The second batch of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine arrived in Argentina on Saturday, allowing the South American country to apply the second part of the two-dose program aimed at inoculating front-line health workers. More doses are expected to arrive in Argentina later this month and in February. Paraguay this week became the eighth country outside Russia to approve the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute.
Government troops and several hundred residents were forced to flee after Islamist insurgents overran a town in northeast Nigeria, security sources told Reuters on Saturday. The attack on Marte, on Lake Chad in Borno state, came two months after residents had returned to their homes under a government programme after being internally displaced. It underscores the precarious security situation in northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) are active, and the difficulty the government faces in trying to return thousands of internally displaced people to their homes.
The Brazilian jungle state of Amazonas received more emergency supplies of oxygen and respirators on Saturday, as the military and neighboring Venezuela scrambled to alleviate an unfolding humanitarian crisis caused by a devastating COVID-19 outbreak. The army also said it had evacuated 12 patients from hospitals in the state capital Manaus to the northern city of Sao Luis overnight, with hospitals at breaking point with no oxygen supplies and overflowing intensive care wards. Mass graves were dug in Manaus during the first wave of the pandemic last year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a video call this week from Anmer Hall, their Norfolk residence.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has posted a sarcastic admission that it could be his fault as the former prime minister that the current government did not appear to have a clear...
Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo on Saturday credited Inter Milan counterpart Antonio Conte with fuelling his coaching ambitions as the pair prepare for their first clash in Serie A.
Portugal's fragile health system is under growing pressure due to a worrying rise in coronavirus infections, with the country reporting 10,947 new cases and 166 deaths on Saturday, the worst surge since the pandemic started last year. The cases, which come a day after a new lockdown was put in place, bring the total number of cases in a country of just over 10 million people to 539,416, with the death toll increasing to 8,709. The health system, which prior to the pandemic had the lowest number of critical care beds per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe, can accommodate a maximum of 672 COVID-19 patients in ICUs, according to Health Ministry data.
All travellers, including Singaporeans and permanent residents, will have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival into Singapore from 11.59pm on 24 January.
While monitoring online chatter about protests at state capitols in advance of next week's presidential inauguration, the Seattle Times came across a chilling description for journalists: soft targets. The phrase drove home the importance of safety precautions being put in place by news organizations across the country this weekend, including those planned by Times managing editor Ray Rivera and his colleagues. No one wants to see repeats of the siege at the U.S. Capitol last week, and no one wants to be caught flat-footed.
Beijing's top diplomat pledged Saturday to donate half a million coronavirus vaccine shots to the Philippines, Manila officials said -- despite growing resistance there to Chinese-made jabs over concerns about their efficacy.
Brazil's government will not seek to bar Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from 5G network auctions slated for June this year, newspaper Estado de S. Paulo reported on Saturday, citing government and industry sources. Financial costs potentially worth billions of dollars and the exit of ally President Donald Trump from the White House are forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to backtrack on his opposition to Huawei bidding to provide the next generation cellular network for carriers in Brazil, the paper said.
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New Belgian champion beats Sweeck in the sand and snow
Pavel Zelensky, a member of the Anti-Corruption Foundation team of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, was jailed by a Moscow court on Saturday until Feb. 28 on charges of inciting extremism on the internet, according to a court statement. His detention by the Presnensky District Court comes a day before Navalny's planned return to Russia since being poisoned in August and evacuated to Germany where he has been recuperating. Zelensky is a camera operator for the opposition leader's Anti-Corruption Foundation, which specialises in publishing high-impact investigations into what it says is official graft.
Mikey the Great Dane knows all about Stranger Danger and is very vocal when warning about strangers....even if the stranger is a Robot. Watch and laugh as Mikey bounces up to get a better look at the window cleaning robot and gives the Robot a good talking to while keeping a safe distance.
This tribute to Steve is just 😭.
Construction firms have been warned they risk further lockdown measures if workers continue to crowd onto public transport to get to work. The building sector has been allowed to stay open during the latest lockdown, but scenes of workers crowding onto Tube trains in London have raised fears over high risk of Covid infection. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has warned firms that the Department of Transport and Transport for London could impose further restrictions if they do not limit the number of workers using the network by adhering to staggered start and finish times. Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the CLC, wrote: “There is a very real risk that if this situation does not improve and it is apparent that the overcrowding includes significant numbers from our industry then more direct action or restrictions could be imposed. You can imagine that this concern could last for some weeks, so it is vital that alternative modes of transport or travel times outside of this particular time are used.”
A Philippine air force helicopter carrying supplies for counterinsurgency forces crashed in the country’s south on Saturday apparently due to engine trouble, killing all seven people on board, military officials said. The UH-1H helicopter tried to make an emergency landing after encountering engine problems but crashed in a mountainous area in Impasugong town in Bukidnon province, regional army spokesperson Maj. Rodulfo Cordero Jr. said. Troops secured the crash site and retrieved the bodies of four air force crewmen, including two pilots, as well as an army soldier and two militiamen, Cordero and the army said.
The widow of a man killed on a smart motorway has written to Grant Shapps calling for her husband’s killer not to be deported because she believes Highways England is “responsible” for his death. Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, stopped their vehicles on the inside live lane of the M1 near Sheffield after a minor shunt in June 2019. Five minutes later Prezemyslaw Szuba’s lorry ploughed into them at 56mph, killing the pair outright after the driver failed to take evasive action in the five seconds he had to spot them. The crash happened a mile from an emergency refuge area on a stretch of motorway where the hard shoulder had been scrapped and turned into a fourth lane. Highways England staff did not see the stationary cars on CCTV or with its detection system in time to close the carriageway to prevent the collision. Szuba, a 40-year-old Polish man, was jailed for 10 months in October for causing the deaths driving without due care and attention. Mr Mercer’s wife, Claire, has insisted Szuba is himself a victim of Highways England’s policy to remove hard shoulders despite not having technology to detect all stranded cars. She has contacted Szuba’s partner who revealed he is to be deported after serving his sentence, rather than return to the family home he shares with his two children in Hull. Mrs Mercer, 44, has written to the Transport Secretary claiming it is “corrupt” that people are being jailed for killing motorists while those “responsible” for removing the hard shoulder are “not held to account”. Her letter comes on the eve of an inquest which will be held into Mr Mercer and Mr Murgeanu’s deaths in Sheffield. “There has been enough devastation from the events of June 2019,” Mrs Mercer, 44, wrote. “The Government has unfairly ruined this man’s life already. It seems a perverse level of callousness to now threaten to deport him. My husband would not have wanted this done in his name.” A Home Office Government spokesman said: “Any foreign national who is convicted of an offence and given a custodial sentence is considered for deportation. “For European Economic Area nationals, a decision can only be made on grounds of public policy, public security or public health. Cases are considered individually and take into account a range of factors.” Mrs Mercer has launched a campaign called "Smart Motorways Kill" which has seen relatives of those who have died launch a judicial review into their safety, as well as attempt to prosecute Highways England for corporate manslaughter. The Transport Secretary commissioned an evidence stocktake to gather the facts about smart motorways, and subsequently ordered Highways England to deliver an 18-point action plan, which focuses on making the schemes less confusing, adding additional stopped vehicle detection technology and traffic officer patrols, and making emergency areas more visible with better and more frequent signage.