Death toll from Colombia protests rises as cities brace for Covid-19 fall-out

BOGOTA (REUTERS) – The reported death toll from nearly two weeks of anti-government protests in Colombia rose past 40 on Tuesday (May 11), a day ahead of a planned national…

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U.S. gas stations report shortages as Colonial Pipeline shutdown continues

More than 1,000 gas stations in the U.S. Southeast reported running out of fuel, primarily because of what analysts say is unwarranted panic-buying among drivers, as the shutdown of a…

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Doctors sound alarm over 5-fold jump in kids swallowing magnets

PARIS (AFP) – Doctors from major hospitals in England sounded an alarm on Wednesday (May 12) over a five-fold increase in the number of young children requiring medical treatment after…

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Israel declares state of emergency in Lod, blaming ‘riots’ by Arab minority

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday (May 12) declared a state of emergency in the central city of Lod as police accused Arab residents of waging…

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Maldives tightens curfew, bans India tourists on Covid-19 concern

MALE, MALDIVES (BLOOMBERG) – The Maldives, which has one of the world’s fastest growing Covid-19 outbreaks, has tightened restrictions. Residents of Male, the capital, are now required to stay indoors…

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Indian Covid-19 variant found in 44 countries, all regions: WHO

GENEVA (AFP) – The World Health Organisation said Wednesday (May 12) that a variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries…

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Pfizer asks UK regulator to approve Covid-19 vaccine for teenagers

LONDON (REUTERS) – Pfizer has submitted data on its Covid-19 vaccine among 12- to 15-year olds to Britain’s health regulator, a company spokesman said on Tuesday (May 11), paving the…

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UK unveils law to fine social media firms which fail to remove online abuse

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain said on Wednesday (May 12) a planned new law would see social media companies fined up to 10 per cent of turnover or 18 million pounds…

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UK to ban live animal exports for slaughter as part of welfare plan

LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain said on Wednesday (May 12) it would ban the live export of animals for slaughter and fattening, explore prohibiting the sale of foie gras and formally…

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Higher antibiotic doses may make bacteria ‘fitter’: Study

PARIS (AFP) – Using higher doses of antibiotics in a bid to tackle the growing problem of drug resistance may end up strengthening certain bacteria, according to research released on…

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