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.
‘Not really nervous’: Billionaire Bezos on inaugural space flight 19 July 2021, 7:28 PM

American billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos said on Monday he is excited and curious but not very nervous on the eve of taking part in his company Blue Origin's inaugural suborbital flight alongside the oldest and youngest people ever bound for space.

Australian PM Morrison’s approval rating slumps on slow vaccine rollout 19 July 2021, 3:57 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's approval ratings fell to the lowest level in more than a year, according to a poll published on Monday, as a sluggish COVID-19 vaccine rollout dented voters' confidence in his conservative government.

PM Johnson pleads for caution as ‘Freedom Day’ arrives in England 19 July 2021, 12:17 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ends more than a year of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in England on Monday, urging the public to remain cautious but putting his faith in vaccines to protect the country even as infections are surging.

The floods are terrifying, says Merkel as European death toll rises to 184 18 July 2021, 3:45 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as "terrifying" on Sunday after the death toll across the region rose to 184 as a district of Bavaria was battered by the extreme weather.

Death toll rises to 170 in Germany and Belgium floods 18 July 2021, 10:44 AM

The death toll in devastating flooding in western Germany and Belgium rose to at least 170 on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week collapsed houses and ripped up roads and power lines.

Thailand expands lockdown areas as COVID-19 cases surge 18 July 2021, 5:30 AM

Thailand on Sunday announced an expansion of coronavirus restrictions that include travel curbs, mall closures and a night-time curfew to three more provinces after the country reported a third consecutive day of record case numbers.

Four people shot outside Washington Nationals baseball stadium 18 July 2021, 4:39 AM

Four people were shot outside of Nationals Park, a professional baseball stadium in the District of Columbia, on Saturday night, police said.

Martine Moise, widow of assassinated president, returns to Haiti 18 July 2021, 3:55 AM

Martine Moise, the widow of Haiti's assassinated president Jovenel Moise, returned to the Caribbean nation on Saturday for his funeral after she was treated in a Miami hospital for injuries sustained during the July 7 attack at their private residence.

Oregon wildfire blazes ahead against army of firefighters 18 July 2021, 3:12 AM

Fed by bone dry timbers, a massive wildfire dubbed the Bootleg blaze raged across an Oregon forest, advancing 8 km a day against an army of firefighters as it scorched another 39 000 acres (15 783 hectares) on Saturday.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro feeling ‘fine,’ could be discharged from hospital on Sunday 18 July 2021, 2:08 AM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, undergoing hospital treatment for complications following a near-fatal 2018 stabbing, said on Saturday that he feels fine and cannot wait to get back to work.

Britain backs slew of ‘long COVID’ research studies 18 July 2021, 1:28 AM

Britain is backing 15 new studies into the treatment and diagnosis of "long COVID", a condition that can include dozens of symptoms and last for months after an initial bout of infection with COVID-19.

Former US ambassador urges the Biden administration to make SA unrest foreign policy priority 17 July 2021, 9:16 PM

A former United States (US) ambassador to South Africa is now calling for the US to step up and make the unfolding unrest more of a foreign policy priority.

Netherlands on high alert for flooding of swollen rivers 17 July 2021, 12:15 PM

Emergency services in the Netherlands remained on high alert on Saturday as overflowing rivers threatened towns and villages throughout the southern province of Limburg.

Thailand bans public gatherings as coronavirus cases and deaths hit daily records 17 July 2021, 4:28 AM

Thailand imposed a nation-wide ban on public gatherings and is considering more restrictions on movement as authorities reported record numbers of new cases and deaths on Saturday, despite partial lockdowns in Bangkok and nine other provinces this week.

UK to keep quarantine rules for travellers from France 17 July 2021, 4:00 AM

Britain said on Friday that it was scrapping a planned easing of coronavirus rules for travellers from France, which had been due to take effect on Monday, because of the continued presence of the Beta variant of COVID first identified in South Africa.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro recovering, says will be ‘back in action soon’ 17 July 2021, 2:33 AM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, undergoing hospital treatment for an obstructed intestine after a near-fatal 2018 stabbing, said on Friday he hoped to be "back in action soon," while doctors gave no date for him to be discharged.

Italian presidency says the country is struggling to reach common ground on G20 climate position 16 July 2021, 4:50 PM

Italy is struggling to reach agreement on a joint statement over climate commitments among G20 countries days before a summit it will chair next week, the Italian energy transition minister said on Friday.

Firefighters try to contain Oregon wildfire as blazes flare across U.S. West 16 July 2021, 6:57 AM

Firefighters dropped retardant from the air on Tuesday (July 13) to suppress a wildfire in Oregon, one of the dozens of blazes raging across the drought-stricken U.S. West. The Grandview fire in Deschutes and Jefferson counties burned in an evergreen forest, sending smoke billowing into the sky.

S Korea PM says further gathering limits may be needed as COVID-19 cases rise 16 July 2021, 3:19 AM

South Korea's Prime Minister on Friday said more limits on private gatherings may be needed around the country as authorities reported 1 536 new coronavirus cases.

Biden says US reviewing European travel ban, sees update in coming days 16 July 2021, 2:32 AM

President Joe Biden said on Thursday the United States is reviewing when it can lift restrictions that ban most-non US citizens from traveling to the United States from much of Europe after German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the issue.

Mask mandate returns to Los Angeles as coronavirus cases rise 16 July 2021, 1:35 AM

Los Angeles County will reimpose its mask mandate this weekend in the latest sign that public health officials are struggling with an alarming rise in coronavirus cases tied to the highly contagious Delta variant.

India expresses concern about the safety of its nationals in South Africa 15 July 2021, 5:15 PM

As South Africa gets ready to deploy additional troops to try and quell days of looting, arson and violence, India has expressed concern about the safety of its nationals in the country.

Rival claims over fate of Afghan border town 15 July 2021, 2:10 PM

There were conflicting reports on Thursday about the fate of a major Afghan trading town on the border with Pakistan with the government saying its forces had retaken it from the Taliban but the insurgents insisting they remained firmly in control.

WTO chief calls for ‘shift of mindset’ to conclude fisheries talks 15 July 2021, 11:05 AM

The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) told trade ministers on Thursday she was optimistic about concluding multilateral talks on the fishing industry soon but called for a "shift of mindset" to bridge final gaps.

Haitians protest as country grapples with president’s killing 15 July 2021, 7:40 AM

Scattered protests broke out in Haiti's capital on Wednesday as gasoline shortages added to concerns over insecurity and police announced new arrests a week after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise pitched the already-troubled Caribbean nation into political chaos.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro, stabbed in 2018, may need emergency surgery 15 July 2021, 4:53 AM

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is being transferred to Sao Paulo to undergo tests for an obstructed intestine and could receive emergency surgery, the president's office said on Wednesday, in his latest health complication from a 2018 stabbing.

Most Britons want COVID restrictions to remain – Poll 15 July 2021, 3:20 AM

Two thirds of people in Britain think at least some coronavirus restrictions should stay in place after July 19 when Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to do away with them in England, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday.

US aid chief seeks more effective help for Haiti amid ‘chaos’ 15 July 2021, 12:36 AM

The head of the US Agency for International Development said on Wednesday she was looking at aid to Haiti in the hope of better results than billions of dollars in previous assistance that did little to ease the country's deep problems.

Afghan Taliban seize border crossing with Pakistan in major advance 14 July 2021, 6:29 PM

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan said on Wednesday they had taken control of one of the main border crossings with Pakistan, perhaps the most strategic objective they have captured so far in a rapid advance across the country as US forces pull out.

Myanmar anti-coup activists protest as US seeks regional action 14 July 2021, 9:50 AM

About 100 opponents of military rule in Myanmar marched through the centre of its biggest city of Yangon on Wednesday, as the United States called on Southeast Asian nations to take action to restore democracy and end violence in their neighbour.