Category: World

Barack Obama’s last-minute backdown

Former US president Barack Obama has backed down and “significantly” reduced the size of his upcoming birthday party after a public backlash against his plan to host it amid a surge in Covid-19 infections across the country.

Munich-to-Prague Train Collides With Czech Commuter Service, 3 Dead

MILAVCE, Czech Republic—A Munich-to-Prague express train ran through a stop signal and collided with a local commuter service in the Czech Republic on Wednesday and three people were killed including both train drivers, authorities said. Eight passengers were seriously injured and several were taken by helicopter to hospital from the crash site near the western […]

Ontario’s Projected 74-year Deficit Doesn’t Bode Well for Taxpayers: Advocacy Group

With Ontario projected to run deficits until the year 2095, and with annual payments on debt interest alone projected to surpass $180 billion by then, taxpayers in the province should sit up and take notice, says the Ontario director of a tax advocacy group. “I think people need to make their voices heard and tell […]

Blast in Afghan Capital as Taliban Claim Attack on Minister’s Compound

KABUL—A blast near the office of Afghanistan’s main security agency wounded three people on Wednesday hours after a bomb and gun attack on a minister’s compound brought surging Taliban violence to the capital. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the late Tuesday car bomb and gun attack on the home of acting Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi. […]

Analysis-Street protests could pressure Cuba to speed up economic reforms

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – The anti-government protests https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/street-protests-break-out-cuba-2021-07-11 that broke out in Cuba last month are expected to damage

Long COVID Uncommon Among Children: UK Study

Children are much less likely to suffer from long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 than adults, a recent analysis has found. Among children who tested positive for COVID-19 and showed symptoms, one in 22 (4.4 percent) had symptoms lasting for four weeks or longer, and one in 55 (1.8 percent) experienced symptoms for eight weeks or longer, […]

Long COVID Uncommon Among Children: UK Study

Children are much less likely to suffer from long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 than adults, a recent analysis has found. Among children who tested positive for COVID-19 and showed symptoms, one in 22 (4.4 percent) had symptoms lasting for four weeks or longer, and one in 55 (1.8 percent) experienced symptoms for eight weeks or longer, […]

UK Firms Warned of Legal Risks If They Adopt ‘Jabs for Jobs’ Policy

British businesses requiring their employees to receive COVID-19 vaccines will face potential legal actions over discrimination, the co-chairman of the UK government’s flexible working taskforce has warned. Peter Cheese, who also serves as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said he would “strongly caution companies against adopting a ‘jabs for […]

UK Firms Warned of Legal Risks If They Adopt ‘Jabs for Jobs’ Policy

British businesses requiring their employees to receive COVID-19 vaccines will face potential legal actions over discrimination, the co-chairman of the UK government’s flexible working taskforce has warned. Peter Cheese, who also serves as chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said he would “strongly caution companies against adopting a ‘jabs for […]

Kim Jong Un’s Head Bandage Is Added to List of Health Mysteries

By Jon Herskovitz and Shinhye Kang From Bloomberg News North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has appeared in recent days with a bandage about the size of a few postage stamps on the back of his head, in the latest episode to stoke speculation about the reclusive leader’s health. The bandage was visible in state media […]

7 Guilty of Murdering Teenage Law Student in Botched Drive-By Shooting

Seven men have been found guilty of murdering a law student who was mistakenly gunned down in a botched drive-by shooting. Tyre firm boss Feroz Suleman, 40, arranged the execution of a rival businessman in broad daylight but the gunman he hired instead shot dead innocent passer-by Aya Hachem. The 19-year-old was said to be […]

7 Guilty of Murdering Teenage Law Student in Botched Drive-By Shooting

Seven men have been found guilty of murdering a law student who was mistakenly gunned down in a botched drive-by shooting. Tyre firm boss Feroz Suleman, 40, arranged the execution of a rival businessman in broad daylight but the gunman he hired instead shot dead innocent passer-by Aya Hachem. The 19-year-old was said to be […]

‘Refusal’ to Make COVID-19 School Contingency Plans ‘Unforgivable’: Report

The government’s “refusal” to make contingency plans for schools and exams in summer 2020 is the “most unforgivable aspect” of its handling of education amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report has suggested. Lessons regarding school closures and examinations from the first lockdown were “not learnt,” leading to a case of “pause, rewind, repeat,” a […]

‘Refusal’ to Make COVID-19 School Contingency Plans ‘Unforgivable’: Report

The government’s “refusal” to make contingency plans for schools and exams in summer 2020 is the “most unforgivable aspect” of its handling of education amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report has suggested. Lessons regarding school closures and examinations from the first lockdown were “not learnt,” leading to a case of “pause, rewind, repeat,” a […]

Teenage Skateboarder Sky Brown Makes History With Olympic Bronze

Thirteen-year-old Sky Brown has become Great Britain’s youngest Olympic medallist after taking the bronze medal in the women’s skateboard park event at the Ariake Urban Arena in Tokyo. In a remarkable finish, Brown kick flipped her way into the history books by posting a score of 56.47 in her third and final attempt to come […]