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America wants to waive patent protection for vaccines

2021-05-08 18:25:00

To help battle the pandemic, the administration of President Joe Biden said it supported waiving some intellectual-property protections for vaccines. Jaws dropped—along..


’I didn’t know I wasn’t a British citizen’

2021-05-05 19:38:00

Thousands of young people who were born in the UK or have lived here since they were young say they feel like second-class citizens because of their immigration status...


COVID-19: India coronavirus cases soar past 20 million with health system on brink of collapse

2021-05-04 13:40:00

The number of new coronavirus infections in India has passed 20 million with 357, 229 new cases reported in the latest 24-hour period...


Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

2021-05-04 11:17:00

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, saying ’’we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple’’...


‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

2021-05-01 21:53:00

It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complain..


South Asians in UK at greater risk from Covid

2021-05-01 18:04:00

People from a South Asian background were at even greater risk of infection, hospitalisation and death in the second wave of Covid than the first, compared with other ethnic groups, a study says...


Stephen Karanja: Kenyan anti-vaccine doctor dies from Covid-19

2021-05-01 09:14:00

A Kenyan doctor who became a vociferous opponent of the Covid-19 vaccine has succumbed to the virus, weeks after saying the jab was ’’totally unnecessary’’...


Tim Scott: Republican senator who gave rebuttal speech to Biden

2021-04-29 23:26:00

As is the tradition, President Joe Biden’s speech to the joint session of Congress was followed by a rebuttal speech from the opposing party. This year, the Republicans chose Senator Tim Scott - the party’s only African-American senator - to deliver the response. So what more do we know of Senator Scott?..


Biden pitches ’once in a generation investment’ to Congress

2021-04-29 15:21:00

US President Joe Biden has laid out a sweeping investment plan for jobs, education and social care in his first speech to a joint session of Congress...


China’s population appears to be shrinking

2021-04-29 14:54:00

The implications for the country are enormous..


Senate confirms Samantha Power as USAID administrator

2021-04-29 13:09:00

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Samantha Power as the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development after a 68-26 vote, with several Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues in backing President Biden’s nominee...


Apollo astronaut Michael Collins dies aged 90

2021-04-28 22:55:00

US astronaut Michael Collins, who orbited the moon during the first landing on the surface, dies aged 90, family say..


Covid-19: India surpasses 200,000 deaths and one vaccine dose ’halves transmission’

2021-04-28 13:25:00

India’s death toll due to Covid has now passed the 200,000 mark and it has seen more cases in the past seven days than any other country in the world. People have died waiting for beds, oxygen supplies are running low and hospitals are under immense strain from new patients...


Why India’s Covid crisis matters to the whole world

2021-04-28 13:00:00

The harrowing scenes from India have shocked the world, as the country struggles with soaring cases of Covid. But the outbreak isn’t just a crisis for India - it’s a crisis for everyone...


Israel has reached Herd Immunity: BBC

2021-04-27 19:10:00

Israel has once again shown countries how clever leaders think in the 2nd and 3rd order (thinking beyond the obvious).*..


COVID-19: Doctor at centre of India’s coronavirus outbreak says next two weeks ’are going to be hell’

2021-04-27 07:09:00

Wards in the hospital have more than double the normal number of patients as others are treated in tents in the car park...


India’s giant second wave is a disaster for it and the world

2021-04-24 19:30:00

The government’s distraction and complacency have amplified the surge..


India Covid surge: Hospitals send SOS as record deaths registered

2021-04-24 16:58:00

Indian hospitals say their patients are dying because of a shortage of oxygen as Covid case numbers and deaths set new records for a third day running...


Bollywood composer Shravan Rathod dies of Covid aged 66

2021-04-24 16:06:00

Bollywood composer Shravan Rathod has died shortly after testing positive for Covid-19, his family has confirmed...


Hospitals overrun as India’s COVID-19 infections top global record for second day

2021-04-24 13:08:00

People across India scrambled for life-saving oxygen supplies on Friday and patients lay dying outside hospitals as the capital recorded the equivalent of one death from COVID-19 every five minutes...


It is useless to sacrifice human lives and get high yields - President ready to suspend the import of chemical fertilizers!

2021-04-23 12:08:00

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa emphasizes that steps will be taken to suspend the import of chemical fertilizers. A statement issued by the Presidential Media Unit states that the President has decided to implement this ban within a very short period of time...


Parliamentary Committee on the conflict on 21st April named

2021-04-23 11:44:00

A committee consisting of Members of Parliament has been appointed to inquire into the conflict situation that arose in the House of Parliament on the 21st, two years after the Easter attack. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena informed the House today (23) about the members of the relevant committee...


India COVID ‘storm’ hits new records as oxygen supplies run short

2021-04-23 11:24:00

India’s COVID-19 outbreak has set new records with 2,023 deaths in 24 hours – the highest single-day tally for the country so far – as hospitals run perilously low on oxygen amid rising demand for beds...


Biden’s intelligence director tells world leaders climate is now ‘at the center’ of U.S. foreign policy.

2021-04-23 08:57:00

Avril Haines, President Biden’s director of national intelligence, told world leaders on Thursday that climate change was no longer a peripheral issue but now “at the center” of U.S. foreign policy, with far-reaching impacts on force deployments and the stability of hard-hit regions...


Brazil Amazon: Celebrities urge Biden to refuse deal with Bolsonaro

2021-04-22 21:37:00

Dozens of US and Brazilian celebrities have urged President Joe Biden to not sign any environmental deal with Brazil as deforestation in the Amazon rises...


Chad president’s death: Rivals condemn ’dynastic coup’

2021-04-22 16:24:00

Chad’s main opposition parties say the army’s appointment of President Idriss Déby’s son as the nation’s new leader is an ’’institutional coup’’...


Derek Chauvin guilty verdict: Biden says ‘systemic racism is a stain on our nation’s soul’

2021-04-21 10:16:00

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday of three charges in the death of George Floyd: second-degree unintentional murder, third- degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter...


Boris Johnson says 60 per cent of those aged 45 to 49 in UK vaccinated

2021-04-20 22:55:00

Boris Johnson has announced that the government of UK is setting up an antivirals taskforce to help develop medicines to protect people from coronavirus...


WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX: Journalism, the vaccine against disinformation, blocked in more than 130 countries

2021-04-20 19:00:00

The 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows that journalism, the main vaccine against disinformation, is completely or partly blocked in 73% of the 180 countries ranked by the organisation...


WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX: Censorship and disinformation virus hits Asia-Pacific

2021-04-20 13:49:00

The region’s authoritarian regimes have used the Covid-19 pandemic to perfect their methods of totalitarian control of information, while the “dictatorial democracies” have used it as a pretext for imposing especially repressive legislation with provisions combining propaganda and suppression of dissent...