Typhoon Vamco death toll rises to 53, with 22 missing in Philippines

Typhoon Vamco death toll rises to 53, with 22 missing in Philippines

At least 53 people have died following floods, landslides and other accidents caused by Typhoon Vamco in the Philippines, police and disaster officials said on Saturday.

WHO plans to set up pathogen depot to speed up response to outbreaks

WHO plans to set up pathogen depot to speed up response to outbreaks

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that countries urgently need a system for sharing medical samples and a central storage facility for pathogens, UN health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday in Geneva.

G20 finance ministers endorse framework to restructure debt

G20 finance ministers endorse framework to restructure debt

Finance ministers of the Group of 20 leading economies (G20) have formally endorsed a framework aimed at addressing developing countries’ debt on a case-by-case approach, they said in a statement on Friday.

Typhoon Vamco leaves 42 dead, 20 missing in Philippines

Typhoon Vamco leaves 42 dead, 20 missing in Philippines

Typhoon Vamco blew out of the Philippines on Friday, leaving behind 42 dead and 20 missing after landslides and the worst flooding in years, including in the capital Manila, police and disaster relief officials said.

Vatican offers free coronavirus tests to the poor in Rome

Vatican offers free coronavirus tests to the poor in Rome

The Vatican has been offering free coronavirus swab tests as part of its charity for the poor in Rome, it said in a statement on Thursday.

Democrats urge Republicans to ‘accept reality’ and focus on pandemic

Democrats urge Republicans to ‘accept reality’ and focus on pandemic

Top Democrats in the US Congress on Thursday called on Republicans to accept President Donald Trump’s election defeat and to focus instead on addressing the surging coronavirus pandemic.

New Congress: House Democrats will have a majority, but fewer members

New Congress: House Democrats will have a majority, but fewer members

Democrats will have a smaller majority in the House next year after a campaign in which they tried to expand the battlefield deeper into Republican territory only to see districts won two years ago snap back to their GOP leanings.

EU executive wants Health Union after fractured pandemic response

EU executive wants Health Union after fractured pandemic response

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed the creation of a new European Health Union in light of fractured EU government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.