Peru says oil spill affects at least 2 kilometers of Pacific coast, beaches

18 January 2022, 7:19 AM
At least two kilometers of Peru's central coast and two beaches were dirtied by oil spilled from a discharge ship rocked by waves caused by the eruption of a volcano in Tonga, Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez said on Monday.
UK 4th COVID-19 jabs not needed for now as booster effect lasts 8 January 2022, 8:50 AM

Booster jabs are still providing high levels of protection for older people against severe disease from the Omicron coronavirus variant and there is no need for now for people to have a fourth shot, British health officials said on Friday.

Explosion in China’s Chongqing kills 16 – State Media 8 January 2022, 4:41 AM

A building housing a canteen in Chongqing in China's southwest collapsed on Friday after an explosion suspected to have been caused by a gas leak, killing at least 16, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Australia treasurer tests positive for COVID-19 as cases hit a record 8 January 2022, 3:11 AM

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had tested positive to COVID-19 and was isolating, joining other senior government officials to have contracted the disease amid a record number of cases in an outbreak of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Omicron surge pushes US COVID hospitalisations toward record high 8 January 2022, 2:13 AM

COVID-19 hospitalisations in the United States are poised to hit a new high as early as Friday, according to a Reuters tally, surpassing the record set in January of last year as the highly contagious micron variant fuels a surge in infections.

Spain’s 14-day COVID-19 rate rises to 2 722 per 100 000 7 January 2022, 11:49 PM

Spain's 14-day COVID-19 infection rate rose by 147 cases to 2 722.72 cases per 100 000 people, the Health Ministry said on Friday, compared to 2 574.46 on Wednesday when the last figures were released before a public holiday on Thursday.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro knocks vaccinating children, criticises health regulator 7 January 2022, 4:39 AM

President Jair Bolsonaro criticized Brazil's health regulator Anvisa on Thursday for authorizing the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 years against COVID-19, one day after his health minister unveiled plans to inoculate that age group.

Argentina breaks COVID-19 case record as infections near 110 000 7 January 2022, 12:47 AM

Argentina reported a record number of COVID-19 cases on Thursday for a third day in a row at nearly 110 000, as the highly infectious Omicron variant drives a third pandemic wave in the South American nation.

Mexico nears 300 000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases surge after holidays 6 January 2022, 11:47 PM

Mexico is likely to surpass 300 000 deaths from COVID-19 this week - the fifth highest death toll worldwide - as infections rise after the holiday season, fuelled by the Omicron coronavirus variant and largely unrestricted tourism.

Biden to call Trump a threat to democracy on US Capitol attack anniversary 6 January 2022, 3:29 PM

President Joe Biden will accuse his predecessor Donald Trump of posing a continuing threat to democracy on Thursday, the anniversary of the deadly attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters who tried to overturn his election defeat.

Italy extends COVID vaccine mandate to everyone over 50 6 January 2022, 8:49 AM

Italy on Wednesday made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for people from the age of 50, one of very few European countries to take similar steps, in an attempt to ease pressure on its health service and reduce fatalities.

US, allies girding for security talks with Russia next week 6 January 2022, 4:51 AM

United States and its allies will raise election interference, arms agreements, Ukraine and other issues at security talks with Russia next week, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

Ireland to drop COVID-19 test requirement for vaccinated arrivals 6 January 2022, 4:31 AM

Ireland will no longer require vaccinated arriving travellers to present a negative COVID-19 test, Prime Minister Michael Martin said on Wednesday.

Biden to call out Trump’s ‘singular responsibility’ for January 6 attacks 6 January 2022, 3:44 AM

President Joe Biden will tell Americans that his predecessor, Donald Trump, carries "singular responsibility" for the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol when he marks the first anniversary of the assault on Thursday, the White House said.

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Boos, cheers greet Macron pledge to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated 5 January 2022, 5:30 PM

The government on Wednesday defended President Emmanuel Macron's use of a coarse insult in a stepped-up campaign against France's unvaccinated, after the phrase drew condemnation from the opposition and mixed reactions from voters.

Indian health experts urge preparations for new wave of COVID-19 5 January 2022, 2:14 PM

New COVID-19 cases in India surged to 58 097 on Wednesday, a doubling of the daily tally over the past four days, as health experts called for preparations to ensure hospitals are not overwhelmed by a new wave of patients.

Kazakhstan government’s resignation fails to quell protests 5 January 2022, 1:09 PM

Protesters stormed public buildings in Kazakhstan's biggest city on Wednesday as security forces struggled to impose control after the government resigned in response to popular anger over a fuel price increase.

Macron says he wants to ‘p**s *ff’ the non-vaccinated 5 January 2022, 3:27 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted to "p**s *ff" the non-vaccinated, in a slangy, cutting remark that prompted howls of condemnation from opposition rivals less than 4 months before the next presidential election.

North Korea fires apparent ballistic missile, Japan says 5 January 2022, 1:58 AM

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile off its east coast on Wednesday, authorities in the region reported, underscoring leader Kim Jong Un's New Year vow to bolster the military to counter an unstable international situation.

US charges Colombian man with conspiracy to kill Haitian President Moise 4 January 2022, 11:27 PM

US authorities on Tuesday charged a Colombian man with conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, the first official charges in the brazen crime.

Pfizer to supply US with 10 mln more courses of COVID-19 pills 4 January 2022, 11:10 PM

The Biden administration doubled its order for Pfizer Inc’s oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, the company and the White House said on Tuesday, providing the government a total of 20 million courses as it fights a record surge in COVID-19 cases. The White House now expects some 4 million treatment courses of the pills to be […]

US reports nearly 1 mln COVID-19 cases in a day, setting global record 4 January 2022, 9:29 PM

The United States set a global record of almost 1 million new coronavirus infections reported on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, nearly double the country's peak of 505 109 hit just a week ago as the highly contagious Omicron variant shows no sign of slowing.

China’s Yuzhou locks down 1.1 mln residents amid COVID-19 fears 4 January 2022, 2:22 PM

A Chinese city has locked down its 1.1 million residents after reports of new coronavirus cases officials rushed to contain even small outbreaks just over four weeks before the Winter Olympics begin.

Taiwan urges vigilance after first Omicron coronavirus cases 4 January 2022, 1:33 PM

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday urged vigilance against the spread of the coronavirus after the island detected its first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant spreading in the community.

Delhi chief minister tests COVID positive after poll rally as India cases jump 4 January 2022, 10:20 AM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19, a day after speaking at an election rally where none of the people on the dais could be seen wearing a mask despite rising infections in the country.

Australia’s COVID-19 cases surge, hospitalisations hit pandemic high in NSW 4 January 2022, 5:34 AM

Australia's COVID-19 cases touched a fresh pandemic high on Tuesday amid an Omicron surge in its two most populous states as hospitalisations in New South Wales (NSW), home to Sydney, surpassed the record numbers hit during the Delta outbreak.

Russia, China, Britain, US and France say no one can win nuclear war 4 January 2022, 4:59 AM

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided, according to a joint statement by the five nuclear powers published by the Kremlin on Monday.

Donald Trump and his children Donald Jr and Ivanka are subpoenaed in New York probe 4 January 2022, 4:25 AM

New York state's attorney general is demanding that two of Donald Trump's adult children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, testify in her civil probe into the former US president's business practices and namesake company.

Haitian Prime Minister survives weekend assassination attempt – PM’s office 4 January 2022, 4:07 AM

Gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry during an event on Saturday commemorating the Caribbean country's independence, his office said in a statement.

Israel to start reopening to foreigners, even as Omicron surges 4 January 2022, 1:30 AM

Israel said on Monday it will admit foreigners with presumed COVID-19 immunity from countries deemed medium-risk next week, partially reversing a ban imposed in late November in response to the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

Omicron teaches hard lessons as US schools revamp return from holidays 3 January 2022, 3:26 PM

Many US schools that would normally welcome students back to classrooms on Monday are delaying their start dates, scrambling to test pupils and teachers and preparing, as a last resort, to return to remote learning as record COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant sweep the country.