Merck pulls plug on two potential COVID vaccines

Drugs giant Merck on Monday said it is ending development of two COVID-19 vaccine candidates following poor results in early-stage studies. Merck is giving up on two potential COVID-19 vaccines following poor results in early-stage studies. The drugmaker said on Monday that it will focus instead on studying two possible treatments for the virus that […]

Dominion Voting Systems sues Trump’s lawyer Giuliani for $1.3bn

Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani exploited false election-fraud claims to hawk gold coins, cigars and supplements on a podcast, according to a $1.3 billion defamation suit by a voting machine company. Dominion Voting Systems Inc.’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Washington, may now force Giuliani to defend his actions in spreading what the […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Moderna Is Working on Vaccine Booster for New Variant

Here’s what you need to know: A dose of the Moderna vaccine being filled into a syringe in Mountain View, Calif., on Friday.Credit…Jim Wilson/The New York Times Moderna’s vaccine is effective against new variants of the coronavirus that have emerged in Britain and South Africa, the company announced on Monday. But it appears to be […]

China: Bodies of nine gold mine workers recovered

Eleven rescued, one missing after a blast at a gold mine in coastal Shandong province on January 10. The bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine in China have been found, raising the death toll from the incident earlier this month to 10. A total of 22 miners working about 600 […]

Executive order: Biden to boost gov’t purchases of US-made goods

The order aims to use $600bn the federal government spends on procurement to boost domestic factories, officials said. President Joe Biden plans to sign on Monday an executive order that aims to boost government purchases from United States manufacturers, according to administration officials. The US has shed roughly 540,000 factory jobs since last February as […]

‘Counterproductive, dangerous’: Putin slams pro-Navalny protests

President Vladimir Putin has described mass protests held at the weekend demanding the release of Alexey Navalny as illegal and dangerous, as he faces mounting pressure from the West and thousands of Russians over the leading Kremlin critic’s arrest. Putin on Monday fielded questions from students in a video call from his Zavidovo residence after […]

COVID: How has the UK managed to master the vaccine roll-out?

London, United Kingdom – When Ayesha Sharieff, a general practitioner in a south London surgery, administered the first COVID vaccines to her patients earlier this month, she was overjoyed. “It was the best afternoon I’ve spent for a long time,” said Sharieff, who has been a doctor for 20 years. “After all these tough times […]

What Is Happening With the Virus in California? For Now, Many Mixed Signals

[See how full hospital intensive care units are near you.] Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to make an announcement about lifting some restrictions in the state on Monday. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Newsom’s administration has refused to disclose key data that would help explain the difference in approaches between the Bay Area and […]

Hope in Kashmir as Modi critic Kamala Harris takes office

NEW DELHI: Some hope has sprung in Kashmir, residents of the valley say, as Kamala Harris, the new American vice president and critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has taken office. Harris, who was inaugurated as US President Joe Biden’s deputy last week, has been critical of the Indian government’s discriminatory policies toward the country’s […]

Manaus COVID-19 crisis could strike across Brazil, doctors warn

With hospitals overrun and supplies of oxygen running out, Brazilian epidemiologist Jesem Orellana said COVID-19 patients’ hospital beds in Manaus, the capital of the country’s Amazonas region, turned into “asphyxiation chambers”. “Manaus is lost,” said Orellana, who described the city as an open-air laboratory “where all types of negligence and inhumanity are possible” and in […]

Chelsea fires coach Frank Lampard halfway through second season

Lampard leaves with the lowest points-per-game record of the dozen managers since 2003. Frank Lampard has been fired by Chelsea, halfway through his second season in charge, after being unable to replicate his success as the club’s record scorer in his first Premier League managerial job. Chelsea has lost five of its last eight Premier […]

Turkey and Greece resume talks on maritime disputes after five years

BRUSELLS: The European Union will meet AstraZeneca executives on Monday to seek further clarification on why they unexpectedly announced a large cut in supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc for the first quarter of the year, EU officials said.AstraZeneca, which developed its shot with Oxford University, told the EU on Friday that it could […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Run for Arkansas Governor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as a White House press secretary under former President Donald J. Trump, announced her candidacy for governor of Arkansas on Monday, running for a seat her father, Mike Huckabee, once held. Ms. Sanders is seen as the preferred candidate of Mr. Trump, and her candidacy will serve, to some extent, […]

UK could become ‘failed state’ without reform, former PM warns

Brexit and the COVID-19 crisis have weakened the ties that bind England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, says ex-Labour PM Gordon Brown. Unless the United Kingdom is fundamentally reformed, it could swiftly become a failed state because of rising concerns that the country is governed by a London-centric elite acting in its own interest, former […]

Mexican authorities find 19 charred bodies near US border

The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office said that the bodies were discovered along a dirt road near Camargo town. Mexican authorities said they have found 19 shot and burned bodies near a town across the Rio Grande from the US state of Texas in an area that has seen violent territorial disputes between organised crime groups […]

In Pictures: Global warming forces Bangladeshi tribals to migrate

Global warming has dried up water resources in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeastern Bangladesh, forcing thousands of Indigenous tribal people out of their traditional settlements. While rural and coastal areas have already borne the brunt of floods and cyclones, climate change has wreaked havoc on the South Asian country’s high-altitude region. Environmentalists say the […]

Debating Stimulus Checks

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Are $2,000 stimulus checks a good way to help the economy and fight poverty — or “an abomination”? The idea to send $2,000 checks to most Americans began circulating in the spring, pushed by progressive Democrats like Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Pramila […]

Bahrain approves AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID vaccine

The jab is the third granted emergency use in the Gulf country after China’s Sinopharm and Pfizer/BioNtech. Bahrain has granted emergency approval for the use of a coronavirus vaccine produced by the UK’s AstraZeneca drug company in collaboration with Oxford University. The National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) approved the vaccine on Monday, according to Bahrain’s […]

Aleksei Navalny and the Future of Russia

Over the weekend, a standoff between President Vladimir Putin and his loudest critic became a showdown in the streets. Could this be a turning point? Source link

Nearly 500,000 killed by extreme weather disasters in 20 years

Almost half a million people have been killed in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, with the world’s poorest countries increasingly bearing the brunt of climate change’s wrath. The mortality burden of climate-related catastrophes such as storms, flooding, and heatwaves is overwhelmingly borne by developing nations, according to a […]

Nearly 500,000 killed by extreme weather disasters in 20 years

Almost half a million people have been killed in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, with the world’s poorest countries increasingly bearing the brunt of climate change’s wrath. The mortality burden of climate-related catastrophes such as storms, flooding, and heatwaves is overwhelmingly borne by developing nations, according to a […]

Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

Malka Leifer faces 74 charges of child sex abuse that she allegedly committed during her stint as teacher in Melbourne. Israeli authorities have extradited a woman wanted on 74 charges of child sex abuse in Australia, following a six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two governments. Malka Leifer, who is wanted on […]

Turkey, Saudi Arabia eye improved ties after Gulf crisis ends

Ankara, Turkey – Two years ago, relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia stood at one of the lowest points in the history of the two regional powers following the murder in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. His killing in October 2018 at the hands of Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate led to unprecedented Turkish […]