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US Covid-19 cases surpass 40M: Johns Hopkins University

US Covid-19 cases surpass 40M: Johns Hopkins University

September 7, 2021, 12:32 pm

NEW YORK – The total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the United States (US) topped 40 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. US Covid-19 case count rose to 40,003,101, with a total of 648,935 deaths as of 3:21 p.m. local time (1921 GMT),… Read More

1.6M Moderna coronavirus vaccine doses to be recalled in Japan

1.6M Moderna coronavirus vaccine doses to be recalled in Japan

September 5, 2021, 5:15 pm

TOKYO – More than 1.6 million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccines will be recalled in Japan because of “foreign substances,” company officials said Sunday. Moderna and its Japanese sales and distribution partner, Takeda, made the decision about the recall. The doses with foreign… Read More

17 killed, 41 injured by celebratory gunfire in Afghan capital

17 killed, 41 injured by celebratory gunfire in Afghan capital

September 5, 2021, 1:01 pm

KABUL, Afghanistan – At least 17 people were killed and 41 others injured by celebratory gunfire in different parts of Afghanistan's capital after untrue reports emerged that the Taliban captured the northeastern Panjshir valley, a hospital source told Anadolu Agency on Saturday. For two hours… Read More

EU, AstraZeneca reach agreement on vaccine supply dispute

EU, AstraZeneca reach agreement on vaccine supply dispute

September 4, 2021, 11:40 am

BRUSSELS – The European Union (EU) and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca have reached an agreement after a dispute on Covid-19 vaccine delivery schedules, announced a spokesperson here on Friday. The settlement will ensure the delivery of the remaining vaccine doses still due to EU member… Read More

Japan's PM to step down amid Covid-19 censure

Japan's PM to step down amid Covid-19 censure

September 3, 2021, 4:25 pm

ANKARA – In a radical U-turn, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday announced that he would not stand for his party's leadership, effectively giving up the premiership, after facing severe criticism over his handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, local media… Read More

US economic recovery slows amid spread of Delta variant

US economic recovery slows amid spread of Delta variant

September 1, 2021, 2:53 pm

WASHINGTON – The United States economic recovery from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is slowing due to the spread of the Delta variant and a sizable segment of unvaccinated people, Joseph Brusuelas, chief economist at accounting and consulting firm RSM US LLP,  said on… Read More

Scientists sound alarm over new Covid-19 variant in South Africa

Scientists sound alarm over new Covid-19 variant in South Africa

August 31, 2021, 8:13 pm

JOHANNESBURG  – Scientists in South Africa have sounded the alarm after detecting a new Covid-19 variant, known as C.1.2, in all nine provinces across the country, though at a relatively low rate. "While the C.1.2 lineage shares a few common mutations with the Beta and Delta variants, the new… Read More

WHO calls for action to raise Covid-19 vax rates in Europe

WHO calls for action to raise Covid-19 vax rates in Europe

August 31, 2021, 8:01 pm

COPENHAGEN – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe has called on health authorities to take urgent action to counter both an accelerated transmission of the coronavirus and a clear stagnation in vaccination rates across the region. "The high transmission is deeply… Read More

US declares completion of Afghanistan pullout, ending 20-year war

US declares completion of Afghanistan pullout, ending 20-year war

August 31, 2021, 4:08 pm

WASHINGTON – The US announced Monday the completion of its efforts to withdraw all of its forces from Afghanistan, bringing to an end the longest war in American history. Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, confirmed the conclusion of the withdrawal and military efforts to… Read More

Powerful Hurricane Ida hits US Louisiana, other regions

Powerful Hurricane Ida hits US Louisiana, other regions

August 30, 2021, 1:39 pm

HOUSTON – Dangerous high-end category 4 Hurricane Ida on Sunday made a landfall with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles (about 240 km) per hour west of Grand Isle, southern US state Louisiana, bringing life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and dangerous rainfall flooding. The US… Read More

US drone strike kills 2 ISIS-K targets: Pentagon

US drone strike kills 2 ISIS-K targets: Pentagon

August 29, 2021, 11:30 am

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said on Saturday that two high-profile targets of ISIS-K, a local affiliate of the Islamic State in Afghanistan, were killed in a US drone strike on Friday. "Two high-profile ISIS targets were killed, one was wounded, and we know of zero civilian casualties," US Army… Read More

Coronavirus not developed as 'biological weapon': US intelligence

Coronavirus not developed as 'biological weapon': US intelligence

August 28, 2021, 6:11 pm

ANKARA –The coronavirus was not developed as a "biological weapon," according to a report by the US intelligence community (IC) on Friday. "The IC assesses that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, probably emerged and infected humans through an initial small-scale exposure that occurred… Read More

U.S. Florida judge rules school districts may issue mask mandates

U.S. Florida judge rules school districts may issue mask mandates

August 28, 2021, 3:04 pm

WASHINGTON – A judge in the U.S. state of Florida ruled Friday that school districts in the state may issue mask mandates for students, dealing a blow to the effort by Governor Ron DeSantis and other officials to block such orders. Judge John Cooper of the Sunshine State's Second Judicial… Read More

US conducts airstrike on 'ISIS-K planner' in Afghanistan

US conducts airstrike on 'ISIS-K planner' in Afghanistan

August 28, 2021, 2:02 pm

WASHINGTON – The United States carried out a drone strike early Saturday on an "ISIS-K planner" in eastern Afghanistan, according to a US Central Command (Centcom) official. The senior terrorist for the Afghan affiliate of the Daesh/ISIS terror group is believed to be involved in organizing a… Read More

Bomb attacks outside Kabul airport claim dozens

Bomb attacks outside Kabul airport claim dozens

August 27, 2021, 8:27 am

KABUL, Afghanistan/Washington - Multiple explosions shook Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Thursday, including two outside the airport serving the city, killing dozens and injuring over 100, according to media reports and Anadolu Agency's correspondent on the ground on Thursday. A BBC report citing… Read More

Japan halts use of 1.6M Moderna doses over contamination fears

Japan halts use of 1.6M Moderna doses over contamination fears

August 26, 2021, 4:23 pm

ANKARA – Japan on Thursday suspended the use of about 1.6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine due to contamination. The decision has been taken as a precaution after the Health Ministry detected “foreign substances” in vials of the Moderna vaccine, according to Katsunobu Kato, chief… Read More

China contributes to APEC sub-fund on combating Covid-19

China contributes to APEC sub-fund on combating Covid-19

August 25, 2021, 6:42 pm

JAKARTA – China contributed US$1 million for creating a new Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) sub-fund on combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and fostering economic recovery to support initiatives that strengthen member economies' capacity to address impacts of the pandemic… Read More

US evacuates around 48,000 people from Afghanistan

US evacuates around 48,000 people from Afghanistan

August 24, 2021, 2:18 pm

US evacuates 48K people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14 ANKARA – The US has evacuated or helped evacuate around 48,000 people from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, the White House said Monday in a written statement. Over 10,900 people were evacuated from the capital Kabul over a 12-hour period Monday,… Read More

US FDA gives full approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vax

US FDA gives full approval to Pfizer Covid-19 vax

August 24, 2021, 10:59 am

CHICAGO – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, nine months after it rolled off assembly lines under a special emergency use authorization. "The FDA's approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the… Read More

Nations unite to aid fleeing Afghans

Nations unite to aid fleeing Afghans

August 21, 2021, 6:37 pm

ANKARA – With the Taliban takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15, thousands of Afghans rushed to the airport in the capital with hopes of catching planes to western countries. In the days after seizing power, Taliban leadership assured the "peaceful transition of power" and has publicly disavowed any… Read More