Daily News Briefing: ‘Greed & Capitalism’ vaccine success – 14 arrested in latest ‘Kill the Bill’ protests
‘Greed’ and ‘capitalism’ helped UK’s vaccines success, says PM
BBC News says Boris Johnson has told a private meeting of Tory MPs that the UK got its Covid vaccinations underway quickly thanks to “capitalism” and “greed”.
Sources said the PM had “very insistently” withdrawn his comments straight after making them. And the remarks were not made in connection to the EU/UK vaccine row.
His full remarks were reported to be: “The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.”
Latest Bristol policing protest culminates in 14 arrests
The Guardian says police have moved in to disperse demonstrators in Bristol, two days after another protest that descended into rioting in the city. The demonstration overnight ended with 14 people arrested.
Around 130 people gathered at College Green in the evening – it was the latest ‘Kill the Bill’ protest in the city, against the government’s policing bill which gives cops new powers to tackle demonstrations.
Exit polls show no clear winner in Israeli election, possibly extending stalemate
France24 says PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed to secure a solid parliamentary majority in Israel’s election but a potential deal with a rival rightist could make him the eventual winner.
Not even a campaign in which Netanyahu showcased Israel’s world-beating COVID-19 vaccination rollout could breakthrough two years of political deadlock underscored by four elections.
Israel’s centre-left made a better showing than expected, according to the exit polls, after highlighting longstanding corruption allegations against Netanyahu and accusing him of mishandling the pandemic.
Yemen coronavirus committee calls for ‘state of emergency’
Arab News says Yemen’s coronavirus committee urged the government to declare a public health “state of emergency” after a surge in infections in the war-torn country.
Six years of civil war has left Yemen’s weak health care system in ruins, and this week the country reported more than 100 cases in a day, much higher than figures at the beginning of the year.
It has officially recorded some 3,500 cases of COVID-19 including 771 deaths since the pandemic began, but testing is scant.
‘India desires cordial relations’: Modi in letter to Pakistan PM
Aljazeera says Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his Imran Khan, saying he desires cordial relations with Pakistan, as relations thaw between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Modi wrote to PM Imran Khan to congratulate him on the country’s annual Pakistan Day, which commemorates a resolution passed on March 23, 1940 when the subcontinent was under British colonial rule.
On that day, the subcontinent’s Muslim political leadership in the eastern city of Lahore demanded Muslim-majority states be given an “independent state” status.
Brazil posts daily record of more than 3,000 Covid deaths
TRT World says Brazil’s daily Covid-19 death toll has soared past 3,000 for the first time as the hard-hit country struggled to contain a surge of cases that has pushed many hospitals to breaking point.
The health ministry registered a record 3,251 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing Brazil’s overall death toll to nearly 299,000 – second only to the United States.
The latest bleak milestone came on the same day President Jair Bolsonaro installed his fourth health minister of the pandemic, facing pressure to change tack after downplaying the virus and flouting expert advice on containing it.
Colorado Shooting Victims: Store Staffers, Cop, Photographer
VOA says three were gunned down while putting in a day’s work at a Colorado supermarket. Another was a police officer who raced in to try to rescue them and others from the attack that left 10 dead.
A picture of the victims of Monday’s shooting began to emerge a day later, when the suspect in the killings was booked into jail on murder charges after being treated at a hospital.
Those who lost their lives at the King Soopers store in Boulder ranged from 20 years old to 65. They included a magazine photographer, a Medicare agent with a passion for theatre and others going about their days at a busy shopping plaza.
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