16 July 2021 News

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News from 16/07/2021

Fake Covid vaccination certificates for sale in Mexico

First there were fake vaccines. Now bogus coronavirus immunization certificates are being offered for sale in the Mexican capital, aimed at people...

Cubans ‘disappointed’ with lack of Biden action

Thousands of Cubans protesting against their government managed to catch the attention of US President Joe Biden, but they have been left deflated...

US warns of ‘growing risks’ for business in blow to Hong Kong

The United States on Friday warned its business community of growing risks of operating in Hong Kong due to China's clampdown, as an increasing...

Slain Haiti leader’s funeral set for July 23, ex-president Aristide back home

The funeral for Haiti's slain president Jovenel Moise will take place on July 23, officials said Friday, as the troubled nation's first democratically...

‘Like a war zone’ : stunned Germans count cost of floods

Aware that a storm was brewing, Cornelia Schloesser quickly installed a water pump in the cellar of her bakery.

French justice minister charged in conflict of interest probe

French judges on Friday charged Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti in a conflict of interest inquiry that could prove embarrassing for President...

Call to prayer draws crowds in Covid-wracked Indonesia

Mosques were jammed across virus-wracked Indonesia on Friday despite warnings against mass gatherings as the daily death toll in the world's...

Hong Kong police raid top university in security law probe

Hong Kong's national security police on Friday raided buildings at the city's top university after its student leaders paid tribute to a man...

China pledges another $3bn in Covid-19 aid to developing countries

China's President Xi Jinping on Friday promised $3 billion in aid to developing countries to fight Covid-19 at an unprecedented emergency online...

US shipping 25 million Covid vaccine doses to Africa : officials

The United States announced Friday it is shipping 25 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Africa, starting with Burkina Faso, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.

Belarus jails students, raids media in crackdown

Belarus on Friday jailed 11 university students and raided the homes of 18 journalists in a continuing crackdown on the opposition by President...

APEC leaders agree to cooperate on global vaccine push

Pacific Rim leaders vowed to ramp up the production and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines Friday at an emergency virtual meeting to develop an...

S.African township becomes ‘racial’ flashpoint in Rainbow Nation

Armed residents kept warm by the fire while guarding a roadblock outside a township that has become a flashpoint between black South Africans...

Lebanon in freefall as France announces aid conference

Lebanon faced yet more misery Friday after premier-designate Saad Hariri failed to form a government, and as France prepares to host an aid conference...

Cyprus says police patrol boat warned off by Turkish coastguard

Cypriot police said the Turkish coastguard fired warning shots at one of its vessels patrolling for undocumented migrants off the island's north...

Philippines warns virus ‘surge’ possible after Delta strain detected

Philippine health officials warned Friday of a possible surge in coronavirus infections as the first locally transmitted cases of the highly...

WhatsApp blocks 2 million Indian users over messaging violations

WhatsApp blocked more than two million users in India in just one month for violating its rules, the US company disclosed in its first compliance...

China rebuffs WHO claims it obstructed Covid investigation

China on Friday rebuffed WHO accusations that it failed to share raw data needed for an investigation into Covid-19's origins, insisting experts...

South Africa unrest was ‘planned,’ says president

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday alleged that deadly violence and looting that have shaken the country over the past week were...

France says military intervention in Haiti ‘not on agenda’

Military intervention in Haiti "is not on the agenda", France's foreign minister has said, following a Haitian request for international help...

Pacific islands Wallis and Futuna branded Covid-free

The Pacific archipelago of Wallis and Futuna has declared itself Covid-free, with no cases among the French remote island's 11,500 inhabitants...

Nine killed, dozens missing after boats capsize in Indonesia storm

At least nine people were killed and dozens more are missing after a string of boats capsized in a storm that battered Indonesia's section of...

Floods leave at least 126 dead in Europe

The death toll from devastating floods in Europe soared to at least 126 on Friday, most in western Germany where emergency responders were frantically...

Malaysia’s highland farmers fight for survival in pandemic

Vast tea plantations spread out over Malaysia's rugged highlands, where a network of greenhouses harvests fruit, vegetables and flowers and crops...

Afghan forces fight to retake Pakistan border crossing

Afghan forces clashed Friday with Taliban fighters in an operation to retake a key border crossing with Pakistan, as the insurgents tightened...

BioNTech produces 10 times more antibodies than China’s Sinovac : study

People who received BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine had ten times the amount of antibodies than those given China's Sinovac, a Hong Kong study...

China steps up climate fight with emissions trading scheme

China launched its long-awaited emissions trading system on Friday, a key tool in its quest to drive down climate change-causing greenhouse gases...

Melbourne returns to lockdown as Australia scrambles to curb outbreak

Melbourne's streets returned to the eerie quiet of lockdown for the fifth time Friday, as Australia battled to contain an outbreak of the Delta...

Hundreds missing in Germany after huge floods

German emergency responders were on Friday still searching for hundreds of missing people after the worst floods in living memory killed almost...

Little fanfare as Tokyo enters Olympic countdown

Tokyo entered the final Olympic countdown on Friday, but there was little fanfare with just one week until the opening ceremony, as virus infections...

Clubhouse in a conflict zone : Afghans confront Taliban on audio app

As war rages across the countryside, young Afghans are plugging in their earphones and logging into audio-based app Clubhouse to argue with the...

Eiffel Tower to reopen after record nine-month closure

The Eiffel Tower is to reopen to visitors on Friday for the first time in nine months following its longest closure since World War II.

Covid shatters hajj dreams of older pilgrims

Samia Ahmed saved up for 16 years, but like many older Muslims she fears that renewed Covid-19 curbs will prevent her from ever making the hajj...

Taliban see battlefield dominance as path to political, diplomatic power

With US forces largely gone from the battlefield, the Taliban have conducted a staggering, land-grabbing offensive that appears aimed at forcing...

Cuban government blames Twitter for unrest

Unprecedented anti-government protests broke out in Cuba on July 11, which the single-party state leadership blames on a Twitter campaign orchestrated...

Circus school keeps dreams alive in pandemic-hit Mexico

Children hang from hoops and aspiring acrobats balance on tightropes or spin in the air at a circus school in Mexico, determined to keep their...

One in two Covid hospital cases develop complications : study

As many as one in every two people hospitalised with severe Covid-19 go on to develop other health complications, according to comprehensive...

White House says 20,000 Afghan interpreters asking for US asylum

About 20,000 Afghans who worked as interpreters for the United States during its war in Afghanistan and now fear retribution from Taliban insurgents...