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GENEVA (AFP) - A first case of the Covid-19 variant contributing to the exploding outbreak in India has been detected in Switzerland, the public health authority said Saturday (April 24). "The first case of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has been discovered in Switzerland," Switzerland's Federal Office of Public Health said in a tweet. The virus va...
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A recycled SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule with four astronauts docked with the International Space Station (ISS) early Saturday (April 24), the third time Mr Elon Musk's company has safely delivered humans to the orbital outpost. The spacecraft named Endeavour, piloting itself autonomously, began docking at 5.08am Eastern time (0908 ...
LONDON (AFP) - It was the shot in the arm that made history: in December last year British grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first person in the Western world to get an approved coronavirus vaccine, kicking off a global campaign to end the pandemic. Now, close to one billion people around the world have received Covid-19 jabs - both first and ...
RAMBOUILLET, FRANCE (AFP) - French investigators were on Saturday (April 26) questioning three people linked to a Tunisian man who stabbed a police employee to death near Paris in a suspected Islamist attack. The murder at a police station in Rambouillet, a commuter town about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Paris, revived the trauma of a spate of de...
BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia announced on Friday (April 24) a ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from Lebanon, blaming an increase in drug smuggling, in a measure that will add to Lebanon's economic woes. Lebanon is already in the throes of a deep financial crisis that is posing the biggest threat to its stability since the 1975-1990 civil ...
JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Saturday (April 24) drawing retaliatory air strikes, the Israeli military said, after nightly Ramadan clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police had resumed in Jerusalem. The pre-dawn exchange of fire broke months of relative quiet on the Israe...
ANKARA (REUTERS) - Turkish authorities blocked all onshore bank accounts of cryptocurrency exchange platform Vebitcoin in the country, and launched an investigation into the platform, the state-run Anadolu news agency said late on Friday (April 24). The action came after Vebitcoin announced that it stopped all of its activities citing financial str...
BRASILIA (REUTERS) - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro approved a 24 per cent cut to the environment budget for 2021 from last year's level, according to official numbers published on Friday (April 23), just one day after he vowed to increase spending to fight deforestation. Speaking on Thursday -- Earth Day -- to the summit organised by US Preside...
BOULOGNE-SUR-MER (REUTERS) - French fishermen angered by delays getting licences to fish inside British waters blocked lorries carrying UK-landed fish with burning barricades as they arrived overnight in Europe's largest seafood processing centre. Britain's trade deal with the European Union following Brexit allowed the bloc's fishermen to keep fis...
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States will urge its Group of Seven (G-7) allies to increase pressure on China over the use of forced labour in its north-western Xinjiang province, home to the Muslim Uighur minority, a top White House official said on Friday (April 23). US President Joe Biden will attend a meeting of the G-7 advanced economies in...
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States can immediately resume use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine, top health regulators said on Friday (April 23), ending a 10-day pause to investigate its link to extremely rare but potentially deadly blood clots. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration sa...
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former president Donald Trump on Friday (April 23) accused his South Korean counterpart of ripping off the United States, while continuing to highlight his supposed friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Kim Jong-un of North Korea, who I have gotten to know (and like) under the most trying of circumstances, never respe...