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Tense decision-making as CDC joins FDA in recommending Pfizer booster shot for 65 & up, people at high risk and those with occupational exposure to COVID-19

The FDA’s Sept. 22, 2021, decision to not extend boosters to the general population – at least not yet – was a direct rebuke to the Biden administration’s announcement in August that booster shots would be rolled out to all eligible Americans beginning in late September.

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Where is the rule of law when a man can be shot down in a courtroom?

It sounds like the final scene of a TV crime drama: a notorious gangster is gunned down in court, his assassins disguised as lawyers.

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Environmentalists must pressure the Indian government to take action on climate

Several metropolitan cities including Delhi are expected to become unlivable in the next 80 years.

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Nobel Peace Prize for journalists serves as reminder that freedom of the press is under threat from strongmen and social media

“Freedom of expression is full of paradoxes,” the Nobel Committee’s Reiss-Andersen observed, in an interview after awarding the Peace Prize.

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How did Kerala become the latest Covid-19 hotspot?

Nearly 70% of India’s Covid-19 cases last week were in Kerala. Yet a year ago, the state's response to the virus was a great success story.

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Palm oil: The government is promoting a dangerous monoculture

Palm oil is big business. Yet it destroys biodiversity, and can have a damaging impact on local cultures, small-scale farming, and women’s rights.

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Covax misses its 2021 delivery target – what’s gone wrong in the fight against vaccine nationalism?

Covax misses its 2021 delivery target – what’s gone wrong in the fight against vaccine nationalism?

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot raises serious concerns – but probably not the ones you think

Predictably, social media filled with references to a string of dystopian sci-fi movies about robots where everything goes horribly wrong.

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Three female judges appointed to the Supreme Court – but it’s still an “old boys’ club”

India has never had a female Chief Justice. But this could change soon.

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China is financing infrastructure projects around the world – many could harm nature and Indigenous communities

This mammoth effort could generate broad economic growth for the countries involved and the global economy. The World Bank estimates that recipient countries’ gross domestic product could rise by up to 3.4% thanks to Belt and Road financing.

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After India’s brutal coronavirus wave, two-thirds of population has been exposed to SARS-CoV2

The decline of cases in India has been surprisingly rapid given that there were daily new cases in the range of 400,000 in the first week of May and the test positivity rate in some districts was as high as 20%.

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Global inequality may be falling, but the gap between haves and have-nots is growing

In one of the most unequal countries in the world, South Africa, the poorest 40% have annual incomes of less than US$1,000 (£727) per person.

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