China cuts Hong Kong elected legislature seats, increases Beijing control: lawmaker – National

China’s top legislature approved amendments to Hong Kong’s constitution on Tuesday that will give Beijing more control over the make-up of the city’s legislature. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the amendments on the final day of a two-day session, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The measures are part of […]

Germany must suppress virus now or risk losing control, Merkel aide says

Germany must bring down coronavirus infections in the next few weeks or risk new virus mutations that are resistant to vaccines, and should impose night-time curfews in regions with high caseloads, said a top aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We are in the most dangerous phase of the pandemic,” Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun […]

Latest mass shootings in U.S. puts pressure on Biden to deliver on gun control promises – National

The second deadly U.S. mass shooting in a week is putting new pressure on President Joe Biden to deliver on the gun control promises he made as a candidate. A gunman on Monday killed 10 people, including a police officer, at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, just six days after another gunman fatally shot eight people at Atlanta-area day spas. Read more: 10 people dead, […]

EU to extend vaccine export control measures to end of June, sources say – National

The European Union is planning to extend its export authorization scheme for COVID-19 vaccines to the end of June, two EU sources told Reuters on Thursday, in a move that could reignite tensions with countries who rely on shots made in the EU. The mechanism was set up at the end of January as […]

30 homes estimated to have been destroyed by out of control wildfire in Australia – National

An out-of-control wildfire burning northeast of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed an estimated 30 homes and was threatening more Tuesday, with many locals across the region told it is too late to leave. The almost 7,000-hectare blaze, which has a 60-kilometre perimeter, began on Monday and raged through the night […]

Democrats take control of U.S. Senate as 3 new members sworn-in – National

Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president’s agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. Vice-President Kamala Harris drew applause as she entered the chamber to deliver the oath of […]

Counting continues in Georgia as America waits to see who will control Senate – National

Georgia officials counted the final votes of the nation’s turbulent 2020 election season on Tuesday night as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The two Senate runoff elections are leftovers from the November general election, […]

Georgia voters head to the polls to decide who will control U.S. Senate – National

Georgia voters are set to decide the balance of power in Congress in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden’s capacity to enact what may be the most progressive governing agenda in generations. Republicans are unified against Biden’s plans for health care, environmental protection and civil rights, but some fear that outgoing President Donald Trump’s brazen […]

Fauci predicts U.S. will gain control of coronavirus pandemic by next autumn – National

The leading U.S. infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said on Wednesday he foresees America achieving enough collective COVID-19 immunity through vaccinations to regain “some semblance of normality” by autumn 2021, despite early setbacks in the vaccine rollout. Fauci made his remarks during an online discussion of the pandemic with California Governor Gavin Newsom, who announced […]

P.E.I. to impose 2-week ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown to control coronavirus outbreak

Three of Atlantic Canada’s four provinces reported progress Sunday in their bids to limit the spread of COVID-19, but health officials in P.E.I. instituted a two-week “circuit breaker” to quell a small but growing outbreak first reported just one day earlier. P.E.I.’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Heather Morrison, announced new health protocols […]