International

  • Italy health chief distances himself from spiked WHO reportItaly health chief distances himself from spiked WHO report
    The head of Italy's national health institute distanced himself Friday from a scandal over a spiked World Health Organization (WHO) report into Italy's coronavirus response, saying he had no means to interfere with the UN agency and had never censored even inconvenient information from the public. Read more »
  • Japan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with ChinaJapan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China
    President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga showcased the alliance between their two countries as well as their shared resolve in dealing with China as they met at the White House on Friday in Biden's first face-to-face talks with a foreign leader as president. Read more »
  • Global COVID-19 infection rate approaching highest, says WHOGlobal COVID-19 infection rate approaching highest, says WHO
    The number of new COVID-19 cases per week worldwide has nearly doubled over the past two months, approaching the highest infection rate seen so far during the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Cases and deaths are continuing to increase at worrying rates, and some countries that had previously avoided widespread transmission are now seeing steep increases in infections, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a special ministerial meeting. Read more »
  • US setting up $1.7B national network to track coronavirus variantsUS setting up $1.7B national network to track coronavirus variants
    The United States (US) is setting up a USD 1.7 billion national network to identify and track worrisome coronavirus mutations whose spread could trigger another pandemic wave, the Biden administration announced Friday. Read more »
  • Twitter down, thousands of users experience widespread outageTwitter down, thousands of users experience widespread outage
    Twitter reportedly went down on Saturday early morning for many users as thousands of people reporting problems viewing and sending tweets on the social network site,  according to outage monitoring website DownDetector. Some users were not able to tweet, check timelines and others can't log in or use the app. Read more »
  • 'Strong evidence' Covid-19 predominantly spreads through air: Lancet'Strong evidence' Covid-19 predominantly spreads through air: Lancet
    SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 is predominantly transmitted through air, according to a new assessment carried in the medical journal Lancet has said. It added that public health measures that fail to treat the virus as predominantly airborne leave people unprotected and allow the virus to spread. Read more »
  • Reports: 8 killed at Indianapolis FedEx facilityReports: 8 killed at Indianapolis FedEx facility
    A shooting has been reported late Thursday at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Star reports police issued a news release around 11:30 p.m. saying multiple victims were located at the facility near the airport. Read more »
  • NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft leaves mess after grabbing asteroid samplesNASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft leaves mess after grabbing asteroid samples
    A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spacecraft left a mess at an asteroid when it grabbed a load of rubble last year for return to Earth, new pictures revealed on Thursday. Read more »
  • Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 'likely' needed within 1 year, says Pfizer CEOThird dose of COVID-19 vaccine 'likely' needed within 1 year, says Pfizer CEO
    Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla on Thursday that COVID-19 vaccine recipients will "likely" need a third dose between six to 12 months after they're fully vaccinated and suggested vaccinations for coronavirus could be needed every year. Read more »
  • US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for election interferenceUS expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for election interference