Virus, heat wave and locusts form perfect storm in India

Indians wearing masks stand next to a signage that urges people to wash their hands and wear masks to protect against the COVID-19 pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Thursday, May 28, 2020. India sees no respite from the coronavirus caseload at a time when the two-month-old lockdown across the country is set to end on Sunday. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

NEW DELHI (AP) — As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough, India grappled with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of a monthslong lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day. This triple disaster drew biblical comparisons and forced officials to try to balance the competing … Read more

GSK aims for 1 billion doses with COVID vaccine booster plan

GSK aims for 1 billion doses with COVID vaccine booster plan

General view outside GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) headquarters in Brentford, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs (Reuters) – Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) laid out plans on Thursday to produce 1 billion doses of vaccine efficacy boosters, or adjuvants, next year as the race to develop and produce a successful … Read more

Chinese lawmakers endorse new Hong Kong national security law

Chinese lawmakers endorse new Hong Kong national security law

BEIJING — China’s ceremonial legislature on Thursday endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong that has strained relations with the United States and Britain. The National People’s Congress approved the bill as it wrapped up an annual session that was held under intensive anti-coronavirus controls. The Hong Kong security law will alter the territory’s … Read more

Major attack on water systems thwarted

Iran sentences French academic to six years in prison: lawyer

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s national cyber chief Thursday officially acknowledged the country had thwarted a major cyber attack last month against its water systems, an assault widely attributed to arch-enemy Iran, calling it a “synchronized and organized attack” aimed at disrupting key national infrastructure. Yigal Unna did not mention Iran directly, nor did he comment … Read more

Philippines confirms 539 new coronavirus cases, largest single-day increase

Philippines confirms 539 new coronavirus cases, largest single-day increase

FILE PHOTO: Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs wait for provincial buses in a terminal after being allowed to go home following weeks of quarantine amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ health ministry on Thursday reported 17 … Read more