US now backs patent protection waivers for COVID-19 vaccines

…The decision opens the door for vaccines being manufactured worldwide. The Biden administration now says it supports waiving the intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, opening the door for their possible manufacturing by companies and countries around the world, beyond those that invented them. It is a historic shift and one that advocates and aid groups say is critical for speeding up the end of the coronavirus pandemic. The … Continue reading US now backs patent protection waivers for COVID-19 vaccines

Champions League: Chelsea defeats Real Madrid, to face Man City in an all English final

Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul after convincingly overcoming a fading Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. On a night of high tension, even behind closed doors, Chelsea fully deserved a victory that sets up an all-English final against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders on 29 May. Thomas Tuchel’s hosts were grateful to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for two fine first-half … Continue reading Champions League: Chelsea defeats Real Madrid, to face Man City in an all English final

Woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco

…Mali’s Ministry of Health says a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven A Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven, Mali’s Ministry of Health said Wednesday. The 25-year-old Halima Cisse gave birth to the babies via cesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco after being sent there for special care, the ministry announced. “The newborns … Continue reading Woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco

South Africa appoints Hugo Broos as national team new soccer coach

Belgian Hugo Broos has been named as the new coach of South Africa men’s national football team on a five-year deal. He is due to arrive in South Africa next week to begin his new job. “South Africa has a rich football history and is among the powerhouse on the continent,” the 69-year-old told the South African Football Association (Safa) website. “The country has full … Continue reading South Africa appoints Hugo Broos as national team new soccer coach

Facebook Oversight Board upholds Donald Trump’s suspension from the platform

Facebook can keep blocking former President Donald Trump from using its platform, the social network’s court-like Oversight Board said Wednesday. The landmark move affirms the company’s decision to suspend Trump in January after the US Capitol riots. However, the board said Facebook must review the decision within six months.”Within six months of this decision, Facebook must reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and … Continue reading Facebook Oversight Board upholds Donald Trump’s suspension from the platform

WTO: Okonjo-Iweala Appoints Four Deputy DGs

The Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday announced the appointment of Angela Ellard of the United States, Anabel González of Costa Rica, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France and Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China as her four Deputy Directors-General. In a statement posted on the WTO’s website, the former Nigeria finance minister reiterated her commitment to strengthening the global trade … Continue reading WTO: Okonjo-Iweala Appoints Four Deputy DGs

At least 27 dead after Mexico City subway overpass collapses

…Train cars hung from a crumbled overpass after a support beam gave way, injuring scores of passengers, the city’s mayor said, amid calls for an investigation. A Mexico City subway train overpass collapsed onto a busy road below on Monday night, killing at least 27 people, including children, authorities said. More than 60 people were injured. Photos and video from the scene showed mangled train … Continue reading At least 27 dead after Mexico City subway overpass collapses

Derek Chauvin files motion for new trial in George Floyd case, alleging jury misconduct

…Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, filed the request alleging that the former officer’s ability to have a fair trial was affected by pretrial publicity. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin filed an appeal for a new trial Tuesday after being convicted last month of murdering George Floyd. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, filed the request alleging that Chauvin’s ability to have a fair trial was affected by pretrial … Continue reading Derek Chauvin files motion for new trial in George Floyd case, alleging jury misconduct

Bill Gates took getaways with his ex-girlfriend after marriage to Melinda

…Billionaire Microsoft founder told Time magazine about bizarre arrangement After marrying his wife, Bill Gates would spend a long weekend every year at a cozy beach cottage in North Carolina — with his old girlfriend. The billionaire Microsoft founder made sure the bizarre arrangement was part of the deal when he married Melinda French in 1994, he told Time magazine in a 1997 profile. “We can play putt-putt while discussing biotechnology,” … Continue reading Bill Gates took getaways with his ex-girlfriend after marriage to Melinda

Samia Suluhu Hassan – Tanzania’s new president challenges Covid denial

Her predecessor was known for his rhetorical outbursts, whereas Tanzania’s new president is calm. Where he was contentious, President Samia Suluhu Hassan is more conciliatory. Where he was autocratic, she appears to be more inclusive. It is less than two months since the death of the former President, John Magufuli, aged 61 but his vice-president, who was sworn in as head of state soon after … Continue reading Samia Suluhu Hassan – Tanzania’s new president challenges Covid denial