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Australia to reopen door to India, local Covid-19 cluster appears contained

Australia to reopen door to India, local Covid-19 cluster appears contained

#Australia will lift a ban on its citizens returning from Covid-ravaged India next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as state officials reported that an outbreak in Sydney appeared to be contained.

‘Cutting methane emissions key to slowing warming’

‘Cutting methane emissions key to slowing warming’

Industry could cheaply and easily slash humanity’s methane emissions by at least 30% in a decade, the United Nations said yesterday, adding that such cuts would slow global warming and prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Bees trained to detect Covid-19 infections

Bees trained to detect Covid-19 infections

Dutch researchers have trained bees, which have an unusually keen sense of smell, to identify samples infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19), a finding that they said could cut waiting times for test results to just seconds.

Paul McCartney gets his own set of stamps

Paul McCartney gets his own set of stamps

Paul McCartney has numerous hits, awards and even a knighthood to his name. Now the former Beatle can add a personalised set of stamps to his long list of accolades.

UK pulls patrol boats from Jersey after fishing dispute

UK pulls patrol boats from Jersey after fishing dispute

Britain withdrew its Royal Navy vessels from the waters off Jersey yesterday but said it would remain on standby to support the Channel island after a dispute with France over post-Brexit fishing rights escalated rapidly.

Ugandan LRA leader gets 25-year jail term

Ugandan LRA leader gets 25-year jail term

The International Criminal Court yesterday sentenced Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan child soldier who became a commander in the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), to 25 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

China yesterday “indefinitely” suspended all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, its state economic planner said, the latest setback for strained relations between the two countries.

Coronavirus spread to rural India sparks fresh concern

Coronavirus spread to rural India sparks fresh concern

Hopes that India’s rampaging second wave of Covid-19 is peaking were set back yesterday as record daily infections and deaths were reported and as the virus spread from cities to villages that were poorly equipped to cope.

SpaceX Starship prototype achieves first safe landing

SpaceX Starship prototype achieves first safe landing

SpaceX achieved the first successful touchdown of its prototype Starship rocket during the latest test flight of the next-generation launch vehicle in south Texas on Wednesday, after four previous landing attempts ended in explosions.

At least 25 killed in police drug raid in Rio slum: media

At least 25 killed in police drug raid in Rio slum: media

A massive police operation against drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro favela yesterday left at least 24 suspects and an officer dead, Brazilian media reports and AFP correspondents said.

Moderna vaccine 96% effective in those aged 12-17 years, study shows

Moderna vaccine 96% effective in those aged 12-17 years, study shows

Moderna said yesterday that its coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine is 96% effective among youths aged 12-17, according to the results of its first clinical trials.

Support growing globally for vaccine patent waiver

Support growing globally for vaccine patent waiver

International support grew yesterday for a US proposal to waive patents on much-needed coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, as India posted record deaths and infections from a catastrophic wave swamping the country.

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