The UK has begun to use medications to treat COVID-19 instances before they become serious

People in the UK who are at increased risk of COVID-19 can now participate in the study of the first antiviral tablet for this virus that can be taken at home, while those who are classified as particularly susceptible can receive antibody infusions as soon as they test positive. Doctors had no therapies for COVID-19… Read More The UK has begun to use medications to treat COVID-19 instances before they become serious

Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid Stand News shuts down following raid

Hong Kong pro-democracy media outlet Stand News shut down on Wednesday after police raided its office, froze its assets and arrested senior staff on suspected “seditious publication” offences in the latest crackdown on the city’s media. The raid raises more concerns about press freedom in the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in… Read More Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid Stand News shuts down following raid

China issues waning on Taiwan independence bid

China will take “drastic measures” if Taiwan makes moves towards independence, a Beijing official warned on Wednesday, adding that Taiwan’s provocations and outside meddling could intensify next year. China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and in the past two years has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure to assert its sovereignty claim,… Read More China issues waning on Taiwan independence bid

Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Wednesday that he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to strengthen economic and security ties. The meeting, their second since Abbas hosted Gantz in August in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, was held late on Tuesday at Gantz’s home in Israel, Israel’s public broadcaster Kan reported,… Read More Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Gambian top court dismisses petition challenging presidential election result

Gambia’s Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to President Adama Barrow’s recent election victory on Tuesday, ruling that the petition had not followed proper procedure, court documents showed. Barrow won the December 4 poll with 53% of the vote. Runner up Ousainou Darboe, who got about 28%, and two other candidates have refused to accept… Read More Gambian top court dismisses petition challenging presidential election result

Six arrested as Hong Kong police raid pro-democracy media outlet Stand News

Hundreds of Hong Kong national security police raided the office of online pro-democracy media outlet Stand News on Wednesday and arrested six people for suspected “seditious publications” offences, the latest in a series of crackdowns on the media. Stand News, set up in 2014 as a non-profit, is the most prominent remaining pro-democracy publication in… Read More Six arrested as Hong Kong police raid pro-democracy media outlet Stand News

South Korea approves emergency use of Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral pill

South Korea authorised for emergency use Pfizer’s antiviral pills targeting COVID-19 as the first of its kind to be introduced in South Korea, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said on Monday. South Korea restored tough distancing curbs last week after easing them in November, after a series of record daily new infections and… Read More South Korea approves emergency use of Pfizer’s coronavirus antiviral pill

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed suspends PM Mohammed Hussein Roble

Somalia’s president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, said on Monday he had suspended the prime minister’s powers, escalating a destabilising dispute in the Horn of Africa country. The president, who had suspended Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble before over an earlier confrontation, said in a statement he had taken the action pending an investigation of accusations the… Read More Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed suspends PM Mohammed Hussein Roble