Davos gathering overshadowed by global economic worries

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – Soaring inflation. Russia’s war in Ukraine. Squeezed supply chains. The threat of food insecurity around the world. The lingering COVID-19 pandemic. The risks to the global economy are many, leading to an increasingly gloomy view of the months ahead for corporate leaders, government officials and other VIPs at the World Economic … Read more

1.1 million Afghan children could face severe malnutrition

ISLAMABAD – In Afghanistan, 1.1 million children under the age of 5 will likely face the most severe form of malnutrition this year, according to the UN, as increasing numbers of hungry, wasting-away children are brought into hospital wards. UN and other aid agencies were able to stave off outright famine after the Taliban takeover … Read more

China’s bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted several months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a Chinese pharmaceutical company, Fosun Pharma, reached … Read more

If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care

If the Supreme Court follows through on overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion likely will be banned or greatly restricted in about half the US states. But experts and advocates fear repercussions could reach even further, affecting care for women who miscarry, couples seeking fertility treatments and access to some forms of contraception. Many conservatives insist … Read more

North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms, even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across his unvaccinated populace and hinted at easing virus restrictions. to nurse a decaying economy. The outbreak has caused concern about … Read more