Measles cases jump 79% in 2022 after COVID hit vaccination campaigns

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – Measles cases jumped by 79% in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted child vaccination campaigns around the world, according to data from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). In January and February, there were 17,338 meal cases reported worldwide, up … Read more

Explainer: I’m eligible for a second COVID booster. Should I get one?

A 50-year-old and immunocompromised resident receives a second booster shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Waterford, Michigan, US, April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Emily Elconin Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register CHICAGO, April 11 (Reuters) – US officials now say that people 50 and older can get a second COVID-19 booster shot … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Sri Lanka to seek $3 billion to stave off crisis

Seeks further $500 mln from India for fuel Government’s top priority is ensuring supply of essentials To raise taxes and fuel prices within six months COLOMBO, April 9 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka will need about $3 billion in external assistance in the next six months to help restore supplies of essential items including fuel and … Read more

Ukraine war pushes Germany to strengthen its bunker infrastructure

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser speaks to the media after the first flight bringing Ukrainian refugees from Moldova to Germany arrived at Frankfurt Airport, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Frankfurt, Germany, March 25, 2022. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, April 9 (Reuters) – Germany has started working … Read more

British defence ministry says Russia targeting civilians

Ukraine seeks more weapons, harsher sanctions on Russia US, EU and Britain condemn railway station attack West imposes more trade restrictions on Russia LVIV, Ukraine, April 9 (Reuters) – Britain’s defense ministry said on Saturday that Russian forces were targeting civilians, a day after a missile attack on a train station crowded with women, children … Read more

British, French divers rescued in Malaysia after more than two days at sea

MERSING, Malaysia, April 9 (Reuters) – A French woman and British man who disappeared while diving off the coast of Malaysia were found safe on Saturday, drifting at sea two and a half days after they went missing, police said. Four people went missing on Wednesday at around noon on a training dive near Tokong … Read more

Shanghai widens COVID testing as other Chinese cities impose curbs

Most large Chinese cities keeping COVID restrictions in place Food supply issues persist in the locked-down city Senior epidemiologist calls for “thunderous” action to cut transmission SHANGHAI, April 8 (Reuters) – Shanghai on Friday announced a record 21,000 new cases and a third consecutive day of COVID testing as a lockdown of its 26 million … Read more

Wife of UK finance minister agrees to stop avoiding UK tax

Sunak’s wife to pay British tax on global income Akshata Murthy is daughter of founder of Infosys Indian citizen previously only paid UK tax on UK income Row is latest setback for Sunak, possible future UK leader April 8 (Reuters) – Akshata Murthy, the wife of British finance minister Rishi Sunak, said on Friday that … Read more

Russia revokes registration of Amnesty and Human Rights Watch

An activist from Amnesty International holds a sign during a protest outside the Russian Embassy as part of a Global Day of Action for Ukraine, following Russia’s invasion in Mexico City, Mexico, March 24, 2022. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register April 8 (Reuters) – Russia’s justice ministry said on … Read more

Ukrainian forensic investigators start exhuming bodies from Bucha mass grave

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard next to bodies that were exhumed from a mass grave, during a visit of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in the town of Bucha, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine … Read more