Portugal to hold presidential election as COVID cases surge

People are only allowed to leave home for essential work or trips and to vote under Portugal’s current lockdown. Portuguese voters – largely confined to their homes due to a strict COVID-19 lockdown – will pick a new president on Sunday, but many fear going to the polls could worsen a surge in coronavirus cases […]

Brazil begins roll-out of 2 million COVID vaccines amid protests

Brazil has begun rolling out two million ready-to-use AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines made in India, the state-funded Fiocruz Institute said on Saturday, as protesters rallied in several cities against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic. The institute said it had started to distribute the vaccines after another distribution programme, which involved a deal between Brazil’s […]

Opinion | A Final Interview With Hank Aaron: ‘I Recognized That I Had a Gift’

I was born in Atlanta in 1960, and when the Braves moved to town from Milwaukee after the 1965 season, Hank Aaron became my all-seasons hero. That didn’t seem unusual in my family, because my New Jersey-bred mother and Pennsylvania-raised father considered themselves civil rights foot soldiers. But it was anathema to my white classmates. […]

‘Slowing Down to Feel’: Moving Our Minds Around Our Bodies

In one class I took focusing on the feet and legs, Davis told us — repeatedly — to stay in a 5 percent zone of range and effort. This, it turned out, was impossible. It’s like my muscles were laughing at me. Attempting to do less is a hard, humbling act. “When I say, ‘Now […]

South African jazz ‘giant’ Jonas Gwangwa dies aged 83

President Cyril Ramaphosa leads the tributes to the legendary musician who was nominated for an Oscar. Jonas Gwangwa, a South African musician and anti-apartheid icon, has died aged 83. President Cyril Ramaphosa led the tributes on Saturday to the legendary trombonist and composer who was nominated for an Oscar for the theme song of the […]

”We believe you’ Macron tells victims of childhood sexual abuse

French leader says country needs to better protect children as victims share testimonies of abuse on social media. French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will tighten its laws on child sexual abuse, after the publication of a book accusing a top French political commentator of abusing his stepson and a massive social media campaign […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Predicts More Than 600,000 U.S. Deaths

Here’s what you need to know: A man placing flags at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City on Tuesday. The flags represent the area residents who died of coronavirus.Credit…Charlie Riedel/Associated Press President Biden, by predicting on Friday that the coronavirus-related U.S. death toll would eventually be well over 600,000, could […]

UK doctors seek urgent review of gap between COVID vaccine doses

UK giving second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine up to 12 weeks after the first, but WHO recommends a shorter gap. A major British doctors’ group says the United Kingdom should “urgently review” its decision to give people a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine up to 12 weeks after the first, rather than the […]

Biden Administration Removes Trump Allies from U.S.-Funded News Outlets

WASHINGTON — The acting chief of the United States Agency for Global Media has fired the leaders of multiple federally funded news outlets, as part of the Biden administration’s sweeping effort to clear the agency of allies of President Donald J. Trump. The acting chief, Kelu Chao, fired the heads of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, […]

Spectre of conflict threatens the future of CAR ‘sandfishers’

Bangui, Central African Republic – As if summoned by the setting sun, dozens of wooden canoes laden with a precious cargo come in to moor on the shores of the Ubangi River. Young men disembark from the boats and converge in the cool shade of a mango tree, while porters begin to unload their catch. […]

Property damaged as Cyclone Eloise hits Mozambique’s Beira

Cyclone Eloise, which lost its strength, hit the port city of Beira early on Saturday, but danger of flooding remains. Tropical Cyclone Eloise has made landfall near Mozambique’s port city of Beira, which was devastated by Cyclone Idai less than two years ago. “Beira had mild damage, but is too early to quantify the extent […]

It is time to rethink international development cooperation

2021 is here and the world is still struggling with one of the most devastating pandemics of modern times. Even certain developed economies have found themselves unable to efficiently respond to this global public health emergency, while the situation in most developing countries is alarming. The economic consequences of the pandemic have also cast a […]

Oxford University to test potential COVID-19 ‘wonder drug’ Ivermectin

LONDON: The UK’s medicine regulator has discussed with vaccine manufacturers the need for “potential modifications” to vaccines to ensure they protect against the new coronavirus variants emerging around the world. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that “there was no evidence that vaccines failed to work against new variants,” but that it […]

Opinion | A Summit of Their Own

The leader of the other Nepali team, Mingma Gyalje Sherpa, or Mingma G. as he’s known, is a quieter soul. His father had lost fingers to frostbite after tying the laces of his client’s boots on Everest. Mingma G. made a name for himself soloing a new route up a 21,932-foot peak he could see […]

N.Y. Ski Conditions: A Snowslide, Few Lift Tickets, Beer in the Parking Lot

In a year like 2020, it only seems fitting that New York’s ski season started off with a catastrophe. It was early Christmas morning when snow from a trail on Belleayre Mountain loosened and plummeted into a mid-mountain lodge, smashing doors and windows. Although the incident wasn’t technically an avalanche, its aftereffect certainly looked like […]

Ocean Viking ship rescues hundreds of migrants off Libya coast

A total of 374 migrants have been rescued in two days, said SOS Mediterranee, which operates Ocean Viking aid vessel. More than 370 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya by the Ocean Viking humanitarian vessel in two days, a French NGO running the boat said on Saturday. SOS Mediterranee said […]

Larry King, Breezy Interviewer of the Famous and Infamous, Dies at 87

Drawn to the Radio Larry King was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in Brooklyn on Nov. 19, 1933, the second son of Edward and Jennie Gitlitz Zeiger, immigrants from Austria and Belarus. Their first son, Irwin, had died earlier. A younger brother, Martin, became a lawyer. Mr. King’s father ran a bar and grill, but worked […]

US television host Larry King dies aged 87

Broadcaster was best known for a 25-year run as a talk show host on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’ interviewing world leaders, entertainers and other celebrities. Renowned US television broadcaster Larry King has died aged 87 in Los Angeles. A production company he co-founded, Ora Media, did not state a cause of death on Saturday but […]

In Lebanon, Israeli warplanes terrify a traumatised population

Beirut, Lebanon – Over the last month, Israeli jets have carried out some of their biggest air raids yet in Syria, apparently striking Iranian targets. It may have been the Lebanese next door, though, who trembled with greater fear. Some took cover under a table or a sink, others hid in their cars. The roar […]

Blast heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts ‘hostile target’

Saudi Arabia’s airport delays flights after the kingdom intercepts apparent missile or drone attack over its capital. Saudi Arabia intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over Riyadh on Saturday, said state media in the kingdom, which has come under repeated attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels since 2015. Social media users posted videos of what […]

Taiwan reports large incursion by China’s air force

Taipei says Chinese combat aircraft, including nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets, entered its airspace. Nuclear-capable Chinese bombers and fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the large-scale incursion. Taiwan’s air force warned away the Chinese aircraft, the […]

Biden administration to review US-Taliban deal

Under a February 2020 deal, US forces are to leave Afghanistan by May 2021 in exchange for counterterrorism guarantees. The United States will review the peace agreement reached with the Taliban last year, the White House announced. President Joe Biden’s newly appointed national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, spoke with his Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib and […]