South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s health regulator reported on Thursday a causal link between the death of an individual and Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been made in the country. The person presented with rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome soon after being given … Read more

Gunmen kill 19 people in ‘random’ bar shootings in South Africa

Gunmen kill 19 people in ‘random’ bar shootings in South Africa

South Africa has one of world’s highest murder rates Gunmen kill 15 in tavern shooting in Soweto township Hours earlier, four killed in bar shooting 500 km away JOHANNESBURG, July 10 (Reuters) – Gunmen killed 19 people in two apparently random shootings within hours of each other at taverns in South Africa, police said on … Read more

Indonesia urges G20 to help end war in Ukraine as Russia’s Lavrov looks on

Indonesia urges G20 to help end war in Ukraine as Russia’s Lavrov looks on

Russian foreign minister attends G20 meeting in Bali Ukraine foreign minister to address meeting virtually Indonesia warns food prices to hit low-income nations hardest UK foreign minister Liz Truss cuts short Bali trip NUSA DUA, Indonesia, July 8 (Reuters) – Indonesia urged the G20 on Friday to help end the war in Ukraine, as foreign … Read more

Russia attends G20 meeting set to be dominated by Ukraine conflict

Russia attends G20 meeting set to be dominated by Ukraine conflict

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news briefing ahead of Caspian Summit in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan June 28, 2022. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NUSA DUA, Indonesia, July 7 (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was on the Indonesian island of Bali on Thursday … Read more

Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

Prince Charles expresses sorrow over slavery in Commonwealth speech

Commonwealth leaders gather for Kigali summit Charles alludes to colonialism, slavery in speech Rwanda’s Kagame speaks of “reimagining” Commonwealth Members vote to keep Patricia Scotland as sec-gen KIGALI, June 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles expressed deep sorrow over slavery in a speech to Commonwealth leaders in Rwanda on Friday and acknowledged that the roots … Read more

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine ‘conflict diamonds’

Top producer Russia thwarts move to redefine ‘conflict diamonds’

JOHANNESBURG, June 16 (Reuters) – Russia, supported by Belarus, Central African Republic, Kyrgyzstan and Mali, has torpedoed a Western-backed proposal to discuss whether its diamonds are funding war ahead of an international conflict diamond meeting in Botswana, letters seen by Reuters show. The rift in the Kimberley Process (KP), which certifies rough diamond exports, risks … Read more

Ryanair forces South Africans to prove nationality with Afrikaans test

Ryanair forces South Africans to prove nationality with Afrikaans test

Ryanair says move to curb entry of fraudulent passport holders Afrikaans spoken by only 12% of South Africans South African government clamping down on fake documents DUBLIN/JOHANNESBURG, June 6 (Reuters) – Ryanair (RYA.I) is requiring South African passengers to prove their nationality before travelling by completing a test in Afrikaans, a language used by just … Read more

Twitter rejects Elon Musk ally’s resignation from board

Twitter rejects Elon Musk ally’s resignation from board

May 27 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said in a filing on Friday it would not accept Egon Durban’s resignation from the board, two days after shareholders blocked his re-election at an annual meeting. Durban is an ally of Elon Musk, who has offered to take Twitter private in a $44 billion deal. read more … Read more

South Africa’s Aspen COVID-19 vaccine plant risks closure after no orders, executive says

South Africa’s Aspen COVID-19 vaccine plant risks closure after no orders, executive says

JOHANNESBURG, May 1 (Reuters) – Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccination plant, touted last year as a trailblazer for an under-vaccinated continent frustrated by sluggish Western handouts, risks shutting down after receiving not a single order, a company executive said on Saturday. South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare (APNJ.J) negotiated a licensing deal in November to package and sell … Read more

COVID’s new Omicron sub-lineages can dodge immunity from past infection, study says

COVID’s new Omicron sub-lineages can dodge immunity from past infection, study says

JOHANNESBURG, May 1 (Reuters) – Two new sublineages of the Omicron coronavirus variant can dodge antibodies from earlier infection well enough to trigger a new wave, but are far less able to thrive in the blood of people vaccinated against COVID-19, South African scientists have found. The scientists from multiple institutions were examining Omicron’s BA.4 … Read more