'Vaccine apartheid': Africans tell UN they need vaccines
The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution came into sharp focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots stepped to the podium to speak at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders.
The Latest: LA mayor criticizes state over vaccination rules
Gavin Newsom's vision of a uniform COVID-19 vaccine network despite widespread pushback from local health offices. The state has already identified a site in Mesa that will replace the vaccination clinic at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Kate Brown announced she’ll accelerate Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility timeline to allow vulnerable populations to receive shots ahead of May 1. Ron DeSantis says he’s opening COVID-19 vaccines to people age 50 and older on Monday. The governor’s announcement came a day after Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he’s opening vaccination sites to anyone 40 and older.
The Latest: Alaska opens vaccines to all 16 or older
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker shows Alaska leading states in the percentage of its population to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Larry Hogan said Tuesday, citing improving COVID-19 health metrics and increasing vaccinations. It was unclear what authority state officials might be able to exert on federal facilities. — County health officials in Wyoming have detected the coronavirus variant that originated in South Africa. Another 16 million doses are expected to be shipped by the end of the month.
World reaction to the storming of the US Capitol
From left, French President Emmanuel Macron, Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Poland's President Andrzej Duda and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. World leaders including Macron, Merkel, Solberg and Stoltenberg, are condemning the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)Reaction from around the world to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump:___“A fundamental rule of democracy is that, after elections, there are winners and losers. ——“The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act and it must be vigorously condemned.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Democracy presupposes peaceful protest, but violence and death threats —from Left or Right— are ALWAYS wrong.” — Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa.
Norway landslide buries homes in mud; 12 people still missing
A major landslide destroyed homes overnight in a village in Norway close to the capital Oslo, leaving 12 people unaccounted for and 10 injured, police and local media said Wednesday. Snow fell throughout the morning as the emergency services evacuated the injured and attempted to secure those homes still standing. A rescue helicopter hoovers above the area of a landslide in Ask village, about 40km north of Oslo, Norway December 30, 2020. A rescue helicopter view shows the aftermath of a landslide at a residential area in Ask village, about 40km north of Oslo, Norway December 30, 2020. "We don't know if these people are in the landslide area, if they are away on holiday or in another way unable to contact police," the force said in a statement.cbsnews.com
Norway landslide buries homes in mud; 10 people still missing
Rescuers were using helicopters, drones and dogs on Thursday to scan unstable ground the day after a major landslide destroyed homes in a village close to the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Homes were crushed and buried in dense, dark clay that was still too unstable on Thursday for rescuers to access on foot, the Reuters news agency reported. A rescue helicopter flies over the landslide site in Ask, Norway, December 31, 2020 as the search for the missing continues. A rescue helicopter view shows the aftermath of a landslide at a residential area in Ask village, about 40km north of Oslo, Norway December 30, 2020. Quick clay is a sort of clay found in Norway and Sweden that can collapse and turn to fluid when overstressed.cbsnews.com
The Latest: Alaska reports 2nd adverse reaction to vaccine
Nurse Banu Mufale administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to physical therapist Becca Mamrol on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, Pool)JUNEAU, Alaska -- Health officials in Alaska have reported that a second health care worker had an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine. ___THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:A health worker in Alaska suffered a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. —-JUNEAU, Alaska — Health officials in Alaska reported a health care worker had a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine within 10 minutes of receiving a shot. The governor’s office announced Wednesday that the state has received all of its initial allotment of coronavirus vaccine doses.
Women's issues at UN: Still 'too low down on the agenda'
Some leaders took time to recall the 1995 conference, detail domestic initiatives or lament that progress toward female equality is lagging or even retreating. The 1995 work of what was officially called the U.N.'s Fourth World Conference on Women is considered a signal moment in women's rights. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed to his country's 2017 law requiring some employers to provide 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. Still, many leaders, including some female ones, didn't devote much time or detail to women's issues in their speeches. In Norway, the prime minister, the parliament speaker and over 40% of parliamentarians and government ministers are women.
Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans, Asians
Greece will officially launch its tourism season Monday, June 15, 2020 after keeping the country's infection rate low. Italy opened its borders on June 3 and towns on the German-Polish border celebrated early Saturday as Poland opened the gates. Czech authorities will require arrivals from Sweden to show a negative COVID-19 test or to self-quarantine along with travelers from Portugal and Polands Silesia region. But the restrictions are based on objective criteria that are the same for everyone, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said. My appeal to all those who travel: Enjoy your summer vacation but enjoy it with caution and responsibility, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.
World joins US protests but leaders restrained about Trump
But leaders of traditional allies of the United States have taken pains to avoid criticizing Trump directly. But at the top, the leaders of traditional allies of the United States have taken pains to avoid criticizing Trump directly, walking a fine line to reconcile international diplomacy with domestic outrage. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sidestepped questions from ZDF public television about Trump last week, saying the killing of Floyd was "really, really terrible. Trump, he has, amongst many other things, he is president of the United States, which is our most important ally in the world today, Johnson said. I share and stand in solidarity with the demonstrations that are taking place in the United States, he said.
'It's okay to feel scared': Coronavirus brings countries close to standstill
Leaders of the G7 countries were due to hold a video conference on Monday to discuss a joint response. European stocks fell on Monday to their lowest level since 2012, with investors still worried about the threat to the global economy. Wall Streets S&P 500 index fell more than 9% as trading resumed after an initial automatic 15-minute cutout. China said industrial output contracted at the sharpest pace in 30 years in the first two months of 2020. The Jewish faithful should avoid kissing the stones of the Western Wall, the chief rabbi of the Jerusalem site said.feeds.reuters.com
'It's okay to feel scared': countries across globe tighten steps against Coronavirus
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Bars, restaurants, theaters and cinemas were shutting down in New York, Los Angeles and other global cities to combat the coronavirus pandemic as countries tightened borders and central banks acted aggressively to cushion the economic impact. It is okay to be scared when so many things happen at the same time.Leaders of the G7 countries will hold a video conference at 1400 GMT on Monday to discuss a joint response to the coronavirus outbreak. Tracking the spread hereNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday he was ordering restaurants, bars and cafes to sell food only on a take-out or delivery basis. Thailand, known for its raunchy nightlife, plans to close down schools, bars, movie theaters and popular cockfighting arenas. The Jewish faithful should avoid kissing the stones of the Western Wall, the chief rabbi of the Jerusalem site said.feeds.reuters.com
2 Lithuanian, 1 Norwegian spies release as part of spy swap
Lithuania's president has pardoned two Russians convicted of spying, his office said Friday, a move seen as a step toward a spy swap with neighboring Russia that could include a Norwegian citizen serving a 14-year sentence for espionage. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)Two Lithuanian men convicted of spying in Russia and a Norwegian citizen serving a 14-year sentence have been freed as part of a spy swap, authorities said Friday. Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in 2016, have been reunited with their families, Lithuanian spy chief Darius Jauniskis said. In Oslo, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Frode Berg was handed over to Norwegian authorities in Lithuania. We are happy that Frode Berg is now coming home to Norway as a free man, Solberg said in a statement.