First vaccine fatality reported in New Zealand

Australia & Oceania 08/30/21, 21:17

New Zealand's health ministry confirmed the nation's first fatal COVID-19 vaccination on Aug. 30. A female patient, whose age was undisclosed, suffered deadly complications from the Pfizer vaccine. The patient developed myocarditis, which caused heart inflammation according to Reuters. "This is the first case in New Zealand where a death in the ...

High risk of 9/11 attack warns GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham

Middle East 08/30/21, 20:36

A Republican from South Carolina predicted a high chance of a terrorist attack in the United States on Aug. 29. Sen. Lindsey Graham believes the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan dramatically increases the likelihood of terrorism happening on U.S. soil. "I have never been more worried about an attack on our homeland ...

Watch: Taliban uses US helicopter to dangle a person in public show

Middle East 08/30/21, 16:39

The Taliban quickly repurposed an abandoned aircraft to dangle a person in a public show of dominance on Aug. 30. The militant group used a U.S.-made helicopter to publicly hang a civilian above Kandahar, 497 kilometers (309 miles) southwest of Kabul. "Taliban using newly acquired American Blackhawk helicopters to hang people," Loud ...

Inquiry triggered after two women die of Covishield vaccine in India

News 08/30/21, 15:47

Two people died with similar symptoms after receiving their first dose of the Covishield vaccine, triggering an inquiry in Kerala, India. Covishield is the India-made version of AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria jab, which has been authorized in the EU. The victims are Mahima Mathew, 31, a pregnant woman and a native of Kanjirappally in Kottayam, and ...

Al Qaeda terrorist on US hit list is back in Afghanistan (Video)

Middle East 08/30/21, 15:44

A video posted Monday, Aug. 30 on Twitter by Newlines Magazine founder and editor-in-chief Hassan I. Hassan is causing much concern worldwide. In the video, Amin ul-Haq, once a close associate of Osama Bin Laden, receives a "warm" welcome upon his return to his hometown in Afghanistan after 20 years in ...

Hollywood-China box office market has collapsed in 2021, US share less than 10%

U.S. 08/30/21, 04:19

Hollywood's share of China's box office has allegedly plummeted to less than 10%, in a drastic shift for the big studios, as Beijing strengthens its domestic movie industry while continuing to prevent major Hollywood movies from playing in Chinese theaters. Hollywood has struggled to retain its customary dominance in the Chinese ...

Contaminated Moderna vaccines in Japan: Two deaths after inoculation

Asia & Pacific 08/30/21, 03:50

Two days after Japan announced the suspension of 1.6 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines due to contamination reports, the country accounted for two deaths from Moderna recipients on Saturday, Aug. 28.  Japan's health ministry revealed that the two patients in their 30s died days after receiving one of the Moderna shots belonging ...

More than 500 migrants arrive by fishing boat

Europe 08/30/21, 02:43

More than 500 migrants crammed themselves into a single boat and had to be rescued on Aug. 28. The Italian coastguard intercepted the fishing vessel struggling to carry 539 people off the shore of Lampedusa. Authorities discovered evidence of torture on at least 20 survivors, who came from North Africa, West Africa, and ...

Taliban shuts down Kabul Airport after nearly all NATO troops evacuate

Middle East 08/29/21, 18:13

Taliban militants closed Kabul's airport to most Afghans seeking to evacuate on Aug. 28. U.S.-led forces have nearly finished a last-minute airlift to bring soldiers home after almost two decades in Afghanistan. U.S. allies understand exiting Afghanistan means leaving behind many locals who assisted them. They pledged to cooperate with the Taliban ...

US sends Afghan refugee children without parents to government shelters

Middle East 08/29/21, 15:25

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has sent Afghan children evacuees without adult family members to the government shelters. The HHS said that at least 34 Afghan children evacuated from Afghanistan to the United States had been designated as unaccompanied minors, and the U.S. immigration authorities have sent some ...