Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Amid the Continuing Pandemic

Officials and medical experts in the US are now encouraging children to enjoy Halloween on October 31, especially outdoors and without crowds. The atmosphere of Halloween this time is different from last year, which was more tense and colored by limited data and the absence of a vaccine against Covid.

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Sudan riots complicate aid delivery

Sudan’s ruling general said Tuesday that the prime minister, who he ousted in a coup, was being held for his safety and would likely be released soon. However, he warned that other members of the dissolved government might be put on trial, while protests against the coup continued in the …

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FDA Considers Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Children

An independent advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met Tuesday (26/10) to consider approving emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Although children are thought to rarely get seriously ill or die from COVID-19, the FDA’s head of vaccines Dr. Peter Marks Tuesday …

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China urges Western countries to help Taliban and lift sanctions

China has pressured the Taliban’s interim government in Afghanistan to “effectively” protect women’s rights and renewed its call to lift international sanctions on the conflict-torn country to help it cope with growing “economic chaos”. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the issue in two days of talks with Taliban leaders …

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Amnesty International to Close its Hong Kong Offices

Amnesty International said Monday it would close two of its Hong Kong offices, citing concerns about the city’s national security laws. The human rights organization has been present in Hong Kong for more than 40 years. The organization’s mission is to “raise awareness about human rights issues in the city.” …

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Myanmar Absent from ASEAN Summit after Exclusion of Its Military Ruler

Leaders of countries in Southeast Asia began their annual summit without Myanmar’s participation on Tuesday (26/10). The summit comes amid a diplomatic stalemate due to the exclusion of the country’s military leader from the meeting. Myanmar skipped the summit in protest after ASEAN banned its leader general from attending its …

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