Belarus opposition activist reportedly resisting attempts to expel her to Ukraine

A leading opposition activist in Belarus was held on the border Tuesday after she resisted an attempt by authorities to force her to leave the country, part of government efforts to end a month of protests against the re-election of the country’s authoritarian leader. Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Coordination Council created by the oppositionContinue reading “Belarus opposition activist reportedly resisting attempts to expel her to Ukraine”

Concerns rise in U.K., France, as thousands of new coronavirus cases emerge daily

The latest: Officials warn of second wave as U.K., France see concerning rise in COVID-19 cases. Japanese Olympic officials say Games will go on despite COVID-19 pandemic.  India reports highest single-day death toll. Rising coronavirus case counts in Canada a cause for concern, Tam says. The United Kingdom government faced pressure Tuesday to act fast to keepContinue reading “Concerns rise in U.K., France, as thousands of new coronavirus cases emerge daily”

‘Giving back some freedom’: Inside Germany’s COVID-19 testing centre at Frankfurt Airport

At Germany’s busiest airport in Frankfurt, the longest lineups these days aren’t at check-in or security but at the state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing centre just outside the main arrivals hall.  Wearing distinctive red T-shirts, employees with Centogene, the private testing lab that runs the facility, usher passengers through an assembly-line setup, where they often meet Dr. Peter Bauer,Continue reading “‘Giving back some freedom’: Inside Germany’s COVID-19 testing centre at Frankfurt Airport”

Once foot soldiers in Myanmar’s army, now potential witnesses to mass atrocities

Two men believed to be deserters from Myanmar’s army are in the custody of the International Criminal Court at The Hague after reporting their participation, under military orders, in the 2017 campaign of killing and rape of countless Rohingya Muslim civilians. Their recent arrival at The Hague in the Netherlands, confirmed by sources to CBCContinue reading “Once foot soldiers in Myanmar’s army, now potential witnesses to mass atrocities”

Record-breaking California wildfires scorch 8,000 sq. km, prompting closure of state forests

Wildfires have burned a record 8,000 square kilometres in California this year, and the danger for more destruction is so great that the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday it was closing all eight national forests in the state’s southern half. After a typically dry summer, California is parched heading into fall and what normally is theContinue reading “Record-breaking California wildfires scorch 8,000 sq. km, prompting closure of state forests”

Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering Japanese islands

A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea on Monday after battering islands in southern Japan, killing one person and injuring dozens of others before weakening as it passed North Korea. The Korea Meteorological Administration downgraded Typhoon Haishen to a tropical storm Monday night as itContinue reading “Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering Japanese islands”

Sinovac says its coronavirus vaccine candidate appears safe for elderly in early trials

Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd. said on Monday its coronavirus vaccine candidate appeared to be safe for older people, according to preliminary results from an early to mid-stage trial, while the immune responses triggered by the vaccine were slightly weaker than for younger adults. Health officials have been concerned about whether experimental vaccines could safelyContinue reading “Sinovac says its coronavirus vaccine candidate appears safe for elderly in early trials”