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Pandemic Olympics Endured Heat, and Now a Typhoon’s En Route

TOKYO – First, the sun. Now: the wind and the rain.The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by the pandemic and opened under oppressive heat, are due for another hit of nature’s power: a typhoon arriving Tuesday morning that is forecast to disrupt at least some par…

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US Medical Groups Demand Mandatory Coronavirus Vaccinations

As the number of new coronavirus cases surges again in the United States, major medical groups in the country on Monday called for mandatory vaccinations of millions of health care workers, saying it is a moral imperative to help curb the spread of the…

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Zimbabwe Receives COVID-19 Vaccines from China Amid Fears of Third Wave

HARARE – Zimbabwe on Sunday received one million SINOVAC vaccines it bought from China as the African country battles to meet the demand for the COVID-19 jabs. Zimbabweans want to get vaccinated to beat a third wave facing the country. After the arri…

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Only Tokyo Could Pull Off These Games? Not Everyone Agrees

TOKYO – Staging an Olympics during the worst pandemic in a century? There’s a widespread perception that it couldn’t happen in a better place than Japan.A vibrant, open democracy with deep pockets, the host nation is known for its diligent execution of…

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Some US States Scale Back Virus Reporting Just as Cases Surge

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in thei…

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Thousands Around Globe Protest COVID-19 Shots, Lockdowns

PARIS – Tens of thousands of people protested in Australia, France, Italy and Greece on Saturday, sparking clashes with police as they railed against COVID-19 measures and government sanctions against the unvaccinated aimed at prodding more people into…

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US Buys 200 Million More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

The United States says it is buying 200 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to anticipate future needs, including the possibility of booster shots as well as doses for children under 12 if regulators approve its use.White House p…

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Kaseya Gets Master Decryption Key After July 4 Global Attack

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – The Florida company whose software was exploited in the devastating Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack, Kaseya, has received a universal key that will decrypt all of the more than 1,000 businesses and public organizations …

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No Fans, Fewer Athletes: Tokyo Olympics Set for Unusual Opening Ceremony

One of the strangest Olympics in history will get off to an equally unusual start when the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony takes place in front of thousands of empty seats on Friday.Just 1,000 dignitaries will be present at the 68,000-seat Olympic Stadium …

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Over 600,000 Notified to Quarantine in British ‘Pingdemic’

Over 600,000 users of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service’s (NHS) COVID-19 test and trace app were “pinged” alerts recommending self-isolation earlier this month.In what has been dubbed the “pingdemic,” the app told users to begin a 10-day qua…

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