• 5 dead in Myanmar as crackdown on protests continue
    Nay Pyi Taw, April 3 (IANS): Five people were killed across Myanmar on Saturday as the military continues to crack down on the ongoing protests against the February 1 coup. Three people died when the armed forces suppressed a protest in Monywa, in the Sagaing region on Saturday morning, dpa news agency quoted the Myanmar Now website as saying in a report. One protester was shot dead and 10 were arrested in Thahtone, Mon state, according to Bago Weekly Journal Online Page. Sold
  • 7 blood clot deaths in UK after AstraZeneca jab
    London, April 3 (IANS): After more than 18 million people have received vaccinations with AstraZeneca's jab in the UK, the country's health regulator said seven people had died due to rare blood clots, although the cause remains unclear. "The benefits in preventing a Covid-19 infection and its complications continue to outweigh any risks and the public should continue to get their vaccine when invited to do so," dpa news agency quoted June Raine, Chief Executive of
  • Myanmar cuts wireless internet service amid coup protests
    Yangon, April 2 (AP) Myanmar's wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, a local provider said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta's takeover. A directive from the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Thursday instructed that "all wireless broadband data services be temporarily suspended until further notice, according to a statement posted online by local provider Ooredo
  • Christians mark Good Friday as holy sites gradually reopen
    Jerusalem, April 2 (AP) Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday this year amid signs the coronavirus crisis is winding down, with religious sites open to limited numbers of faithful but none of the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter. Last year, Jerusalem was under a strict lockdown, with sacred rites observed by small groups of priests, often behind closed doors. It was a stark departure from past years, when tens of thousands of pilgrims
  • WHO: Europe's vaccination programme is ''unacceptably slow''
    London, April 2 (AP): European nations' immunisation campaigns against COVID-19 are unacceptably slow and risk prolonging the pandemic, a senior World Health Organisation official said Thursday. Dr Hans Kluge, WHO's regional director for Europe, said vaccines present our best way out of this pandemic, but noted that to date, only 10% of Europe's population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses. As long as coverage remains low,
  • Truck knocks train off tracks in Taiwan, killing at least 48
    HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan, April 2 (AP) — A train collided with an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill Friday in eastern Taiwan, leaving at least 48 people dead and dozens injured in the island’s deadliest rail disaster. Passengers climbed out of windows and walked along the roof to reach safety. The train derailed near the Taroko Gorge scenic area on the first day of a long holiday weekend when many people were using Taiwan’s extensive rail system. The train
  • UN condemns violence against Myanmar protesters and deaths
    UNITED NATIONS, April 2 (AP) — The U.N. Security Council late Thursday strongly condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar and the deaths of hundreds of civilians, but dropped the threat of possible future action against the military following the Feb. 1 coup. The British-drafted press statement approved by all 15 council members after intense negotiations that began Wednesday expressed “deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating situation”
  • Myanmar still mired in violence 2 months after military coup
    YANGON, Myanmar, April 2 (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar on Thursday marked two months since the military seized power by again defying the threat of lethal violence and demonstrating against its toppling of the country’s democratically elected government. Security forces have escalated violence and routinely shot protesters but have been unable to crush the massive public resistance to the Feb. 1 coup. International condemnation and sanctions imposed by Western nations on
  • World trade body chief says vaccine inequity 'unacceptable'
    Geneva, April 1 (AP): The head of the World Trade Organization called Thursday for expanded capability in developing countries to manufacture vaccines, saying the gaping imbalance in access to coronavirus vaccines that mostly favours rich, developed countries was unacceptable. WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said she supports the creation of a framework that would give developing countries some automaticity and access to manufacture vaccines with technology transfer during
  • Asteroid impact in Antarctica from 430,000 years ago discovered
    LONDON, APRIL 1 (IANS): A research team of international space scientists has found new evidence of an asteroid impact in Antarctica 430,000 years ago. Extra-terrestrial particles recovered on the summit of Walnumfjellet (WN) within the Sor Rondane Mountains, Queen Maud Land, East Antarctica, indicate an unusual touchdown event where a jet of melted and vaporised meteoritic material resulting from the atmospheric entry of an asteroid at least 100 metres in size reached the surface a
  • WHO slams Europe's 'unacceptably slow' vax campaigns
    COPENHAGEN, APRIL 1 (IANS): The slow vaccination campaigns in many European countries are protracting the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Europe office of the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO regional director Hans Henri Kluge said the vaccine roll-out was "unacceptably slow", reports dpa news agency. "Let me be clear, we must speed up the process by ramping up manufacturing, reducing barriers to administering vaccines, and using every single vial we hav
  • S.Korea to adopt vaccine passport: PM
    SEOUL, APRIL 1 (IANS): South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Thursday that the country will adopt a "vaccine passport" this month to verify people's Covid-19 vaccination status via smartphone application. While addressing an inter-agency meeting on the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chung said that people who get vaccinated will be able to feel a sense of return to normality only when the "vaccine passport or green card" syst
  • Africa CDC says India vaccine woes could be 'catastrophic'
    Dakar (Senegal), April 1 (AP): Africa is unlikely to meet its targets for vaccinating the continent against COVID-19 if supply delays from a key Indian manufacturer continue, the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Thursday. Dr John Nkengasong told a press briefing that officials hope the problems at the Serum Institute of India will only be temporary otherwise it would definitely impact our ability to continuously vaccinate people. "I re
  • Boris Johnson's senior black adviser resigns amid Downing Street tensions
    London, April 1 (PTI): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior-most black adviser, Samuel Kasumu, has stepped down from his post as Special Adviser for Civil Society and Communities, it emerged on Thursday, a day after the release of a controversial government-appointed race review. Kasumu's resignation will come in effect from May 1 and Downing Street has dismissed as completely inaccurate reports that it is linked to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) re
  • In a first, US does not describe Tibet as 'inalienable part of China'
    DHARAMSALA, APRIL 1 (IANS): In a first, a US State Department report does not describe Tibet as an "inalienable part of China". Reacting to the crucial development, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), headquartered in this northern India hill station, on Thursday said this year's report marks a victory for Tibetans, for the report's Tibet section does not describe Tibet as an "inalienable part of China", a departure from past reports. This symbol
  • Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to 'win the future'
    Pittsburgh, April 1 (AP): President Joe Biden has outlined a USD 2.3 trillion plan to reengineer the nation's infrastructure over the next eight years in what he billed as "a once in a generation investment in America" that would undo his predecessor's signature legislative achievement of giant tax cuts for corporations in the process. Speaking at a carpenters union training center in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Biden drew comparisons between his hard-hatted proposed
  • California office building shooting kills 4, including child
    Orange (California), April 1 (AP): A shooting at a Southern California office building on Wednesday killed four people, including a child, and injured a fifth person before police shot the suspect, police said. Shots were being fired as officers arrived at a two-story office building on Lincoln Avenue in Orange, southeast of Los Angeles, at about 5:30 p.m., Lt. Jennifer Amat said. An officer-involved shooting occurred" and the suspect was taken to a hospital, Amat said, but
  • Myanmar remains mired in violence 2 months after coup
    Yangon, April 1 (AP): Protesters in Myanmar on Thursday marked two months since the military seized power by once more defying the threat of lethal violence and publicly demonstrating against the toppling of the democratically elected government. The February 1 coup has been met with massive public resistance that security forces have been unable to crush through escalating levels of violence, including now routinely shooting protesters. Outside efforts including sanctions impo
  • Pope opens final Holy Week services, skips Last Supper rite
    Vatican City, April 1 (AP): Pope Francis opened the solemn final days of Holy Week with a morning Mass in St. Peter's Basilica but planned to skip the traditional Thursday afternoon service that commemorates Jesus' Last Supper with his apostles. The Vatican didn't explain why the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, would preside instead over the Vatican's main Holy Thursday afternoon service. Francis, who is 84 and suffers frequent bou
  • Junta's foes woo ethnic allies with new Myanmar constitution
    Yangon, April 1 (AP) Opponents of Myanmar's military government declared the country's 2008 constitution void and put forward an interim replacement charter late Wednesday in a major political challenge to the ruling junta. The moves, while more symbolic than practical, could help woo the country's armed ethnic militias to ally themselves with the mass protest movement against the military's seizure of power in February. The actions were taken by the CRPH, an unde