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BBC News

Australian flight arrives half empty from India

Many of the intended passengers on the repatriation flight were barred after positive Covid19 tests. Also: WHO warns that this 2nd year of the pandemic is likely to be deadlier than the first, and China cancels Everest climbs from the Tibetan side ov…

Japan extends restrictions to three more prefectures

Japan extends its State of Emergency to three more prefectures. India's PM warns rural residents. Plus, Greece welcomes back tourists at the start of the summer season.

Indian state governments to buy vaccines from international companies

Indian state governments to buy vaccines from international companies. There's been a surge of coronavirus infections inside Thailand's overcrowded prisons. And a million reason in the US state of Ohio to take the vaccine...

A damning report into how the world handled Covid 19

A report into the world's response to the pandemic says both the WHO and individual governments made serious mistakes. Also: the British Prime Minister announces a public inquiry into his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and why some health care…

Africa urged to speed up vaccinations

Health officials warn Africa could see rapidly escalating infections and deaths unless more people receive jabs. Also, Facebook says it will remove pages that discourage vaccine use. And Pakistan tries to avoid a surge in cases during the festival of…

The Economist | Business

Are drug patents worth it?

Politicians are attacking IP protection, but shareholders are Big Pharma’s bigger headache…

Why American songwriters are suing each other

The case against Childish Gambino is the latest in a run of copyright claims…

Will shareholders halt the inexorable rise of CEO pay?

During the pandemic, bosses found new ways to feather their nests…

The power of lobbyists is growing in Brussels and Berlin

Europe’s politics are getting more swampy…

Kick-starting Harley-Davidson

A German wants to revive a legendary maker of motorbikes…

The Economist | International

France is confronting its history in Algeria

As other countries’ experiences show, dealing with the past is a complex undertaking…

New technology has enabled cyber-crime on an industrial scale

A decentralised dark economy makes cyber-crooks more effective and harder to catch…

Diplomacy has changed more than most professions during the pandemic

Covid-19 has hastened the arrival of hybrid diplomacy, a blend of the physical and digital…

The West’s armies are getting more serious about climate change

They are beginning to realise how much they are part of the problem…

Female soldiers are changing how armed forces work

But there is still a long way to go…

The Economist | U.S.

Liz Cheney’s demotion is a death rattle for principled conservatism

Republicans have become hooked on Donald Trump’s method…

What to do about Skid Row

LA’s homeless encampment has been decades in the making. A judge wants it closed in months…

Last year, more people in San Francisco died of overdoses than of covid-19

This is part of a worrying national trend, following changes in drug markets…

In America, a million evictions take place in a normal year

Covid-19 prompted a giant experiment in halting them. What were the consequences?

New York’s next mayors are accustomed to dealing with problems associated with growth

The next election is the first in a generation run against a backdrop of shrinkage…

The Guardian

Josh Frydenberg defends wages policy despite workers facing real pay cut

Treasurer says Coalition has ‘stayed true to our consistent position’ despite aged care royal commission call to increase wages in sectorJosh Frydenberg has conceded inflation will outstrip wage growth this year – meaning workers face a real pa…

North Carolina jury awards $75m to brothers wrongly convicted of 1983 murder

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown spent decades in jail before DNA evidence cleared them of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girlA jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case has awarded $75m to two, intellectually disabled half-brothers who…

Eco investors turn up the heat on Shell over climate target

Voting at the oil giant’s annual meeting this week could see Follow This activists making trouble over emissionsShell is braced for its largest climate rebellion this week as shareholders face the choice between backing the oil giant’s carbon-cut…

Charles to open up palaces to the public when he becomes king – reports

Prince of Wales is said to want Buckingham Palace, Sandringham and other royal homes to go from ‘private spaces to public places’The Prince of Wales reportedly plans to give people greater access to the royal palaces when he becomes king.Charles…

Thirteen arrested in London protest against violence in Gaza

The Met said nine of its officers were injured while dispersing crowds outside the Israeli embassyThirteen people have been arrested after a day of largely peaceful protest in solidarity with the people of Palestine outside the Israel embassy on Satu…

New York Times

Live Updates: U.S. Steps Up Mediation Amid Airstrikes and Protests

Israel launched an airstrike on a Gaza media tower, while Hamas militants fired another round of rockets. President Biden called the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss cease-fire efforts.

Israel Strikes Gaza Building With A.P. and Other News Outlets

President Biden spoke to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians. Hamas militants aimed another round of rockets at Tel Aviv and protests spread to the West Bank.

In Washington, Hundreds Take Part in Pro-Palestinian Protests

News of the march to the U.S. Capitol spread largely through social media and word of mouth, including during Friday prayers at local mosques.

Australia’s First Repatriation Flight from India Returns Half Empty

The Australian government says 70 people were barred from boarding the plane after they or someone close to them tested positive for Covid.

Why the C.D.C. Changed Its Mask Guidance

Two scientific findings altered the calculus: Vaccinated people rarely transmit the virus, and the shots are effective against variants.

South China Morning Post

Catering arm of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific could be next vendor for food scandal-plagued Covid-19 quarantine centre

The catering arm of Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways has been invited to bid for a contract to serve the city’s largest Covid-19 quarantine centre after a food scandal led to the firing of the previous vendor, the Post has learned.A so…

As Xi offers vaccines to Tokyo Olympics, China hopes to avoid a boycott of Beijing’s 2022 Winter Games

In the second instalment of our Tokyo Trail series on key issues surrounding the Olympics, we look at at why China is pledging its support for the Games to go ahead.At a time when Japan is under mounting pressure to cancel or further postpone the Tok…

Global luxury brands stand a better chance of weathering China’s nationalistic consumer fervour, says Credit Suisse

International luxury brands are less likely to be affected by the “China Pride” phenomenon that is gripping the country’s consumer market, as they tend to be well established and produce better quality goods, according to Credit Suisse. The re…

Hong Kong immigration bill: baseless rhetoric on refugees only hurts the most vulnerable

The Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed on April 28 with minimal opposition in the Legislative Council. To understand the full implications of the bill and how it will affect vulnerable migrants, one must look at the anti-refugee rhetoric in…

Two men wrongfully sent to death row for rape and murder in 1983 awarded US$75 million in damages

A US jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case has awarded US$75 million to two Black, intellectually disabled half-brothers who spent decades behind bars after being wrongfully convicted in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.Th…

The Straits Times

Damon Weaver, child reporter who interviewed Obama at White House, dies at 23

May 16, 2021 10:15 AMWeaver had conducted a sit-down interview with ex-US president Barack Obama when he was 11 years old. …

US President Biden laments recent civilian deaths to Israeli PM Netanyahu

May 16, 2021 10:08 AMWASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - President Joe Biden ramped up efforts to calm Israeli-Palestinian tensions and urged the protection of civilians, including children, after an Israeli air strike targeted media offices in Gaza.

Thousands rally in North America in solidarity with Palestinians

May 16, 2021 10:02 AMNEW YORK (AFP) - Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators rallied in cities across North America on Saturday (May 15), calling for an end to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip as the worst violence in years flared between the Je…

Israel destroys Gaza tower housing AP and Al Jazeera offices

May 16, 2021 9:40 AMGAZA (REUTERS) - Israel destroyed a 12-storey tower block in Gaza housing the offices of the US-based Associated Press and other news media on Saturday (May 15), saying the building was also used by the Islamist militant group Ham…

While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, May 16

May 16, 2021 6:00 AMA selection of news stories that happened overnight, May 16, 2021.

Sydney Morning Herald

Liz Ellis’ secret stock car passion and the Foo Fighters song that she can’t stop listening to

What’s on the top of Liz Ellis’ sporting bucket list? A NASCAR race in the United States.

‘Is someone breaking fingers in here?’: The food problem in aged care

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg this week gave aged care operators $10 a day per resident more, but many experts say it will make little difference.

Dozens of charities quietly dump Prince Andrew following Epstein embarrassment

Charities have rushed to distance themselves from Queen’s son over links with dead paedophile Epstein, in one case hiding a charity plaque bearing his name behind a plant.

Home of Matildas to be in Melbourne after $116m government backing

The state government’s $101 million commitment, along with $15m from the federal government, will see a Home of the Matildas constructed in Melbourne.

Shouts, a hurried evacuation, and then the bombs came

My colleagues’ shouts awakened me, and the pounding of my heart drowned out the racing of my mind. What was happening? They were shouting: “Evacuation! Evacuation!”…

TechCrunch

Dear Startups: Don’t repaint, reinvent

I feel hungover. No, not in the traditional sense, but in the dizzying way you feel when half of your world is celebrating double vaccinations and no masks, and the other half, across the world, is mourning death and not a shred of light at the end o…

Maybe SPACs were a bad idea after all

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment.

Leveling the playing field

There is an atmosphere of collaboration, not competition, around the creation of hardware for gamers within the assistive technology community. …

This Week in Apps: Apple talks App Store fraud, responds to antitrust complaints; Facebook growth is slipping

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in…

Rocket Lab’s 20th Electron launch ends in failure with the loss of its payload

Rocket Lab flew its 20th Electron mission on Saturday morning, but the launch ran into a significant issue just after its second stage engine ignited. The engine appeared to shut down just after the ignition, which is not what it’s supposed to…

Wall Street Journal

Conflict in Middle East Draws Biden Call to Temper Hostilities

The president reiterated support for Israel’s right to defend itself while voicing concern about the deaths of civilians including children as well as the safety of journalists.

Israel's Turmoil Hands Political Lifeline to Embattled Prime Minister

The fighting between Israel and Hamas comes at a politically opportune moment for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the threat to unseat Israel’s longest-serving leader appears to be collapsing.

Venezuela Seizes Offices of Independent Newspaper

The government seized the headquarters of one of the country’s last remaining independent newspapers, a move that could jeopardize the regime’s efforts to improve relations with Washington.

In Russia, Alexei Navalny's Allies Fight to Stay Afloat

With the Kremlin critic jailed and key aides exiled or under house arrest, his supporters are struggling to find a way to launch a coherent challenge to President Vladimir Putin.

Slow Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Makes Some Japanese Octogenarians Feel Too Young

Some cities in the Olympic host nation have set a high bar to get shots, leading to frustration while the U.S. opens up.

Wired

The Best Way to Get a VR Workout (That's Also Fun)

Strap on that headset and grab your controllers. It's time to sweat.

Our Favorite Headphones and Earbuds for $100 or Less

You can probably fill a football stadium with all the cheap headphones out there. We're here to help you pick the right pair.

Geology Students Did Fieldwork During Covid—With Video Games

With travel and real-life fieldwork shut down, a couple of enterprising professors started with simulations of Italy and Scotland, then took to the stars.

The Wondrous, Tedious Ocean of Subnautica: Below Zero

The game is, for the most part, a sublime seafaring sequel. Too bad it often feels like a grind.

The 16 Best Weekend Deals on Headphones, Tablets, and More

Are you trying to spend all your recently acquired crypto riches? We found discounts on tripods, wireless chargers, and many other gadgets.

World Health Organization

Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N8) – the Russian Federation

On 18 February 2021, the National IHR Focal Point for the Russian Federation notified WHO of detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in seven human clinical specimens. These are the first reported detection of avian influenza A(H5N8) in humans. Positive…

Ebola virus disease – Guinea

On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus…

Rift Valley fever – Kenya

Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On 7 February 2021, the Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) after the laboratory confirmation of one case in North Kivu Province. The case was an adult female living in Biena He…

Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus – United States of America

On 13 January, 2021, a child under 18 years of age in Wisconsin developed respiratory disease. A respiratory specimen was collected on 14 January. Real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing conducted at the Wisconsin S…

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