Is Covid-19 surging? Our expert explains how to prepare

Is Covid-19 surging?  Our expert explains how to prepare

CNN — The much-awaited summer lull in coronavirus cases doesn’t appear to be happening as Covid-19 infections continue to increase in much of the United States. An earlier rise in cases this year was driven by the BA.2 Omicron subvariant. Now, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that two other subvariants, BA.4 … Read more

US imposes new Iran sanctions amid efforts to revive nuclear deal | Oil and Gas News

US imposes new Iran sanctions amid efforts to revive nuclear deal |  Oil and Gas News

US measures targeting Iranian petroleum and petrochemical sales come ahead of Joe Biden’s visit to the region next week. The Biden administration has announced a fresh round of Iran-related sanctions amid continuing diplomatic efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. The new measures, revealed on Wednesday, target “an international network of individuals and … Read more

‘Not about justice’: Advocates slam US line on Abu Akleh killing | Israel-Palestine conflict News

'Not about justice': Advocates slam US line on Abu Akleh killing |  Israel-Palestine conflict News

Washington, DC- The Biden administration’s handling of the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has infuriated Palestinian rights advocates who say Washington continues to ensure impunity for Israeli abuses even when they target journalists and United States citizens. The US Department of State announced on Monday that gunfire from Israeli positions “was likely … Read more

Hang Seng, Shanghai Composite, Covid, oil

Hang Seng, Shanghai Composite, Covid, oil

SINGAPORE — Greater China stock indexes led losses as Covid concerns resurfaced, while Asia-Pacific markets traded lower on Wednesday. Oil futures rose after plunging overnight. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 2.57%, with heavyweights HSBC and CNOOC falling 3.93% and 5.87% respectively. The Hang Seng Tech index was down 2.91%. Mainland China markets also declined. … Read more

EU airlines face strikes, struggle to find workers post-covid summer travel

EU airlines face strikes, struggle to find workers post-covid summer travel

Some airlines and airports are struggling with the post-covid demand for travel. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images LONDON — Delays, cancellations and strikes. It’s been a messy time for many European tourist hotspots as airlines and airports struggle to cope with staffing problems and pent-up travel demand after Covid-19 lockdowns. Thousands of … Read more

Latin American activists undeterred despite US abortion rollback | Women News

Latin American activists undeterred despite US abortion rollback |  Women News

Feminists in Latin America have long understood their struggle for abortion rights to know no borders. So when the United States Supreme Court decision that stripped women of their right to an abortion in the country became official last week, the blow was personal across North and South America. “We can’t confide in the state … Read more

G7 launches $600bn infrastructure plan to counter China | News

G7 launches $600bn infrastructure plan to counter China |  News

The G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment will help finance infrastructure projects in developing nations. The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations have pledged to raise $600bn in private and public funds over five years to finance infrastructure in developing countries and counter China’s older, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project. US President … Read more

Senators urge direct US involvement in Abu Akleh killing probe | News

Senators urge direct US involvement in Abu Akleh killing probe |  News

Veteran Al Jazeera journalist was killed by Israeli forces while reporting in Jenin on May 11. Twenty-four United States senators have called on President Joe Biden to ensure direct involvement from Washington in the investigation of the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces. The latest appeal from US legislators comes … Read more

Summer swelter: Persistent heat wave breaks records, spirits

Summer swelter: Persistent heat wave breaks records, spirits

From the normally chilly Russian Arctic to the traditionally sweltering American South, big swaths of the Northern Hemisphere continued to sizzle with extreme heat as the start of summer more resembled the dog days of August with parts of China and Japan setting all-time heat records Friday . In the United States a heat dome … Read more

Afghanistan earthquake: ‘What do we do when another disaster hits?’ Afghans facing crises on all fronts

Afghanistan earthquake: 'What do we do when another disaster hits?'  Afghans facing crises on all fronts

CNN — Aid groups scrambled on Thursday to reach victims of a powerful earthquake that rocked eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 1,000 people in an area blighted by poor infrastructure, as the country faces dire economic and hunger crises. The slow response, exacerbated by international sanctions and decades of mismanagement, concerns people working in the … Read more