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US pauses use of J&J vaccine, rollout delayed in Europe

US pauses use of J&J vaccine, rollout delayed in Europe

US federal health agencies recommended yesterday pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson (J&J)’s coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot, dealing a fresh setback to efforts to tackle the pandemic.

Word up! Scrabble marks UK lockdown easing with light show

Word up! Scrabble marks UK lockdown easing with light show

Some of Britain’s favourite words were projected onto buildings around London to mark the easing of lockdown restrictions and National Scrabble Day yesterday.

All US troops to quit Afghanistan by September 11

All US troops to quit Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden will remove all US troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America’s longest war despite mounting fears of a Taliban victory, officials said yesterday.

WHO, agencies urge countries to suspend sale of live wild mammals at markets

WHO, agencies urge countries to suspend sale of live wild mammals at markets

International agencies including the World Health Organization urged countries on Tuesday to suspend the sale of live wild mammals in food markets, warning they may be the source of more than 70% of emerging infectious diseases in humans.

India's daily Covid-19 tally is world's highest as festival, rallies fan concern

India's daily Covid-19 tally is world's highest as festival, rallies fan concern

Hundreds of thousands of devout Indians are set to bathe in the Ganges river on Wednesday, the third key day of a Hindu festival, even as peaks in daily coronavirus infections prompt government critics to demand the cancellation of huge events.

India approves Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

India approves Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

India has authorised the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, a leading local drugmaker said Tuesday, in a boost for the nation's inoculation drive as infection rates soar to record highs.

Australia reports second Astrazeneca blood clot case, vaccine rollout steady

Australia reports second Astrazeneca blood clot case, vaccine rollout steady

Australia said on Tuesday a second person had been diagnosed with a blood clot after receiving the AstraZeneca Plc vaccine but there had been no rise in inoculation cancellations as authorities try to steady a bungled immunisation campaign.

Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea after treatment

Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea after treatment

Japan will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station into the sea, the government said on Tuesday, a move opposed by neighbours including China, which called it "extremely irresponsible."

US officer fired for pepper-spraying soldier

US officer fired for pepper-spraying soldier

A US police officer has been fired after footage emerged of a black army officer being detained at gunpoint and pepper-sprayed in the face in Virginia, prompting the state’s governor to promise a full investigation.

US protests erupt after officers shoot black man in traffic stop

US protests erupt after officers shoot black man in traffic stop

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as angry protests erupted in a Minneapolis suburb after a 20-year-old black man was shot dead during a traffic stop.

India overtakes Brazil in coronavirus surge

India overtakes Brazil in coronavirus surge

Hundreds of thousands of devotees packed a religious festival yesterday as India overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, bearing the brunt of a new Covid-19 wave battering South Asia.

India overtakes Brazil, Bangladesh orders shutdown as surge hits South Asia

India overtakes Brazil, Bangladesh orders shutdown as surge hits South Asia

India on Monday overtook Brazil as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections and Bangladesh halted international flights and shut offices as a new wave battered South Asia.

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