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1 in 3 Covid-19 survivors suffer mental, neurological problems: study
One in three people who overcome Covid-19 suffer from a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis six months on, according to the largest study so far published on the mental toll that long-Covid takes on survivors.
China hands two Uighur ex-government officials death penalty for 'separatism'
Two Uighur ex-government officials in China's Xinjiang have been handed death sentences for carrying out ""separatist activities"", a court said, as Beijing comes under increasing fire for its actions towards minority groups in the region.
Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time
Brazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases.
India imposes new curbs as Covid-19 cases hit record
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home region Gujarat became the latest to tighten coronavirus curbs on Wednesday as the country’s infections surged to a record of almost 116,000 new cases in 24 hours.
China made a 'La La Land'-inspired propaganda musical about the life of Uyghur Muslims, which omits all mention of mass surveillance and oppression
China released a propaganda musical that purportedly depicts the life of Uyghur Muslims, which fails to mention mass surveillance and systematic human-rights abuses.
Covid surge in South America as Brazil variant spreads
Coronavirus figures released by health authorities across South America on Monday show a number of countries grappling with a spike in infections and deaths.
Covid-19 vaccination: India ramps up vaccines as daily cases hit 100,000
The country on Sunday breached the 100,000 daily caseload mark for the first time since the pandemic began.
New Delhi to impose pandemic night curfew
The Indian capital on Tuesday imposed an immediate night curfew a day after the nation posted a record coronavirus surge, with financial hub Mumbai also introducing similar restrictions.
Taiwan imposes water rationing as drought worsens
More than one million households and businesses in Taiwan’s heavily industrialised central regions were put on water rationing Tuesday, as the island battles its worst drought in 56 years.
Tokyo Olympics: North Korea to skip Games over Covid-19 fears
North Korea has announced it will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics this year, saying the decision is to protect its athletes from Covid-19.
At least 76 killed by tropical cyclone in Indonesia, East Timor
Floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in a cluster of islands in southeast Indonesia and East Timor have killed at least 76 people and displaced thousands, officials said on Monday.
Blinken says US won't trade Covid shots for political favors
Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that the US would not "trade shots in arms for political favors" when outlining the State Department's plans to share supplies of Covid-19 vaccines with other countries, though he offered little detail on what that outreach would look like.
Iran’s new Covid cases hit four-month high
Iran's daily new Covid-19 infections reached a four-month high on Monday, said the health ministry, as the capital Tehran was put on the highest virus risk level.
UK’s Johnson confirms return to pubs but sounds caution on travel
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed pubs and restaurants could reopen to serve outdoors in a week’s time, as Covid restrictions are lifted, but sounded a note of caution on international travel resuming.
US promises 'much more' vaccine aid, puts envoy in charge
The United States will soon be able to ramp up vaccine assistance abroad and will not seek ""favors in return,"" Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday, putting a veteran aid administrator in charge.
Irish journalist leaves China after rise in surveillance
Irish journalist Yvonne Murray, who reports for RTÉ News and Current Affairs from China, has been forced to leave the country because of mounting pressure from the Chinese authorities.
Covid: Europe's vaccine rollout 'unacceptably slow' - WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has criticised the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in Europe as being ""unacceptably slow"".
COVID situation in India going from bad to worse: Health official
Health ministry tells states to get a grip on lax prevention measures ‘right now’ to prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed by surge in cases.
China demands secrecy in its loans to developing countries: Study
US researchers say Chinese lenders require borrowers to prioritise repayments to Chinese banks ahead of others.
Database reveals secrets of China's loans to developing nations, says study
The terms of China’s loan deals with developing countries are unusually secretive and require borrowers to prioritise repayment of Chinese state-owned banks ahead of other creditors, a study of a cache of such contracts showed on Wednesday.
Indonesian firefighters battle days-long oil refinery inferno
Indonesian firefighters were working Wednesday to put out a large blaze at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries that has been burning for more than two days after an explosion rocked the facility.
Nasa’s Perseverance rover begins deploying Ingenuity helicopter on Mars
Nasa’s Perseverance rover has started to deploy a helicopter to be used as part of the first test of powered flight on Mars.
Shootout at Indonesia’s national police headquarters: media
Indonesian authorities shot a person who entered the national police headquarters in Jakarta Wednesday, local media said, describing it as an “alleged terror attack”.