Opinion | What This Wave of Anti-Asian Violence Reveals About America

I think of James Baldwin’s words: “This is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen, and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know […]

Africa COVID deaths surpass 100,000 amid second wave

South Africa, where a more contagious COVID-19 variant has been identified, accounts for nearly half of continent’s deaths. Africa’s reported COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 100,000, a fraction of those reported on other continents but rising fast as the second wave of infections overwhelms hospitals. The continent’s reported deaths, at 100,354 on Friday, are less […]

US oil output dips by record 40% as cold wave freezes operations

The Permian Basin, which is located in New Mexico and Texas, is the worst affected, with output down between 65 percent and 80 percent from normal levels, traders and executives say. Total U.S. oil production has plunged by close to 40% — the most ever — as an unprecedented cold blast freezes well operations across […]

Bitcoin nears $50,000 as cryptocurrencies ride Tesla wave

Bitcoin powered to a record high on Tuesday, approaching the $50,000 mark, basking in the afterglow of Elon Musk-led Tesla’s investment in the cryptocurrency that had investors believing it may become a mainstream asset class. The most popular cryptocurrency has gained 1,150 percent since its March 2020 lows, as institutional investors searched for alternative investments and […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Caseload Swamps Bolivia as Part of Latin America’s 2nd Wave

Here’s what you need to know: Moving a coffin of a suspected coronavirus victim at a cemetery in Cochabamba, Bolivia, last year. The country has suffered one of the world’s worst epidemics.Credit…Dico Soliz/Associated Press In Bolivia, bodies are piling up at homes and on the streets again, echoing the horrific images of last summer, when […]

Qatar announces new restrictions amid fears of second COVID wave

Health authorities announce a new 32-point plan to curb the coronavirus spread amid a surge in cases. Qatar has announced new restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases that authorities said could lead to a second wave of infections. The 32-point plan, made public on Wednesday, includes provisions to limit at 80 percent the number […]

California lobster fishermen ride high-price wave from China

Santa Barbara, California, the United States — On a recent winter’s evening in Santa Barbara Harbor, seafood distributors Gabriel Sosa and Tony Escalante lifted large containers crawling with California spiny lobsters off of the boats of local fishermen and onto a wharf to be weighed before placing them into large, water-filled containers in the back […]

COVID: Second wave overwhelms medical system in Brazil’s Manaus

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Consuelo Cesar, 84, had been in stable condition in an ICT unit at the SPA do Alvorada Hospital when the hospital warned that its oxygen stock would run out within minutes. On Thursday, January 14, as Manaus reported 2,516 new infections and 254 hospitalisations, the highest figure since the onset […]

COVID: Second wave overwhelms medical system in Brazil’s Manaus

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Consuelo Cesar, 84, had been in stable condition in an ICT unit at the SPA do Alvorada Hospital when the hospital warned that its oxygen stock would run out within minutes. On Thursday, January 14, as Manaus reported 2,516 new infections and 254 hospitalisations, the highest figure since the onset […]

Tunisia mothers decry wave of ‘arbitrary’ arrests after unrest

Mothers in the Tunisian capital are accusing authorities of arbitrarily arresting their children in response to nearly a week of unrest, with rights groups saying at least 1,000 people have been arrested. “The policeman shoved the door of my building and arrested my son. My neighbours witnessed it,” Meriem Ben Salem said after six nights […]

New wave: China’s COVID infections cloud economic recovery

From cancelled hotel bookings ahead of the Lunar New Year to steel piled up at mills because of transport curbs in Hebei province, China’s battle against a new wave of COVID-19 infections clouds what has been a dramatic economic recovery. New coronavirus cases in China are at 10-month highs, prompting the lockdown of 28 million people in two […]

Thailand mulls tougher curbs amid fears of second COVID wave

Authorities recommend tighter restrictions on businesses and people’s movements in 28 provinces, including capital Bangkok. Health authorities in Thailand have recommended tougher restrictions on businesses and people’s movements in 28 provinces, including the capital, Bangkok, as the number of new coronavirus cases rises. The measures, which need final approval from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, include […]

COVID: In Italy, the second wave is now as deadly as the first

The number of people dying with coronavirus in Italy in the second wave of infections is comparable with the toll recorded in the first, a grim milestone that comes amid fresh lockdown measures. The Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) reported on Tuesday that between September 1 and December 22, 33,731 people died with coronavirus. […]

Hong Kong restricts dining at restaurants in fourth wave battle

Carrie Lam says fourth wave is ‘more complicated and more severe’ with cases ‘widely spread out’ in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has banned dining in restaurants after 6pm (10:00 GMT) and ordered the closure of gyms, beauty salons and massage parlours in a bid to contain a fourth wave of coronavirus infections in the densely […]