Can Germany’s new chancellor Olaf Scholz revive the left in

BERLIN (NYTIMES) – Last December, as he was plotting what most considered to be a hopeless bid to become Germany’s next chancellor, Mr Olaf Scholz interrupted his campaign preparations for a video call with an American philosopher. Mr Scholz, a Social Democrat, wanted to talk to philosopher Michael J. Sandel of Harvard, about why centre-left […]Read More

South Africa students shrug off Omicron and fret about exams

PRETORIA (REUTERS, AFP) – The students knew their South African university was the epicentre of a new Covid-19 variant spreading panic across the globe, but over the past week, many worried more about how Omicron would mess up exams and holiday plans than about catching it. At the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in the […]Read More

Communication Resources for Travelers

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World Bank says its funding helped deliver 100 million Covid-19

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The World Bank said on Monday (Dec 6) its funding had helped deliver 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines around the world and this would reach the 150 million mark by the end of the month, if doses arrive as expected. World Bank president David Malpass said the multilateral development bank had […]Read More

Urea is in short supply, and the whole world is

SEOUL (NYTIMES) – This is a story about one of those unsung forces that quietly keep the world running. It is a story about the clockwork interconnectedness of modern civilisation, about how disturbances in one part of the planet can kick up storms in another. This is a story, naturally, about urea. Prices for the […]Read More

New Zealand diplomats won’t attend Winter Olympics in China

WELLINGTON (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) – New Zealand will not be represented at a diplomatic level at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said. “We’ve already made clear that we won’t be there at a ministerial level,” Mr Robertson told Television New Zealand on Tuesday (Dec 7) in Wellington. “We […]Read More

South Africa fuels Omicron hope as hospitalisations remain in check

CAPE TOWN (BLOOMBERG) – South Africa’s surge in Covid-19 cases following the emergence of the Omicron variant has not overwhelmed hospitals so far, prompting some cautious optimism that the new strain may cause mostly mild illness. Initial data from South Africa, the epicentre of the outbreak of the Omicron variant, is “a bit encouraging regarding […]Read More