Ghana becomes first country to receive vaccines through COVAX program – National

Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive coronavirus vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. The vaccines, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s international airport early Wednesday and are part of the […]

UN nuclear chief arrives in Iran as country threatens watchdog’s surveillance cameras – National

The head of the United Nations‘ nuclear watchdog met Sunday with Iranian officials in a bid to preserve his inspectors’ ability to monitor Tehran’s atomic program, even as authorities said they planned to cut off surveillance cameras at those sites. Rafael Grossi’s arrival in Tehran comes as Iran tries to pressure Europe and the […]

Facebook resumes talks with Australia after blocking news content in country – National

Facebook is back at the negotiating table, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday after the tech giant this week blocked news on its site in the country. Facebook’s abrupt decision to stop Australians from sharing news on the site and strip the pages of domestic and foreign news outlets also erased several […]

Myanmar coup leader urges country to ‘join hands’ with military for democracy – National

Myanmar’s coup leader used the country’s Union Day holiday on Friday to call on people to work with the military if they want democracy, a request likely to be met with derision by protesters who are pushing for the release from detention of their country’s elected leaders. “I would seriously urge the entire nation […]

Indian farmers plan to block highways across country for hours in next protest move – National

Tens of thousands of protesting Indian farmers plan to blockade highways across the country for three hours Saturday to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws. Authorities deployed thousands of security forces mainly outside India’s capital, where farmers have camped at three main sites for more than two months. They say […]

Navalny urges Russians from jail to free country from ‘thieves’ – National

In a note from jail, opposition leader Alexei Navalny urged Russians Thursday to overcome their fear and “free” the country from a “bunch of thieves,” while the Kremlin cast the arrests of thousands of protesters as a due response to the unsanctioned rallies. Navalny, who was sentenced to two years and eight months in […]

Germany’s Merkel wanted ‘mega-lockdown’ as country broke COVID-19 death record: report – National

BERLIN, Jan 14 (Reuters) — Germany recorded a new record number of deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday, prompting calls for an even tighter lockdown after the country emerged relatively unscathed in 2020. Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted a “mega-lockdown,” mass-selling newspaper Bild reported, shutting down the country almost completely for fear of fast-spreading variant […]

Britain becomes 1st country to approve Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine – National

By Alistair Smout Reuters Posted December 30, 2020 2:14 am     Updated December 30, 2020 2:15 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Britain on Wednesday became the first country in the […]

Peru becomes 5th Latin American country to surpass 1 million coronavirus cases – National

Peru passed 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infection Tuesday, becoming the fifth nation in Latin America to report that number as the region struggles with the pandemic’s economic and health effects. Peru, which has a population of 32 million, was quick to declare lockdown measures in March as the pandemic spread in Europe. But […]

U.S. reviews Moderna coronavirus shot as Pfizer vaccinations expand across country – National

Hundreds more U.S. hospitals will begin vaccinating their workers Tuesday as federal health officials review a second COVID-19 shot needed to boost the nation’s largest vaccination campaign. Packed in dry ice to stay at ultra-frozen temperatures, shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are set to arrive at 400 additional hospitals and other distribution sites, one […]