UK to launch vaccine trials on COVID-19 variants in summer

BRUSSELS: European Union leaders will agree on Thursday to work on certificates of vaccination for EU citizens who have had an anti-COVID shot, with southern EU countries that depend heavily on tourism desperate to rescue this summer’s holiday season.Lockdowns to slow the pandemic caused the deepest ever economic recession in the 27-nation bloc last year, […]

EU mulls vaccination passports to resurrect tourism after COVID-19

LONDON: Researchers who produced the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine are assessing the use of tablets or nasal sprays to replace jabs. Lead researcher Sarah Gilbert told a parliamentary committee that “we’re … thinking about second-generation formulations of vaccines” that could replace injections, but they will “take time to develop.” She added: “We have flu vaccines […]

India start COVID-19 vaccinations for people over 60s from March 1

GENEVA: The United States is seeking a return to the UN Human Rights Council, three years after former president Donald Trump’s administration withdrew, the US top diplomat told the rights body Wednesday.“I’m pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term,” US Secretary of State Antony […]

Russia’s Lavrov slams West for coronavirus pandemic ‘selfishness’

GENEVA: The United States is seeking a return to the UN Human Rights Council, three years after former president Donald Trump’s administration withdrew, the US top diplomat told the rights body Wednesday.“I’m pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term,” US Secretary of State Antony […]

Italy asks UN for probe into killing of envoy in DR Congo

NEW DELHI: A 38-year-old death row prisoner facing execution in India has appealed for mercy and a review of her case in a last-ditch effort to avoid becoming only the second woman to be hanged in the country in the past 74 years. Shabnam Ali has been held in northern India’s Mathura jail for the […]

Philippines to probe use of illegal COVID-19 vaccines

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1614154537431121500 Wed, 2021-02-24 07:47 MANILA: The Philippines health ministry said on Wednesday it will investigate the illegal use of unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines, after a presidential adviser admitted to receiving shots of a Sinopharm vaccine smuggled into the country. Ramon Tulfo, a celebrity radio and television host and special envoy […]

Federal judge bans enforcement of Joe Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1614151925781040100 Wed, 2021-02-24 07:14 HOUSTON: A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. US District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on […]

UN World Food Programme warns could suspend work in North Korea

MANILA: Philippine forces have arrested nine women who were related to Abu Sayyaf commanders and militants in the south and could have been “potential suicide bombers,” the military said Tuesday.The women were captured Friday in raids on houses in three towns in the predominantly Muslim province of Sulu, said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., who […]

Canada’s parliament passes motion saying China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1614069846822911600 Tue, 2021-02-23 08:40 OTTAWA: Canada’s parliament passed a non-binding motion on Monday saying China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region constitutes genocide, putting pressure on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to follow suit. Canada’s House of Commons voted 266-0 for the motion brought […]

G7 countries ‘firmly condemn’ Myanmar military attacks on protesters

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

Philippine security forces arrest nine women with extremist ties

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

Afghanistan begins Covid vaccine campaign amid surge in violence

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

Muslim Council of Britain urges govt to end non-engagement policy

Pakistani PM’s visit to Sri Lanka will ‘open new chapter’ in bilateral relations COLOMBO: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka will open a new chapter in bilateral relations, officials told Arab News on Monday. Khan is due to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport at 4 p.m on Tuesday, and will be given a […]

British terrorist jailed after going on the run

Pakistani PM’s visit to Sri Lanka will ‘open new chapter’ in bilateral relations COLOMBO: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka will open a new chapter in bilateral relations, officials told Arab News on Monday. Khan is due to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport at 4 p.m on Tuesday, and will be given a […]

Thousands flee as south Philippines storm submerges homes

MANILA: More than 53,000 people were forced to flee their homes over the weekend after heavy rains brought by Dujuan, the Philippines’ first storm of the year, flooded several parts of the country, particularly its southern region. Officials said more than 400 houses were destroyed by the storm, a few of which were swept away by […]

US nears 500,000 COVID-19 deaths as vaccine drives gather momentum

Businesses shut in Myanmar on Monday in a general strike called to oppose the military coup and thousands of protesters gathered in towns and cities despite a chilling message from the junta that confrontation would cost more lives.On Sunday, hundreds of people attended the funeral in the capital Naypyitaw of Mya Thwate Thawte Khaing, a […]

Germany: EU may impose sanctions on Myanmar as a last resort

Businesses shut in Myanmar on Monday in a general strike called to oppose the military coup and thousands of protesters gathered in towns and cities despite a chilling message from the junta that confrontation would cost more lives.On Sunday, hundreds of people attended the funeral in the capital Naypyitaw of Mya Thwate Thawte Khaing, a […]

Thousands evacuated amid floods in Indonesia’s West Java

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to block the formation of a provisional government in Afghanistan after calls for the establishment of a temporary setup began to gain ground across the country. “Be assured that as long as I am alive, they will not see the formation of an interim government. I am not like […]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, top officials receive COVID-19 vaccine

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to block the formation of a provisional government in Afghanistan after calls for the establishment of a temporary setup began to gain ground across the country. “Be assured that as long as I am alive, they will not see the formation of an interim government. I am not like […]

UK’s top counter-terror officer backs key strategy amid review row

KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to block the formation of a provisional government in Afghanistan after calls for the establishment of a temporary setup began to gain ground across the country. “Be assured that as long as I am alive, they will not see the formation of an interim government. I am not like […]

UK speeds up vaccinations: All adults get 1st jab by July 31

Author:  By JILL LAWLESS | AP article author:  AP ID:  1613911932617617900 Sun, 2021-02-21 12:15 LONDON: The British government announced Sunday that it aims to give every adult in the country a first dose of coronavirus vaccine by July 31, a month earlier than its previous target. The new target also aims for everyone over 50 […]

Malaysia to start COVID-19 vaccination drive early as first doses arrive

YANGON: Mya Thwet Thwet Khaing would have turned 20 on Feb. 11, two days before she was shot in the head during anti-military protests in Myanmar’s administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Khaing died on Friday after her family decided to remove the life support system which she had been kept on for more than a […]

World Bank pushing for standard vaccine contracts, more disclosure from makers

YANGON: Mya Thwet Thwet Khaing would have turned 20 on Feb. 11, two days before she was shot in the head during anti-military protests in Myanmar’s administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Khaing died on Friday after her family decided to remove the life support system which she had been kept on for more than a […]

Debris falls from United Airlines plane during emergency landing near Denver

YANGON: Mya Thwet Thwet Khaing would have turned 20 on Feb. 11, two days before she was shot in the head during anti-military protests in Myanmar’s administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw. Khaing died on Friday after her family decided to remove the life support system which she had been kept on for more than a […]