Russian ambassador rejects war claims

Russian ambassador rejects war claims

The Russian ambassador dismissed claims that the country’s buildup of forces on the Ukrainian border is a precursor to war. In a rare press conference, Australia was told a lack of understanding and irrational support risked stoking hysteria. “Our troops are not a threat; they are a warning to Ukraine not to attempt reckless military … Read more

Biden sanctions plan targets Russian banks, companies and imports if Ukraine comes under attack

Biden sanctions plan targets Russian banks, companies and imports if Ukraine comes under attack

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is finalizing targets for a barrage of economic sanctions against Russia if it attacks Ukraine — hitting major Russian banks, state-owned enterprises and major imports, though the strategy is running into hurdles that have hampered previous pressure campaigns. Administration officials said the planned actions were unprecedented in decades against Russia, … Read more

Biden sanctions plan targets Russian banks, companies and imports if Ukraine comes under attack

Biden sanctions plan targets Russian banks, companies and imports if Ukraine comes under attack

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is scaling back targets for a barrage of economic sanctions on Russia if it attacks Ukraine — hitting big Russian banks, state-owned enterprises and needed imports, though the strategy faces hurdles that have hampered previous pressure campaigns. Administration officials said planned actions are being finalized and are unprecedented in decades … Read more

Hong Kong cuts quarantine time for foreign travelers to 14 despite COVID-19 surge – National

Hong Kong cuts quarantine time for foreign travelers to 14 despite COVID-19 surge – National

Hong Kong is reducing the length of mandatory quarantine for people arriving from overseas from 21 to 14 days, even as the southern Chinese city battles a further rise in COVID-19 cases. Hong Kong is a major hub for business and finance and tight restrictions on overseas travel have drawn complaints, particularly from the large … Read more

‘Dump the albatross’ VP: Speculation Biden will tap Kamala Harris to fill SCOTUS vacancy

‘Dump the albatross’ VP: Speculation Biden will tap Kamala Harris to fill SCOTUS vacancy

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Frogs can regrow amputated limbs with a new drug combination

Frogs can regrow amputated limbs with a new drug combination

Most animals, including humans, shun such exceptional forces, although scientists have long sought to understand and emulate them in an effort to renew limbs for millions of patients who have been amputated, including diabetics and trauma victims. Now, U.S. researchers said Wednesday they were able to trigger the regrowth of an amputated leg in an … Read more

Covid-19 infection before or after vaccination may lead to stronger immune responses, new study suggests

Covid-19 infection before or after vaccination may lead to stronger immune responses, new study suggests

Infection with the coronavirus, either before or after vaccination, may enhance immune responses, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Science Immunology. The study, conducted by researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University, analyzed antibody responses in 104 vaccinated health care workers. Of this group, 31 people had a breakthrough infection after … Read more

UK PM Boris Johnson faces questions from MPs

UK PM Boris Johnson faces questions from MPs

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been under pressure for weeks over alleged summer garden parties and Christmas gatherings held in Downing Street when the rest of the country was under strict Covid-19 lockdowns. A report into the allegations, set to be released this week, could be the final straw for Johnson’s increasingly mutinous party. … Read more

Indonesia moves ahead with plan for new capital to replace sinking, polluted Jakarta – National

Indonesia moves ahead with plan for new capital to replace sinking, polluted Jakarta – National

Jakarta is congested, polluted, prone to earthquakes and rapidly sinking into the Java Sea. Now the Indonesian government is leaving, and moving the country’s capital to the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo envisions the construction of a new capital as a panacea for the problems plaguing Jakarta, reducing its population while allowing the country … Read more