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4 dead as bomber hits Pakistan police protecting polio teams

Nov. 30, 2022 05:29 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near a truck carrying police officers on their way to protect polio workers near Quetta Wednesday, killing a police officer and three civilians from the same family who was traveling nearby in a car. The bombing also wounded 23 others,...

Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

Nov. 30, 2022 05:20 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A campaign to vaccinate the elderly has sparked hopes China might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign, but the country faces daunting hurdles and up to a year of hard work before “zero COVID” can end. ...

Syria receives cholera vaccines ahead of inoculation drive

Nov. 30, 2022 04:39 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria has received two million doses of cholera vaccines, the first to reach the country during a months-long outbreak, the country's health ministry said Wednesday. The war-torn country has been suffering from a cholera outbreak since September and has...

China vows crackdown on 'hostile forces' as public tests Xi

Nov. 30, 2022 04:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces,” following the largest street demonstrations in decades staged by citizens fed up with strict anti-virus restrictions. The statement...

EXPLAINER: Why are China's COVID rules so strict?

Nov. 29, 2022 20:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China set out its “zero-COVID” measures that were harsh, but not out of line with what many other countries were doing to try and contain the virus. While most other nations saw the health and safety regulations as temporary until...

Naturopath who sold fake vaccine cards gets nearly 3 years

Nov. 29, 2022 20:27 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A naturopathic doctor who sold fake COVID-19 immunization treatments and fraudulent vaccination cards during the height of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced in California on Tuesday to nearly three years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Juli A. Mazi...

New Mexico sues tobacco companies over settlement payments

Nov. 29, 2022 20:24 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is suing more than a dozen tobacco companies, accusing them of conspiracy and breach of contract. Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the legal challenge Tuesday, claiming that the companies have been withholding portions of annual...

Twitter ends enforcement of COVID misinformation policy

Nov. 29, 2022 16:50 PM EST

Twitter will no longer enforce its policy against COVID-19 misinformation, raising concerns among public health experts and social media researchers that the change could have serious consequences if it discourages vaccination and other efforts to combat the still-spreading virus. ...

China sends students home, police patrol to curb protests

Nov. 29, 2022 11:55 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese universities sent students home and police fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent more protests Tuesday after crowds angered by severe anti-virus restrictions called for leader Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. ...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Nov. 29, 2022 07:17 AM EST

Indianapolis Business Journal. November 25, 2022. Editorial: Legislature should consider full funding for public health Hoosiers are an unhealthy lot. It’s been well-documented. In study after study, Indiana consistently ranks among the nation’s...