Teen who filmed George Floyd’s murder given journalism award

Darnella Frazier (third from right) films as police arrest African-American George Floyd. Photo courtesy: Reuters

BBC: A teenager who filmed the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer has been given a special journalism award by the Pulitzer Prize board. Darnella Frazier, now 18, was awarded the citation for her courage, the Pulitzer committee said. Her film spurred protests for racial justice around the world and was used… Continue reading Teen who filmed George Floyd’s murder given journalism award

Biden to lay out vax donations, urge world leaders to join

File Photo In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, frozen vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are taken out to thaw, at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. Photo Courtesy: AP

MAWGAN PORTH, England (AP): One year ago, the U.S. was the deadliest hotspot of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the cancellation of the Group of Seven summit it was due to host. Now, the U.S. is emerging as a model for how to successfully emerge from more than 15 months of global crisis. For President Joe… Continue reading Biden to lay out vax donations, urge world leaders to join

China sees first human case of rare H10N3 strain

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BBC: A 41-year-old Chinese man has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with a rare bird flu strain. Officials did not give details on how the man got infected but the H10N3 strain is thought to not easily spread from humans to humans. The Jiangsu province resident, who was diagnosed last week,… Continue reading China sees first human case of rare H10N3 strain

China’s Sinovac vaccine gets WHO emergency approval

File Photo In this Dec. 25, 2020 file photo, released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member inspects syringes of COVID-19 inactivated vaccine products at a packaging plant of the Beijing Biological Products Institute Co., Ltd, a unit of state-owned Sinopharm in Beijing. (Zhang Yuwei/Xinhua via AP, File)

BBC: The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved China’s Sinovac Covid vaccine for emergency use. The WHO said it prevented symptomatic disease in 51% of those vaccinated and prevented severe symptoms and hospitalisation in 100% of samples. Some evidence and data gaps are still lacking though, according to WHO experts. It is the second Chinese… Continue reading China’s Sinovac vaccine gets WHO emergency approval

Saudi Arabia lifts ban from travelers arriving from 11 countries

A Saudi man checks the flight timings at the King Khalid International Airport, after Saudi authorities lifted the travel ban on its citizens after fourteen months due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2021. Photo courtesy: Reuters

Reuters: Saudi Arabia is lifting a ban on travelers arriving from 11 countries that it imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Saudi state news agency said on Saturday, but will still require quarantine procedures. Travelers from the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the United States, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, France… Continue reading Saudi Arabia lifts ban from travelers arriving from 11 countries

Canada mourns as remains of 215 children found at indigenous school

The Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia once housed 500 children. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

(BBC): A mass grave containing the remains of 215 children has been found in Canada at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people. The children were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978. The discovery was announced on Thursday by the chief of the Tk’emlups… Continue reading Canada mourns as remains of 215 children found at indigenous school

COVID-19 infection declining in 24 states of India

File Photo A nurse attends to a patient at a free COVID-19 care center being operated by a Sikh voluntary organization in Ghaziabad, outskirts ofNew Delhi, India, Monday, May 17, 2021. Photo Courtesy: AP

Kathmandu: The number of people infected with the corona virus has started declining in 24 states of India. According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, the number of infected people is declining in 24 states. The number of infected people has been declining in the last… Continue reading COVID-19 infection declining in 24 states of India

Biden orders more intel investigation of COVID-19 origin

File Photo In this May 13, 2021, President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Photo Courtesy: AP

WASHINGTON (AP): President Joe Biden ordered U.S. intelligence officials to “redouble” their efforts to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any possibility the trail might lead to a Chinese laboratory. After months of minimizing that possibility as a fringe theory, the Biden administration is joining worldwide pressure for China to be more open… Continue reading Biden orders more intel investigation of COVID-19 origin

Cyclone Yaas: Severe storm makes landfall on India coast

Orissa bore the brunt of the storm. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

BBC: More than a million people in India have been evacuated as a powerful cyclone has started making landfall on its eastern coast on Wednesday. Cyclone Yaas, which intensified into a “very severe cyclonic storm”, hit the state of Orissa, also known as Odisha, and will take two hours to cross over. This is the… Continue reading Cyclone Yaas: Severe storm makes landfall on India coast

Rallies, moments of silence honor George Floyd a year later

The family of Daunte Wright gathers on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Minneapolis. Wright was fatally shot earlier this year by a Minneapolis police officer. Photo Courtesy: AP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP): A family-friendly street festival, musical performances and moments of silence were held Tuesday to honor George Floyd and mark the year since he died at the hands of Minneapolis police, a death captured on wrenching bystander video that galvanized the racial justice movement and continues to bring calls for change. Floyd’s sister Bridgett… Continue reading Rallies, moments of silence honor George Floyd a year later