U.S. Supreme Court agrees to weigh case that could roll back abortion rights – National

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to a showdown over abortion in a case that could dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion rights. With three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump part of a 6-3 conservative majority, the court is taking on a case about whether states can ban abortions before […]

Possible Israel war crimes in east Jerusalem land right case: UN

The United Nations urged Israel on Friday to call off any forced evictions in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, warning that its actions could amount to “war crimes”. “We call on Israel to immediately call off all forced evictions,” UN rights office spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. His comment came after 15 Palestinians were arrested […]

Australia reinstates COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney after new ‘mysterious’ case – National

Australian officials reinstated social distancing measures in Sydney as New Zealand partially suspended the pair’s “travel bubble” on Thursday, amid fears an Indian variant case of COVID-19 could spur a significant outbreak. The swift action was taken a day after a 50-year-old man became the first reported local transmission case in New South Wales […]

Thailand curbs shopping mall hours after a COVID-19 daily case record

Thailand curbed shop operating hours on Saturday after the country recorded another record daily rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths amid a third wave of the pandemic. Shopping malls in 18 risky provinces, including in the capital Bangkok, will be restricted to operating between 11am and 8pm for a week from Sunday, the Thai Retailers […]

India marks one COVID-19 death every 5 minutes as country hits new case record – National

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. For the second day running, the country’s overnight infection total was higher than ever recorded anywhere in the world since the pandemic began last […]

EU preparing legal case against AstraZeneca over cuts to vaccine delivery: sources – National

The European Commission is working on legal proceedings against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker cut COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the European Union, sources familiar with the matter said. The move would mark a further step in an EU plan to sever ties with the Anglo-Swedish company after it repeatedly cut supplies to the bloc, contributing […]

Canada reports second case of rare blood clot after AstraZeneca jab

Canada has recorded the second case of rare but serious blood clotting linked to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, authorities confirmed on Snday. Canadian authorities still recommend people get the vaccine jab. The patient, who lives in the western province of Alberta and received a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine supplied by the Serum Institute of India, […]

George Floyd trial: Defense rests case without Derek Chauvin testimony – National

Former Officer Derek Chauvin chose not to take the stand as testimony at his murder trial ended Thursday, passing up the chance to explain to the jury and the public for the first time what he was thinking when he pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck. Closing arguments are set to begin Monday, […]

Judge in George Floyd case won’t sequester jury after fatal police shooting – National

The judge in the George Floyd murder case refused a defence request to immediately sequester the jury Monday, the morning after the killing of a Black man during a traffic stop triggered unrest in a suburb just outside Minneapolis. The request came from the attorney for former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. Defence attorney […]

Brazil detects 1st case of South Africa COVID-19 variant as deaths skyrocket – National

Brazil has recorded its first confirmed case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa, a fresh danger sign for a country already ravaged by the world’s worst daily death toll and scrambling to make space for burials. Scientists warned on Wednesday that yet another new variant could be emerging in Brazil’s […]