President of Chad dies on battlefield after winning sixth reelection
President of Chad dies on battlefield after winning sixth reelection
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (8 May) confirmed 20 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,331.
The Scottish National Party (SNP), which has vowed to hold an independence referendum that could tear the United Kingdom apart should it be returned to power, will find out on Saturday if it has won a majority in Scotland's parliament. The SNP says it will seek to hold a new vote on secession if a pro-independence majority is returned to the devolved 129-seat parliament. This would set up a clash with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will refuse any such vote because Scots backed staying in the United Kingdom in 2014.
In a potential boost to global vaccine supplies, a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine has been granted emergency use by the World Health Organization.China's state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm is the first vaccine by a non-Western country to win WHO backing on Friday.It's also the first time the WHO has given emergency use approval to a Chinese vaccine, for any infectious disease. Sinopharm is one of two main Chinese coronavirus vaccines already being given to hundreds of millions of people at home and abroad. The WHO emergency listing is a signal to regulators that the product is now considered safe and effective.The listing also allows it to be included in COVAX. That's the global program providing vaccines mainly to poor countries struggling with vaccine supplies. The WHO said in a statement, "It's easy storage requirements make it highly suitable for low-resource settings."Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke on Friday. "This afternoon, WHO gave emergency use listing to Sinopharm Beijing's COVID-19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality. This expands the list of vaccines that COVAX can buy, and gives countries confidence to expedite their own regulatory approval, and to import and administer a vaccine."The WHO estimates Sinopharm's efficacy to be 79% for all age groups. It recommended the vaccine for adults aged 18 or older, in a two-dose schedule with a spacing of three to four weeks. In the COVAX program, Sinopharm's vaccine now joins those developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson, and as of last week, Moderna.But a WHO official said it would be up to Sinopharm how many doses it chooses to provide the program. The WHO also said it could reach a decision on Sinovac China's other main COVID-19 vaccine by next week.
The head of Ethiopia's Orthodox Church has accused the government of wanting to "destroy" the country's northern Tigray region, in his first public comments about the war there.
Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who qualified for the Olympics after overcoming leukaemia last year, asked the public to show patience and support for athletes amid mounting calls for them to pull out of the Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 20-year-old's story has become a bright spot in a tortured build-up to the Olympics, with Japan's government facing increasing criticism for forging ahead during an upsurge in infections. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that it is still possible to host the Games, due to run from July 23 to Aug. 8, even as a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas was extended on Friday until the end of May to stem a surge in infections.
British media linked Potter with Spurs after the north London club sacked Jose Mourinho last month, appointing former midfielder Ryan Mason as their interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber earlier said the club had no plans to let Potter leave.
An attack by an unmanned aerial surveillance system on Saturday targeted Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base in western Iraq which hosts U.S. and other international forces, but it caused no injuries, a coalition spokesman said. U.S. Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said on Twitter that the attack was being investigated but that an initial report suggests that the attack took place at 0220 local time and caused damage to a hangar. The United States accuses Iran-backed militia groups of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops in Iraq.
New Zealand had blocked travel to and from New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, on Thursday after a couple in Sydney with no links to high risk professions or people tested positive for COVID-19. The cases prompted a reinstatement of some social distancing measures around Sydney, and a campaign to get more people tested, as authorities scrambled to determine the source of infection. New Zealand COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said travel to and from NSW, home to one-third of Australia's 25 million population, would resume after health officials determined the risk to New Zealand was low.
The fight to make the French language kinder to women took steps forward, and back, this week. Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French speakers to make the language more inclusive by feminizing some words. Specifically, the education minister's decree targets what is arguably the most contested and politicized letter in the French language — “e.”
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Dozens of Muslim militants occupied a public market overnight in the southern Philippines before fleeing after a tense standoff with government forces, officials said Saturday. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters did not take any hostage or put up resistance when army troops and police took positions at dawn Saturday near the public market in the farming town of Datu Paglas, said military spokesman Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar.
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed remained in intensive care Saturday as security services stepped up the hunt for the attackers, who allegedly used a remote control bomb on the democracy pioneer and climate activist.
A site of prayer became a battlefield in Jerusalem on Friday night after clashes broke out at a mosque between Israeli police and thousands of Palestinians. Police were in riot gear as they fired rubber bullets and stun grenades while Palestinians hurled stones at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Over 170 Palestinians and at least six officers were injured, according to medics and police on the scene. The city of Jerusalem sits at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Anger has been mounting over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers. That's led to a long-running legal case which evolved into nightly clashes in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.On Friday, smaller scuffles also broke out near Sheikh Jarrah, a neighbourhood overwhelmingly populated by Palestinian families - many of which face potential eviction.There, police used water cannon mounted on armored vehicles to disperse several hundred protesters. Calls for calm and restraint poured in from the U.S. and the United Nations.The European Union and the neighbouring country of Jordan voiced alarm at the possible evictions. Israel's Supreme Court will hold a hearing on those evictions on Monday, the same day the country marks Jerusalem Day.That's the annual celebration of its capture of East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war.
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Jimenez was taken to hospital after a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz during a Premier League match in November. He resumed training for Wolves in February and spent time with the Mexico national team during the international break in March. The 29-year-old was a key player for Wolves last season with 27 goals and 10 assists in all competitions as they finished seventh in the league and reached the Europa League quarter-finals.