‘Near-total internet shutdown’ in Myanmar as coup protests spread

Myanmar’s military rulers have cut access to the internet as tens of thousands of people took to the streets of cities across the country to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Netblocks, a United Kingdom-based service that tracks internet disruptions, said on Saturday afternoon that “a […]

Myanmar anti-junta protests spread, Twitter and Instagram blocked

Protests against the military takeover swell as nearly 300 politicians from the overthrown ruling party defy the coup. The lawyer for Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and overthrown President Win Myint said the pair was under house arrest and that he was unable to meet them while hundreds of students and teachers joined […]

As Virus Variants Spread, ‘No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe’

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — As a dangerous variant of the coronavirus first discovered in South Africa sickens and kills thousands across the country, Jan Matsena has shown up every day to stock the shelves at a Cape Town supermarket, terrified that he too will catch it. A neighbor died in December, then a co-worker […]

White House optimistic on J&J vaccine as mutations spread

White House officials have announced continued plans to increase COVID-19 vaccinations during a Friday briefing while the US continues to struggle with the containment of the novel coronavirus as worrying mutations spread. Dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), began the White House briefing by listing news of […]

Are measures to stop spread of COVID-19 failing?

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Four falsehoods Giuliani spread about Dominion.

Dominion Voting Systems, one of the largest voting machine vendors in the United States, filed a defamation lawsuit against Rudolph W. Giuliani on Monday, accusing him of spreading a litany of falsehoods about the company in his efforts on behalf of former President Donald J. Trump to subvert the election. The lawsuit chronicles more than […]

Covid-19: U.S. Virus Cases Fall as Variants Spread

Here’s what you need to know: A healthcare worker tests for the coronavirus at Beltzville State Park in Lehighton, Pa., on Wednesday. New coronavirus variants have the potential to slow progress in the fight against the virus.Credit…Hilary Swift for The New York Times In recent days, coronavirus cases have been dropping steadily across the United […]

Tunisia: Protests over moribund economy spread to a dozen cities

Fighting broke out between Tunisian police and protesters in the capital Tunis and at least 15 cities for the third consecutive day as youths demonstrated against the unprecedented economic crisis the country faces. Police swooped in as shops and banks were looted and vandalized on Sunday, arresting “dozens” of youths, according to state news agency […]

Pakistan’s Charlie Chaplin aims to spread happiness during tough times

SOUTH CAROLINA: President-elect Joe Biden’s pick of former US State Department career diplomat William Burns to head the CIA has drawn praise from current and former leaders of the spy agency.Burns, 64 — who served as deputy secretary of state between 2011 and 2014, and is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace — […]

Video: Scotland Will Go Into Lockdown After Coronavirus Variant Spread

new video loaded: Scotland Will Go Into Lockdown After Coronavirus Variant Spread transcript Back transcript Scotland Will Go Into Lockdown After Coronavirus Variant Spread Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, announced on Monday that the country will go back into lockdown until the end of January due to the increase of coronavirus cases from a newly […]

How Does the Coronavirus Variant Spread? Here’s What Scientists Know

A more contagious form of the coronavirus has begun circulating in the United States. In Britain, where it was first identified, the new variant became the predominant form of the coronavirus in just three months, accelerating that nation’s surge and filling its hospitals. It may do the same in the United States, exacerbating an unrelenting […]

Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic over a new coronavirus a year ago, since then the illness known as COVID-19 has spread to nearly every country. The disease has killed more than 1.8 million people and infected more than 82.7 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 46 million […]

Italy Turns to Flower Power to Help Spread Vaccine Message

ROME — This has been an ugly year for Italy. The first wave of the coronavirus took the country by surprise and killed tens of thousands. The second wave somehow took the government by surprise and has killed thousands more. And Italians, desperate for the arrival of the vaccine next month, have struggled to get […]

Anti-Myanmar hate speech flares in Thailand over spread of COVID

“Wherever you see Myanmar people, shoot them down,” read one Thai comment on YouTube after a surge of coronavirus cases among workers from Myanmar. The outbreak, first detected at a seafood market near Bangkok, has prompted a surge in online hate speech as well as questions over Thailand’s treatment of millions of migrant workers. “Myanmar […]

Winter sports shut down in S Korea to check COVID-19 spread

Government also extends ban on gatherings of five or more people across country in attempt to stamp out third wave. South Korea on Tuesday extended a ban on gatherings of five or more people nationwide and ordered the closure of all ski resorts and tourist attractions over the year-end holidays in a bid to contain […]

Peru mine workers block highway as labour protests spread

One protester has died as farmworkers cut off transit on the main highway to the capital Lima, stranding food trucks. Mineworkers in Peru on Friday joined a growing group of farmworkers in blocking major highways throughout the country, ratcheting up pressure on newly appointed interim President Francisco Sagasti. Hundreds of union members from the Doe […]

Virus May Have Arrived in U.S. in December, but Didn’t Spread Until Later

The coronavirus may have infected a small number of people in the United States as early as Dec. 13, more than a month earlier than researchers had thought, according to scientists who analyzed blood samples taken from American Red Cross donations. The researchers noted that they could not say whether the apparent infections were in […]