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The Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on human health and way of life has driven the global search for a vaccine like few diseases in living memory. As the United States, China and the European Union pump billions of dollars into the research effort, and with some vaccine candidates showing promise in early results out last week, the next... → Read More
The World Health Organisation has called for a global effort to understand a rare inflammatory syndrome affecting children and teenagers that may be linked to Covid-19. The global health body said on Friday there was “an urgent need” to gather more data from around the world to better understand the syndrome, which can cause multiple organ failures and resembles toxic... → Read More
A team of researchers has hit back at rumours that the coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year was engineered. In a paper posted on the scientific online forum Virological on Monday, the scientists - who include top epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin from Columbia University; Edward Holmes from the University of Sydney; and Kristian Andersen of Scripps Research -… → Read More
A top Chinese diplomat in Hong Kong has lashed out at US politicians and officials for pushing legislation to support democracy in the city, calling the move "the epitome of hegemony" and warning that its passage would hurt American interests. Song Ruan, from Beijing's foreign ministry commissioner's office in Hong Kong, also blasted "the US and some other Western countries" for playing a… → Read More
A fire broke out on an Air China passenger plane at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday as the crew were preparing passengers to board an afternoon flight to Tokyo. Smoke engulfed the front of the plane that was due to depart at 5.10pm for Tokyo's Haneda Airport, according to a statement from the airline on its official Twitter-like Weibo account. "The crew quickly executed the… → Read More
The swift crackdown on an alleged disinformation campaign linked to Hong Kong's anti-government protests shows social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are becoming more proactive about dismantling influence operations, according to analysts. They cited the contrast between the speedy, synchronised move by the US companies and their track record of combating such activity on their… → Read More
Although most people have no idea how to access the dark web, their exposure on this hidden, crime-ridden corner of the internet continues to grow. Six million hacked personal accounts were added to the dark web last week, adding to the 6.5 billion personal records already available in the internet's netherworld, stolen from websites where internet users entrust their personal information every… → Read More