Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro receives first dose of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores have received their first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Venezuelan state television reported on Saturday, while the country received a second shipment of the vaccine. Images of both Maduro and Flores receiving their doses were broadcast on state television. Maduro said he felt “fine”… Read More Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro receives first dose of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

India steps up border patrols to stop influx of Myanmar refugees

Indian security forces stepped up patrols on the border with Myanmar on Friday to stop refugees entering after some police officers crossed over to escape taking orders from the military junta there, officials said. “As of now, we are not letting anybody enter,” Maria Zuali, senior government official in Mizoram state’s Champhai district, said. The… Read More India steps up border patrols to stop influx of Myanmar refugees

Myanmar asks India to return police officers who fled across border seeking refuge

Authorities in Myanmar have asked India to return several police officers who sought refuge to avoid taking orders from a military junta that seized power in the Southeast Asian country last month, an official in northeast India said on Saturday. Around 30 Myanmar police and their family members came across the border seeking refuge in… Read More Myanmar asks India to return police officers who fled across border seeking refuge

Myanmar security forces fire tear gas and stun grenades at protesters

Myanmar security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in Yangon on Saturday, just hours after a United Nations special envoy called on the Security Council to take action against the ruling junta for the killings of protesters. The Southeast Asian country has been plunged into turmoil since the military… Read More Myanmar security forces fire tear gas and stun grenades at protesters

U.S. FDA says it will boost sampling and inspections in bid to reduce toxic elements in baby food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it will boost sampling of foods for babies and young children and increase inspections after a congressional report found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals” in some baby foods that it said could cause neurological damage. The FDA stopped short of committing to issuing new regulations,… Read More U.S. FDA says it will boost sampling and inspections in bid to reduce toxic elements in baby food

U.S. charges anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee with cryptocurrency fraud

John McAfee, the antivirus software pioneer whose former company still bears his name, has been indicted on fraud and money-laundering conspiracy charges stemming from two cryptocurrency schemes, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Authorities accused McAfee and his bodyguard, Jimmy Gale Watson Jr., of exploiting McAfee’s large Twitter following to artificially inflate prices of… Read More U.S. charges anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee with cryptocurrency fraud

Italian prosecutor demands life imprisonment for U.S. students over murder of policeman

An Italian prosecutor on Saturday demanded life sentences for two young Americans being tried on murder charges after a policeman was killed following a botched drugs sale in Rome. Finnegan Lee Elder, who was 19 at the time, has admitted to stabbing Mario Cerciello Rega in the early hours of July 26, 2019, while his… Read More Italian prosecutor demands life imprisonment for U.S. students over murder of policeman

U.S. Senate passes President Biden’s $1.9trillion coronavirus relief bill on party-line vote

The Senate on Saturday passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan in a party-line vote after an all-night session that saw Democrats battling among themselves over jobless aid and the Republican minority failing in attempts to push through some three dozen amendments. The final bill includes $400 billion in one-time payments of $1,400… Read More U.S. Senate passes President Biden’s $1.9trillion coronavirus relief bill on party-line vote