Modified vaccines designed to protect against emerging coronavirus variants will get fast-track approval under a pact announced on Thursday by medicines regulators in Britain and four other countries.
The 13 people killed in a Southern California highway crash were part of a group of nearly four dozen migrants suspected of slipping through a hole cut by human smugglers through a steel fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Wednesday. Besides the dead and injured among 25 people crammed into the sport utility vehicle that collided on Tuesday with a tractor-trailer, 19 others were found huddled near a second SUV that caught fire in the same area just north of the border, the officials said. The 19 were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, CBP spokesman Macario Mora said.
A man who had already received his own Budget 2020 grocery vouchers stole more to support his pregnant wife.
German business groups expressed dismay on Thursday after Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders agreed a gradual easing of coronavirus curbs but added an "emergency brake" to reimpose restrictions if case numbers get out of control. "The results of the coronavirus summit are a disaster for the retail sector," said Stefan Genth, chief executive of the HDE retail association. Other retailers can only reopen in regions where case numbers are below 50 cases per 100,000 people over seven days.
Mirza, paired with Slovenian Andreja Klepac, reached the semi-finals in the women's doubles at the Qatar Open on Wednesday, her first tournament since Feb. 2020 when she played at the same Doha event. The 34-year-old, who recovered from COVID-19 in January, said she wanted to avenge the defeat she suffered in the Olympic bronze medal play-off match in 2016 when she lost 6-1 7-5 in mixed doubles with partner Rohan Bopanna. "The Tokyo Olympics was definitely one of the reasons (for my comeback)," six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Mirza said.
A French court is set to hand down a verdict on former prime minister Edouard Balladur on Thursday over a decades-old campaign financing scandal, days after ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption.
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Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who runs a website known for its tough scrutiny of President Rodrigo Duterte, took the witness stand for the first time on Thursday to counter tax evasion charges that she maintains were politically motivated. Ressa, a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2018 for fighting media intimidation, is facing several government lawsuits that have stoked international concern about harassment of journalists in the Philippines, a country once seen as a standard bearer for press freedom in Asia. Speaking to reporters after testifying for two and a half hours in Manila, Ressa asked the government to allow journalists to work freely and independently.
The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England has dropped since January, but the rate of decline has slowed and cases might be on the rise in some areas, researchers at Imperial College London said on Thursday. The researchers said that national prevalence was 0.49%, down two-thirds from the 1.57% recorded in January, but added that compared to interim findings for February, estimated prevalence had risen in London and the South-East, as well as the East and West Midlands. "The prevalence... in England continues to fall although the rate of decline has slowed," Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London, told reporters, adding that prevalence needed to be lower to give the vaccine rollout the best chance of success.
Pakistan is suspending its flagship cricket tournament that started last month after seven team personnel tested positive for COVID-19, the cricket board said on Thursday. "The health and wellbeing of all participants is paramount," a cricket board statement said. The decision to suspend the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 6 with immediate effect was made following a meeting with the team owners, it said.
India's foreign minister arrived in Bangladesh on Thursday ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid efforts to resolve the fate of 81 Rohingya refugees who are on a boat adrift in international waters. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart on water sharing, trade and border issues, said two Indian officials in New Delhi. "Of course, the Rohingya refugee issue will come up during the Indian minister's day-long visit but the prime agenda will remain around Modi's upcoming visit," said a senior foreign ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The National Environmental Agency will roll out the new Environment Sanitation regime from the middle of this year, starting with higher-risk premises with high footfall and immuno-vulnerable occupants.
The first half of the premiere episode of Paramount+’s highly anticipated “The Real World” reunion was dedicated to the original cast members reuniting for the first time in nearly 30 years, a largely cheerful segment punctuated by the refrain, “Where’s Eric?” Turns out that Eric Nies, one of the first season’s biggest stars, wasn’t able to move into the New York City loft with the other cast members because he tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, Nies had to isolate in a separate New York hotel and call in via video chat. “When Eric popped on the monitor, I knew,” his castmate Andre Comeau said in the episode. “These are the times of COVID, so yeah, I added two plus two pretty quickly.” Also Read: 'The Real World' Star Eric Nies Wasn't Allowed to Live With the Cast for Paramount+ Reunion Series Fans likely had the same reaction after the news that Eric wasn’t able to participate in the reunion in person was first reported by the New York Times. At the time, all Nies could say publicly was that it was “definitely not by my choice.” The six other original cast members — Comeau, Becky Blasband, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi and Kevin Powell — were all reunited in person at the SoHo loft where their original season was set and had emotional reactions to the news of Nies’ positive test. Gardner, in particular, seemed especially upset, having shared a close relationship with Nies both on-screen and off. “We were just texting and he was promising me back rubs,” she joked. “We just had a lot of jokes and stuff we wanted to catch up on. And I was looking forward to that.” Nies and all the other cast members underwent COVID-19 tests prior to entering the loft as part of the show’s safety precautions. Gentry said they also spent time quarantining in separate hotels prior to filming as an added measure. Also Read: Eric Nies Explains How MTV's 'The Real World' Saved His Life (Video) Nies, who has transitioned from reality TV stardom to becoming a New Age-type “spiritual guide,” appeared to be largely asymptomatic and called in several times throughout the premiere episode. “I’m OK,” he told the rest of the cast. “I can feel something in my body, something moving, but I don’t have a temperature. My vitals are stable.” Read original story Here’s Why Eric Nies Couldn’t Live in the Loft for Paramount+’s ‘The Real World’ Reunion At TheWrap
Widely considered the first major reality television program, MTV's "The Real World" is set to return nearly 30 years after its debut -- with seven members of the original cast appearing in the same New York loft where they first gathered in 1992.
China said on Thursday it firmly opposes the practice of countries establishing official institutions in Taiwan, following Lithuania's decision to open a trade representation office there. China urged Lithuania to stick to the "one China" principle, the foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a news briefing in Beijing. Lithuania will open a trade representation office this year in Taiwan, which China considers a breakaway province.
The death of South Korea's first transgender soldier, Byun Hui-su, triggered an outpouring of condolences on Thursday. The 23-year-old staff sergeant was discharged from the military last year for undergoing gender reassignment surgery.Byun was found dead by emergency officials at her home in the city of Cheongju, south of Seoul, on Wednesday.The military originally said it wasn't in a position to comment, which drew sharp criticism on social media but on Thursday South Korea's Defence Ministry Deputy spokesman Moon Hong-Sik broke the silence:"We express condolences for the unfortunate death of former Sergeant Byun Hui-su."Byun went public and launched a landmark legal challenge against senior military officials last year over her dismissal. She had expressed hope of continuing to serve in the military's female corps.LGBT rights groups said her bravery in coming forward had inspired and empowered others.The case triggered debate in South Korea's LBGT community over how transgender members of the military are treated in a country that requires all able-bodied men to serve for around two years.
KemPharma (KMPH) witnessed a jump in share price last session on above-average trading volume. The latest trend in earnings estimate revisions for the stock doesn't suggest further strength down the road.
Three Myanmar police constables have crossed over to India's northeastern state of Mizoram and are seeking shelter in the country, an Indian police official said on Thursday. "What they said is they got instructions from the military rule, which they cannot obey so they have run away," said Stephen Lalrinawma, the superintendent of police of Mizoram's Serchhip district, where the three men crossed over on Wednesday afternoon. India shares a 1,643 kilometer-long land border with Myanmar, where more than 50 people have been killed since the Feb. 1 coup by the country's powerful military.
A female doctor was killed in a bomb blast in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in what appeared to be another targeted hit, officials said Thursday, just days after three women media workers were gunned down in the area.