Biden, South Korea’s Yoon vow to deter North Korea but offer COVID aid

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon vow to deter North Korea but offer COVID aid

SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger military drills and deploy more U.S. weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to send COVID-19 vaccines and potentially meet Kim Jong Un. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said their countries’ decades-old alliance needed … Read more

LA County health officials extend mask mandates on public transit

LA County health officials extend mask mandates on public transit

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — With COVID-19 case numbers steadily rising — enough to push Los Angeles County into the “medium” virus risk level — the mask-wearing requirement on public transit and at transportation hubs was officially extended Friday in the county. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department on Friday reported 10 additional deaths, nearly … Read more

Wall Street ends mixed after punishing week

Wall Street ends mixed after punishing week

A trader works on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Ross Stores plunges after cutting 2022 forecast S&P 500 +0.01%, Nasdaq -0.30%, Dow +0.03% May 20 (Reuters) – Wall Street ended … Read more

WHO to hold emergency meeting on monkeypox on Friday -sources

WHO to hold emergency meeting on monkeypox on Friday -sources

A logo is pictured at the World Health Organization (WHO) building in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2020. Picture taken February 2, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse//File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss monkeypox on Friday, … Read more

With the election campaign coming to an end for Morrison and Albanese, where does Australia stand?

With the election campaign coming to an end for Morrison and Albanese, where does Australia stand?

This is how the campaign ends. Not with a bang, but with a squirt of jet fuel as Bulldozer Airways and Albo Force One zoom around the continent in a final burst of activity. The Prime Minister went all the way west — visiting Swan, Pearce and Hasluck, all Coalition-held electorates ranging from “in deep … Read more

Britain offers smallpox shot as monkeypox cases spread in Europe

Britain offers smallpox shot as monkeypox cases spread in Europe

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – A smattering of monkeypox cases in Britain has prompted authorities to offer a smallpox vaccine to some healthcare workers and others who may have been exposed, as a handful more cases were confirmed in parts of Europe. Monkeypox is a usually mild viral illness, characterised by symptoms of fever as … Read more

No changes to NYC mandates despite ‘high’ alert level; several NYC judges COVID positive, report says

No changes to NYC mandates despite ‘high’ alert level; several NYC judges COVID positive, report says

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — COVID isn’t over. One example is the fact that some 20 New York City judges are now COVID positive after they attended a retreat in Montauk last weekend, according to published reports. Some of the judges with no symptoms have been able to return to work. There were some 70 … Read more

Toronto school board calls on Ontario parties to commit to education ahead of election – Toronto

Toronto school board calls on Ontario parties to commit to education ahead of election – Toronto

The chair of Ontario’s largest school board is calling on the province’s major parties to make commitments to Toronto schools ahead of the provincial election on June 2. In an open letter, Alexander Brown — chair of the Toronto District School board — said the board was projecting a deficit for the end of the … Read more

EU to map out escape route from Russian fossil fuels

EU to map out escape route from Russian fossil fuels

A 3D printed Natural Gas Pipes are placed on displayed EU and Russian flags in this illustration taken, January 31, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – The European Commission will on Wednesday unveil a 210 billion euro plan for how Europe can end its … Read more

Queensland health system faces ‘dire’ strain on hospitals amid staffing shortages and a surge in flu cases

Queensland health system faces ‘dire’ strain on hospitals amid staffing shortages and a surge in flu cases

Queensland’s Health Minister has admitted the state’s hospital system is struggling to cope with demand, and fears the coming flu season could exacerbate the problem. Key points: An emergency doctor says Queensland’s access block and ambulance ramping is the worst she has ever seen Staffing shortages have been caused by COVID with more than 1,600 hospital staff isolating … Read more