AI censures India over restrictions in IIOJK, farm laws

Despite Covid-19 wrecking havoc across the country, India continued to clamp down on civil liberties and restrictions on communications services in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), a new report by the Amnesty International revealed on Wednesday. “Political leaders such as Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who were administratively detained in 2019, […]

Primary schools close as Kiev tightens coronavirus restrictions

New coronavirus curbs, including primary school closures and travel restrictions, came into force in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Monday, as infections surged. Last month, authorities re-introduced anti-virus restrictions in the city of three million. These were tightened with primary schools and kindergartens closing on Monday and only essential workers such as doctors allowed to use […]

Canada sees another Easter weekend with rising COVID-19 cases, tough restrictions – National

Three of the provinces hardest-hit by COVID-19 spent their second pandemic-era Good Friday either adjusting to or bracing for stricter public health measures meant to bring resurgent case counts back in check. Three regions of Quebec, including the provincial capital, are now under a 10-day lockdown that took effect hours before the province reported […]

MLB moves All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new voting restrictions

Major League Baseball moved the All-Star Game from Atlanta’s Truist Park, a response Friday to Georgia enacting a new law last month restricting voting rights. MLB had awarded the game to Atlanta on May 29, 2019, and the game was scheduled for July 13 as part of baseball’s midsummer break that includes the Futures […]

U.K. eases some COVID-19 restrictions, but nervously eyes surge in European cases – National

Britain is taking another small step out of lockdown as it looks nervously at a new COVID-19 surge inundating its European neighbours. With U.K. coronavirus vaccination rates outstripping those of European Union nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is easing the stark “stay at home” message that has curtailed everyday life — and kept the […]

Germany tightens coronavirus restrictions through Easter as cases rise again – National

Germany has extended its lockdown measures by another month and imposed several new restrictions, including largely shutting down public life over Easter, in an effort to drive down the rate of coronavirus infections. Speaking early Tuesday after a lengthy video call with the country’s 16 state governors, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that restrictions previously […]

Health officials urge COVID-19 restrictions to be maintained as variant cases mount – National

Public health officials have identified upwards of 700 cases of contagious COVID-19 variants across Canada, the nation’s top doctor said Saturday, a finding she said lends new urgency to her calls to maintain personal COVID-19 precautions. Individual actions in conjunction with strong public health measures will be key to halting the spread of the […]

Biden set to accept more refugees after years of Trump restrictions

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday he plans to raise annual refugee admissions to 125,000 in the coming fiscal year, a more than eight-fold increase after former President Donald Trump slashed levels to historic lows. Biden also called for dozens of changes to US refugee processing and vetting in a detailed executive order that […]

Calgary man who spent month in Wuhan lockdown warns it’s too soon to ease Alberta COVID-19 restrictions

Memories of his time in lockdown in Wuhan are still vivid for Bin Zhang. The Calgary man, his wife and young children were visiting his parents in China last January when the novel coronavirus struck. “It was spreading, and we didn’t know the extent of how much so we were worried about catching the […]

Canada’s new travel restrictions a ‘nail in the coffin’ for airlines, tourism: experts – National

New restrictions on flights from the Caribbean and Mexico announced Friday are likely to trigger bankruptcies in Canada’s airline sector and force permanent closures for airports and travel agencies, aviation experts say. “Today’s announcement really was the nail in the coffin for the airline and tourism business,” said Robert Kokonis, founder and managing director […]