WHO Advises Against Blood Plasma Treatment For COVID-19

The WHO said its latest recommendations were based on evidence from 16 trials. (File) Paris: Covid treatments using plasma taken from the blood of recovered coronavirus patients should not be given to people with mild or moderate illness, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Convalescent plasma showed some early promise when given intravenously to people … Read more

Suspected car-ramming attack by Palestinian teen highlights rising tensions, amid questions over Israeli police actions

This is the latest in a series of violent incidents in the West Bank and Jerusalem, which are prompting concern over rising tensions, as well as questions over how Israeli police respond to some events. A photograph of Monday’s incident shows a silver car half on its side crashed through the windows of a concrete … Read more

US Justice Dept sues Texas over voter maps, citing discrimination

Department says Texas plan violates US voting laws by diluting strength of Black, Latino and other minority voters. The United States Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Texas over the state’s redrawn congressional and state legislative districts, saying the new plan violates US voting laws by discriminating against minority voters. The complaint, filed in … Read more

Incoming German Chancellor Scholz unveils new cabinet members

Designated new German chancellor Olaf Scholz presented the ministers of his Social Democratic Party, for the new German government on Monday, setting the scene for him to succeed longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel later this week. It came after the Greens said their members approved the agreement reached last month, with 86% voting for it in … Read more

Wildfires break carbon emission records in US, Siberia, and Turkey, as climate change fans intense blazes, says EU monitoring service

Wildfires have produced a record amount of carbon emissions in some parts of the world this year, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. Fires in the western US, Siberia, and Turkey were among those that the service described as proof that climate change is fanning blazes of unusual intensity. Yakutia, in northeastern … Read more

Malaria Deaths Rise By 69,000 In 2020 Due To Covid Restrictions, Says WHO

In total, over 627,000 people globally were killed by malaria last year (Representational) Dakar, Senegal: Healthcare disruptions linked to the coronavirus pandemic helped malaria kill 69,000 more people in 2020 than the previous year, but a worst-case scenario was averted, the World Health Organization said on Monday. In total over 627,000 people globally – most … Read more

Volcano rescue workers dig through thick layers of hot ash in Indonesia after Mount Semeru erupts

Mount Semeru, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, erupted Saturday, shooting smoldering hot ash and volcanic gas into the air that turned the sky dark over villages in East Java’s Lumajang district. At least 15 people have died and 27 others are missing, according to the Command Post for Emergency Response of Mount Semeru. More … Read more

Global ransomware attacks rise 151%: Canada spy agency

Agency reports 235 ransomware attacks on Canadian targets this year, half of which were key infrastructure providers. Global ransomware attacks increased by 151 percent in the first half of 2021 compared with 2020, Canada’s signals intelligence agency has reported, as hackers become increasingly brazen. Key Canadian infrastructure has regularly been targeted in ransomware attacks in … Read more

US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The United States will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House said on Monday China has vowed to greet the move with “firm countermeasures.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki says US athletes will continue to compete and will “have our full … Read more