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WHO head: Delay children’s jabs, help poorer countries

WHO head: Delay children’s jabs, help poorer countries


Geneva – Wealthier nations should postpone plans to give children and teenagers coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines and instead donate supplies to low-income countries, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus o...

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‘Great day’ for Americans as Biden sheds mask in Oval Office

‘Great day’ for Americans as Biden sheds mask in Oval Office


Washington - President Joe Biden has hailed a "great day for America" as United States officials said vaccinated people can go mask-less in most indoor and outdoor settings. The president removed his mask in the Oval Office with Republican lawmake...

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UN fears war as Israel-Gaza violence escalates

UN fears war as Israel-Gaza violence escalates


Tel Aviv - The deadly exchange of fire between Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli military has escalated significantly, with the United Nations fearing a "full-scale war". More than 1 000 rockets have now been fired by Palesti...

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United States FDA authorises Pfizer COVID vaccine for adolescents

United States FDA authorises Pfizer COVID vaccine for adolescents


Washington – The US has authorised the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds amid a push to get the shot into more Americans' arms. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was "a significant step in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID...

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Firms say UK green list ‘overly cautious’

Firms say UK green list ‘overly cautious’


London – The travel industry has expressed disappointment that so few countries are on the United Kingdom government's green list for travel, describing the announcement as "overly cautious". The traffic light system means travel abroad from May 1...

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Britain’s PM announces ‘biggest step’ back to normal

Britain’s PM announces ‘biggest step’ back to normal


London - People in England will be allowed to hug their loved ones and enjoy indoor hospitality from next Monday, the PM has said whilst urging the public to "exercise caution and common sense". Boris Johnson said it was the "single biggest step" ...

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US passes emergency waiver over cyber-attack on fuel pipeline

US passes emergency waiver over cyber-attack on fuel pipeline


Washington - The United States government issued emergency legislation on Sunday after the largest fuel pipeline in the US was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack. The Colonial Pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day – 45 per cent of the East Coas...

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Britain’s PM Johnson to announce May 17 changes

Britain’s PM Johnson to announce May 17 changes


London - Hugs and indoor gatherings could return from next Monday, as the prime minister is due to confirm the next stage of lockdown easing in England. Boris Johnson is expected to say the data supports a further relaxation of measures, which wou...

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State media: Chinese rocket debris crashes into Indian Ocean

State media: Chinese rocket debris crashes into Indian Ocean


Beijing - The remains of a Chinese rocket that was hurtling back towards Earth have crashed into the Indian Ocean, the country's space agency says. The bulk of the rocket was destroyed as it re-entered the atmosphere, but state media reported that...

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‘Black fungus’ affecting COVID-19 patients in India

‘Black fungus’ affecting COVID-19 patients in India


On Saturday morning, Dr Akshay Nair, a Mumbai-based eye surgeon, was waiting to operate on a 25-year-old woman who had recovered from a bout of coronavirus (COVID-19) three weeks ago. Inside the surgery, an ear, nose and throat specialist was alre...