Biden administration announces new partnership with 50 countries to stifle future pandemics

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration will help 50 countries identify and respond to infectious diseases, with the goal of preventing pandemics like the COVID-19 outbreak that suddenly halted normal life around the globe in 2020. U.S. government officials will work with the countries to develop better testing, surveillance, communication and preparedness for such … Read more

China’s economy grew 5.3% in first quarter, beating expectations

[ad_1] HONG KONG — China’s economy in the first quarter beat expectations while receiving a boost from policies and an increase in demand, the government said Tuesday. The world’s second-largest economy expanded at a 5.3% annual pace in January-March, beating analysts’ forecasts of about 4.8%, official data show. Compared to the previous quarter, growth was … Read more

Paris-bound Olympians look forward to a post-COVID Games with fans in the stands

[ad_1] NEW YORK — The biggest races, routines and games for many of this generation’s Olympic athletes were contested in front of mostly empty stands, largely devoid of coaches to help them out or friends and family to cheer them on. That was three years ago at the COVID-19 Summer Olympics and two years ago … Read more

Are Americans feeling like they get enough sleep? Dream on, a new Gallup poll says

[ad_1] NEW YORK — If you’re feeling — YAWN — sleepy or tired while you read this and wish you could get some more shut-eye, you’re not alone. A majority of Americans say they would feel better if they could have more sleep, according to a new poll. But in the U.S., the ethos of … Read more

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ roars to $80M opening

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES — The Godzilla-King Kong combo stomped on expectations as “ Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire ” roared to an $80 million opening on 3,861 North American screens, according to Sunday studio estimates. The monster merger from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures starring Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry brought the second-highest … Read more

‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” roars to an $80 million box office opening

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES — The Godzilla-King Kong combo stomped on expectations as “ Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire ” roared to an $80 million opening on 3,861 North American screens, according to Sunday studio estimates. The monster merger from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures starring Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry brought the second-highest … Read more

IMF confirms increasing Egypt’s bailout loan to $8 billion

[ad_1] CAIRO — The executive board of the International Monetary Fund confirmed a deal with Egypt to increase its bailout loan from $3 billion to $8 billion, in a move that is meant to shore up the Arab country’s economy which is hit by a staggering shortage of foreign currency and soaring inflation. In a … Read more

US tuberculosis cases were at their the highest level in a decade in 2023

[ad_1] NEW YORK — The number of U.S. tuberculosis cases in 2023 were the highest in a decade, according to a new government report. Forty states reported an increase in TB, and rates were up among all age groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. More than 9,600 cases were reported, a … Read more

Cases settled: 2 ex-officials of veterans home where 76 died in the pandemic avoid jail time

[ad_1] BOSTON — Two former officials of a veterans home in Massachusetts where at least 76 people died in one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks in a long-term care facility settled their criminal case Tuesday without having to go to jail. Bennett Walsh, the former superintendent of the Veterans’ Home in Holyoke, and Dr. … Read more

Doing business in China is growing tougher, more uncertain, European business group says

[ad_1] BEIJING — Uncertainty and “draconian regulations” have drastically raised risks for foreign businesses in China, a report by a European business group said Wednesday. The lengthy paper by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China urges China’s leaders to do more to address concerns that it says have “grown exponentially” in recent years. … Read more