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The new Mu COVID-19 variant has shown potential of bypassing vaccine-elicited immunity.
WHO Monitoring New ‘Mu’ COVID-19 Variant, Could Be Vaccine-Resistant
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified the B.1.621 strain of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as Mu, as a Variant of Interest (VOI). The variant, first identified in Colombia in Jan. 2021, is...
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is sworn in to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.
50,000 Afghans Allowed Entry Into the United States As Americans Remain Stranded in Afghanistan
Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, has stated that at least 50,000 Afghan nationals who evacuated following the Taliban takeover would be admitted into the United States. He did not say exactly how...
Afghan TikTok Comedian Executed by Taliban Militants for Mocking Them
Footage of the abduction of Afghan TikTok comedian Nazar Mohammad, better known as Khasha Zwan, has surfaced, showing the man being held prisoner in the city of Kandahar.  Death of a comedian On July 31st,...
Vietnam: Facebook User Fined for Distributing “Fake News” Critical of Government’s COVID-19 Response
Vietnamese Facebook user, Nguyen Thuy Duong, has been fined by Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City police for posting content critical of the country’s COVID-19 response. Her posts accuse authorities of neglecting residents and letting them...
The Australian military monitors the public on August 17, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The state of South Australia recently deployed a phone app that uses geolocation and facial recognition to enforce 14-day home quarantine.
South Australia Deploys Facial Recognition Quarantine App
The state of South Australia has rolled out an app that relies on geolocation and facial recognition-based randomized check-ins to enforce a government mandated 14-day quarantine as the federal government alluded to reopening borders to...
Children have been facing increased stress during the pandemic, especially with lockdowns.
Loneliness and Lockdowns: UK Sees Record Rise in Antidepressant Prescriptions to Children
A record number of youngsters in the UK are being prescribed antidepressants by the National Health Service (NHS). There has been a steep rise in mental health issues, especially among children and youngsters over the...
Hong Kong Population Falls as Professionals Escape China’s National Security Law
More than a year after Hong Kong imposed the National Security Law (NSL), the city continues to see an exodus of residents, particularly well-educated professionals.  According to data from the Hong Kong census and statistics...
Taliban fighters stand on a pickup truck outside a hospital as volunteers bring injured people for treatment after two powerful explosions outside the airport in Kabul on August 26, 2021.
Survivors of Kabul Airport Attack Share Horrifying Stories
Survivors retell their traumatic experiences after militants launched double-suicide bombings and a gunfight on Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 26, claiming the lives of over 100 people, including 13 US servicemen. The ISIS-K group,...
The European Union has recommended the imposition of a travel restriction on Americans.
European Union Recommends Banning American Travelers
The European Union (EU) has recommended its member states institute travel bans on visitors from the United States due to its high number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. In addition to America, five more...