cybersecurity talks in August 21 July 2021, 4:35 PM

President Joe Biden and senior US officials will meet private sector leaders on August 25 to discuss ways to beef up cyber security, a White House spokesperson said on Wednesday, underscoring the need for collective action.

France tightens COVID-19 rules with introduction of health pass 21 July 2021, 1:17 PM

Visitors heading to museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France will be denied entry from Wednesday if they cannot show the document that proves they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test.

Jailed Myanmar politician dies from COVID-19 as infections spike 21 July 2021, 5:10 AM

Myanmar politician Nyan Win, a senior adviser to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, died in hospital on Tuesday after becoming infected with COVID-19 in jail, his party said, as the Southeast Asian country struggles with an exponential rise in infections.

China reports 22 new COVID-19 cases; new local cluster in Nanjing 21 July 2021, 4:19 AM

China reported 22 new COVID-19 cases in the mainland on July 20 versus 65 a day earlier, the country's health authority said on Wednesday.

Half of Australia hit by COVID-19 lockdowns as Victoria cases rise 21 July 2021, 2:46 AM

More than half of Australia's 25 million population came under hard COVID-19 lockdowns on Wednesday as the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus spread across three of the country's major cities.

Haiti appoints new Prime Minister in wake of President’s assassination 21 July 2021, 1:28 AM

Haiti's government on Tuesday formally appointed Ariel Henry as Prime Minister, nearly two weeks after President Jovenel Moise was gunned down in a murder plot that likely extends far beyond the Caribbean country's borders.

US eases COVID-19 travel advisory for India, Pakistan 21 July 2021, 12:46 AM

The US State Department has lowered its COVID 19-related travel advisory for India to “Level 3 – Reconsider Travel,” the department said in a statement on Tuesday.

White House says in regular contact with Fox News over vaccine messaging 21 July 2021, 12:21 AM

White House press secretary Jen Psaki says she is in regular contact with the conservative news network Fox News about its coverage of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Germany faces calls for mobile phone disaster alerts after floods 20 July 2021, 9:27 PM

German authorities faced pressure on Tuesday to set aside longstanding privacy concerns and send mobile phone alerts directly to people in potential disaster zones following the devastation wrought by last week's catastrophic floods.

Stranded and shattered seafarers threaten global supply lines 20 July 2021, 2:03 PM

"I've seen grown men cry," says Captain Tejinder Singh, who hasn't set foot on dryland in more than seven months and isn't sure when he'll go home.

Rockets land near Kabul presidential palace during Eid prayers 20 July 2021, 7:21 AM

Rockets hit the Afghan capital on Tuesday, landing near the presidential palace during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, officials and media said, but it was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

US and allies accuse China of global hacking spree 20 July 2021, 12:20 AM

The United States and its allies accused China on Monday of a global cyberespionage campaign, mustering an unusually broad coalition of countries to publicly call out Beijing for hacking.