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Taiwan considers coronavirus lockdown as island registers record 16 domestic transmissions - rt

Taiwan considers coronavirus lockdown as island registers record 16 domestic transmissions

Taiwan is tightening its coronavirus restrictions after 16 new domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases were detected, marking the highest-ever daily increase on the island, which has largely kept the pandemic under control.
rt - 24 minutes ago
Japan’s booking platform for Covid vaccine appointment crashes as Tokyo struggles to kick-start inoculation program - rt

Japan’s booking platform for Covid vaccine appointment crashes as Tokyo struggles to kick-start inoculation program

Japan’s platform for booking Covid-19 vaccinations has crashed in parts of the country because of a technical issue with US cloud computing vendor Salesforce, compounding frustration with the government’s handling of the pandemic.
rt - 33 minutes ago
WATCH: Maori Party co-leader kicked out of New Zealand parliament after performing HAKA in protest over ‘racist propaganda’ - rt

WATCH: Maori Party co-leader kicked out of New Zealand parliament after performing HAKA in protest over ‘racist propaganda’

Maori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi was ejected from New Zealand’s parliamentary chambers after accusing a fellow MP of engaging in racist rhetoric, and then performing a ceremonial dance to express his displeasure.
rt - 1 hour ago
Remains of Grenfell Tower may be pulled down after fire that killed 72 - metro

Remains of Grenfell Tower may be pulled down after fire that killed 72

Survivors, bereaved relatives and the community will be consulted.
metro - 2 hours ago
‘Our intel was better’: IDF brags about killing top Hamas spies, as retaliatory strikes blamed for deaths of Arab woman & 7yo girl - rt

‘Our intel was better’: IDF brags about killing top Hamas spies, as retaliatory strikes blamed for deaths of Arab woman & 7yo girl

The Israeli military has claimed to have “neutralized” two high-level Hamas intelligence officials during air raids on the Gaza Strip, as local officials claim Palestinian rocket fire killed two Arab-Israelis, a woman and a child.
rt - 3 hours ago
The Domestic Abuse Act, a bittersweet victory for women? - channel 4

The Domestic Abuse Act, a bittersweet victory for women?

At the end of April, the Domestic Abuse Act was signed into law closing loopholes around rough sex claims that favoured defendants in court and strengthening the laws on revenge porn.
channel 4 - 4 hours ago
ANOTHER Gaza tower reportedly goes down, Israeli Iron Dome intercepts dozens of missiles in night of tit-for-tat strikes (VIDEOS) - rt

ANOTHER Gaza tower reportedly goes down, Israeli Iron Dome intercepts dozens of missiles in night of tit-for-tat strikes (VIDEOS)

An Israeli air strike has reportedly leveled another major high-rise in the Gaza Strip – the second in the span of 24 hours – as a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire continues to rain down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.
rt - 6 hours ago
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Canada's Ontario province halts use of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine after risk of blood clots proves higher than expected

Health officials in Canada's Ontario province have suspended use of AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria Covid-19 vaccine, saying that escalating concerns over risks of blood clots merited a review amid increasing supplies of competing jabs.
rt - 8 hours ago
UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘full scale war’ in Gaza as diplomats claim US is holding up Security Council statement - rt

UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘full scale war’ in Gaza as diplomats claim US is holding up Security Council statement

An eruption of violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip is headed for “full scale war,” a top UN envoy warned, even as Washington reportedly resists efforts to issue a similar call for deescalation in the UN Security Council.
rt - 9 hours ago
Greta Thunberg tries to walk fine line of neutrality on Israeli-Palestinian clash, but Twitter mob demands that she take a side - rt

Greta Thunberg tries to walk fine line of neutrality on Israeli-Palestinian clash, but Twitter mob demands that she take a side

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, normally a figure revered by her protective left-wing allies, has learned the hard way that rocket attacks over Israel are a touchier subject than solar panels and carbon-trading schemes.
rt - 10 hours ago
Teenager in court accused of murdering man, 21, in Brent Cross shopping centre - metro

Teenager in court accused of murdering man, 21, in Brent Cross shopping centre

Gedeon Ngwendema (pictured), who was described as a 'wonderful boy', was stabbed to death in front of shoppers.
metro - 10 hours ago
Rare ‘footballfish’ washes up whole on beach from deep sea - metro

Rare ‘footballfish’ washes up whole on beach from deep sea

It uses bioluminescent lures on the tips of a fishing pole-looking projection from its head to draw in prey
metro - 11 hours ago
UK records another 20 Covid deaths and 2,474 new cases - metro

UK records another 20 Covid deaths and 2,474 new cases

The latest government data shows that 53,675,733 vaccinations have now been administered.
metro - 11 hours ago
‘Civil war’: Lod mayor laments ‘Kristallnacht’ in Israeli city as Netanyahu sends troops to stop rioting & clashes - rt

‘Civil war’: Lod mayor laments ‘Kristallnacht’ in Israeli city as Netanyahu sends troops to stop rioting & clashes

As IDF jets bomb Gaza and Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel, the city of Lod has erupted in violence its mayor compared to a Nazi pogrom. PM Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling troops from the West Bank to restore order.
rt - 11 hours ago
Turkey & Saudi Arabia agree to keep mending relations during Turkish FM

Turkey & Saudi Arabia agree to keep mending relations during Turkish FM's first visit to Kingdom since Khashoggi's murder

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Turkey met in Mecca on Tuesday, expressing readiness to keep working on improving ties between the states which deteriorated after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
rt - 11 hours ago
Cameron’s Greensill lobbying texts published - channel 4

Cameron’s Greensill lobbying texts published

The scale of David Cameron's lobbying efforts on behalf of the finance company Greensill were laid bare today, revealing the former prime minister sent 62 texts and 11 emails to ministers and officials including Michael Gove and the chancellor. 
channel 4 - 12 hours ago
Israel and Hamas attacks escalate with airstrikes and rockets fired - channel 4

Israel and Hamas attacks escalate with airstrikes and rockets fired

Israel has halted flights at Ben Gurion Airport, after a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza hit a building in a suburb of Tel Aviv.
channel 4 - 12 hours ago
WATCH: Huge BLAZE at Israeli oil pipeline reportedly hit by rocket strike from Gaza - rt

WATCH: Huge BLAZE at Israeli oil pipeline reportedly hit by rocket strike from Gaza

An energy pipeline between the Israeli cities of Eilat and Ashkelon has been hit by a rocket fired from Gaza, setting a large oil tank on fire for several hours, according to the Channel 12 TV broadcaster.
rt - 12 hours ago
‘All parties culpable on social care’ – Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham - channel 4

‘All parties culpable on social care’ – Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham

We spoke to Andy Burnham, who was re-elected Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester by a landslide last week.
channel 4 - 13 hours ago
Boris Johnson says UK must turn ‘jabs into jobs’ after pandemic - channel 4

Boris Johnson says UK must turn ‘jabs into jobs’ after pandemic

A promise to "level up" and redistribute spending after the inequalities exposed by the pandemic might sound like an excerpt from a Labour manifesto.
channel 4 - 13 hours ago
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‘No hurry to open borders’: Australian PM signals ‘essential travel’ restrictions might be eased only in second half of 2021

‘No hurry to open borders’: Australian PM signals ‘essential travel’ restrictions might be eased only in second half of 2021

rt - 3 weeks ago

Australia is in no hurry to lift its international travel restrictions, PM Scott Morrison has said. There may be an easing of the rules on essential travel in the second half of the year, but that option is still under review.

Australia’s external borders have already been closed for over a year, with any non-citizens and non-residents barred from entering the country. Citizens and residents are also banned from leaving the country unless they obtain an exemption, which is provided only on grounds such as essential business travel or the funeral of a close relative.

READ MORE: Australian medicines regulator reports first blood clot death 'likely' linked to AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine

While Morrison said last week that allowing vaccinated travelers to quarantine at home would be a “sensible next step,” he signaled on Sunday that it would not happen anytime soon.

“Australia is in no hurry to open those borders, I assure you. There are three million people who have died from Covid. The Covid pandemic is raging around the world,” he said.

I assure Australians that I will not be putting at risk the way we are living in this country, which is so different to the rest of the world today.

After sealing off its external border in March 2020, Australia has repeatedly imposed restrictions on domestic travel, and rolled out lockdowns over even a handful of Covid-19 cases. The country’s tally remains below the 30,000 mark as a result, with only 910 deaths having been registered to date.

An easing of international travel restrictions might be enacted later this year, the PM said. The lifting of restrictions would be carried out “cautiously and carefully,” he said, ruling out any supposition that “on one day, everything will be opening” simultaneously.

“If we can get into a position in the second half of the year where Australians, for essential purposes, can travel and return to the country without going into hotel quarantine, if they’ve been vaccinated, [that] is a good incentive to get vaccinated,” Morrison said, adding that such a move was still only in the “planning stages.”

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