• Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to cost govts $25-$37 per dose: CEO
    Berlin, November 23 (IANS): Governments seeking to purchase Moderna's potential Covid-19 vaccine may have to shell out $25 and $37 per dose, depending on the size of the order, the company's CEO Stephane Bancel told German weekly 'Welt am Sonntag' (WamS). Bancel said that the price he quoted was a "fair price" and that the company was not interested in "maximum profit," according to the report on Sunday. The US pharma giant last week said that
  • 'Russia's Sputnik V to cost lower than Pfizer, Moderna's COVID vax'
    Moscow, November 22 (IANS): Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 will cost governments much lower than that of Pfizer's and Moderna's, the official Twitter handle of the world's first registered vaccine against the pandemic said on Sunday. "Translating pharma lingo: the announced price of Pfizer of $19.50 and Moderna of $25-$37 per dose actually means their price of $39 and $50-$74 per person. Two doses are required per person for the Pfizer, Sputnik
  • Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong pleads guilty to illegal assembly
    HONG KONG, November 23 (Reuters): Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of organising and taking part in an unauthorised assembly near the police headquarters during last year's anti-government protests. Wong, who was just 17 years old when he became the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement democracy protests, faces a maximum five-year jail term if convicted. Before entering the courtroom, Wong said he would not be sur
  • COVID-19 shots could reach first Americans by mid-December, top health official says
    Reuters US healthcare workers and others recommended for the nation's first COVID-19 inoculations could start getting shots within a day or two of regulatory consent next month, a top official of the government's vaccine development effort said on Sunday. Some 70% of the U.S. population of 330 million would need to be inoculated to achieve "herd" immunity from the virus, a goal the country could achieve by May, according to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientif
  • Global Covid-19 cases top 58.5mn: Johns Hopkins
    Washington, November 23 (IANS): The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 58.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 1.38 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Monday, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 58,542,174 and 1,386,454, respectively. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of c
  • More than 200 detained in Belarus protests - rights group
    MOSCOW, November 22 (Reuters): Belarus police detained more than 200 people in Minsk on Sunday during the latest in months of anti-government protests since a disputed presidential election in August, human rights activists said. Thousands took to the streets of the Belarusian capital, and police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd, several Belarus media outlets reported. The Vesna-96 rights group said 205 people had been detained so far. The Interior Ministry later
  • G20 says it will strive for fair global access to COVID-19 vaccine
    DUBAI, November 22 (Reuters): Leaders of the 20 biggest economies on Sunday vowed to spare no effort to supply COVID-19 drugs, tests and vaccines affordably and fairly to "all people", reflecting worries that the pandemic could deepen global divisions between rich and poor. The coronavirus pandemic and prospects of an uneven and uncertain economic recovery have been at the centre of a two-day summit under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia, which will hand the G20 presi
  • Myanmar’s ruling party denounces post-poll violence after MP-elect shot dead
    YANGON, November 22 (Reuters): A newly elected MP for Myanmar's ruling party has been shot dead by an unidentified gunman in northern Shan state and the party on Sunday urged a quick investigation, denouncing political violence in the aftermath of elections this month. Htike Zaw was shot at the shop he ran at his house in the town of Kyaukme on Saturday, said party spokesman Myo Nyunt. The dead man had won a seat in a Nov. 8 general election that brought a landslide vict
  • Palestinian rocket fire draws Israeli air strikes in Gaza
    GAZA, November 22 (Reuters): Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday. There were no casualties reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern city of Ashkelon. The Israeli military said its aircraft struck in response against several military sites belonging to Hamas, the Islamist armed group that c
  • Burkina Faso holds election under looming threat of violence
    OUAGADOUGOU, November 22 (Reuters): Voters went to the polls in Burkina Faso on Sunday in a presidential election dominated by jihadist violence that will prevent voting in hundreds of villages. President Roch Kabore is seeking a second five-year term, campaigning on achievements such as free healthcare for children under the age of five and paving some of the red dirt roads that snake across the arid West African country. But a surge in attacks by groups with links to al Qa
  • Man killed in W.Australia shark attack
    CANBERRA, NOVEMBER 22 (IANS): A man was killed in a shark attack on Sunday in the waters off a popular beach in Western Australia. This is the 22nd fatality due to a shark attack this year in the country, the BBC reported. The incident took place near Cable Beach, near the town of Broome. The man was pulled from the water but died shortly after. The beach has been closed and the public is being urged to avoid local waters. Although the species is not yet identified, a se
  • Biden's first Cabinet picks coming Tuesday - chief of staff Klain
    WASHINGTON, November 22 (Reuters): President-elect Joe Biden will announce the first of his Cabinet picks on Tuesday, incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on Sunday. "You're going to see the first Cabinet picks this Tuesday. But if you want to know what Cabinet agencies they are, who's going to be in those Cabinet agencies, you'll have to wait for the president-elect to say that himself on Tuesday," Klain said in an interview with ABC's &
  • Thousands join Taiwan protest, anger focused on U.S. pork
    TAIPEI, November 22 (Reuters): Thousands of people took to Taipei's streets on Sunday for the annual "Autumn Struggle" protest march organised by labour groups, with much of the anger focused on the government's decision to ease restrictions on imports of U.S. pork. Taiwan's main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), rallied its supporters to join the march for the first time, having mounted an increasingly strident campaign against the pork decision, wh
  • PM Suga says Japan to lead international efforts on climate change
    TOKYO, November 22 (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday that his country will lead international efforts to combat climate change, in comments on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Suga has already said that Japan will aim for net-zero emissions by 2050, making a green society one of his key policy priorities. "Addressing climate change is not a constraint on economic growth," said Suga. "We will lead international society in realisin
  • Erdogan says Turkey sees itself a part of Europe
    ISTANBUL, November 22 (Reuters): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that his country, an official candidate for European Union membership, sees itself as an inseparable part of Europe but will not give in to attacks and double standards. "We see ourselves as an inseparable part of Europe...However this does not mean that we will bow down to overt attacks to our country and nation, veiled injustices and double standards," Erdogan said in a speech to the me
  • South Korea to close bars, restrict restaurants and churches amid coronavirus spike
    SEOUL, November 22 (Reuters): South Korea's capital city and nearby areas will close bars and nightclubs, limit religious gatherings, and restrict service at restaurants, in a bid to contain a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections, the health minister said on Sunday. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Saturday, a drop from 386 reported the day before, but the fifth straight day of more
  • France demands Pakistan rectifies Macron Nazi jibe
    PARIS, November 22 (Reuters): France's foreign ministry has demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw comments made by one of its ministers that President Emmanuel Macon was treating Muslims like Nazis had treated Jews in World War 2. The comments posted on Twitter by Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on Saturday came as part of a clash between Pakistan and France over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad by a French magazine. The ima
  • 'Save yourselves', Ethiopia tells Tigrayans as it moves on rebel-held capital
    ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI, November 22 (Reuters): Ethiopia's army plans to surround the rebel-held capital of Tigray region with tanks and may use artillery on the city to try to end a nearly three-week war, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which is refusing to surrender its rule of the northern region, said its forces were digging trenches and standing firm. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed'
  • WHO COVID envoy fears third wave, calls Europe response 'incomplete'
    ZURICH, November 22 (Reuters): A World Health Organization (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy predicted a third wave of the pandemic in Europe in early 2021, if governments repeat what he said was a failure to do what was needed to prevent the second wave of infections. "They missed building up the necessary infrastructure during the summer months, after they brought the first wave under the control," the WHO's David Nabarro said in an interview with Swiss newspape
  • Protesters set fire to part of Guatemalan Congress building
    Guatemala City, November 22 (IANS): Protesters who were rallying against the approval of the 2021 budget in Guatemala set fire to a part of the Congress building here. On Saturday night, some protesters approached the headquarters of the Legislative Palace, where they hurled objects with fire into the offices of the Congress building, reports Xinhua news agency. Guatemala's volunteer and municipal firefighters had to intervene to control the flames. Images released by fire