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At least four people have been injured, three of whom are now in critical condition, after a stabbing attack at a New Zealand supermarket

The stabbing took place at a Countdown supermarket in central Dunedin on South Island in the afternoon. One person has been taken into custody, authorities said. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the motivation behind the attack was not clear but that there was no indication it was a domestic terror event. "At this stage, there's nothing to suggest from the police's perspective...

Mohamed Nasheed’s assailant has been apprehended

Police in the Maldives say they have arrested the alleged "prime suspect" in the attempted assassination of the country's former president. Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, 25, was arrested on Sunday, three days after Mohamed Nasheed, 53, was badly injured in an explosion outside his home in the Indian Ocean nation's capital, Male. Mr. Nasheed's condition had improved on Saturday, according to family. A...

Macron calls on the United States to lift its ban on vaccine exports

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the US to drop its restrictions on the export of Covid-19 vaccines and ingredients. His words came as a divide emerged between parts of Europe and the US over how best to increase global vaccine production. Currently, around 1.25bn doses have been administered around the world. However, less than 1% have been given to the...

Covid patients in India are being maimed by a “black fungus.”

On Saturday morning, Dr Akshay Nair, a Mumbai-based eye surgeon, was waiting to operate on a 25-year-old woman who had recovered from a bout of Covid-19 three weeks ago. Inside the surgery, an ear, nose and throat specialist were already at work on the patient, a diabetic. He had inserted a tube in her nose and was removing tissues infected with...

Cases of covid at Everest base camp raise concerns about a significant outbreak

Mountaineers and authorities at Everest base camp in Nepal have told the BBC they are seeing rising numbers of climbers with Covid-19 symptoms and rising numbers of positive tests, raising fears of a serious outbreak. Base camp officials said they had received reports of 17 confirmed cases from hospitals in the capital Kathmandu, where a number of climbers have been...

Putin claims that Sputnik vaccines are as dependable as Kalashnikovs

President Vladimir Putin has heralded Russia's vaccine offering as "reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle". The comment was made during a video conference on Thursday with Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. It came as the country's health officials registered a single-dose version of the Sputnik V vaccine on Thursday, dubbed Sputnik Light. Mr. Putin's comparison referenced the Soviet Union-era weapon that remains...

The Covid vaccine from China has been approved by the WHO as an emergency vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted emergency approval for the Covid vaccine made by Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm. It is the first vaccine developed by a non-Western country to get WHO backing. The vaccine has already been given to millions of people in China and elsewhere. The WHO had previously only approved the vaccines made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson...

Debris from a Chinese rocket is expected to fall back to Earth

It is not clear where and when exactly the rocket parts will crash on the surface. The Long March 5B rocket was launched in late April to carry the first module of China's future space station into orbit. The body of the rocket is currently circling Earth, about to enter the lower atmosphere. The US on Thursday said it was...

As India’s devastating Covid-19 crisis mounted last month, countries around the world began sending emergency medical supplies to help stem the surge

Planeloads of ventilators, medicines and oxygen equipment began pouring into India, from countries including the UK and the US, at the start of last week. By Sunday, some 300 tonnes of supplies on 25 flights had arrived at Delhi International Airport alone. But - as cases continue to reach record levels across the country - concerns are mounting about delays...

The US has thrown its support behind an initiative at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive intellectual property protections for corona virus vaccines

India and South Africa proposed the move, which they said would increase vaccine production around the world. But drugs manufacturers argue it may not have the desired effect. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that "extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures". And she warned that it would take time for WTO members to reach a consensus decision on the matter. India...