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WHO issues plan to prevent sexual abuse after Congo scandal

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WHO management plan aims to prevent further misconduct Tedros vows “profound transformation of WHO’s culture” Donors call for external probe leading to further scrutiny GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization issued its plan on Thursday to prevent any further misconduct by aid workers deployed in its field......

Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

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MELBOURNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Melbourne residents flocked to the city’s pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world’s most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Australia’s second-largest city has so far endured 262......

U.S. CDC advisers back Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccine boosters, mix-and-match shots

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell Oct 21 (Reuters) – A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday unanimously recommended use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters for......

Sabalenka tests positive for COVID-19, out of Indian Wells

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Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus reacts after losing a point against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured)on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Oct 3 (Reuters) – World......

Air New Zealand to require COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers

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Travellers walk under an Air New Zealand sign at Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nigel Marple Oct 3 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ), the flag carrier airline of New Zealand, said on Sunday it will require passengers on its international flights to be fully vaccinated against......

Texas rally launches day of U.S. protests against abortion restrictions

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AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Women’s rights advocates gathered at the Texas Capitol on Saturday to protest against the country’s most restrictive abortion law, launching a series of 660 marches around the United States in support of reproductive freedom. A crowd of more than 1,000 protesters assembled in sweltering......

La Palma volcano eruption forces stay-home order for some residents

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LA PALMA, Spain, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Authorities told several thousand residents of La Palma to stay home because of worsening air quality as the erupting volcano on the Spanish island spewed red-hot lava and thick clouds of black smoke. Emergency services issued a lockdown order on Friday night for......

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy......

Australia reports 2,355 new COVID-19 cases as vaccination push continues

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A lone passenger wearing a protective face mask walks from a deserted train platform at Flinders Street during morning commute hours on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021.......

U.S. Supreme Court’s Sotomayor allows New York school vaccine mandate

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday refused to block New York City’s requirement that its public school teachers and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Sotomayor denied a challenge by four teachers and teaching assistants who sought to halt enforcement of the vaccine mandate while......

White House presses U.S. airlines to quickly mandate vaccines for staff

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House is pressing major U.S. airlines to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees by Dec. 8 and showing no signs of extending the deadline, four sources told Reuters on Friday. White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients spoke to the chief executives of American......

California first in U.S. to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for schoolkids -governor

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Coronavirus deaths top 700,000 in United States California requirement would be first statewide SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct 1 (Reuters) – California will become the first U.S. state to mandate statewide COVID-19 vaccinations for schoolchildren, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday as a Reuters tally showed the United States topping 700,000 coronavirus......

U.S. COVID-19 death toll hits 700,000

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – The United States surpassed 700,000 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as officials roll out booster doses of vaccines to protect the elderly and people working in high-risk professions. The country has reported an average of more than 2,000 deaths per day over......

Biden administration asks judge to halt strict Texas abortion law

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Oct 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday urged a judge to block a near-total ban on abortion imposed by Texas – the strictest such law in the nation – in a key moment in the ferocious legal fight over abortion access in the United States. The U.S.......

Merck pill seen as ‘a huge advance’, raises hope of preventing COVID-19 deaths

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An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill called molnupiravir being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Co will seek U.S. approval for......

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh tests positive for COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has tested positive for COVID-19, but has no symptoms, according to a court statement that said he would miss Friday’s investiture ceremony for Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Kavanaugh, 56, tested positive just days before the court is scheduled to......

U.S. consumer spending beats expectations; inflation still hot

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People wearing protective masks shop at Macy’s Herald Square following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 26, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Consumer spending increases 0.8% in August Income rises 0.2%; saving rates falls to 9.4% Core PCE price......

British gas pumps still dry, pig cull fears grow

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A worker guides vehicles into the forecourt as they queue to refill at a fuel station in London, Britain, September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Many gas stations still closed – Reuters reporters Britain says crisis stabilising More than a quarter of gas stations dry Pig cull fears: farmers warn butcher......

Malaysia’s help needed to ease global chip shortage, Taiwan says

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A 12-inch wafer is seen at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) in Hsinchu June 15, 2010. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang TAIPEI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s help is needed to resolve the global shortage of auto semiconductors, especially when it comes to packaging, a sector affected by the country’s COVID-19 curbs, Taiwan......

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