Britain offers smallpox shot as monkeypox cases spread in Europe

Britain offers smallpox shot as monkeypox cases spread in Europe

LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – A smattering of monkeypox cases in Britain has prompted authorities to offer a smallpox vaccine to some healthcare workers and others who may have been exposed, as a handful more cases were confirmed in parts of Europe. Monkeypox is a usually mild viral illness, characterized by symptoms of fever as … Read more

US labor market in spotlight as weekly jobless claims hit 4-month high

US labor market in spotlight as weekly jobless claims hit 4-month high

Signage for a job fair is seen on 5th Avenue after the release of the jobs report in Manhattan, New York City, US, September 3, 2021. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Weekly jobless claims increase 21,000 to 218,000 Continuing claims drop 25,000 to 1,317 million Mid-Atlantic factory … Read more

Russia uses new laser weapons in Ukraine, Zelenskiy mocks ‘wonder weapon’

Russia dips into its secret laser arsenal Zelenskiy mockingly compares laser use to Nazis’ wonder weapons Satellites 1,500 km away can be blinded LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – Russia on Wednesday said it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to burn up drones, deploying some of Moscow’s secret weapons to counter … Read more

Tesla removed from S&P 500 ESG Index, prompting Musk fury

May 18 (Reuters) – S&P Dow Jones Indices has removed electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) from its widely-followed S&P 500 ESG Index (.SPXESUP), citing issues, including racial discrimination claims and crashes linked to its autopilot vehicles, a move that prompted harsh tweets from Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday. The back-and-forth underscores the widening debate … Read more

Google’s Russian subsidiary to file for bankruptcy after bank account seized

May 18 (Reuters) – Google’s Russian subsidiary plans to file for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account, making it impossible to carry on operations, a Google spokesperson said on Wednesday. Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) Google has been under pressure in Russia for months for failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal and for restricting … Read more

When Africans asked for COVID shots, they did not get them. Now they do not want them

Demand for COVID shots drops in Africa as supply rises Countries turn to mobile campaigns to boost uptake Africa, average age 20, has fared better in pandemic Experts warn new variants could emerge on continent DAKAR / ACCRA, May 18 (Reuters) – It’s noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their … Read more

Canada introduces bill to ban Russia’s Putin and others from entering country

OTTAWA, May 17 (Reuters) – Canada on Tuesday introduced a bill in the Senate that will ban Russian President Vladimir Putin and some 1,000 other members of his government and military from entering the country as it continues to ratchet up sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine . “Banning close associates and key supporters of … Read more

California church shooter was licensed armed security guard

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 17 (Reuters) – The Las Vegas man accused of killing one person and wounding five others in a burst of gunfire at a Taiwanese-American church luncheon in California on Sunday was licensed to work as a security guard who carries a gun, state records in Nevada show. David Chou appeared in court … Read more

Wall Street ends sharply higher, fueled by Apple

Walmart slides after cutting earnings forecast April retail sales rise in line with estimates S&P 500 + 2.02%, Nasdaq + 2.76%, Dow + 1.34% May 17 (Reuters) – Wall Street finished sharply higher on Tuesday, lifted by Apple, Tesla and other megacap growth stocks after strong retail sales in April eased worries about slowing economic … Read more

US FDA authorizes Pfizer’s COVID booster shot for young children

May 17 (Reuters) – The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized the use of a booster shot of Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, making everyone in the country over the age of 5 eligible for a third shot. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Read more