US, Russia hold talks as Ukraine tensions mount: Live updates

Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov meet for discussions in Stockholm as concerns rise over the escalation in eastern Ukraine. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with his Russian counterpart as the divide between Moscow and Washington widens over Ukraine. Blinken’s talks with Sergey Lavrov took place on Thursday on the sidelines of … Read more

‘The last fugitive’: Ancient skeleton sheds light on Roman ‘vapourised’ by Mt Vesuvius

Archeologists found patches of red on the skeleton – the oxidised residue of the man’s blood. They will now remove the skeleton and box to a laboratory. “We expect to find precious objects – or at least objects that were precious to him,” said archeologist Ivan Varriale. “We will obtain the exact measurements of the … Read more

Scottish international rugby star dies suddenly as tributes pour in for ‘inspiration’

One of Scotland’s most talented rugby players, who was “an inspiration to many”, has suddenly passed away at the age of just 26. Scotland international rugby player Siobhan Cattigan has suddenly passed away at the age of just 26. It was confirmed on Tuesday that the back row, who was capped 19 times by Scotland, … Read more

Maxwell’s accuser has memory questioned

Ghislaine Maxwell’s first accuser known as ‘Jane’ resumed testimony this morning and the socialite’s defence team didn’t pull any punches. Ghislaine Maxwell’s first accuser known as ‘Jane’ has resumed her testimony as the socialite’s defence team poured doubt on her version of events. Lawyer Laura Menninger attempted to undermine the accuser’s memory in Day Three … Read more

Infographic: World AIDS Day 2021

Although AIDS-related deaths have declined in recent years, the epidemic still killed 680,000 people in 2020. 2021 marks 40 years since AIDS was discovered in 1981. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks the immune system, weakening it to the point where … Read more

Countries tighten travel rules to try to slow Omicron spread

Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Norway, Ghana confirm first cases of new Omicron COVID-19 variant as countries tighten travel rules. The United States, Japan and Malaysia have announced tighter travel restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant as more countries confirmed their first cases. Japan and Hong Kong said on … Read more

Nigeria confirms first cases of Omicron COVID variant

Nigeria reports two cases of new coronavirus variant among arrivals from South Africa as countries tighten travel restrictions. Nigeria confirmed its first cases of the new Omicron COVID variant as countries tightened restrictions on international travel in an attempt to slow its spread. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said two cases of the … Read more

Covid news live: WHO advises vulnerable or unvaccinated against travel over Omicron

8.35pm EST 20:35 Martin Farrer Stock markets in Asia are mixed this morning after some big losses in Europe and Wall Street on Tuesday thanks to ongoing Omicron concerns and signals from the US Federal Reserve that it is going to wind up its massive monetary stimulus more quickly than expected. The ASX200 in Sydney … Read more

Covid-19 vaccine mandates are divisive, but they can work. Europe is starting to show how

Up until then, governments around the world had rejected the idea of a universal coronavirus vaccine mandate, opting instead for incentives and other “nudges” to motivate people to get shots. Even in authoritarian states, like China, it is not mandatory policy. It is that irony that has drawn the ire of Europe’s leaders, who are … Read more

Fire in Barcelona kills family of 4, including 2 children

Spanish officials say a fire in part of a building occupied by squatters in central Barcelona has killed four members of the same family including two children ages 1 and 3 By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press November 30, 2021, 9:40 AM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MADRID — A … Read more