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Now that almost half the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, many people are beginning to wonder how long that protection will last, and if they will need a booster shot down the road. At the moment, there are more questions than answers surrounding the possibility of needing an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccines to boost immunity over time. Dr. Betty Diamond, director at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., said more studies are needed to determine if and when a booster will be necessary.
President Biden wants his Group of Seven allies to take a strong stand against China's forced labor practices this weekend as the leaders of some of the world's richest nations continue their summit in the United Kingdom. But China appears prepared to dismiss whatever comes out of the meeting. Per The Guardian, the Chinese embassy in the U.K. released a statement Saturday directed at the G7 that said "the days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone."
Efforts by Cambodia to assuage U.S. concerns about China's right to use a naval base on the Gulf of Thailand suffered a setback Friday when an American diplomat invited to inspect it was allowed only limited access, according to the U.S. Embassy. The embassy said Defense Attaché Col. Marcus M. Ferrara traveled to the Ream Naval Base in coordination with Cambodian authorities, but was denied full access to the facility, leading him to cut short his visit and ask for it to be rescheduled without any limits to what he could see. Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan said Cambodia fulfilled its commitment to allow a visit as requested, and if U.S. officials were not satisfied, they could request another visit as long as it did not involve spying or violating Cambodian sovereignty.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said on Friday it had not been granted consular access to jailed former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed for 16 days, including receiving no updates on his health after he was diagnosed last month with COVID-19. Reed, an American national sentenced to nine years after being convicted of endangering the lives of two Russian police officers while drunk in Moscow, a charge he denies, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 25, the embassy said in a statement. "We are gravely concerned about his health," the U.S. Embassy in Moscow's Chargé d'affaires Bartle Gorman was cited in the statement as saying.
At least 11 people were killed and 37 seriously injured Sunday after a gas line explosion tore through a residential neighborhood in central China. Responders to the early Sunday blast in the Hubei province city of Shiyan sent a total of 144 people to hospital, according to a statement on the city's official social media channel. The statement said rescue efforts were continuing but gave no word on the cause of the explosion.
President Joe Biden's administration will return more than $2 billion in funds allotted under his predecessor Donald Trump to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to the military and devote other remaining money to construction site clean up, the White House budget office said on Friday. The move will return funds to 66 military projects spanning 11 states, three U.S. territories and 16 countries, the White House said in a related fact sheet. Trump, a Republican, made the wall a signature part of his presidency, saying it was needed to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
President Biden's nominee to oversee federal lands in the West is facing Republican pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago.
A teenager who filmed the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer has been given a special journalism award by the Pulitzer Prize board. Darnella Frazier, now 18, was awarded the citation for her courage, the Pulitzer committee said. Her film spurred protests for racial justice around the world and was used as evidence in the trial that convicted police officer Derek Chauvin.
Dozens of workers gathered outside of one of Berlin's most-celebrated startups, the grocery delivery company Gorillas, to protest the firing hours earlier of a colleague. “We want Santiago back!” the young riders chanted last week, threatening to blockade one of the company's inner-city warehouses with their bikes unless he was reinstated. The wildcat strike on a balmy June evening was unusual even by Germany's strong tradition of labor rights, highlighting growing tensions in the capital's freewheeling startup scene.
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed the need for cooperation and transparency over the origins of COVID-19 in a call with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Friday and raised other contentious topics, including China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Yang, China's top diplomat, expressed to Blinken Beijing's serious concern that some people in the United States were spreading the "absurd story" about the coronavirus escaping from a Wuhan laboratory, Chinese state media said.
Pope Francis has tapped a South Korean bishop to lead the Vatican office responsible for the world's 400,000 Catholic priests, in the second major appointment of an Asian prelate to the Holy See during his papacy. Monsignor Lazarus You Heung-sik, currently the bishop of Daejeon, replaces the retiring Cardinal Beniamino Stella as prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, the Vatican said Friday. You's appointment follows Francis' 2019 decision to bring Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to Rome to head another important Vatican congregation, Propaganda Fide, which is responsible for the church in the so-called mission territories of Africa, Asia and elsewhere.
The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. The G7, whose leaders are meeting in southwestern England, has been searching for a coherent response to the growing assertiveness of Xi after China's surging economic and military rise over the past 40 years. U.S. President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders hope their plan, known as the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative, will provide a transparent infrastructure partnership to help narrow the $40 trillion needed by developing nations by 2035, the White House said.
Virgin Atlantic is exploring whether it could launch a flying taxi service as part of a partnership with Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace. The airline suggests electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) could fly from towns to major airports. Vertical Aerospace is conducting test flights of its aircraft this year.
A plane that crashed in 1965 and was never found may have been located in a California lake. Workers testing underwater surveying equipment found a plane in Folsom Lake, CNN reported. The wreckage of a small airplane was found deep underwater in a California lake as workers were testing surveying equipment, CNN reported.
U.S. regulators are allowing the release of about 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory, but many more doses can't be used and must be thrown out. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it had determined that two batches could be released from the plant, which is owned by Emergent BioSolutions and has been shuttered for eight weeks. But it said several other batches are not suitable for use and additional batches are still under review.
Britain is pushing for a virtual trial of the American diplomat's wife accused of killing teenager Harry Dunn. Washington has blocked the extradition of Anne Sacoolas to face charges stemming from the car crash that killed 19-year-old motorcyclist outside a US military base in Northamptonshire in 2019. However, Dominic Raab said on Saturday that the path is now clear for the UK to push for a form of “virtual trial or process” to provide accountability and justice for Mr Dunn's family.
Britain's MHRA medicine regulator is considering precautionary advice for people with a history of capillary leak syndrome but does not see a causal link with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after the EU said it was a rare side effect of the shot. MHRA Chief Executive June Raine said that two of eight reports of capillary leak syndrome following AstraZeneca vaccination were in people with a history of the condition, and 40 million doses of the vaccine had been given.
A Chicago police officer was arrested on suspicion of participating in the January 6 Capitol riots. Karol Chwiesiuk, 29, has been a member of the Chicago Police Department since December 2018. Karol Chwiesiuk, 29, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the other members of the House Democratic leadership group have issued a rare joint statement, criticising comments made by Ilhan Omar that seemed to equate crimes committed by the US and Israel with those of militant groups Hamas and the Taliban. “Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the US and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” the statement read. Outspoken progressive congresswoman Ms Omar, who was the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, made the first comments in question on Monday, tweeting alongside a video in which she raised a question to the secretary of state, Antony Blinken.
Critical Race Theory As a life-long educator, I vehemently oppose censorship of material in our schools. I read in The State and other reputable newspapers that South Carolina is among at least sixteen states that are under GOP control and are practicing censorship in the banning of ideas linked to Critical Race Theory in our schools. The authorities on this subject, the National Education Association and the National Council of Social Studies, oppose legislation that curtails the ideas taught in our public schools.
China has warned the G7 leaders that the days when a "small" group of countries decided the fate of the world were long gone. The comments, by a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London, come as the leaders, who are meeting in England, seek a unified position over China. Analysts say US President Joe Biden is determined that Western powers need to act now to counter a resurgent China.
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -Britain will do "whatever it takes" to protect its territorial integrity in a trade dispute with the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday, threatening emergency measures if no solution was found. The threat by Johnson seemed to break a temporary truce in a war of words over part of the Brexit deal that covers border issues with Northern Ireland, the focus for tensions since Britain completed its exit from the EU late last year. Despite U.S. President Joe Biden encouraging them to find a compromise, Johnson used a G7 summit to indicate no softening in his position on what is called the Northern Ireland protocol that covers border issues with the British province.
GOP Rep. Byron Donalds says that he's being blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus. Donalds and his office have engaged with the CBC about joining the organization to no avail. "My gut reaction is disappointment," the congressman told CBS affiliate WINK-TV.
Teresa Saunders was shopping for her granddaughter's sweet 16 birthday party this week when she answered her phone and was told that she won $1 million in a North Carolina lottery game. She was skeptical but hopeful during the Wednesday phone call. Wow,” said Saunders, a retired literacy coach with the Wake County Public School System.
Mr Giuliani was campaigning in Times Square when he encountered the TikTok user, who describes himself as running "your favorite anti-fascist show." In the video, Crackhead Barney steps up to speak with Mr Giuliani and begins asking him why he was running for mayor.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”