Taiwan foreign minister warns China conflict would be global disaster

BRATISLAVA (AFP) - Taiwan's foreign minister on Tuesday (Oct 26) said that any conflict between Taiwan and China would be "a disaster - not only for Taiwan but also for China and the rest of the world". Joseph Wu, speaking to AFP during a visit to Slovakia, said that China may be ramping up tensions … Continue reading Taiwan foreign minister warns China conflict would be global disaster

US chicken executives face prison in Denver price-fixing trial

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - After years of rumours and allegations, Big Chicken is now on trial. A group of 10 executives and employees of top US poultry companies - including two former chief executives - are facing criminal antitrust charges in a trial getting under way this week in Denver. They face prison and million-dollar … Continue reading US chicken executives face prison in Denver price-fixing trial

Canada’s Trudeau carries out major Cabinet shuffle, names new environment minister

OTTAWA (REUTERS) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday (Oct 26) carried out a major Cabinet shuffle, putting long-time green activist Steven Guilbeault into the environment portfolio and appointing new ministers of defence and foreign affairs. Trudeau, who took power in 2015, won a third term last month but had to act after he … Continue reading Canada’s Trudeau carries out major Cabinet shuffle, names new environment minister

Woman on trial over killing rampage at German care home

POTSDAM, GERMANY (AFP) - The trial of a woman accused of stabbing four residents to death and severely injuring another at a German care home for disabled people where she worked began on Tuesday (Oct 26). Named as Ines Andrea R., the 52-year-old suspect is charged with four counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder … Continue reading Woman on trial over killing rampage at German care home

African Union to buy up to 110 million Moderna Covid-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The African Union (AU) intends to buy up to 110 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc in an arrangement brokered in part by the White House, which will defer delivery of some doses intended for the United States to facilitate the deal, officials told Reuters. The AU's doses will be … Continue reading African Union to buy up to 110 million Moderna Covid-19 vaccines

Sudanese take to the streets as international community condemns coup

KHARTOUM (AFP) - Protesters were defiant on the streets of Sudan early on Tuesday (Oct 26) demonstrating against a military coup, as international condemnation of the country's security forces ramped up with the United Nations Security Council expected to meet later. "Returning to the past is not an option," chanted the crowds, who remained outside despite soldiers … Continue reading Sudanese take to the streets as international community condemns coup

Facebook, YouTube take down Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claim

BRASÍLIA (AFP) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro found himself in social media time-out on Monday (Oct 25) after his video warning of a supposed link between Covid-19 vaccines and Aids triggered action by Facebook and YouTube. Facebook removed the offending video, while YouTube went further, suspending the far-right leader for one week in addition to … Continue reading Facebook, YouTube take down Bolsonaro video over false vaccine claim

Pentagon says senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Syria

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A senior Al-Qaeda leader was killed in a US drone strike in Syria, the Pentagon said on Friday (Oct 22). The strike comes two days after a base in southern Syria, used by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, was assaulted. This comes after the Pentagon killed senior Al-Qaeda commander … Continue reading Pentagon says senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Syria

Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 RB Leipzig: Messi scores twice to complete comeback

Lionel Messi scored twice in the space of seven minutes as Paris Saint-Germain grabbed a 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig in a thrilling Champions League encounter. Kylian Mbappe had earlier fired PSG into a ninth-minute lead, yet Andre Silva deservedly pulled Leipzig level in what was another laboured and imbalanced performance from PSG on Tuesday. Lionel Messi celebrates against … Continue reading Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 RB Leipzig: Messi scores twice to complete comeback

US homeland security secretary tests positive for Covid-19

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is vaccinated, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning (Oct 19), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. "Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for Covid-19 after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols," the DHS said on Twitter. US Secretary of Homeland … Continue reading US homeland security secretary tests positive for Covid-19

Biden holds intensive talks with Democrats on saving his agenda

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Joe Biden held intensive talks with competing factions of his Democratic party on Tuesday (Oct 19) in an attempt to save his agenda in Congress before time runs out. After weeks of stalemate between the leftist and more conservative wings of the party over the cost and scope of his plans … Continue reading Biden holds intensive talks with Democrats on saving his agenda

Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine highly protective in 12-18 age group: US CDC study

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was 93 per cent effective in preventing hospitalisations among those aged 12 to 18, according to an analysis released by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday (Oct 19). The study was conducted between June and September, when the extremely contagious Delta variant of … Continue reading Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine highly protective in 12-18 age group: US CDC study