Algerian, French Presidents Hold Phone Talks After Months Of Diplomatic Riffs

ALGIERS – Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, yesterday held phone talks, with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, after months of diplomatic tension. According to a statement issued by the Algerian presidency, the two sides “discussed bilateral cooperation and prospects of convening the higher intergovernmental committee,” which had been scheduled last Apr, but was postponed due to […]

Cameroon Football Team Donates to Stadium Crush Victims

Cameroon’s national football team, the Indomitable Lions, Sunday donated $85,000 and dedicated their 2-0 victory over the Scorpions of Gambia to victims of the stampede that killed eight and injured 38 at Yaoundé’s Olembe stadium this week. The Indomitable Lions say they cannot be indifferent after people died or were injured as they turned out […]

Teenage COVID-19 Vaccination Process Meets Resistance in Malawi

Malawi’s government says is registering low numbers of teenagers taking the COVID-19 vaccine. This is largely because parents and guardians are reluctant to give consent to have their children get the shot. Malawi started administering the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 to 17 on January 1st to help contain the spread of the coronavirus […]

Texas Governor Tests Positive for COVID-19, in ‘Good Health’

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to his office, who said the Republican is in good health and experiencing no symptoms. Abbott, who was vaccinated in December and has refused calls to reinstate mask mandates as the highly contagious delta variant surges in Texas, was isolating in […]

Americans to Be Urged to Seek COVID ‘Booster’ Shot

U.S. news outlets say the Biden administration will begin urging all Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to get an additional shot. The added dose is intended to offer more protection against the highly contagious delta variant that has led to a wave of new infections. Federal health officials are expected to announce […]

France Battles Soaring COVID-19 Cases in Overseas Territories

PARIS – Like many countries, France is seeing its COVID-19 cases rise — and nowhere as sharply as its overseas territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Low vaccination rates, fueled by suspicion of Paris, help explain the exploding pandemic in the Caribbean islands. Health workers from mainland France are arriving to the two Caribbean islands to […]

US Set to Make Decision on COVID Booster Shots

The next couple of weeks will tell whether the U.S. will begin to offer coronavirus booster shots to its population, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, told the television show “Fox News Sunday.” “There is a concern that the vaccine may start to wane in its effectiveness,” Collins said.   […]

Japan PM Extends COVID Emergency as Cases Surge

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the COVID-19 state of emergency for Tokyo and several surrounding regions will continue through September 12 rather than expiring at the end of this month after a surge in new cases over the past three days. Tokyo announced 2,962 new daily cases on Monday, after a record 5,773 on […]

Endangered Pygmy Chameleon Still Hanging On

Krystal Tolley wasn’t sure if the tiny Chapman’s pygmy chameleon — considered an extremely rare and critically endangered species of reptile — was already extinct when she and two colleagues went searching for it in East Africa in 2016. No one had reported a sighting of the chameleon since the 1990s when it was first […]

Boeing Says Starliner August Test Launch Still Possible

The aerospace company Boeing said Monday it could still test launch its Starliner crew capsule this month. The company had canceled a scheduled launch of the craft last week. Boeing issued a statement Monday saying it was working on the problem that caused a prelaunch check to indicate an “unexpected valve position” in the spacecraft’s […]

US Injunction Allows Cruise Line to Ask Passengers About Vaccine Status

A cruise ship line is now free to require proof of coronavirus vaccination from passengers in Florida. A U.S. federal judge granted Norwegian Cruise Line a preliminary injunction Sunday that enables the line to ask passengers for their vaccine status. “We welcome today’s ruling that allows us to sail with 100% fully vaccinated guests and […]

NY Times: More Than a Million Students Failed to Show Up for Classes Last Year

A New York Times report says as the coronavirus swept across the U.S., more than 1 million children, many of them in poor neighborhoods, failed to show up for public school classes, either online or in person. The steepest decline the report said was among kindergarten students. The newspaper said more than 340,000 kindergarten children […]

Malawi Receives First Doses of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

BLANTYRE – Malawi has received its first consignment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines – a donation made by the United States under COVAX, a campaign to provide equitable access to COVID-19 shots worldwide. The arrival of 302,000 doses comes a few weeks after Malawi announced it will start inoculating its citizens with several COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to protect more of […]