Extreme winds in Turkey kill 6 and injure 52

Four of the fatalities were in Turkey’s commercial hub of Istanbul, home to 16 million people, and three of the injured are in serious condition. Trees were uprooted, many rooftops were blown away, mosque minarets were toppled and an iconic clock tower was destroyed. According to the European Severe Weather Database, winds reached 120 kilometers … Read more

Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point in two decades, UN says

In just one year — from 2019 to 2020 — the number of people living with hunger in the region rose by 30%, or 13.8 million people, a new United Nations Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report said. While the coronavirus poses its own health threat, the pandemic’s economic fallout has also meant … Read more

Sudan security forces fire tear gas at Khartoum protesters

Demands for full civilian rule are ongoing after an agreement reinstating civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Sudanese security forces have fired tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters near the the presidential palace in the capital, Khartoum, according to witnesses. The rally on Tuesday was the latest show of opposition to military rule since last month’s … Read more

For Omicron, Moderna Boss Warns Of “Material Drop” In Vaccine Efficacy

Drugmakers including Moderna and Pfizer are already working on an Omicron-specific vaccine. (File) London: Existing Covid-19 inoculations will struggle against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the head of vaccine manufacturer Moderna warned Tuesday, as countries ramp up vaccination programmes and impose further restrictions in an effort to curb growing concern. First reported to the World Health … Read more

EU Could Approve Vaccine Against New Covid Variant In 3 To 4 Months

The EU drug regulator did say, however, that existing shots would continue to provide protection. (File) Brussels: The EU drug regulator said on Tuesday it could approve vaccines adapted to target the Omicron variant of the coronavirus within three to four months if needed, but that existing shots would continue to provide protection. Speaking to … Read more

More than 1,000 big cats, turtles and birds seized as part of worldwide trafficking investigation by Interpol

More than 1,000 animals have been seized and hundreds of people have been arrested as a result of a month-long worldwide investigation. Codenamed Operation Thunder 2021, the probe targeted illegally traded endangered species, ranging from big cats, birds, and reptiles to timber and molluscs. Throughout the investigation, run by Interpol and the World Customs Organisation, … Read more

Far-right TV pundit Eric Zemmour will run for France’s presidency

The far-right TV pundit in France that has made headlines over his polarising rhetoric will officially throw his hat into the race for president. Eric Zemmour, who is polling around third nationally, declared himself a candidate in the April 2022 presidential elections. There had been speculation for weeks about when he would officially declare his … Read more