WB, COVAX to speed jab supplies to developing nations

In this March 9, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at the Coast General Teaching & Referral Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. (GIDEON MAUNDU / AP) JOHANNESBURG / BERLIN /...

How the Delta variant upends assumptions about the virus

An elderly man gets inoculated with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the COVID-19 at a drive-in vaccination facility in Mumbai on June 26, 2021. (PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP) The Delta variant is the fastest, fittest and most formidable version of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 the world has...

WTO’s holiday from vaccine equity talks draws calls for action

Vials of COVID-19 vaccine, produced by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, in cold storage at the COVID-19 vaccination center inside France's national velodrome in the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines district of Paris, France, March 24, 2021. (PHOTO / BLOOMBERG) An urgent global effort to rebalance the inequity between rich, vaccinated nations and poor...

Merkel’s bloc continues to slide in German election poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares for the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on June 30, 2021. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ / POOL / AFP) The Christian Democratic party of outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel continued to lose support while its main rivals remained stable in the latest Insa poll, according to weekly...

Brazilians take to streets to seek Bolsonaro’s impeachment

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends the launching ceremony of a new registry of professional fishermen, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on June 29, 2021. (EVARISTO SA / AFP) SAO PAULO - Protesters took to the streets in several Brazilian cities on Saturday to demand the impeachment of far-right President Jair...

G20 ministers stumble over coal, global warming targets

Protesters stage a protest demanding more action as G20 climate and environment ministers hold a meeting in Naples on July 22, 2021. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP) Environment ministers from the Group of 20 nations were unable to reach full agreement on key climate goals, just 100 days before a critical...

Violent protests mar funeral of slain Haiti president

Haiti's new Prime Minister Ariel Henry (center) attends the funeral for slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, on July 23, 2021, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, the main city in his native northern region.  (VALERIE BAERISWY / AFP) CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti - Haiti bid a rowdy farewell to assassinated president Jovenel Moise on Friday...

Haiti’s murdered president laid to rest as tensions flare

Police carry the coffin of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise at the start of the funeral at his family home in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, early July 23, 2021. Moise was assassinated at his home in Port-au-Prince on July 7. (MATIAS DELACROIX/AP) CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti - Pallbearers in military attire carried late Haitian...

Death toll from S. Africa’s unrest rises to 337

Protesters barricade a road in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a garbage bin painted with the word 'Zuma' on it on July 11, 2021. (YESHIEL PANCHIA / AP) JOHANNESBURG - The death toll following a week of rolling violence and looting in South Africa has risen to 337, said Acting Minister...

Cuba slams latest US sanctions against island

A woman holds a portrait of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel during an act of revolutionary reaffirmation in Havana, on July 17, 2021. (YAMIL LAGE / AFP) HAVANA - Cuba on Thursday denounced the latest sanctions imposed against the island by the current US administration. "I refute the unfounded and slanderous...

Argentina rolls out non-binary ID cards in Latam first

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina rolled out identification cards on Wednesday for non-binary citizens, who neither identify as male nor female‍, allowing them to use "x" in their important national ID document and passports in the field corresponding to gender. The use of the "x" has already been accepted by the...