‘Friends’ reunion to air May 27, with slew of celebrity guests

Reuters 05/14/2021

LOS ANGELES—The long-awaited “Friends” cast reunion will be broadcast on May 27, 2021 and will feature a slew of celebrity guests including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and K-Pop band BTS, streaming service HB0 Max said on Thursday,…

‘We are fed up’: Thousands pray at Portugal’s Fatima shrine for world without COVID-19

Reuters 05/13/2021

FATIMA, Portugal — Suffering from an autoimmune disease, 71-year-old Maria Emilia travels – often by foot – to one of Catholicism’s most famous sanctuaries in Portugal every year. But the coronavirus pandemic made her trip more important…

How can we stop the next pandemic? Here’s what WHO panel recommends

Reuters 05/13/2021

GENEVA – A new global system should be set up to respond faster to disease outbreaks to help ensure no future virus causes a pandemic as devastating as COVID-19, an independent World Health Organization (WHO) review panel…

Indian doctors warn against cow dung as COVID cure

Reuters 05/11/2021

Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases. The…

India turns to ex-army medics as COVID surge sparks calls for lockdown

Reuters 05/10/2021

MUMBAI  -India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a complete nationwide…

Indian states impose stricter lockdowns as COVID deaths hit record high

Reuters 05/09/2021

CHENNAI — India on Saturday reported its highest ever single-day COVID-19 death toll, as cases continued to rise and states imposed stricter lockdowns. India’s health ministry reported 4,187 fatalities over the past 24 hours, taking the overall…

Bees in the Netherlands trained to detect COVID-19 infections

Reuters 05/08/2021

AMSTERDAM — Dutch researchers have trained bees, which have an unusually keen sense of smell, to identify samples infected with COVID-19, a finding they said could cut waiting times for test results to just seconds. To train the bees,…

‘Last resort’: Desperate for oxygen, Indian hospitals go to court

Reuters 05/05/2021

NEW DELHI — A court in India’s capital New Delhi has become the last hope for many hospitals struggling to get oxygen for COVID-19 patients as supplies run dangerously short while government officials bicker over who is…

Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce, shaking philanthropic world

Reuters 05/04/2021

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates said on Monday that they have decided to divorce, unnerving the philanthropic world. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,”…

Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge

Reuters 05/03/2021

NEW DELHI — A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who…

Pacers make history in 152-95 whipping of Thunder

Reuters 05/02/2021

Domantas Sabonis had 26 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 152-95 blowout win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. The result was a home team’s largest…

Six Tokyo Olympic torch staffers diagnosed with COVID-19

Reuters 05/02/2021

Six people who helped with Japan’s Olympic Torch relay were diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total number of participants in the event who got the coronavirus to eight, organizers said. The six people, who included a man…

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