Monkeypox outbreak is primarily spreading through sex, WHO officials say

By CNBC – European nations have confirmed dozens of cases in what’s become the largest outbreak of monkeypox ever on the Continent, according to the German military. – The U.S. has confirmed at least two cases and Canada has confirmed at least five so far. Belgium just introduced a mandatory 21-day quarantine for monkeypox patients.

What is monkeypox and how serious is it?

By Al Jazeera and News Agencies THE monkeypox virus causes fever and a bumpy rash and is usually transmitted to people from wild animals but human transmission is possible. A handful of cases of monkeypox have now been reported or are suspected in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, the United States and Canada. Here’s what we know

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Putin warns Finland joining NATO would be ‘mistake’

By VOA RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart that it would be a “mistake” for Finland to join NATO, according to statement from the Kremlin. The two leaders spoke by phone on Saturday as U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of Republican senators on a visit to Ukraine. Ukrainian President

Kremlin threatens ‘retaliation’ over Finland Nato bid

Independent UK THE Kremlin has threatened to take “retaliatory steps” if Finland joins Nato, following Helsinki’s announcement that it wants to join the alliance. Finland’s president and prime minister said on Thursday that they are in favour of applying for Nato membership. In a joint statement, President Sauli Niinisto and prime minister Sanna Marin said:

Finland, Sweden aim for NATO membership, prompting Russia’s fury

By VOA FINLAND and Sweden are expected to formally apply to join NATO later this month in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both countries say Moscow’s actions have changed the security dynamic in Europe and the Kremlin’s nuclear threats require the collective self-defence that NATO can provide. Finnish lawmakers are debating joining the alliance

Pope offers to meet Putin, still waiting to hear back

By Associated Press VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis told an Italian newspaper he had offered to travel to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin to try to end Russia’s war in Ukraine and suggested the invasion might have been provoked by NATO’s eastward expansion. Francis said he made the offer about three weeks into Russia’s

May Day rallies in Europe urge more help as inflation bites

By Associated Press PARIS: Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday in cities around Europe for May Day protests to honor workers and shame governments into doing more for their citizens. In France, protesters shouted slogans against newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, a development that may set the tone for his second term. Tensions erupted

Kenyan president hikes country’s minimum wage by 12%

By Reuters NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Sunday his government would hike the country’s minimum wage by 12% immediately to help workers cope with a surge in consumer prices, driven in part by the war in Ukraine. “There is a compelling case to review the minimum wage so as to cushion our workers

Russia and Ukraine invited to G20 summit; but US says Putin not welcome

By The Pentagon said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “absolutely shouldn’t” take part in this year’s G20 summit in Indonesia. “He [Putin] has isolated Russia by his own actions and should continue to be isolated by the international community,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said during an appearance on CNN. Kirby said he

British MP accused of viewing pornography in Parliament named and suspended

By Agencies The MP accused of watching pornography in the Commons is Conservative Neil Parish, the chief whip has told Sky News. A spokesman for the chief whip said: “Having spoken to the chief whip this afternoon, Neil Parish MP is reporting himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. “Mr Parish has been suspended from the

South Africa likely in new (5th) COVID wave, says health minister

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has likely entered a new wave of COVID-19 earlier than expected as new infections and hospitalizations have risen rapidly over the past two weeks, the country’s health minister said on Friday. The increase in new cases has been dominated by the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant which

Putin gas cutoff shakes up Europe at little cost to Kremlin

By Associated Press BRUSSELS: Cutting off natural gas to Poland and Bulgaria cost Russian President Vladimir Putin very little — but it is adding stress on European countries wrestling with how to reduce the energy imports feeding the Kremlin’s war chest and how to keep a united front on the war in Ukraine. European Union officials say

US: Vice President Harris positive for COVID-19, Biden not a ‘close contact’

By Associated Press WASHINGTON: Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced, underscoring the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to return to pre-pandemic normalcy. Neither President Joe Biden nor first lady Jill Biden was considered a “close contact” of

French President Macron reelected: What’s happening next?

By Associated Press PARIS: After winning another five years in the French presidential palace, Emmanuel Macron intends to go back to work straightaway on domestic and foreign policy — but he will soon face crucial parliamentary elections where he may struggle to keep his majority. Here’s a look at what comes next for Macron and

French election result: Macron defeats Le Pen and vows to unite divided country

By BBC EMMANUEL Macron has won five more years as France’s president after a convincing victory over rival Marine Le Pen, who nevertheless secured the far right’s highest share of the vote yet. He won by 58.55% to 41.45%, a greater margin than expected. The centrist leader told jubilant supporters at the foot of the

South Africa flood toll rises to 443 as deluge eases

By VOA DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — The death toll from floods that have battered South Africa’s east coast has risen to 443, including a rescuer, a regional official said on Sunday, as dozens more are still missing. “The death toll now stands at 443,” Sihle Zikalala, the premier of the KwaZulu-Natal province told a media

£120m deal: UK to give asylum seekers one-way ticket to Rwanda; plan draws criticism

By Associated Press LONDON: The British government has struck a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum-seekers to the African country, a move that opposition politicians and refugee groups condemned as unworkable and inhumane. Home Secretary Priti Patel is due to announce details in Rwanda on Thursday of what the U.K. government is calling an