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U.S. court to review Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, presenting President Joe Biden with an early test of his opposition to capital punishment. The justices agreed to hear an appeal filed by the Trump administration, which carried out executions of 13 federal inmates in its final … Continue reading U.S. court to review Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

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Germany ready to stiffen lockdown measures

German authorities were expected to extend lockdown measures again on Monday and possibly tighten some restrictions as they face a steady rise in new coronavirus infections, but leave schools open for now. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions, held a … Continue reading Germany ready to stiffen lockdown measures

The EU approves AstraZeneca as safe COVID-19 vaccine

The European Union's drug regulatory agency said Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn't increase the overall incidence of blood clots and that the benefits of using it outweigh the possible risks, paving the way for European countries to resume dispensing the shots. France, Italy and Germany promptly announced they will start using the vaccine again … Continue reading The EU approves AstraZeneca as safe COVID-19 vaccine

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Bank of England: The UK economy will rise again

The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus infections and the rapid rollout of the nation's COVID-19 vaccination program. The Bank of England voiced cautious optimism Thursday about the U.K.'s economic outlook in the wake of a sharp fall in coronavirus … Continue reading Bank of England: The UK economy will rise again

Why some people age faster than others

People really do vary in how fast they age, and the divergence starts in young adulthood, a new study suggests. The researchers found that by the tender age of 45, people with a faster pace of "biological aging" were more likely to feel, function and look far older than they actually were. And that relative … Continue reading Why some people age faster than others

Irobiko Chimezie Kingsley

Did U.S. governors influence the spread of COVID-19?

Could whether your governor is a Democrat or a Republican have influenced how many coronavirus cases and deaths your state has seen during the pandemic? Yes, claim researchers who discovered a strong link between the two -- by late last summer, the odds of dying from COVID-19 was nearly twice as high in states whose … Continue reading Did U.S. governors influence the spread of COVID-19?

Irobiko Chimezie

Should teams boycott Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Citing human rights abuses, campaigns to stop Germany, Denmark and Norway from participating in the contest are gaining steam. But is Qatar being unfairly singled out? Campaigners are pressuring Germany, Denmark and Norway to boycott the 2022 FIFA World Cup in protest against human rights conditions in the host country, Qatar. They amount to the … Continue reading Should teams boycott Qatar 2022 World Cup?

NO-WAY-IRAN: UK protests new charges against Zaghari-Ratcliffe

New charges of "propaganda against the system" made by Iran against British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a week after she finished serving a five-year sentence, are "unacceptable", Britain says. It is unacceptable that Iran was pursuing a second case against British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, British foreign minister Dominic Raab has said. "It is unacceptable that … Continue reading NO-WAY-IRAN: UK protests new charges against Zaghari-Ratcliffe

International Women’s Day: French lawmakers focus on domestic violence

Many abusive partners deprive women of their financial autonomy, in a form of domestic abuse that often gets overlooked. Women’s rights NGOs have been warning about this phenomenon – which they describe as a form of “economic violence” – and some French lawmakers now want to make such actions a criminal offence. According to a study by … Continue reading International Women’s Day: French lawmakers focus on domestic violence

COVID-19: Why health systems are struggling more now

The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members had tested positive. Genetic analysis confirmed what officials already suspected: The highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in England was racing through … Continue reading COVID-19: Why health systems are struggling more now