Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on March 20, 2021
Doctors from the Amerikan Hastanesi hospital in Istanbul and local medical staff taking care for patients in the COVID-19 ward at a the General Hospital in the capital Sarajevo, Bosnia, Thursday, March 18, 2021. As Bosnia faces soaring coronavirus infections and rapidly-filling hospitals, two doctors from Turkey have arrived in Sarajevo to help and offer their insight in the treatment of COVID-19. Bosnia is seeing a huge rise in infections and hospitalizations after a period of relaxed measures and the winter season that saw ski resorts staying open unlike in most of Europe. (AP Photo)(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on March 14, 2021
All rights reserved)A medical worker and school employees check document during a saliva COVID-19 test session at the Niederau school in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, March 11, 2021. LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know March 14, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 119,748,246 -- an increase of more than 3 million from last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 29,423,015 COVID cases Brazil - 11,439,558 COVID cases India - 11,359,048 COVID cases Russia - 4,341,381 COVID cases United Kingdom - 4,271,710 COVID cases France - 4,131,872 COVID cases Italy - 3,223,142 COVID cases Spain - 3,183,704 COVID cases Turkey - 2,879,390 COVID cases Germany - 2,578,294 COVID cases Colombia - 2,299,082 COVID cases Argentina - 2,192,025 COVID cases Mexico - 2,163,875 COVID cases Poland - 1,906,632 COVID cases Iran - 1,746,953 COVID casesThe total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,651,442 -- an increase of 60,000 deaths from last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 534,673 COVID deaths Brazil - 277,102 COVID deaths Mexico - 194,490 COVID deaths India - 158,607 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 125,753 COVID deaths Italy - 102,145 COVID deaths France - 90,583 COVID deaths Russia - 90,558 COVID deaths Germany - 73,420 COVID deaths Spain - 72,258 COVID deaths Iran - 61,230 COVID deaths Colombia - 61,046 COVID deaths Argentina - 53,646 COVID deaths South Africa - 51,261 COVID deaths Peru - 48,841 COVID deathsAll data is sourced from Johns Hopkins University’s global COVID-19 data.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on March 7, 2021
A Palestinian medic prepares a shot of the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, in Gaza City, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know March 7, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 116,662,534. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 28,960,271 COVID cases India - 11,210,799 COVID cases Brazil - 10,938,836 COVID cases Russia - 4,274,263 COVID cases United Kingdom - 4,231,083 COVID cases France - 3,942,244 COVID cases Spain - 3,149,012 COVID cases Italy - 3,046,762 COVID cases Turkey - 2,780,417 COVID cases Germany - 2,508,441 COVID cases Colombia - 2,273,245 COVID cases Argentina - 2,146,714 COVID cases Mexico - 2,125,866 COVID cases Poland - 1,794,914 COVID cases Iran - 1,689,692 COVID casesThe total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,590,656. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 524,541 COVID deaths Brazil - 264,325 COVID deaths Mexico - 190,357 COVID deaths India - 157,756 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 124,654 COVID deaths Italy - 99,785 COVID deaths France - 88,727 COVID deaths Russia - 87,614 COVID deaths Germany - 71,956 COVID deaths Spain - 71,138 COVID deaths Iran - 60,687 COVID deaths Colombia - 60,412 COVID deaths Argentina - 52,870 COVID deaths South Africa - 50,647 COVID deaths Peru - 47,681 COVID deathsAll data is sourced from Johns Hopkins University’s global COVID-19 data.
Newsweek names several Michigan hospitals as best in the country, world in 2021
Several Metro Detroit and Michigan hospitals have been recognized as some of the best in the country and in the world by American news magazine Newsweek. For its third consecutive year, Newsweek has published its list of the “World’s Best Hospitals 2021,” in which global data is used to identify the top 2,000 hospitals across 25 countries, including the U.S., Japan, Germany, the U.K., India, Australia, Thailand and more. Michigan did not breach the top five, or the top ten, in the world, but it has breached the world’s top 30, with the University of Michigan Hospital’s Michigan Medicine ranking as 23rd in the world. AdNo other Michigan hospitals were among the top 200 in the world -- but several were still included on Newsweek’s list. But if you do, this ranking of the World’s Best Hospitals 2021 can help you feel confident as you make a critical choice about medical care.”Click here to see Newsweek’s entire “World’s Best Hospitals 2021″ list.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Feb. 28, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Feb. 28, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 113,950,840. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 28,567,544 COVID cases India - 11,096,731 COVID cases Brazil - 10,517,232 COVID cases Russia - 4,198,400 COVID cases United Kingdom - 4,188,823 COVID cases France - 3,747,263 COVID cases Spain - 3,188,553 COVID cases Italy - 2,925,265 COVID cases Turkey - 2,701,588 COVID cases Germany - 2,449,506 COVID cases Colombia - 2,248,135 COVID cases Argentina - 2,104,197 COVID cases Mexico - 2,084,128 COVID cases Poland - 1,706,986 COVID cases Iran - 1,631,169 COVID casesThe total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,528,117. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 512,346 COVID deaths Brazil - 254,221 COVID deaths Mexico - 185,257 COVID deaths India - 157,051 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 123,083 COVID deaths Italy - 97,699 COVID deaths France - 85,741 COVID deaths Russia - 84,700 COVID deaths Germany - 70,106 COVID deaths Spain - 69,142 COVID deaths Iran - 60,073 COVID deaths Colombia - 59,660 COVID deaths Argentina - 51,946 COVID deaths South Africa - 49,941 COVID deaths Peru - 46,299 COVID deathsAll data is sourced from Johns Hopkins University’s global COVID-19 data. Compare the data above to our last report (Feb. 14) right hereAdClick here for the latest coronavirus news
US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops. Officials have noted that in the past, Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups have been responsible for numerous rocket attacks that targeted U.S. personnel or facilities in Iraq. A week later, a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone appeared to target the U.S. Embassy compound, but no one was hurt. The December 2019 killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack in Kirkuk sparked a tit-for-tat fight on Iraqi soil that brought the country to the brink of a proxy war.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Feb. 14, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Feb. 14, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 108,715,375 -- an increase of more than 2.7 million since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 27,616,922 COVID cases India - 10,904,940 COVID cases Brazil - 9,809,754 COVID cases United Kingdom - 4,049,905 COVID cases Russia - 4,026,506 COVID cases France - 3,467,884 COVID cases Spain - 3,056,035 COVID cases Italy - 2,721,879 COVID cases Turkey - 2,586,183 COVID cases Germany - 2,341,665 COVID cases Colombia - 2,190,116 COVID cases Argentina - 2,021,553 COVID cases Mexico - 1,988,695 COVID cases Poland - 1,588,955 COVID cases Iran - 1,518,263 COVID casesSince our last report: Iran jumped up to #15 in the world, replacing South Africa. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,397,312 -- an increase of more than 83,600 since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 484,997 COVID deaths Brazil - 238,532 COVID deaths Mexico - 173,771 COVID deaths India - 155,642 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 117,386 COVID deaths Italy - 93,577 COVID deaths France - 80,961 COVID deaths Russia - 78,825 COVID deaths Germany - 65,016 COVID deaths Spain - 64,747 COVID deaths Iran - 58,945 COVID deaths Colombia - 57,425 COVID deaths Argentina - 50,188 COVID deaths South Africa - 47,899 COVID deaths Peru - 43,491 COVID deathsSince our last report: All countries listed above have all reported an increase in virus deaths, but have each maintained their ranking over the last seven days.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Feb. 7, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Feb. 7, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 106,008,375 -- an increase of more than 3.3 million since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 26,986,827 COVID cases India - 10,826,363 COVID cases Brazil - 9,447,165 COVID cases United Kingdom - 3,957,123 COVID cases Russia - 3,923,461 COVID cases France - 3,395,981 COVID cases Spain - 2,941,990 COVID cases Italy - 2,636,738 COVID cases Turkey - 2,531,456 COVID cases Germany - 2,291,599 COVID cases Colombia - 2,151,207 COVID cases Argentina - 1,976,689 COVID cases Mexico - 1,926,080 COVID cases Poland - 1,550,255 COVID cases South Africa - 1,473,700 COVID casesSince our last report: The United Kingdom rose from #5 to #4 in the world, surpassing Russia. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,313,677 -- an increase of more than 91,200 since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 463,188 COVID deaths Brazil - 230,034 COVID deaths Mexico - 165,786 COVID deaths India - 154,996 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 112,681 COVID deaths Italy - 91,273 COVID deaths France - 79,111 COVID deaths Russia - 75,430 COVID deaths Germany - 61,602 COVID deaths Spain - 61,386 COVID deaths Iran - 58,469 COVID deaths Colombia - 55,693 COVID deaths Argentina - 49,110 COVID deaths South Africa - 46,180 COVID deaths Peru - 42,121 COVID deathsSince our last report: Germany jumped from #11 to #9 in the world.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 31, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 31, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 26,077,663 COVID cases India - 10,746,174 COVID cases Brazil - 9,176,975 COVID cases Russia - 3,808,348 COVID cases United Kingdom - 3,806,993 COVID cases France - 3,236,840 COVID cases Spain - 2,743,119 COVID cases Italy - 2,541,783 COVID cases Turkey - 2,470,901 COVID cases Germany - 2,224,911 COVID cases Colombia - 2,086,806 COVID cases Argentina - 1,922,264 COVID cases Mexico - 1,857,230 COVID cases Poland - 1,513,385 COVID cases South Africa - 1,449,236 COVID casesSince our last report: All countries listed above reported an increase in virus cases, but have each maintained their ranking over the last seven days. AdThe total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,222,403 -- an increase of more than 97,700 since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 439,587 COVID deaths Brazil - 223,945 COVID deaths Mexico - 158,074 COVID deaths India - 154,274 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 105,777 COVID deaths Italy - 88,279 COVID deaths France - 76,006 COVID deaths Russia - 72,029 COVID deaths Spain - 58,319 COVID deaths Iran - 57,959 COVID deaths Germany - 57,152 COVID deaths Colombia - 53,650 COVID deaths Argentina - 47,931 COVID deaths South Africa - 43,951 COVID deaths Peru - 40,857 COVID deathsSince our last report: Mexico jumped from #4 to #3 in the world, surpassing India in virus deaths. The remaining countries listed above have all reported an increase in virus deaths, but have each maintained their ranking over the last seven days.
‘It’s an environment of hope’ -- Thousands protest in Detroit in support of Indian farmers
DETROIT – More than 1,000 Indian-American across Metro Detroit held a car rally Sunday in support of Indian farmers. The image of an elderly Sikh man being beaten by an Indian paramilitary officer has galvanized more support than any other. The protest in Detroit joined protests happening all around the world with residents fighting to protect their way of life on the other side of the world. “That’s what common people want.”“The way of life for so many families -- including mine -- is farming,” said Manvir Sandhu. “This shows democracy.”“It’s an environment of hope,” Manvir Sandhu said.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 24, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 24, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 98,954,912 -- an increase of nearly 4.2 million since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 25,031,463 COVID cases India - 10,654,533 COVID cases Brazil - 8,816,254 COVID cases Russia - 3,679,247 COVID cases United Kingdom - 3,657,826 COVID cases France - 3,094,017 COVID cases Spain - 2,499,560 COVID cases Italy - 2,466,813 COVID cases Turkey - 2,429,605 COVID cases Germany - 2,146,030 COVID cases Colombia - 2,002,969 COVID cases Argentina - 1,862,192 COVID cases Mexico - 1,752,347 COVID cases Poland - 1,475,445 COVID cases South Africa - 1,404,839 COVID casesSince our last report: Spain jumped from #9 to #7 in the world over the last week. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,124,685 -- an increase of more than 98,000 since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 417,902 COVID deaths Brazil - 216,445 COVID deaths India - 153,339 COVID deaths Mexico - 149,084 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 98,128 COVID deaths Italy - 85,461 COVID deaths France - 73,019 COVID deaths Russia - 68,397 COVID deaths Iran - 57,383 COVID deaths Spain - 55,441 COVID deaths Germany - 52,154 COVID deaths Colombia - 50,982 COVID deaths Argentina - 46,737 COVID deaths South Africa - 40,574 COVID deaths Peru - 39,274 COVID deathsSince our last report: Germany rose on the global list again for a second week in a row, jumping from #12 to #11 in the world.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 17, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 17, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 94,759,287 -- an increase of 5.3 million since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 23,819,290 COVID cases India - 10,557,985 COVID cases Brazil - 8,455,059 COVID cases Russia - 3,530,379 COVID cases United Kingdom - 3,405,710 COVID cases France - 2,931,885 COVID cases Turkey - 2,387,101 COVID cases Italy - 2,381,277 COVID cases Spain - 2,252,164 COVID cases Germany - 2,049,855 COVID cases Colombia - 1,891,034 COVID cases Argentina - 1,791,979 COVID cases Mexico - 1,630,258 COVID cases Poland - 1,435,582 COVID cases Iran - 1,330,411 COVID casesSince our last report: All countries listed above reported an increase in virus cases, but have each maintained their ranking over the last eight days. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 2,026,617 -- an increase of more than 105,000 since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 395,549 COVID deaths Brazil - 209,296 COVID deaths India - 152,274 COVID deaths Mexico - 140,241 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 89,427 COVID deaths Italy - 82,177 COVID deaths France - 70,094 COVID deaths Russia - 64,601 COVID deaths Iran - 56,803 COVID deaths Spain - 53,314 COVID deaths Colombia - 48,256 COVID deaths Germany - 46,781 COVID deaths Argentina - 45,295 COVID deaths Peru - 38,654 COVID deaths South Africa - 36,851 COVID deathsSince our last report: Germany jumped from #13 to #12 in the world.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 9, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 9, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 89,368,735 -- an increase of 5.1 million since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 22,035,618 COVID cases India - 10,431,639 COVID cases Brazil - 8,013,708 COVID cases Russia - 3,344,175 COVID cases United Kingdom - 3,026,313 COVID cases France - 2,824,920 COVID cases Turkey - 2,317,118 COVID cases Italy - 2,257,866 COVID cases Spain - 2,050,360 COVID cases Germany - 1,914,249 COVID cases Colombia - 1,755,568 COVID cases Argentina - 1,703,352 COVID cases Mexico - 1,507,931 COVID cases Poland - 1,376,389 COVID cases Iran - 1,280,438 COVID casesSince our last report: The U.S. saw the largest increase in COVID-19 cases of all countries in the last week, reporting more than 1.8 million new cases. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 1,921,554 -- an increase of more than 89,000 since last week. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 370,119 COVID deaths Brazil - 201,460 COVID deaths India - 150,798 COVID deaths Mexico - 132,069 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 81,000 COVID deaths Italy - 78,394 COVID deaths France - 67,567 COVID deaths Russia - 60,523 COVID deaths Iran - 56,100 COVID deaths Spain - 51,874 COVID deaths Colombia - 45,431 COVID deaths Argentina - 44,273 COVID deaths Germany - 40,221 COVID deaths Peru - 38,049 COVID deaths South Africa - 32,425 COVID deathsSince our last report: The U.S. remains #1 in the world and is reporting the largest weekly increase in COVID deaths of all countries in the last week with 21,700 new deaths.
Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine rolls out in the United Kingdom
People were told to work from home unless it’s impossible to do so, and leave home only for essential trips. As of Monday, there were 26,626 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in England, an increase of more than 30% from a week ago. Britain has secured the rights to 100 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which is cheaper and easier to use than some of its rivals. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the first Oxford-AstraZeneca shot early Monday at Oxford University Hospital. While two doses are required to fully protect against COVID-19, both vaccines provide high levels of protection after the first dose, the committee said.
Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 2, 2021
LOCAL: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 2, 2021Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 casesUnited States - 20,205,931 COVID cases India - 10,305,788 COVID cases Brazil - 7,700,578 COVID cases Russia - 3,179,898 COVID cases France - 2,697,121 COVID cases United Kingdom - 2,607,523 COVID cases Turkey - 2,232,035 COVID cases Italy - 2,141,201 COVID cases Spain - 1,928,265 COVID cases Germany - 1,773,080 COVID cases Colombia - 1,654,880 COVID cases Argentina - 1,629,594 COVID cases Mexico - 1,437,185 COVID cases Poland - 1,312,780 COVID cases Iran - 1,237,474 COVID casesSince our last report: This is our first global report since October 2020, so we will not be comparing this week’s data to any of our previous reports. When we publish next week’s coronavirus data, we will compare it to the previous week, as we’ve done in the past. Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deathsUnited States - 348,411 COVID deaths Brazil - 195,411 COVID deaths India - 149,218 COVID deaths Mexico - 126,507 COVID deaths Italy - 74,985 COVID deaths United Kingdom - 74,682 COVID deaths France - 64,892 COVID deaths Russia - 57,235 COVID deaths Iran - 55,438 COVID deaths Spain - 50,837 COVID deaths Colombia - 43,495 COVID deaths Argentina - 43,319 COVID deaths Peru - 37,680 COVID deaths Germany - 34,238 COVID deaths Poland - 29,058 COVID deathsSince our last report: This is our first global report since October 2020, so we will not be comparing this week’s data to any of our previous reports. All data is sourced from Johns Hopkins University’s global COVID-19 data.
A pandemic Christmas: Services move online, people stay home
“It doesn’t feel like Christmas anyway, there’s no carols being played on the streets,” she said. "It’s Christmask,” the Daily Nation newspaper declared in Kenya, where a surge in cases led to doctors ending a brief strike Christmas Eve. Sypniewski, 58, bought her daughter pajamas, compared to a diamond bracelet last Christmas. Meanwhile, church services shifted online. A Christmas Eve pageant that is normally performed in person was recorded and shown online.
US to require negative COVID-19 test from UK travelers
The United States will require airline passengers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test before their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday, Dec. 24. The U.S. is the latest country to announce new travel restrictions because of a new variant of the coronavirus that is spreading in Britain. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)ATLANTA – The United States will require airline passengers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test before their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday. The agency said because of travel restrictions in place since March, air travel to the U.S. from the U.K. is already down by 90%. Andrew Cuomo said three airlines with flights from London to New York -- British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic -- had agreed to require passengers to take a COVID-19 test before getting on the plane.
UK nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus
Shoppers wear face masks as they walk in Regent Street, ahead of the new Tier-4 restriction measures, in London, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Christmas gatherings cannot go ahead and non-essential shops must close in London and much of southern England as he imposed a new, higher level of coronavirus restrictions to curb rapidly spreading infections. “It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot proceed with Christmas as planned,” Johnson said. While London fared relatively well in controlling the virus throughout the fall, the city now has the highest infection rates in England. The move will largely scrap Christmas gatherings in line with the rules for southern England.
Rare ‘Christmas Star’ to be visible for first time in 800 years on Dec. 21
With this year’s winter solstice comes more than just confirmation of our already-cold weather and ever-fleeting daylight: The rare “Christmas Star” will be visible for the first time in 800 years. Each year, Earth’s northern hemisphere enters the winter solstice on Dec. 21 -- the shortest day of the year -- officially marking the start of winter. This year, bright planets Jupiter and Saturn will align perfectly on Dec. 21 to create what is commonly called the Christmas Star or the “Star of Bethlehem.”According to NASA, Jupiter and Saturn align with one another every 20 years or so, but not nearly as close together as they will be in 2020. Experts say the Christmas Star can be seen by the unaided eye just after sunset on Dec. 21, 2020. You can see Saturn and Jupiter nearly align on Dec. 21, forming what appears to be a Christmas star.
Live stream: Total solar eclipse crosses South America on Dec. 14, 2020
This year’s only total solar eclipse will cross South American countries Chile and Argentina on Monday, Dec. 14. Watch live coverage of the eclipse beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST Monday in the video player below, courtesy of Slooh. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon is the perfect size and distance from Earth to block out the sun entirely when their orbits cross paths. A total solar eclipse will cross Chile and Argentina on Dec. 14, 2020. Another total solar eclipse is expected to cross just below Detroit in 2024.
Total solar eclipse to cross Chile, Argentina on Dec. 14, 2020
The only total solar eclipse of the year will cross South America on Monday, Dec. 14. A total solar eclipse will cross Chile and Argentina on Dec. 14, 2020. So, in those rare occurrences where the moon makes a direct path across the sun, we get a solar eclipse. Watch Slooh’s live coverage of the Dec. 14 total solar eclipse below. In 2024, a total solar eclipse will take a path quite close to Detroit.
Hundreds rally in Canton in support of India farmers facing controversial legislation
CANTON, Mich. – Despite the cold weather and ongoing health crisis, on Saturday Metro Detroiters joined in on protests happening in several countries in support of Indian farmers. Hundreds of Indian-Americans from across Metro Detroit gathered in Heritage Park in Canton for a peaceful rally to show support for farmers. “There are farmers out there who need our help,” said Michigan Rep. Ranjeev Puri. Related: India farmers press on with protest despite offer to talkOne Michigan protester, Dr. Amanjot Sarao, comes from a long line of farmers. “I was shocked.”Protesters said they felt proud of their Metro Detroit neighbors for coming together and speaking up for those whose voices are being silenced in India.
Iran’s supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist
Israel, long suspected of killing Iranian scientists a decade ago amid earlier tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program, has yet to comment on Fakhrizadeh's killing Friday. Iran’s civilian atomic program has continued its experiments and now enriches a growing uranium stockpile up to 4.5% purity in response to the collapse of Iran's nuclear deal after the U.S.' 2018 withdrawal from the accord. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful. Iran also could throw out inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, who have provided an unprecedented, real-time look at Iran's nuclear program since the deal. Iranian state television said an old truck with explosives hidden under a load of wood blew up near a sedan carrying Fakhrizadeh.
Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed
DUBAI – An Iranian scientist named by the West as the leader of the Islamic Republic's disbanded military nuclear program was killed Friday in an ambush on the outskirts of Tehran, authorities said. Israel, long suspected of killing several Iranian nuclear scientists a decade ago, declined to immediately comment. The agency said, however, that those calculations were “incomplete and fragmented.”IAEA inspectors now monitor Iranian nuclear sites as part of the now-unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. In 2018, Netanyahu gave a presentation in which he unveiled what he described as material stolen by Israel from an Iranian nuclear archive. Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”___Associated Press writers Amir Vahdat and Mohammad Nasiri in Tehran, Iran, and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report.
Earth breaks September heat record, may reach warmest year
Earth sweltered to a record hot September last month, with U.S. climate officials saying there’s nearly a two-to-one chance that 2020 will end up as the globe’s hottest year on record. This record was driven by high heat in Europe, Northern Asia, Russia and much of the Southern Hemisphere, said NOAA climatologist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo. California and Oregon had their hottest Septembers on record. The first nine months of 2020 are the second warmest on record, a shade behind 2016 when there was a strong warming El Nino. “We’re catching up” to 2016, Sanchez-Lugo said.
Putin sends a mixed message on US election, hedging his bets
MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday decried what he called Joe Biden’s “sharp anti-Russian rhetoric” but praised the Democratic presidential nominee’s comments on arms control. While Putin again denied meddling in the U.S. election, U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Biden and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting Trump’s reelection bid. The U.S.-Russian talks on extending the pact have produced no visible progress, and Russian diplomats said that chances for making a deal with the Trump administration look slim. “This is a very serious element of our potential collaboration in the future,” Putin said, speaking on his 68th birthday. He added that Russia would be ready to work with any future U.S. president.
Facebook says it will ban groups for ‘representing’ QAnon
Mentions of QAnon in a group focused on a different subject won’t necessarily lead to a ban, Facebook said. Facebook announced its new approach weeks after deciding to limit the spread of content from Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts that support violent acts, such as those associated with QAnon. “Starting today, we will remove Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts for representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content," Facebook wrote in a press release Tuesday. The QAnon phenomenon has sprawled across a patchwork of secret Facebook groups, Twitter accounts and YouTube videos in recent years. Reddit, which began banning QAnon groups in 2018, was well ahead, and to date it has largely avoided having a notable QAnon presence on its platform.
Federal judge postpones Trump ban on popular app TikTok
NEW YORK – A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight. The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration's app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. In arguments to Judge Nichols, TikTok lawyer John Hall said that TikTok is more than an app, since it functions as a “modern day version of a town square." In addition, Hall argued that a ban would prevent existing users from automatically receiving security updates, eroding national security. Trump set the process in motion with executive orders in August that declared TikTok and another Chinese app, WeChat, threats to national security.
Microsoft says its bid to buy TikTok has been rejected
The government worries about user data being funneled to Chinese authorities. TikTok denies it is a national-security risk and is suing to stop the administration from the threatened ban. Walmart had planned to partner with Microsoft on the deal. It’s not clear if Walmart is still interested. TikTok didn’t immediately return requests for comment Sunday.
Oxford, AstraZeneca to resume coronavirus vaccine trial
LONDON – Oxford University says trials of a coronavirus vaccine that it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will resume, days after being paused due to a reported side-effect in a patient in the U.K. The study had been previously stopped in July for several days after a participant who got the vaccine developed neurological symptoms; it turned out to be an undiagnosed case of multiple sclerosis that was unrelated to the vaccine. Late last month, AstraZeneca began recruiting 30,000 people in the U.S. for its largest study of the vaccine. It also is testing the vaccine in thousands of people in Britain, and in smaller studies in Brazil and South Africa. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, said the U.N. health agency wasn’t overly concerned by the pause in the Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine trial, describing it as “a wake-up call” to the global community about the inevitable ups and downs of medical research.
German government sees smaller economic decline this year
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said he is now predicting a contraction of 5.8% in 2020, rather than the 6.3% he forecast in late April. For next year, the government is predicting 4.4% growth, down from its previous forecast of 5.2%. He added that he hopes this year's GDP figure might turn out slightly better than the new forecast. Germany has been loosening coronavirus restrictions since late April, but a recent increase in new infections has caused concern. The agency said Tuesday it paid out for 5.36 million people in June, the most recent month for which it has figures.
Zimbabwe investigates mysterious deaths of 11 elephants
HARARE Zimbabwe's parks authorities in Zimbabwe are investigating the death of 11 elephants in a forest in the west of the country, a parks spokesman said Sunday. In recent years poachers in Zimbabwe have poisoned dozens of elephants and then have taken their ivory tusks to sell them to illegal traders. We are also ruling out poachers because the tusks were intact.The mysterious deaths of the elephants in Zimbabwe appears similar to the deaths last month of more than 275 elephants in neighboring Botswana. Scientists are still investigating the deaths of the elephants in Botswana's Okavango Delta area and poaching, poisoning and anthrax have been ruled out. Last year about 200 elephants in Zimbabwe died of starvation as a result of the country's drought.
Huge protest on Belarus leaders birthday demands he resign
A woman kneels in front of a riot police line as they block Belarusian opposition supporters rally in the center of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for two weeks aim to hold a march in the capital of Belarus. Tsikhanouskaya, who fled to Lithuania after the election because of concerns about her security, gave a withering acknowledgement of the birthday. Lukashenko has consistently blamed Western countries for encouraging the protests and contends that NATO is repositioning forces along Belarus' western border with the aim of intervening in the unrest, a claim the alliance strongly denies. The government also revoked the accreditations of many Belarusian journalists working for foreign new agencies, including journalists working for AP.
US response to the virus is met with incredulity abroad
Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is Americas bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero of Europe's epidemic. But with this virus we've discovered a country that is very fragile, with bad infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent." The virus is still raging in some Balkan countries and thousands of maskless protesters demanded an end to virus restrictions in Berlin earlier this month. In contrast, at least for now Europe appears to have the virus somewhat under control. When the virus first appeared in the United States, Trump and his supporters quickly dismissed it as either a hoax or a virus that would quickly disappear once warmer weather arrived.
AP PHOTOS: In flash, Beirut blast tore up thousands of homes
Sandrine Zeinoun, 34, poses for a photograph inside her destroyed apartment after Tuesday's explosion in the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else. Within a few tragic seconds, more than a quarter of a million people of the Lebanese capital's residents were left with homes unfit to live in. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)BEIRUT The gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else. Within a few tragic seconds, more than a quarter of a million people of the Lebanese capitals residents were left with homes unfit to live in.
Massive explosion shakes Lebanons capital Beirut
BEIRUT A massive explosion shook Lebanon's capital Beirut on Tuesday wounding a number people and causing widespread damage. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping. The explosion appeared to be centered around Beirut's port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away. An Associated Press photographer near Beirut's port witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut. Some local TV stations reported the blast was at Beiruts port inside an area where firecrackers were stored.
Video: Massive explosion causes widespread damage in Beirut, Lebanon
BEIRUT Videos captured and shared on social media show a massive explosion that rocked Lebanons capital city Beirut on Tuesday. This is a video filmed by someone who was standing on his balcony close to the port of #Beirut. First you see big plumes of smoke followed by small explosions on ground level and finally an enormous explosion. Fireworks can be seen clearly in this video https://t.co/Z2DMT0JNbs pic.twitter.com/fXZgMbJ0EV Ali (@allushiii_new) August 4, 2020The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. WATCH: Aftermath of Beirut's massive explosion.
EU forecasts deeper economic hit from pandemic
BRUSSELS The European Union's executive forecasts that the bloc's economy will contract more than previously expected because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused lockdowns on business and public life that are only slowly being eased. The 27-nation EU economy is predicted to contract by 8.3% this year, before growing 5.8% in 2021, according to the latest predictions released Tuesday. The road to recovery is still paved with uncertainty," EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni told reporters in Brussels. In the previous forecasts released in May, when most of the continent was under lockdown, the blocs GDP was forecast to contract by about 7.5% this year, and to bounce back by 6% in 2021. In May it had forecast a 7.8% decline this year, and growth of 6.3% in 2021.
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire, the FBI said Thursday. Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein, was taken into custody around 8:30 a.m., said FBI spokesman Marty Feely. Epstein killed himself in a federal detention center in New York last summer while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell was accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Maxwell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and called some of the claims against her absolute rubbish."
China: US oppressing Chinese companies in new Huawei move
BEIJING China on Wednesday demanded Washington stop oppressing Chinese companies after U.S. regulators declared telecom equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE to be national security threats. A foreign ministry spokesman accused Washington of abusing state power to hurt Chinese companies without any evidence.We once again urge the United States to stop abusing the concept of national security, deliberately discrediting China and unreasonably oppressing Chinese companies, said the spokesman, Zhao Lijian. Huaweis founder, Ren Zhengfei, said last year he would refuse official demands to reveal its customers secrets despite a law that obliges Chinese companies to cooperate with intelligence agencies. The FCC has designated Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, said the agencys chairman, Ajit Pai, in a statement. He said the companies threaten our national security.The decision affects mostly small, rural carriers because major U.S. phone companies dont use Chinese equipment.
European Union reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to American tourists
More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each year, while some 10 million Europeans head across the Atlantic. The EU said China is subject to confirmation of reciprocity, meaning it must lift all restrictions on European citizens entering China before it will allow Chinese citizens back in. Countries considered for the safe list are also expected to lift any bans they might have in place on European travelers. European Union countries hastily slapped restrictions on who could cross their borders in February as the virus spread in Italy. The EU list does not apply to travel to Britain, which left the EU in January.
World watches as South Korea cautiously returns to life
People walk at the Cheonggye Stream during launch time in Seoul, South Korea, on May 22, 2020. South Korea on Wednesday still reported 40 new cases, its biggest daily jump in about 50 days. South Korea launched widespread testing fairly early, and in early February it had open public testing, which was available to asymptomatic people, and pursued contact tracing for all confirmed patients. South Korea has recorded a total of 11,265 cases with 269 deaths. South Korea will face a second virus wave, too.