What is Strep A, the common bacteria that killed 6 children in the UK?

London CNN — UK health officials are advising parents and schools to watch for Strep A infections following the recent deaths of six children. With Covid-19 restrictions such as masking and social distancing no longer required in the UK, infections such as Strep A are spreading more easily, with cases rising in the past month. … Read more

As respiratory viruses strain US health care systems, the Biden administration talks about how it is willing to help

CNN — Nearly 20,000 people in the United States were hospitalized for the flu last week, nearly double the number of admissions from the previous week, according to data updated Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates there have been at least 8.7 million illnesses, 78,000 hospitalizations, and 4,500 … Read more

Elnaz Rekabi: The house of an Iranian athlete’s family has been demolished by officials, the media says

CNN — The childhood home of Iranian mountaineer Elnaz Rekabi has been demolished, according to the reformist news outlet IranWire, after she gained international notoriety this fall for competing with her head uncovered. Rekabi competed in South Korea without a hijab in October, just as anti-regime protests swept Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa … Read more

Takeoff: Houston police are making arrests for the murder of a rapper

CNN — A man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the murder of rapper Takeoff, Houston police chief Troy Finner announced at a news conference Friday. Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested Thursday night on the east side of Houston, Texas. Another man, Cameron Joshua, 22, was arrested last month and … Read more

Europe agrees to limit the price of Russian oil to $60 a barrel

London CNN affairs — The European Union has reached a consensus on the price at which Russian oil should be capped, just days before import bans on most products come into effect. There was news of the deal, which required the approval of the remaining Poland confirmed on Twitter by European Commission President Ursula von … Read more

Ukrainian embassies across Europe receive bloody packages with ‘animal eyes’

CNN — Suspicious packages, including blood-soaked envelopes with “animal eyes”, have been sent to Ukrainian embassies and consulates in several European cities, the country’s foreign ministry said. Kyiv’s embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Austria and the consulates-general in Naples and Krakow have received such packages, Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for Ukraine’s foreign ministry, … Read more

Macron arrives at the White House for the Biden administration’s first state visit

CNN — US President Joe Biden is taking part in a spate of events as part of his first state visit since taking office, meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron after welcoming him and his wife, Brigitte Macron, on Thursday. The Macrons’ trip to the White House marks their second time as guests of honor … Read more

Cyril Ramaphosa faces impeachment charges over money stolen from his farm

Johannesburg, South Africa CNN — Cyril Ramaphosa was chosen to root out corruption. Now he could be forced to quit over claims he covered up the theft of a huge amount of cash from his lucrative game farm, which was – by his own admission – crammed into a leather sofa. South Africa’s president is … Read more

Survivors of Uvalde File Class Action Lawsuit to Demand $27 Billion from Law Enforcement, School District and Others

CNN — Survivors of the fatal mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas have filed a $27 billion class action lawsuit against multiple Texas law enforcement agencies, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Austin, names the city, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, the school district police … Read more

Covid-19 protests: China enters ‘new phase and mission’ for pandemic controls, says Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chunlan

CNN — China’s top official in charge of the response to Covid told health officials on Wednesday that the country faced a “new phase and mission” in managing the pandemic, state media Xinhua reported – possibly indicating an adjustment of the ” Beijing’s zero-Covid” strategy that has sparked days of nationwide protests. “With the decreasing … Read more