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Gandhi warns “explosive” COVID wave threatens India and the world

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Bengalaru, IndiaReuters India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi warned on Friday that unless the deadly second COVID-19 wave sweeping the country was brought under control it would decimate India as well as threaten the rest of the world. In a letter, Gandhi implored Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare for another national lockdown, accelerate a […]

Data tools boost US campaigners push for racial equity

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Washington DC, USThomson Reuters Foundation Americans lobbying in support of racial equity can use a data tool launched on Thursday to illustrate inequalities faced by their communities around housing, wages and more.  Racial Equity Data Lab draws upon the National Equity Atlas, which provides racially disaggregated data on poverty, air pollution, unemployment, home and business […]

WTO vaccine waiver could take months to negotiate, faces opposition: experts

WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Washington DC, USReuters World Trade Organization negotiations on a waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines could take months – provided they can overcome significant opposition from some member countries, trade experts say. The talks also are likely to focus on a waiver that is significantly narrower in scope and shorter in duration than […]

Vatican conference features Fauci, Francis – and Aerosmith

US Dr Anthony Fauci 13 Apr 2021

Rome, ItalyAP The CEOs of vaccine-makers Pfizer and Moderna joined cardinals, academics and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith in opening a unique Vatican conference on COVID-19, other global health threats and how science, solidarity and spirituality can address them. The three-day online conference, which began Thursday and ends Saturday with a virtual audience with Pope […]

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Police hold children in “dire” conditions in Ethiopia’s Oromiya: rights commission

Nairobi, KenyaReuters The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on Thursday that police from the Oromiya region are holding a large number of detainees, including babies and children, without charge, in “unhygienic and overcrowded” police stations across the region. The state-appointed commission said children aged between five months and 10 years were being held along with […]

Vatican prelate says individual bishops have final say on Communion

Catholic Church priest giving Communion

Vatican CityRNS As some American bishops discuss the possibility of denying Communion to Catholic politicians such as President Joe Biden for supporting abortion-rights policies, a senior Vatican prelate said decisions about administering the sacrament rest solely on the bishop giving the Eucharist. “It’s not up to bishops in general to make these decisions, it’s the […]

India crowdfunds millions for its weary crematorium workers

India New Delhi cremations relatives in PPE

Mumbai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Pity the undertakers – burying and burning all day long, chanting deep into the night yet never keeping pace with the corpses of India’s COVID-19 crisis. And all for what? “For every one body that I perform last rites for, there are a dozen more waiting. There is no social distancing, […]