India vaccination centres close due to shortages amid another record COVID-19 surge – National

All vaccination centers in India’s financial capital of Mumbai were shut for three days starting Friday due to a shortage of vaccines, said authorities, as the country posted another record daily rise in coronavirus cases. India reported 386,452 news cases on Friday, while deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,498 over the last 24 hours, […]

Palestinian election delayed due to dispute on east Jerusalem voting – National

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said early Friday that the main factions have agreed to delay the first elections planned in 15 years, citing a dispute with Israel over voting in east Jerusalem. The decision spares Abbas’ fractured Fatah party from what was widely expected to be another embarrassing defeat to the Islamic militant group […]

No 2021 baseball season for Edmonton Riverhawks due to COVID-19 travel restrictions – Edmonton

The West Coast League announced Wednesday it’s cancelling the baseball season for its Canadian division, which includes the Edmonton Riverhawks, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is disappointing but not surprising news,” Riverhawks managing director Randy Gregg said. “We’ve worked really hard to be ready to take to the field this June but the […]

George Floyd died due to low oxygen, not drug overdose, another expert testifies – National

A forensic pathologist testified on Friday that the sheer volume of videos of George Floyd‘s arrest helped confirm the finding that asphyxiation by police caused his death, and not an opioid overdose, as argued by lawyers for the former Minneapolis officer on trial for his murder. Dr. Lindsey Thomas said she agreed with the […]

U.K. sees 60% drop in COVID-19 cases due to vaccines, lockdown – National

The U.K.’s COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England. Researchers at Imperial College London found that COVID-19 infections dropped about 60 per cent in March as national lockdown measures slowed the […]

Myanmar’s economy could shrink 10% due to military coup unrest: World Bank – National

Myanmar anti-coup protesters staged more rallies on Friday after the military reportedly shot dead nine people a day earlier and as the World Bank warned the country’s economy could slump 10% this year due to the turmoil. In a bid to increase pressure on the junta over the Feb. 1 coup, the United States […]

Hong Kong halts use of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine due to defective packaging – National

Hong Kong suspended use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Wednesday after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids. The city’s government said the suspension was immediate while the matter is investigated by distributor Fosun Pharma and BioNTech, the German company which created the vaccine with American pharmaceutical firm […]

Spectators from abroad to be barred from Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 – National

Spectators from abroad will be barred from the Tokyo Olympics when they open in four months, the IOC and local organizers said Saturday. The decision was announced after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo government, the International Paralympic Committee, and local organizers. Read more: Tokyo Olympics creative […]

Boeing 737 Max makes emergency landing in New Jersey due to possible engine issue – National

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max made an emergency landing Friday afternoon in Newark, New Jersey, after pilots noticed a possible problem with an engine oil pressure indicator. An airline spokeswoman said the plane from Miami landed safely and taxied to the gate under its own power. She said there were no injuries among […]

Alexei Navalny due back in court on slander charge days after prison sentence – National

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is due back in court on Friday for a slander trial despite Western calls for his release and on the same day as the European Union’s top diplomat is in Moscow for talks with Russia’s foreign minister. Navalny, President Vladmir Putin’s most prominent critic, was jailed this week for […]