Netherlands PM Extends COVID-19 Lockdown to February 9

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Tuesday the government is extending its COVID-19 restrictions by three weeks, to February 9, expressing concern about the new so-called “British variant” of the virus. At a televised news conference in Th…

Parler Social Network Sues Amazon After Ban

Social media platform Parler has sued Amazon in response to being removed from Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s web hosting services. Calling the deplatforming a “death blow,” Parler said Amazon engaged in antitrust violations, breached its con…

India Aims to Inoculate 300 Million by July

NEW DELHI – India will roll out an ambitious nationwide vaccination drive against COVID-19 on Saturday, aiming to inoculate 300 million people, or nearly one quarter of the population, by July. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Monday that with the upc…

British, South African COVID Variants Spreading Around Globe

The British variant of the COVID-19 virus, thought by scientists to be much more contagious, has been found in France and Russia, according to news reports Sunday. Russia, which has recorded more than 3 million cases of the virus, had already suspended…

Pope Francis: COVID-19 Inoculation An ‘Ethical Choice’

Pope Francis says the decision to get the COVID vaccine is a matter of ethics.“It is an ethical choice because you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others,” Francis said in an interview with Ita…

California is Desperate, but Volunteer Health Corps Dwindles

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – California desperately needs more medical workers at facilities swamped by coronavirus patients, but almost no help is coming from a volunteer program that Governor Gavin Newsom created at the start of the pandemic. An army of …