COVID-19 patients who received cancer treatments that suppress their immune system may remain contagious and able to spread the coronavirus for two months or more, according to a study published on Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that when patients have compromised immune systems, healthcare workers follow extra precautions such as wearing respirators instead of face masks and isolate patients for up to 20 days after symptoms appear. In the new study, researchers analyzed sputum and swab samples from 20 immunosuppressed cancer patients infected with the new coronavirus.
NATO must significantly broaden its scope to help deal with climate change, future pandemics and terrorism while focusing on new security threats from China, a new high-level report commissioned by the military alliance said on Tuesday. Seen by some as a Cold War relic until Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation found new purpose in its military modernisation but now needs to "play a larger part in an international order", said the 67-page report that was presented to NATO foreign ministers. "NATO must adapt to meet the needs of a more demanding strategic environment marked by the return of systemic rivalry, persistently aggressive Russia, the rise of China," it said.
A lawyer for Donald Trump on Tuesday urged a federal appeals court to halt a lawsuit accusing the U.S. president of exploiting his family name to promote a marketing scam targeting poor and working-class people. The lawyer, Thomas McCarthy, told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan the plaintiffs were "done in by the allegations of their own complaint," and that their proposed class action concerning the multi-level marketing company American Communications Network belonged in arbitration. Four plaintiffs, including a hospice worker, accused Trump, his adult children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka and an affiliate of their family company of promoting ACN in exchange for millions of dollars in secret payments from 2005 to 2015.
President-elect Joe Biden introduces members of his economic team in Wilmington, Del.
Christmas wasn't just a time to be merry for Gino Esposito, it was a job. With a thick waist and long gray beard, Esposito is a professional Santa Claus who dresses up to hear children's Christmas wishes at shopping malls in Rio de Janeiro. "It's sad," Esposito told Reuters at the newsstand he runs, decorated with pictures of proud Christmas appearances.
French rescuers had to go to extremes to evacuate a man suffering from morbid obesity from his flat on Tuesday, after he was immobilised in his home following an accident last year. Some 50 rescuers and a crane were used in the operation in the southern city of Perpignan. Estimated to weigh between 250 and 300 kilos (550 lbs to 660 lbs), the man, identified as "Alain P." had been unable to move from the floor after falling out of bed a year ago.
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The baby chevrotain, born on Nov. 10, is the size of a large matchbox and weighs around 100 grams. The species is characterised by its small stature, spindly legs and mouse-like head, and the birth is of particular significance because there are only a dozen chevrotains in European zoos and just one male. “For the first time ever in the history of any species of mouse deer, an actual birth was filmed and then the first moment of life of the baby,” Radoslaw Ratajszczak, the head of Zoo Wroclow, told Reuters. Chevrotains are facing extinction due to hunting and to palm oil plantations in their native home.
Vaccines do more than just protect against the disease they were designed for. They also have so-called non-specific effects that can improve overall health.
China's embassy in Australia said politicians there had "misread" a tweet showing a digitally-altered image of an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and were trying to stoke nationalism. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday called the tweet posted by China's foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, "truly repugnant", and called for an apology. On Tuesday the tweet was pinned to the top of Zhao's social media account, and China's Global Times newspaper, known for nationalistic views, interviewed the Chinese artist who created the image.
Argentina rugby skipper Pablo Matera said he was "deeply ashamed" Tuesday as he was stripped of the captaincy and suspended along with two other players over racist tweets.
The "Blindspotting" series at Starz has cast several key roles as production kicks off in Los Angeles and Oakland, Variety has learned exclusively. Along with previously announced series lead Jasmine Cephas Jones, the eight-episode, half-hour dramedy will also star Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward, Jaylen Barron, and Candace Nicholas-Lippman. The writers, producers, and stars of […]
Allison Baver, a three-time Olympic athlete, is expanding her footprint in the world of entertainment. Her burgeoning production company, Allison Baver Entertainment, has announced its upcoming slate of movies, television shows and documentaries, all of which will emphasize female and diverse talent on both sides of the camera. ABE's film slate will feature social thrillers, […]
Several inches of snow fell in northeastern Ohio early Tuesday, December 1, local media reported.A winter storm warning was issued for northeast Ohio and lake-effect snow anticipated for the Cleveland region. More than 50,000 customers were without power as of 11 am on Tuesday, FirstEnergy reported.Mike Picha shared this footage of the snowfall in Chester Township in Geauga County on Tuesday morning. Parts of Geauga County had received more than a foot of snow, according to measurements reported by the National Weather Service (NWS). Credit: Mike Picha via Storyful
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out of the one-day series against England after sustaining a right adductor strain, officials said on Tuesday. He is expected to take about three weeks to recover and Rabada has therefore been released from the squad and bio-secure environment that is in place for the England tour. Cricket South Africa said his release was designed to ensure rehabilitation and preparation for the 25-year-old ahead of the two-test series against Sri Lanka that starts later this month.
White working class children may be performing worse in school compared to their Indian counterparts as they have lower marriage rates, MPs have been told. The Education Select Committee heard evidence from charities, think-tanks and youth organisations as part of its inquiry into the educational outcomes for white working class students. Tuesday's evidence session focused on the role of the home environment and its impact on children’s attainment. Edward Davies, director of policy at the think-tank Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), told MPs that the issue of family was the “million dollar question” which is often overlooked. “Whether it’s criminal justice, mental health, homelessness, all the statistics show that family is the big factor and that it is very rarely talked about,” he said. “The reason it's rarely talked about is that it's immediately personal and sensitive.” But family breakdown is “pretty much the leading cause of educational failure,” he said.
The Boko Haram jihadist group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a brutal massacre of farm workers in northeast Nigeria over the weekend as the death toll rose to 76.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will formally introduce his top economic policy advisers on Tuesday as his administration prepares to take power amid a slowing economic recovery hampered by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic. Biden will appear at an event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, alongside his selections for senior roles, including his nominee for U.S. Treasury secretary, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
For decades scientists have been trying to figure out how to swiftly predict the twisting, tangled shape of proteins -- and from there unravel a greater understanding of the machinery of life itself.
France will put restrictions on people travelling abroad to find ski resorts not subject to COVID-19 shutdowns this Christmas, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. "If there are countries, within or outside the EU, that keep their ski resorts open, we'll put in place control measures to deter our citizens from going to areas where we think there is a risk of infection," Macron told a news conference. "We also want to avoid creating an unbalanced situation with resorts in France, Italy and Germany likely to close while others open," he said after meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo.