On April 2021...

Joe Biden has sought to present a united front with Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, to counter an increasingly assertive China as the US president held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. Biden hosted Suga for talks on Friday that offered the Democratic president a chance to work further on his pledge to revitalise US alliances that frayed under his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

April 17, 2021...

If last week was a bad week for India, this week might be even worse. First we had news of 184,000 new Covid-19 cases recorded on a single day on Wednesday — a figure reported to be the highest single-day rise of any country since the pandemic began. More than 1 million cases were recorded in a week and on Wednesday India’s daily death toll passed 1000 for the first time since mid-October. It is bad timing to host the world’s largest religious festival on the banks of the River Ganges…

For more details – https://www.nzherald.co.nz/

April 16, 2021...

Just 3% of the world’s land remains ecologically intact with healthy populations of all its original animals and undisturbed habitat, a study suggests. These fragments of wilderness undamaged by human activities are mainly in parts of the Amazon and Congo tropical forests, east Siberian and northern Canadian forests and tundra, and the Sahara. Invasive alien species including cats, foxes, rabbits, goats and camels have had a major impact on native species in Australia…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

April 15, 2021...

The US, South Africa and European Union will temporarily stop the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid jab, after reports of rare blood clotting. Six cases were detected in more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. Johnson & Johnson has paused its EU rollout, which started this week. It follows similar cases after doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which prompted curbs to its use…

For more details – https://www.bbc.com/

April 14, 2021...

Iran’s nuclear program has been targeted by diplomatic efforts and sabotage attacks over the last decade, with the latest incident striking its underground Natanz facility. The attack on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Natanz comes as world powers try to negotiate a return by Iran and the U.S. to Tehran’s atomic accord. The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over the resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear program…

For more details – https://www.hindustantimes.com/

April 13, 2021...

Russians on Monday celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight to space carried out by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin as the Soviet hero remains one of the most admired figures in the country. Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to travel to Engels, a city in the south of the country on the banks of the Volga river, to the site of the cosmonaut’s landing where a memorial stands to honour the historic flight…

April 12, 2021...

At least seven people were killed after a 6.0 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s main Java island on Saturday, as the country reels from a cyclone disaster. The afternoon quake hit offshore about 45 kilometres south-west of Malang city in East Java, damaging hundreds of homes as well as schools, government offices and mosques across the region. The quake struck at a relatively deep 82 kilometres (50 miles) – shallower quakes tend to do more damage…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

April 11, 2021...

An “explosive” volcano eruption has blanketed the Caribbean island of St Vincent in ash and smoke and forced thousands of people out of their homes. La Soufrière, which has been dormant for decades, first started showing volcanic activity in December which picked up this week. On Thursday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves urged more than 16,000 residents in “red zones” to evacuate. The volcano has since spewed dark ash plumes 6 km (3.7 miles) into the air…

For more details – https://www.bbc.com/

April 10, 2021...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged ruling party officials to wage another “Arduous March” of work and sacrifice, state media reported on Friday, linking the current economic crises to a period in the 1990s of famine and disaster. “Arduous March” was a term adopted by officials to rally citizens during a famine that killed as many as 3 million North Koreans after the fall of the Soviet Union, which had been a major backer of Pyongyang’s communist founders…

For more details – https://www.reuters.com/

April 09, 2021...

British authorities recommended Wednesday that the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine not be given to adults under 30 where possible because of strengthening evidence that the shot may be linked to rare blood clots. The recommendation came as regulators in the United Kingdom and the European Union emphasized that the benefits of receiving the vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for most people – even though the European Medicines Agency said it had found a “possible link” between the shot and the rare clots…

April 08, 2021...

Arkansas has become the first state to ban gender-affirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, after lawmakers overrode the governor’s objections to enact the ban on Tuesday. The state’s governor, Asa Hutchinson, had vetoed the bill on Monday following pleas from pediatricians, social workers and the parents of trans youth who said the measure would harm a community already at risk for depression and suicide. The ban was opposed by several medical and child welfare groups…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

April 07, 2021...

Iceland’s spectacular, two-week old volcanic eruption entered a new phase Monday as television pictures showed a fresh fissure had opened up and begun spitting out lava. The 200-metre (yards) long fissure is a kilometre from the first eruption, which sits in the Geldingadalur valley, said an Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) statement. It opened up around midday local time (1200 GMT), the IMO added…

For more details – https://www.hindustantimes.com/

April 06, 2021...

Opponents of military rule in Myanmar inscribed messages of protest on Easter eggs on Sunday while thousands of others were back on the streets, denouncing a Feb. 1 coup and facing off with the security forces who shot and killed at least three men. In the latest in a series of impromptu shows of defiance, messages including “Spring Revolution”, “We must win” and “Get out MAH” – referring to junta leader Min Aung Hlaing – were seen on eggs in photographs on social media…

For more details – https://www.reuters.com/

April 05, 2021...

Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers. The information appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is. The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to that publication, it has information from 106 countries including phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses…

April 04, 2021...

The United States reaped the fruits Friday of its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 as it became the first nation to reach 100 million people, but Europe’s rollout faced fresh impediments and South America tightened restrictions in the face of Brazil’s soaring infections. The United States reported surging job growth and loosened travel curbs as it reached around half of its adult population with at least one dose, with President Joe Biden vowing to cover the vast majority…

For more details – https://www.ndtv.com/

April 03, 2021...

Climate change has been holding back food production for decades, with a new study showing that about 21% of growth for agricultural output was lost since the 1960s. That’s equal to losing the last seven years of productivity growth, according to research led by Cornell University and published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study was funded by a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

For more details – https://www.bloombergquint.com/

April 02, 2021...

Seven of Hong Kong’s most senior and prominent pro-democracy figures, including lawyer and former legislator Martin Lee and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, have been found guilty over their involvement in an unauthorised protest rally. After a four-week trial, the defendants were convicted on Thursday of organising and participating in the rally, joining two others who had pled guilty earlier. They could face up to 10 years in prison…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

April 01, 2021...

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