US Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine-or-test policy for large businesses

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses —...

Russia says Ukraine talks hit ‘dead end,’ Poland warns of risk of war

VIENNA/MOSCOW — Poland’s foreign minister said on Thursday that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet...

Canada-US supply chain still could face disruptions due to vaccine mandates

OTTAWA — Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine requirements for foreign truckers at the Canada-US border still could cause supply-chain disruptions if both countries do not allow...

Indonesia relaxes coal export ban

JAKARTA — Indonesia, the world’s biggest thermal coal exporter, has allowed 37 loaded coal vessels to depart after they secured approvals from authorities, the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment Affairs said on Thursday.

Omicron less severe than Delta but still poses danger for unvaccinated — WHO

THE HIGHLY infectious Omicron coronavirus variant causes less severe disease than the Delta strain but it remains a “dangerous virus”, particularly for those who are unvaccinated, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Quebec tax on unvaccinated may be lawful but sets risky precedent

TORONTO — A proposal by Quebec to tax unvaccinated people may be lawful but may also go against the spirit of Canada’s universal public health system, rights and medical experts said on Wednesday.

Prince Andrew must face sex abuse accuser’s lawsuit — judge

NEW YORK — Britain’s Prince Andrew failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit accusing the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager.

Shipping congestion grows at world’s biggest port

SHIPS looking to avoid COVID-induced delays in China are making a beeline for Shanghai, causing growing congestion at the world’s biggest container port. 

French teachers strike over chaotic COVID-19 strategy for schools

PARIS — French teachers walked off the job on Thursday over what they say is the government’s failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and properly protect pupils and staff against infection.

Biden imposes first sanctions over N. Korea weapons program after missile tests

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions over North Korea’s weapons programs following a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week.