AstraZeneca COVID vaccine 76% effective in new US trial analysis

New analysis from vaccine developer uses latest data and follows rebuke from US health officials. AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine was 76 percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness in a new analysis of its key trial in the United States – slightly lower than the level announced earlier this week ...

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North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles in message to US

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday test-fired its first ballistic missiles since President Joe Biden took office, as it expands its military capabilities and increases pressure on Washington while nuclear negotiations remain stalled. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the launches threaten “peace and safety in Japan ...

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No clear winner in Israeli election, signaling more deadlock

  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli parliamentary elections on Tuesday resulted in a virtual deadlock for a fourth time in the past two years, exit polls indicated, leaving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with an uncertain future and the country facing the prospect of continued political gridlock. The exit polls on Israel’s ...

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Congo Republic’s Denis Sassou Nguesso re-elected with 88% of vote

Provisional results announced on the state TV show that the 77-year-old incumbent president will extend his 36-year rule. Denis Sassou Nguesso has been re-elected president of the Republic of the Congo with 88.57 percent of the vote, according to provisional results. The 77-year-old has been in power for an accumulated ...

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Niger observes three days of national mourning after carnage

Flags fly at half-staff as the country reels from the latest attacks that killed 137 people in the southwest. Niger has declared three days of national mourning in memory of the 137 people who were killed in a series of coordinated attacks on villages in the southwest, the bloodiest carnage ...

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North Korea tested missiles over the weekend: US, South Korea

US, which is reviewing its North Korea policy, downplays tests with President Joe Biden saying ‘nothing has changed’. North Korea fired two missiles off its west coast over the weekend in its first publicly known weapons test since Joe Biden took office as president in January, officials in the United ...

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Suez Canal blocked after massive container ship runs aground

200,000-tonne Ever Given en route from the Red Sea ran aground after the ship suffered a blackout. A container ship heading to Rotterdam has ran aground in the Suez Canal, blocking other vessels from travelling through one of the world’s busiest waterways, according to shipping company GAC and shipping data ...

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Nigeria’s booming kidnap-for-ransom enterprise threatens security

Since December 2020, a total of 769 students have been taken in at least five school kidnappings in northern Nigeria. Lagos, Nigeria – It was early in the morning when Aliyu Kagada received the distressing news. An armed gang, known locally as bandits, had just stormed a dormitory at the Government ...

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