LONDON, May 6 In early March, U.S. President Joe
Biden and the leaders of India, Japan and Australia – the
so-called Quad group - chose to put COVID-19 vaccines at the
centre of their strategy to limit China's growing influence in
LONDON, April 29 As Israel recorded zero daily
COVID-19 deaths for the first time in 10 months last week,
grave-diggers in next-door Gaza reported rising workloads and
hospitals said they were near to collapse.
LONDON, March 20 As Serbia's European Union
neighbours closed their borders and halted many medical exports,
President Aleksandar Vucic made an appeal https://www.euractiv.com/section/coronavirus/news/serbia-turns-to-china-due-to-lack-of-eu-solidarity-on-coronavirus.
"Serbia now turns its eyes to China," he said. "All my personal
hopes are focused and directed toward China and its president."
LONDON As the coronavirus outbreak ravaged Iran on March 5, the new commander of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced that the country was "engaged in a biological battle". The virus, Hossein Salami told the semi-official ISNA news agency, "might be the product of an American biological (attack) which spread first in China and then in the rest of the world".
LONDON, March 16 As the coronavirus outbreak
ravaged Iran on March 5, the new commander of its Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps announced that the country was
"engaged in a biological battle". The virus, Hossein Salami told
the semi-official ISNA news agency, "might be the product of an
American biological (attack) which spread first in China and
then in the rest of the world".
LONDON, March 12 The week started with
coronavirus prompting Saudi Arabia and Russia to tear up the
rule book on oil exports to start a savage price war. Wednesday
night saw President Donald Trump go even further in announcing a
ban on transatlantic travel from mainland Europe for
non-Americans. While the ban is initially intended to last a
month, the knock-on effects on a globe already increasingly
obsessed by borders and restrictions on trade and movement will
last much longer.
LONDON, March 9 A new week of the coronavirus
crisis is beginning with another unexpected consequence – an oil
price crash driven by the outbreak of relatively unrestricted
economic warfare between Saudi Arabia, Russia and the West.
LONDON, Feb 28 As the coronavirus outbreak turns
global, stock markets and world populations are waking up to the
threat of a global pandemic. That, though, hasn't been the only
disturbing global news this week. In the Middle East and Asia in
particular, military tensions are on the rise – and major
countries seem ever less bothered about taking off the gloves.
LONDON, Feb 21 As the Ebola virus ravaged West
Africa in 2014, civilian air traffic in and out of the most
affected countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia almost completely
ceased. That decision, however, was not taken by international
health officials. Instead, it came from airline cleaners and
other staff, who simply refused to have anything to do with
planes in and out of the region.
LONDON, Feb 13 In parts of Syria dubbed
"de-escalation zones" by the government, what could yet prove a
new regional conflict is escalating fast.