China’s zero-Covid policy ‘won’t work’ with omicron: Epidemiologist

China’s strict zero-Covid approach will not be able to limit the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant, according to a US epidemiologist. Beijing may not be able to use the same “authoritarian approaches” to omicron because the variant is unlike the others, said Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research … Read more

Why do some people get Covid while others don’t?

A man with his protective face mask walks in the Vellaces neighborhood after new restrictions came into force as Spain sees record-breaking daily cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Madrid, Spain on September 21, 2020. (Photo by Burak Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images One of the big mysteries that has emerged from the … Read more

Turkey’s inflation hits nearly 50%, highest in two decades

Pedestrians walk in the Mahmutpasa district, one of Istanbul’s largest textile shopping malls, near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul on November 24, 2021. OZAN ‚Äč‚ÄčKOSE | AFP | Getty Images Turkey’s annual inflation rate has risen to a 20-year high of 48.7%, state data revealed on Tuesday, despite months of assurances from President Recep Tayyip … Read more

UK media reaction to Boris Johnson after Sue Gray report

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson speaks in an interview at Tilbury Docks on 31 January 2022 in Thurrock, England. WPA Pool | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON – The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and his team are waking up on Tuesday to a barrage of sharp headlines in … Read more

Putin could backs down from war with Ukraine without looking weak

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club on October 21, 2021 in Sochi, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images News | Getty Images Tensions between Russia and the West remain high after the United States refused to relinquish President Vladimir Putin’s demands, but analysts say it is not … Read more

Russia willing to go to war and incur sanctions over Ukraine: analysts

A soldier from the Teykovo Missile Formation (54th Guards Missile Division) is participating in combat patrols and anti-sabotage exercises involving RS-24 Yars road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile systems. Vladimir Smirnov | TASS | Getty Images Russia is willing to risk “real economic damage” and total war to achieve its political goals in Ukraine, defense analysts … Read more

China Covid-zero disrupts supply chains, impacts global recovery: HSBC

China’s zero-Covid restrictions will affect the global recovery of the supply chain, as any small disruption in the country is likely to lead to “wave effects” around the world, according to the head of shipping at HSBC. The pandemic has revealed “how slim the supply chain has become. And there is a small margin of … Read more

European markets as January trading comes to an end

LONDON – European equities are expected to open higher on Monday, the last trading day in January, as investors keep an eye on political developments between Russia and Ukraine as well as oil prices. The UK FTSE index is seen opening 46 points higher at 7,516, Germany’s DAX up 168 points at 15,492, France’s CAC … Read more

What if Russia turns off the gas? Europe assesses its options amid Ukraine crisis

A worker adjusts a pipeline valve at Gazprom PJSC Slavyanskaya compressor station, the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, in Ust-Luga, Russia, on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Nord Stream 2 is a 1,230 kilometer (764 mil) gas pipeline that will double capacity of the existing submarine route from Russian fields to Europe … Read more

Which countries are best for road trips? See the top 5 in the world

The highly portable omicron Covid-19 variant makes some travelers think twice about air travel again. While travel bookings are rising this year, some people are sticking to one of the biggest trends that has emerged from the pandemic: roadtrip. “With driving, you can significantly lower your risk of exposure when interacting with large groups … … Read more