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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffles his top team

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed his party’s first female foreign secretary in a reshuffle, replacing ministers who had drawn criticism with the...

UK announces COVID booster shot plan for older, vulnerable groups

Government unveils plans to rely on vaccines to contain the spread of the virus rather than impose further lockdowns.The United Kingdom has announced a...

Canada’s Trudeau pledges to crack down on hospital protests

Protesters have rallied outside Canadian health centres against mandatory coronavirus vaccines and other measures in recent weeks.Justin Trudeau has promised that if re-elected his...

COVID-19 vaccine boosters not widely needed, say scientists

Booster doses for general population ‘are not appropriate at this stage in pandemic’, international scientists say.Additional COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are not needed for...

Bangladesh reopens schools after 18-month COVID shutdown

Dhaka, Bangladesh – For the first time in 18 months, Adnan Hasan finds himself wearing his school uniform – a crisp white shirt and...

Refugees fear COVID risk in Australian immigration detention

Melbourne, Australia – Campaigners in Australia are urging the government to release asylum seekers held in immigration detention after at least one COVID-19 case...

South Africa vaccinates children in test of China’s Sinovac jab

The global study is to enroll 2,000 participants in South Africa while 12,000 others will be taking part in Kenya, the Philippines, Chile and...

Biden announces new vaccine requirements in US to combat COVID

US President Joe Biden has announced a series of measures to boost vaccination rates against COVID-19 in the United States, including requiring federal employees...

Japan yearns for charisma as race to replace Suga heats up

Tokyo, Japan – The race to replace Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is gathering momentum after the veteran politician chose not to run for...

In Vietnam’s COVID epicentre, ‘everyone is struggling to survive’

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Each phone call from Vietnam causes Thai Duong’s heart to skip a few beats. For Duong, who grew up...

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