Monkeypox found in US and UK: What is it and should you be worried?

A CASE of the rare and potentially dangerous monkeypox has been confirmed in the US after infections were reported across Europe.

Singapore wants to keep borders open even if variant emerges

SINGAPORE will strive to keep its borders open and stay connected to the rest of world even if a new variant of COVID-19 emerges, Transport Minister S. Iswaran said.

China’s zero-COVID policy dashes global hopes for quick economic return to normal

A SHARP slowdown in China’s economy caused by its strict zero-COVID rules and Beijing’s shift away from a traditional reliance on external demand have cast doubts over how much the country will contribute to future global trade and investment.

It’s gonna be all right, Taylor Swift tells NYU graduates at commencement

NEW YORK — Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift received an honorary doctorate from New York University (NYU) on Wednesday and told graduates that everything would be all right, echoing the sentiments of her hit single “Shake It Off.”

China relaxes some COVID test rules for US, other travelers

BEIJING — China has removed some coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test requirements for people flying in from countries such as the United States and shortened the pre-departure quarantine for some inbound travelers, as it fine-tunes measures to cope with the Omicron variant. 

Massachusetts identifies first 2022 US case of monkeypox infection

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday said it had confirmed a single case of monkeypox virus infection in a man who had recently traveled to Canada. 

Why monkeypox cases are rising in Europe

LONDON — A handful of cases of monkeypox have now been reported or are suspected in the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Spain. The outbreaks are...

World’s oceans at most acidic level in 26,000 years, climate report warns

The world’s oceans grew to their warmest and most acidic levels on record last year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday, as...

EU unveils 210B euro plan to ditch Russian fossil fuels

BRUSSELS — The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled a 210 billion euro plan for Europe to end its reliance on Russian fossil fuels by...

Sri Lanka’s default hints at trouble ahead for other developing nations

SRI LANKA’s impending default on $12.6 billion of overseas bonds is flashing a warning sign to investors in other developing nations that surging inflation is set to take a painful toll.