Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo warns of impending health system overload as coronavirus cases surge

Ghana’s COVID-19 infection rates are skyrocketing and include new strains of the virus not before seen in the country, filling treatment centres and threatening to overwhelm the health system, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Sunday. Since January 5, the number of active cases has risen to 1,924 from about 900, Akufo-Addo said in a speech.… Read More Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo warns of impending health system overload as coronavirus cases surge

Brazil approves emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Minutes after Anvisa’s board voted unanimously to approve both vaccines, Monica Calazans, a 54-year-old nurse in Sao Paulo, became the first person… Read More Brazil approves emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines

Russian police detain opposition politician Alexei Navalny on arrival in country

Police detained prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on arrival in Moscow on Sunday after he flew home to Russia from Germany for the first time since he was poisoned last summer, triggering a political clash with the West. The move, which could see Navalny jailed for 3.5 years for allegedly flouting the terms of a… Read More Russian police detain opposition politician Alexei Navalny on arrival in country

Unidentified gunmen kill two female Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan

Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Kabul and other cities while government and Taliban representatives have been holding peace talks in Qatar. The two judges, who have not yet been named, were killed and their driver wounded, in an… Read More Unidentified gunmen kill two female Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan

Signal services restored following outage due to technical difficulties

Signal said on Saturday it had restored its services a day after the application faced technical difficulties as it dealt with a flood of new users after rival messaging app WhatsApp announced a controversial change in privacy terms. Signal has seen a rise in downloads following a change in WhatsApp’s privacy terms, which required WhatsApp… Read More Signal services restored following outage due to technical difficulties

Facebook to ban ads on weapon accessories and protective gear in U.S.

Facebook Inc said on Saturday it will ban advertisements for weapon accessories and protective equipment in the United States with immediate effect until at least two days after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Following the attack by supporters of President Donald Trump against the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the social media… Read More Facebook to ban ads on weapon accessories and protective gear in U.S.

U.S. capitals brace for pro-Trump armed protests ahead of presidential inauguration

Protesters are expected to descend on statehouses across the United States on Sunday in support of baseless claims that electoral fraud robbed President Donald Trump of a second term, as law enforcement officials girded for possible violence. More than a dozen states have activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an… Read More U.S. capitals brace for pro-Trump armed protests ahead of presidential inauguration

Death toll from Indonesia’s Sulawesi earthquake rises to seventy three

At least 73 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on Sunday, the latest in a string of disasters to hit the Southeast Asian country. More than 820 people were injured and over 27,800 left their homes after the 6.2 magnitude quake,… Read More Death toll from Indonesia’s Sulawesi earthquake rises to seventy three