Posted in Europe

Europe’s vaccine passes reveal some pockets of resistance

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Shouts of “Liberty!” have echoed through the streets and squares of Italy and France as thousands show their opposition to plans to require vaccination cards for normal social activities, such as dining indoors at restaurants, visiting museums or cheering in sports stadiums. Leaders in both countries see the cards, dubbed the “Green Pass” in Italy and the “health pass” in France, as necessary to boost vaccination…
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Posted in Asia

U.S top diplomat Blinken to court Southeast Asia in virtual meetings next week

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards his plane to depart for his return to the United States from Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City, Kuwait, July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet virtually with Southeast Asian officials every day next week, a senior state department official said on Saturday, as Washington seeks to show the region it’s a…
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Posted in Asia

COVID-19 surge hits Asia; Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia post record infections

Many nations’ health systems overwhelmed, says WHO chief Delta hits parts of Asia once successful in blocking COVID-19 Thailand says Delta accounts for over 60% of cases China battles Delta outbreak in Nanjing Vietnam announces fresh curbs on movement July 31 (Reuters) – The Olympics host city Tokyo, as well as Thailand and Malaysia, announced record COVID-19 infections on Saturday, mostly driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the…
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Posted in Blog South America

ExxonMobil tallies another significant oil discovery offshore Guyana

7/28/2021 Whiptail-1 and Whiptail-2 locations in the Stabroek block, offshore Guyana IRVING, TEXAS – ExxonMobil reported a discovery at Whiptail in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana. The Whiptail-1 well encountered 246 feet (75 meters) of net pay in high quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs. Drilling is also ongoing at the Whiptail-2 well, which has encountered 167 feet (51 meters) of net pay in high quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs. Drilling continues at…
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Posted in Blog Middle East

Ecuador revokes citizenship of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

The court’s decision nullified Assange’s status as a naturalized citizen of Ecuador, which was granted to him in December 2017 by then-President Lenín Moreno. Carlos Poveda, Assange’s lawyer in Ecuador, told CNN that he would appeal the ruling. Assange, an Australian, spent nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London protected by asylum status, avoiding extradition to Sweden. He was eventually arrested in 2019 by London’s Metropolitan…
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Posted in Bolivia

Dust devil interrupts soccer game in Bolivia – KHOU.com

Dust devil interrupts soccer game in Bolivia  KHOU.com…
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Posted in Argentina Blog

Gasoline goes up yet again in Uruguay

Saturday, July 31st 2021 – 10:00 UTC Full article Paganini explained that the new price was made up combining the PPI and the ANCAP surcharge The Government of Uruguay Friday announced an increase in the price of fuel as of July 31. It is the third rise in less than two months.  A liter of super gasoline will cost UY $ 70.81 pesos (US $ 1.62 dollars), which represents a…
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Posted in Colombia

As Covid Cases Rise All Over U.S., Lower Vaccination Rates Point to Worse Outcomes

The highly contagious Delta variant is now responsible for almost all new Covid-19 cases in the United States, and cases are rising rapidly. For the first time since February, there were more than 100,000 confirmed cases on Tuesday, the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that vaccinated people should resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces in communities where the virus is surging. That updated guidance…
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Posted in Blog Uruguay

Pedro Francke: relief in Peru as moderate is made finance minister

Peru Pedro Francke: relief in Peru as moderate is made finance minister President Pedro Castillo completes his cabinet after causing shockwaves with appointment of controversial Guido Bellido as prime minister Pedro Francke, Peru’s new finance minister. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images Pedro Francke, Peru’s new finance minister. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images Dan Collyns in Lima @yachay_dc Sat 31 Jul 2021 07.21 BST Last modified on Sat 31 Jul 2021 07.22 BST…
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Posted in Blog Bolivia

Citgo should be run by an independent trust, Venezuela opposition figure says

CARACAS, July 29 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition should hand over U.S. refiner Citgo and other overseas assets that it controls to an independent trust until President Nicolas Maduro leaves power, senior opposition politician Julio Borges said in an interview this week. Washington in 2019 recognized opposition-held National Assembly speaker Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president and allowed the Assembly to authorize boards of directors to Citgo and Colombia-based petrochemicals company Monomeros,…
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