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.
Trinidad and Tobago tightens lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge 4 May 2021, 1:37 AM

Trinidad and Tobago said on Monday it was tightening lockdown restrictions for three weeks starting at midnight as the number of new COVID-19 cases hits record highs and the Caribbean twin-island nation faces a potential shortage of hospital beds.

EU aims to open up to foreign tourists this summer amidst COVID-19 4 May 2021, 1:09 AM

The European Union’s executive has recommended easing COVID-19 travel restrictions next month to let foreign travellers from more countries enter the bloc, hoping to boost the stricken tourism industry this summer.

Brazil looks to new Pfizer contract to speed up vaccinations 4 May 2021, 1:03 AM

Brazil is close to signing a second contract with Pfizer Inc for another 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, of which 35 million shots are due to be delivered in October, Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Monday.

FDA set to authorise Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents early next week – NYT 4 May 2021, 12:44 AM

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorise Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged between 12 and 15 years by early next week, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing federal officials familiar with the agency's plans.

Trainee Indian doctors pulled from exams to fight world’s biggest COVID-19 surge 3 May 2021, 7:38 PM

India postponed exams for trainee doctors and nurses on Monday, freeing them up to fight the world’s biggest surge in coronavirus infections, as the health system crumbles under the weight of new cases and hospitals run out of beds and oxygen.

Israeli state watchdog to investigate religious festival stampede 3 May 2021, 1:40 PM

Israel's government watchdog said on Monday it would open an investigation into the deaths of 45 people crushed in a stampede at a Jewish religious festival last week.

Britain hosts first G7 foreign ministers meeting since start of pandemic 3 May 2021, 12:25 PM

Foreign ministers of the G7 rich countries gather in London on Monday for their first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with British host Dominic Raab opening with talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Australia state reports zero cases, lockdown fears ease 3 May 2021, 7:55 AM

Western Australia state reported no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases for the second straight day on Monday, allaying fears of a second lockdown in two weeks after three new coronavirus cases were detected over the weekend.

Eight reported killed as Myanmar protests aim to ‘shake the world’ 3 May 2021, 1:05 AM

Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days on Sunday killing eight people, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis.

Colombia’s president withdraws tax reform after protests 2 May 2021, 9:53 PM

Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Sunday he would withdraw a proposed tax reform after sometimes violent protests and widespread lawmaker opposition, though he insisted a reform is still necessary to ensure fiscal stability.

Video captures stampede during Jewish religious festival 2 May 2021, 9:10 PM

A mobile phone video circulated on Israeli media on Sunday captured the moment showing dozens of people being crushed in a crowd at a Jewish religious festival.

Washington denies Iran state media report saying prisoner swap agreed 2 May 2021, 6:04 PM

The United States on Sunday denied a report by Iran's state television that the arch-foes had reached a prisoner swap deal in exchange for the release of $7 billion frozen Iranian oil funds under U.S. sanctions in other countries.

Prime Minister Modi’s ruling party loses crucial Indian state election 2 May 2021, 4:02 PM

The incumbent chief minister's party in India's West Bengal state has defeated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party in a state election held as the coronavirus pandemic surged to crisis levels.

Seven reported killed as Myanmar protests aim to ‘shake the world’ 2 May 2021, 3:05 PM

Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days on Sunday killing seven people, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis.

India’s COVID-19 daily cases hold close to record, another state imposes lockdown 2 May 2021, 12:09 PM

Authorities reported 392 488 new cases in the previous 24 hours to push total cases to 19.56 million. So far, the virus has killed 215 542 people.

India’s COVID crisis shows urgent need for production of vaccines by developing countries 2 May 2021, 7:09 AM

Ramaphosa says a temporary Trips waiver of vaccine patents will allow developing nations more speedy and equitable access to vaccines.

Pakistan to slash international flights by 80% to curb COVID-19 2 May 2021, 1:05 AM

Pakistan will reduce the number of international flights into and out of its airports by 80% to help curb rising COVID-19 cases, the government said on Saturday.

US commander warns against attacks on troops in Afghanistan as deadline passes 1 May 2021, 9:03 PM

The commander of foreign forces in Afghanistan warned on Saturday it would be a mistake for insurgents to attack foreign troops still present in the country after the passing of a May 1 deadline for withdrawal agreed last year with Taliban militants.

India’s daily COVID-19 cases pass 400 000 as second wave worsens 1 May 2021, 3:49 PM

India recorded more than 400 000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time on Saturday as it battles a devastating second wave

US says its citizens were among those killed in Israeli festival disaster 1 May 2021, 12:49 PM

At least 45 people were crushed to death and more than 100 injured in the disaster on the slopes of Israel's Mount Meron, which occurred overnight between Thursday and Friday.

Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge 1 May 2021, 8:35 AM

A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters.

India’s Serum Institute plans to start vaccine production outside India – The Times 1 May 2021, 3:16 AM

The Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is planning to start vaccine production in other countries as it struggles to meet supply commitments, its chief executive officer told The Times.

Biden bans most travel to US from India to limit COVID-19 spread 1 May 2021, 2:20 AM

US President Joe Biden on Friday imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of the COVID-19 epidemic, barring most non-US citizens from entering the United States.

In vaccine supply crunch, Mexico angles for 5 million doses from US 1 May 2021, 1:27 AM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday the United States would probably send Mexico around 5 million more doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, saying a factory set to make the drug domestically was not yet ready.

WHO gives emergency use listing to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine 1 May 2021, 12:35 AM

The World Health Organization has listed Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the agency said on Friday, the fifth to be given the status meant to expedite countries’ own approval of shots.

Overwhelmed India running short of COVID-19 vaccines 30 April 2021, 11:05 PM

Several states in India have run out of vaccines against COVID-19, exacerbating a dire second wave of infections that has left hospitals and morgues overflowing while families scramble for increasingly scarce medicines and oxygen.

Myanmar risks coming to standstill as violence worsens: UN envoy 30 April 2021, 9:39 PM

The UN special envoy on Myanmar told the Security Council on Friday that in the absence of a collective international response to the country's coup, violence is worsening and the running of the state risks coming to a standstill

Russia bars eight EU citizens in retaliation for sanctions 30 April 2021, 6:30 PM

Russia on Friday barred eight officials from European Union countries from entering the country in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens by the EU.

Families of Indonesia’s sunken submarine crew pay tribute at sea 30 April 2021, 4:28 PM

The KRI Nanggala-402 was discovered at a depth of nearly 840 metres (2 756 ft) on Sunday, broken into at least three parts

Vaccination centres close in Mumbai as India posts another record rise in COVID-19 30 April 2021, 8:20 AM

India reported 386 452 news cases on Friday, while deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3 498 over the last 24 hours, according to health ministry data.