Medical/Health Care

COVID Infections Reach Record High in Tokyo

Tokyo’s metropolitan government said new coronavirus infections surged to a record high Saturday as the city hosts the Olympic Games. The government reported 4,058 new cases, topping 4,000 for the first time. The new record was set one day after Japan extended a state of emergency for Tokyo through the end of August to contain […]

Medical/Health Care

International Aid Cuts Could Affect Millions Across Africa

KAYA, BURKINA FASO – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to cuts in foreign aid from donor nations such as Britain, which this month slashed its aid budget by $5.5 billion. The funding loss is being felt in Burkina Faso, where it could shut down a group that helps thousands of survivors of gender-based violence and […]

General

Turkey Evacuates Panicked Tourists by Boat From Wildfires

ISTANBUL – Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats Saturday after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort of Bodrum because of the dangers posed by nearby wildfires, Turkish media reported. Coast guard units were leading the operation and authorities asked private boats and yachts to […]

General

Ship Rescues Nearly 200 Migrants Off Libya

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – The Ocean Viking on Saturday rescued 196 migrants off Libya, the humanitarian ship’s operator said. It first picked up 57 people in an inflatable dinghy struggling in international waters off the North African country, SOS Mediterranee said. In the afternoon, the ship’s crew carried out two additional rescues in the same area, […]

Governance

Tunisian President, US Officials Discuss Swift Return to ‘Democratic Path’

TUNIS, TUNISIA – Tunisia’s President Kais Saied spoke Saturday with U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who conveyed U.S. President Joe Biden’s strong support for the people of Tunisia and for Tunisian democracy, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said in a White House press release. The two spoke for an hour and “focused on […]