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By Maher Nazeh BAGHDAD -A fire sparked by an oxygen tank explosion killed at least 82 people and injured 110 at a hospital in Baghdad that had been equipped to house COVID-19 patients, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Sunday. "We urgently need to review safety meas...
WASHINGTON - Malpass expressed his desire to work closely with Gavi on a 2022 strategy, including helping expand vaccine production capacity for developing countries, the bank said in a statement.   [IMAGE_GALLERY_1]   The two officials also discussed the need for more transparency by countries, sup...
LONDON - Australian banker Lex Greensill was brought in as an adviser to the government while Cameron was British prime minister from 2010 to 2016. After leaving office, Cameron in turn became an adviser to Greensill's now-insolvent company. The Financial Times and Sunday Times newspapers have repor...
-China reported its biggest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases in more than two months, as a city on the border with Myanmar in southwestern Yunnan province accounted for all new local cases. Ruili's local government put residents in its urban area under home quarantine, launched a mass...
ISLAMABAD - "Had (first) dose of vaccine, but antibodies start developing after (second) dose that was due in a week. Please continue to be careful," he said. Coronavirus cases are rising quickly in the South Asian nation and Prime Minister Imran Khan tested positive two days after receiving his fir...
OTTAWA - Last week Canada's federal health ministry said the vaccine was safe and would continue to be recommended for use. The ministry was not immediately available for comment on the CBC report.   (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chris Reese)...
WASHINGTON - "We have been clear that independent, technically sound investigation is what our focus is on, and once this is reviewed, we'll have an assessment about the steps forward," White House Presse Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says tha...
Suez Canal Authority Stephen Turnock, University of Southampton The incident has created a logjam of hundreds of tankers, the operators of which are now weighing up whether to wait for the stranded container ship to be cleared, or whether rerouting around the Cape of Good Hope, at the southernmost...
Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt March 25, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS
BERLIN - German health experts warned on Saturday against any further easing of coronavirus lockdown measures as the number of cases jumped again, raising the possibility that infections could again reach peaks seen around Christmas by mid-April. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseas...
Lifting restrictions will be split into four stages, with a minimum of five weeks between each to observe the effects of easing restrictions. Criteria – concerning vaccine rollout and effectiveness, infection rates and mutations – will need to be met each time the country is due to move onto the next stage.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic media briefing at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 22, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
Headaches: three tips from a neuroscientist on how to get rid of them Krakenimages.com/Shutterstock.com Amanda Ellison, Durham University When headaches strike, many people’s reaction is to reach for a painkiller. And these can do the job. But a better solution is often to probe the reasons behind...
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By Brenda Goh and Steven Bian SHANGHAI - China's recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the northeast have come from travelers entering the country or contaminated frozen food imports, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday. NHC Minister Ma Xiaowei made the com...
LONDON (Not The News) - Welcome to episode one of #NotTheNews with Jolyon Rubinstein (that’s me)!  Each week we will bring you a new episode, covering stories that mean a lot to me and hopefully will to you too. We need to better understand what the hell is going on; we are living in deeply troublin...
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SYDNEY () - South Australia will come out of its snap six-day coronavirus lockdown earlier than expected, with most activities permitted to restart from midnight on Saturday, state Premier Steven Marshall said on Friday. Coronavirus infections have slowed dramatically in recent weeks i...
BERLIN - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,892 to 255,366, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday. The reported death toll rose by three to 9,341, the tally showed. (Reporting...
Monica Grady, The Open University Two of the spacecraft were launched in the past couple of weeks by newcomers to martian exploration: the United Arab Emirates’ Al-Amal (meaning Hope) and China’s Tianwen-1 (which means Question to Heaven). The third vessel will be NASA’s Mars 2020, containing the Pe...
Illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech
By Jarrett Renshaw HARRISBURG, Penn. (Bywire News) - The U.S. debate over when to lift restrictions to curb the coronavirus outbreak intensified on Monday, with protesters describing mandatory lockdowns as "tyranny" and health workers and officials portraying them as a matter of life and death. Stay...
Zania Stamataki, University of Birmingham; Beatrice Heuser, University of Glasgow; David Hunter, University of Oxford, and Jonathan Ball, University of Nottingham Italy, Spain and Austria are taking the first tentative steps out of lockdown, with Germany soon to follow. In Italy, forestry workers an...
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Manuel Berdoy, University of Oxford UK (The Conversation) - Such is the extent of our dominion on Earth, that the answer to questions around whether we are still part of nature – and whether we even need some of it – rely on an understanding of what we want as Homo sapiens. And to know what we want,...
Central, Hong Kong 29 April 2019: Top down view of Hong Kong city. By leungchopan