Geopolitics

Study: Jabs Cut Severe COVID Risk By 90 Percent

Vaccination reduces the risk of dying or being hospitalised with COVID-19 by 90 percent, a French study of 22.6 million people over the age of 50 has found.The research published on Monday also found that vaccines appear to protect against the worst effects of the most prevalent virus strain, the Delta variant.“This means that those who are vaccinated are nine times less at risk of being hospitalised or dying from COVID-19 than those who have not been vaccinated,” the epidemiologist Mahmoud Z

12 October 2021
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Filipina Nobel Winner A Convicted Felon: Roque

A top aide to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to journalist and government critic Maria Ressa was proof that "press freedom is alive" in the country.Ressa, co-founder of news website Rappler, and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov were awarded the prize on Friday for their efforts to "safeguard freedom of expression".Since Duterte took power in 2016, Ressa and Rappler have faced a series of criminal charges and investi

12 October 2021
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Extra Jab For Those With Weak Immune Systems: WHO

The World Health Organization's (WHO) vaccine advisers on Monday recommended people with weakened immune systems should be offered an additional dose of all WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines.The United Nations (UN) health agency's experts also said over-60s fully immunised with China's Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines should be offered an additional third vaccine dose.The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) stressed it was not recommending an additional booste

12 October 2021
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War On Drugs: Mothers Taking Duterte To Court

On 11 May 2017, Crisanto Lozano set off early in the morning from his home in Manila. He was going to renew his security guard licence, a requirement for his profession. By afternoon, he still hadn’t returned, nor was he picking up his phone. Then the family realised that Crisanto’s younger brother, Juan Carlos, was also missing.The next day, they heard news that two bodies had been discovered nearby.

11 October 2021
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Taiwan Leader Says Island Won’t Bow To China

Taiwan will not bow to pressure by Beijing and will defend its democratic way of life, President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday, following a spike in incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defence zone.Self-governed Taiwan's 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, which views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary."The more we achieve, the greater the pressure we face from China," Tsai sa

11 October 2021
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Coronavirus: Latest Global Developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:106 Days Later  Elated Sydney residents emerge from almost four months of COVID lockdown in Australia's largest city, designed to limit the march of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

11 October 2021
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Nobel Prize For 'All Journalists': Maria Ressa

Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa on Saturday said her Nobel Peace Prize was for "all journalists around the world", as she vowed to continue her battle for press freedom.Ressa, co-founder of news website Rappler, and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov were awarded the prize on Friday for their efforts to "safeguard freedom of expression"."This is really for all journalists around the world," Ressa, a vocal critic of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte,

10 October 2021
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WHO To Restart Sputnik Vaccine Analysis

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was about to restart the process of approving Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine following a series of problems with the dossier.WHO authorisation has been sought for the Sputnik V jab created by Russia's Gamaleya research institute, which is already being used in 45 countries, according to an AFP count.Several COVID-19 vaccines have been given the WHO green light for emergency use during the pandemic: Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen

10 October 2021
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Do The US And China Have A ‘Taiwan Agreement’?

Do the United States (US) and China have an agreement on Taiwan’s political status?The question was raised on Tuesday when US President Joe Biden told reporters that he and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, had agreed to “abide by the Taiwan agreement”, leaving many around the world scratching their heads.Biden made the remark at the White House in response to a reporter’s question about rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait, with Beijing sending more than 150 military planes towards Taiwan

8 October 2021
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ICC Vows To 'Uncover Truth' In Philippines

The new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Thursday he will "uncover the truth" in his investigation into Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.Duterte said earlier this week he would prepare his defence against the probe by the Hague-based tribunal into the anti-narcotics campaign, which rights groups estimate has killed tens of thousands of people, after previously insisting he would not cooperate."My investigation will see

8 October 2021
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Pfizer Seeks US COVID Vaccine Approval For Kids

United States (US) drugmaker Pfizer said Thursday it has formally requested emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged five to 11.Children have been infected in greater numbers in the latest coronavirus wave driven by the Delta variant, and inoculating young people is seen as key to keeping schools open and helping end the pandemic.In late September, Pfizer and BioNTech, the German biotechnology giant which co-developed the vaccine, began submitting data to Food and

8 October 2021
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