U.S. halts usage of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over rare blood clots

U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot, dealing a fresh setback to efforts to tackle the pandemic. Johnson & Johnson said it would delay rollout of the… Read More U.S. halts usage of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over rare blood clots

New Zealand introduces climate change law for financial firms

New Zealand has become the first country to introduce a law that will require banks, insurers and investment managers to report the impacts of climate change on their business, minister for climate change James Shaw said on Tuesday. All banks with total assets of more than NZ$1 billion (an equivalent of $703 million), insurers with… Read More New Zealand introduces climate change law for financial firms

News agency Reuters names Alessandra Galloni as its next editor-in-chief

Reuters News has named one of its top editors, Alessandra Galloni, as its next editor-in-chief, the first woman to lead the globe-spanning news agency in its 170-year history. A native of Rome, Galloni, 47, will replace Stephen J. Adler, who is retiring this month after leading the newsroom for the past decade. Under his leadership,… Read More News agency Reuters names Alessandra Galloni as its next editor-in-chief

U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America’s longest war, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the U.S. intelligence community released a gloomy… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Japan says it will release contaminated Fukushima water into sea following treatment

Japan will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, the government said on Tuesday, a move China called “extremely irresponsible”, while South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador in Seoul to protest. The first release of water will take place in about two years, giving plant… Read More Japan says it will release contaminated Fukushima water into sea following treatment