Niger ‘coup attempt foiled’ ahead of the inauguration

Niger ‘coup attempt foiled’ ahead of the inauguration

An attempted coup has been thwarted in Niger following heavy gunfire overnight close to the presidential palace, security sources say. A group of soldiers behind the assault has been arrested, AFP reports. The attack comes two days before President-elect Mohamed Bazoum is due to be 

Brazil: Political crisis and Covid surge rock Bolsonaro

Brazil: Political crisis and Covid surge rock Bolsonaro

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency after the heads of the army, navy, and air force all quit and the country recorded its highest daily Covid-19 death toll. The unprecedented resignation of the defense chiefs is being seen as a 

Children among the dead and injured in Myanmar military airstrikes say, activists

Children among the dead and injured in Myanmar military airstrikes say, activists

Children were among those killed and injured in airstrikes by Myanmar’s military on an ethnic rebel-controlled area in the country’s southeast, a humanitarian aid group said Tuesday, as junta forces stepped up their offensive in the region. Myanmar’s military, which seized power in a February 

Africa’s carbon gigabomb

Africa’s carbon gigabomb

The southern African country of Namibia is a land of extremes. While it’s home to the world’s oldest desert – the Namib – which gives the nation its name, and has a 1,300 mile (2,000km) coastline with the Atlantic ocean, it also has the humid, 

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines cut infection risk by 90%, CDC study finds

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines cut infection risk by 90%, CDC study finds

The findings were consistent with results from clinical trials Coronavirus vaccines developed on an mRNA technology, like those from Pfizer and Moderna, are “highly effective,” in tamping down infections, including asymptomatic cases, according to findings posted Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal 

Was Trump a great or a terrible president? Here’s what a new poll says

Was Trump a great or a terrible president? Here’s what a new poll says

New Pew Research Center national survey was conducted the first week of March Two months after he left the White House, and there’s no letup in the incredibly polarized views of former President Trump. Nearly nine in 10 Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents questioned in a new Pew Research Center national survey say that 

The U.S. eases student loan relief for those with disabilities

The U.S. eases student loan relief for those with disabilities

The U.S. Education Department is temporarily relaxing the rules of a student loan forgiveness program that’s meant to help people with disabilities but that critics say carries overly burdensome rules The U.S. Education Department is canceling student debt for more than 40,000 Americans who were 

Mediator drug: French pharmaceutical firm fined over weight loss pill

Mediator drug: French pharmaceutical firm fined over weight loss pill

A French drugmaker has been found guilty of aggravated deceit and involuntary manslaughter over a weight loss pill at the center of a major health scandal. The drug Mediator was developed for use in overweight diabetics and was on the market for 33 years. It