2021-02-23: News Headlines

Slomski A. (2021-02-23). Physician Videos Improve COVID-19 Knowledge Among Minorities. jamanetwork.com Informational videos starring physicians modestly improved coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) knowledge among US Black and Latino adults regardless of the clinician's race, according to a trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Ted Glick (2021-02-23). A Big Victory at FERC. zcomm.org Electrification of power sources, transportation vehicles and heating and cooling systems is absolutely essential to make a clean energy revolution in enough time to prevent escalating and massive, worldwide climate catastrophe…

MEE staff (2021-02-23). Covid-19: Israel donates vaccines to countries that moved embassies to Jerusalem. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel donates vaccines to countries that moved embassies to Jerusalem | Czech Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, and Palestinian Authority will receive symbolic amount of vaccines, local media report | Tue, 02/23/2021 – 16: 57 | Israel is facing mounting criticism for not inoculating Palestinians in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip (AFP) | The Czech Republic, Guatemala and Honduras, which have all move…

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). A year on, India communal riot survivors struggle to piece together lives. laprensalatina.com By Moncho Torres New Delhi, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- A year ago on Tuesday, hours before then American President Donald Trump landed in India, religious riots in New Delhi claimed 53 lives and displaced hundreds of families who struggle to rebuild their lives in an endless wait for justice. Among the dead in the worst in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). UN reports surge in civilian casualties after Afghanistan peace talks. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- The number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan surged after the start of peace talks even as the overall figure declined last year compared to 2019, according to a report by the United Nations released on Tuesday. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Japan prefectures want to lift emergency after Covid-19 infections decline. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Three Japanese prefectures on Tuesday asked the central government to lift the state of emergency after a decline in the rate of new Covid-19 infections and serious hospitalized patients. The state of emergency was declared in 10 of the country's 47 prefectures in early January as the country struggled with a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Massacres doubled last year in Colombia, UN says. laprensalatina.com Bogota, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Colombia suffered 76 massacres resulting in 292 deaths last year, more than doubling the number in 2020 and the highest one-year total since 2014, according to a report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presented here Tuesday. Though the Andean nation's homicide rate declined …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Iran limits nuclear checks but says IAEA cooperation will continue. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Iran has limited international monitoring of its nuclear program but will continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the foreign minister said Tuesday. "Obliged by law, we halted voluntary implementation of Additional Protocol," Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to regulation passed by Iran's parliament to stop voluntary …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). The Kenyan school where mothers bring their babies to class. laprensalatina.com By Patricia Martínez Nyeri, Kenya, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- It is recess and a group of girls make their way from the classroom to the dormitories, where pregnant students grab some respite while others nurse babies. Since January, the Serene Haven school in central Kenya has served as an oasis for teenage mothers of the so-called …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-02-23). Bone Cancer Survivor to Join Billionaire on SpaceX Flight. laprensalatina.com CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After beating bone cancer, Hayley Arceneaux figures rocketing into orbit on SpaceX's first private flight should be a piece of cosmic cake. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced on Monday, February 22, that the 29-year-old physician assistant — a former patient hired last spring — will launch later this year …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). China slams Canada for calling treatment of Uighurs 'genocide'. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- China on Tuesday slammed the Canadian parliament voted to call the treatment of the Uighur minority population a "genocide." Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Beijing had lodged a formal protest with Ottawa over the move. "Facts have proven that there was no genocide in Xinjiang. This is a lie concocted …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). The Dutch dance instructor behind the anti-curfew legal challenges. laprensalatina.com Rotterdam, Netherlands, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Dutch dance teacher Willem Engel has become the voice of the Covid denialism in the Netherlands and is the face of several legal challenges against government-mandated restrictions In an interview with Efe in his dance studio in Rotterdam, Engel celebrates his most recent victory against the current interim government — …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Troops eradicate coca fields on Mexico's southwest coast. laprensalatina.com Acapulco, Mexico, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Soldiers eradicated fields of coca — the raw material of cocaine — and a clandestine drug lab in the southern state of Guerrero, the Mexican army said. "Six coca plantations and a crude laboratory for the processing of opium paste and coca leaf were found," Lt. Col. Enrique Benitez Campoy …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Cambodia finds cases of UK variant as community Covid cluster spreads. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Cambodia announced it has detected three cases of the more contagious United Kingdom Covid-19 variant among its new infections on Tuesday, which comes amid efforts to control a spreading community cluster that has risen to almost 100 cases in three days. The Ministry of Health announced 25 new cases Tuesday, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). NASA releases 1st video, audio of Perseverance landing on Mars. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- NASA on Monday released the first video of the landing of the Perseverance exploratory probe on Mars and also the first sounds recorded by the microphones installed in the space vehicle that made a fiery descent through the planet's thin atmosphere but landed safely on the surface last week. This is …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). China says global 5G development impossible without collaboration. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- China said Tuesday that the development of fifth generation (5G) networks at a global level will not be possible without collaboration or consultation between the various players in the sector due to the "complex" international situation. In a speech at the opening ceremony of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Self-defense patrol forms in Oakland's Chinatown amid crime wave. laprensalatina.com By Marc Arcas Oakland, California, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Thefts, armed robberies and inexplicable attacks on elderly people are a cause of growing concern in Chinese immigrant neighborhoods across the United States and have led some residents of this Northern California city to form foot patrols to protect local business owners. In the Oakland Chinatown, an …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Injury-laden Real Madrid poised for Atalanta tie. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid seek to regain character in a historic first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Italian side Atalanta, who want to prolong their second stint in the Champions League. The Spanish powerhouse — which has won a record 13 titles at Europe's top-tier club competition …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Caracas, a city without running water. laprensalatina.com Caracas, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Jeanette Celis yearns for the rain to fall on the impoverished Caracas neighborhood of La Vega by the end of February in the hope that it could fill half a dozen containers she has around her house. Like many in Venezuela, she has been without running water for months. A sheet …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). US exceeds 500K Covid-19 deaths. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 22 (EFE).- The United States on Monday surpassed half a million deaths from Covid-19, a somber record far in excess of any other country's pandemic fatalities and which comes at a time when the Joe Biden administration is accelerating the vaccination campaign. As of 5 pm US Eastern Time, according to the independent …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). US sanctions two more members of Myanmar's military junta. laprensalatina.com Washington/Yangon, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The United States imposed sanctions on Monday (Tuesday, Naypyitaw time) against two members of Myanmar's military junta, as anti-coup protests continued in the Southeast Asian country. The US imposed sanctions on General Maung Maung Kyaw and Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, members of the State Administration Council, according to a statement …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Afghanistan begins Covid-19 vaccination drive. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Afghanistan began its Covid-19 vaccination drive Tuesday with the first phase immunization to inoculate frontline health workers and members of the security forces. "Today, I congratulate the whole nation of Afghanistan on the inauguration of the first phase of the corona vaccine," President Ashraf Ghani said in his speech to the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Top court reinstates Nepal's parliament dissolved two months ago. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Nepal's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's decision to dissolve the country's parliament two months ago. A five-member bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana ordered the government to call a meeting of the reinstated house within 13 days, court spokesperson Bhadrakali Pokhrel told EFE. "With …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Aston Villa's players banned from using Fantasy Premier League. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Aston Villa has banned their players from participating in the Fantasy Premier League after Jack Grealish's injury was leaked as teammates removed him from their squads, British media reported. The virtual competition, with over 7 million participants in England, allows users to build a squad that earns them points in accordance …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Rescuers launch 2nd attempt to save stranded New Zealand pilot whales. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Dozens of pilot whales were refloated by rescuers at Farewell Spit in the far northwest of the South Island of New Zealand for the second consecutive day Tuesday, the country's conservation agency told EFE. Forty-nine pilot whales were found on the beach on Monday morning, but 11 died during the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). HSBC's reported profit fell by 34.7 percent in 2020. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- British bank HSBC announced Tuesday that its reported profit attributable to ordinary shareholders fell 34.7 percent in 2020 to $3.9 billion. "In 2020, HSBC had a very clear mandate — to provide stability in a highly unstable environment for our customers, communities and colleagues," Group Chief Executive Noel Quinn said in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Egypt receives 300,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China. laprensalatina.com Cairo, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Egypt has received 300,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Chinese firm Sinopharm as a "gift" from the Asian country, health minister Hala Zayed announced on Tuesday. The delivery arrived at dawn at Cairo International Airport and was received by the undersecretary and spokesperson for the health ministry, Khalid Mujahid, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). The push to administer Covid vaccines to every Holocaust survivor in Israel. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- The United Hatzalah association is trying to ensure that no Holocaust survivor in Israeli goes without a Covid-19 jab by offering transport to members of this aging population, many of whom struggle with mobility, to centers. One such person is Katrina Wolfensohn, an 80-year-old of Russian descent who was picked up …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Naruhito thanks Japanese for 'perseverance and strength' during pandemic. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- In a message on his 61st birthday, Japan's emperor on Tuesday thanked the country for its "perseverance and strength" during the coronavirus pandemic. Emperor Naruhito also expressed appreciation for the work of healthcare professionals and offered his condolences to those who have lost their loved ones to the virus. His message …

Venezuela Analysis (2021-02-23). EU imposes further sanctions on Venezuela as Maduro visits UN Human Rights Council. peoplesdispatch.org Venezuela has blasted the imposition of additional European Union (EU) sanctions against nineteen politicians, state officials and security chiefs. | According to an EU Similarly, the EU accused some of the targeted figures of "undermining the oppositions' electoral rights and the…

Orinoco Tribune (2021-02-23). New European Union Sanctions on Democratic Elections: 30 Venezuelan Politicians to be Sanctioned. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The European Union (EU) announced this Friday, February 19, that the …

news.un (2021-02-23). UN rights experts call for US to address ongoing violations at 'Kafkaesque' Guantánamo military prison. news.un.org In response to the Biden Administration's announced review into closing the infamous Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday said it was vital to also address ongoing violations being committed against the 40 or so inmates still incarcerated there.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-23). Bolivian envoy submits credentials to Foreign Min. Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 23 (MNA) — Bolivia's new ambassador to Iran Romina Pérez Ramos submitted a copy of her credentials to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Sunday meeting in Tehran.

yenisafak (2021-02-23). Bolivia to receive 500,000 doses of vaccine from China. yenisafak.com A special plane of the Bolivian national airline is making its way to bring Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccines from China to its homeland, President Luis Arce has announced."We report that a [Boliviana de Aviacion] Boeing 767 plane is heading to Beijing to bring half a million Sinopharm vaccines to our country," Arce tweeted on Monday. "We appreciate President Xi Jinping's support in fighting the pandemic."The South American country has recorded more than 243,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 11,500 related deaths, according to the latest data by its Health Ministry.The country already began inoculation in late January…

news.un (2021-02-23). Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America. news.un.org Reporting that hunger has increased almost fourfold in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that 1.7 million people are in the 'emergency' category of food insecurity, calling for $47.3 million now, to provide urgent food assistance.

yenisafak (2021-02-23). Brazil approves definitive use of Pfizer virus vaccine. yenisafak.com Brazil's health regulator, Anvisa, approved a definitive use of the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.The decision came more than two weeks after Pfizer applied to Anvisa for permission on Feb 6."The immunizer from the Pfizer/BioNTech Laboratory had its safety, quality and efficacy, assessed and certified by the technical team of Anvisa that continues its work to protect the health of the Brazilian citizens," Anvisa said in a statement.The Chinese CoronaVac and Oxford's AstraZeneca from the UK are among vaccines that have emergency use authorization in Brazil.The South American nation i…

Staff (2021-02-23). Amazon faces a day of reckoning for its treatment of workers. therealnews.com Amazon workers and their allies rallied last weekend to support the union drive at the Bessemer, Alabama, facility. Workers say the company has failed to protect worker safety or improve working conditions even while Amazon and Jeff Bezos profited from the pandemic.

RT (2021-02-23). Amazon mysteriously pulls book critical of transgender movements, gets accused of 'digital book burning'. rt.com Author Ryan T. Anderson has blasted Amazon for removing his latest book on the rise of the transgender movement without explanation, a move that has many criticizing the company for playing politics and accusing it of censorship. | "I hope you've already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book 'When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment' from their cyber shelves…. my other four books are still available (for now)," Anderson 'When Harry Became Sally' had p…

Eds. (2021-02-23). Demographic characteristics of people receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States. mronline.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with states to provide more information on the demographic characteristics of vaccinated people.

Sami Al-Arian (2021-02-23). Mourning Dr. Agha Saeed, Celebrating his Life. counterpunch.org Dr. Agha Saeed , a towering American-Muslim figure has passed away today in a nursing home at the age of 72, due to complications from Covid-19. He had also been silently suffering from Parkinson's for over eight years. The history of American Muslims will be incomplete and extremely inadequate without recognizing Dr. Saeed's life achievements

C.J. Hopkins (2021-02-23). The Vaccine (Dis)Information War. dissidentvoice.org So, good news, folks! It appears that GloboCap's Genetic Modification Division has come up with a miracle vaccine for Covid! It's an absolutely safe, non-experimental, messenger-RNA vaccine that teaches your cells to produce a protein that triggers an immune response, just like your body's immune-system response, only better, because it's made by corporations! OK, technically, …

Raul Diego (2021-02-23). Part II — Western Capital's Long Chinese Mission: From Opium to COVID Vaccine Credentials. mintpressnews.com We examine the virtually unbroken history between American power-brokers and the highest echelons of power in China — a history that harkens back to the earliest days of capitalism, slavery, and the opium trade.

RT (2021-02-23). 'The containers offer privacy!' Biden under fire for opening child detainment center, but some liberals jump to defend him. rt.com The first child immigration detainment facility under President Joe Biden opened this week, prompting Democrats who had attacked former President Donald Trump for maintaining similar facilities to go on the defensive. | A former oil field worker camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas, it was briefly used as a detainment facility by the Trump administration in 2019 before being closed down, but is now back in operation to hold "up to 700 children," with the Biden administration saying it was needed since capacity has been cut at other facilities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. | Immigration activists were saddened to hea…

RT (2021-02-23). Meghan McCain calls for firing of Fauci for 'inconsistent messaging' on Covid, gets roasted for calling vaccine rollout a disaster. rt.com Meghan McCain was taken to the woodshed online after demanding Anthony Fauci be fired for his "inconsistent messaging" on the Covid-19 pandemic, while complaining that she — a TV host — doesn't know when she'll be vaccinated. | The pundit took aim at Fauci during a Monday segment on 'The View' over a recent appearance on CNN, where the health expert suggested those who've received an immunization may still have to practice social distancing. | "I was very frustrated when I saw this clip," she said. "The fact that Dr. Fauci is going on CNN and he can't tell me that if I get the vaccine, if I'll be a…

RT (2021-02-23). #FireFauci trends as he tells vaccinated people to remain under lockdown, blames Trump's 'denial' for massive death count. rt.com Calls for White House adviser Anthony Fauci to be fired have intensified as he continues pushing lockdown restrictions and criticizing former President Donald Trump over Covid-19 deaths. | After cautioning vaccinated individuals from resuming normal activities like dining out or attending large group events, Fauci tried clarifying his stance in a Tuesday interview with CNN, saying more relaxed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be coming "soon." | The agency, Fauci said, needs to "sit down, talk about it, look at the data and then come out with a recommendation based on the…

Staff (2021-02-23). U.S. COVID Death Toll Hits 500,000 as Rich Nations Hoard Vaccines, Leaving Poorer Nations Without Any. democracynow.org The United States has passed 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest toll in the world. The morbid milestone comes as new COVID-19 cases continue to fall across the country amid an accelerating vaccine rollout, but the head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries not to undermine efforts to get vaccines to poorer nations by buying up billions of doses — in some cases ordering enough to vaccinate their populations more than once. "The inequities that we've seen here are just absolutely stunning," says Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia Uni…

Peter Koenig (2021-02-23). Die Twilight Zone: Covid, das Weltwirtschaftsforum (WEF) und Eugenik. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | àúbrsetzt aus dem Englischen von Global Research: | |

RT (2021-02-23). Pfizer and Moderna pledge to Congress to ramp up Covid-19 vaccine production as US death toll tops 500,000. rt.com Pfizer and Moderna have prepared written testimonies to the US Congress, promising to boost vaccine production in the coming months, as the country's death toll from Covid-19 recently exceeded 500,000. | The companies' executives are scheduled to speak before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday. | According to Pfizer Chief Business Officer John Young's written testimony, the company will have 120 million doses of the vaccine available for shipment by the end of March and an additional 80 million doses by the end of May. Pfizer expects that all 300 million contracted dose…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-23). Covid-19 in Lebanon: World Bank threatens to stop funding vaccinations after violations. middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Lebanon: World Bank threatens to stop funding vaccinations after violations | Lebanon's vaccine committee said on Tuesday that a number of lawmakers had received the jab without its approval | Tue, 02/23/2021 – 14: 02 | People receive Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines at the Lebanese American University Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon, on 16 February 2021 (Reuters) | The head…

Eliza Egret (2021-02-23). Matt Hancock's audacity is off the scale as he refuses to apologise for breaking the law. thecanary.co It should no longer come as a surprise, watching Matt Hancock give himself a pat on the back for how he's handled the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It should also come as no surprise that he accepts zero responsibility for almost But Hancock's audacity flew off the chart on 23 February when he insisted that his team should be thanked, and that there had been no national shortage of PPE. Does Hancock think that a successful roll-out of vaccines…