January 2021

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 27, 2020, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte gestures as he takes part in a press conference with the French President during a Franco-Italian summit at the Royal Palace in Naples, southern Italy. - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will resign January 26, 2021, his office said on January 25, 2021, in what media reports said was a move to secure a mandate for a new government after weeks of turmoil. A statement from Conte's office said he had called a cabinet meeting for 9:00am (0800 GMT) "during which the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, will inform the ministers of his desire to go to the Quirinale (President Sergio Mattarella's office) to resign". (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP)
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What’s next for Italy after PM Conte’s resignation?

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte's resignation has triggered a fresh leadership crisis with the country reeling from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 85,000 people
A nurse prepares an injection of the Sinovac's CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine as nationwide vaccination began for seniors of 75-year-old or older at Sancaktepe Education and Research Hospital, in Istanbul, on January 28, 2021. (Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP)
A nurse prepares an injection of the Sin […]

‘Vaccine nationalism’: the big divide

None of the world's 29 poorest countries have started Covid-19 vaccination drives, leading to growing calls for a fair and equitable distribution of these life-saving jabs
A biochimist prepares samples as she works on a XAV-19 anti covid treatment as part of a clinical trial run at the Xenothera Biotech laboratory at Nantes University hospital, western France, on January 25, 2021. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
A biochimist prepares samples as she wor […]

Why scientists think UK variant could be more deadly

The announcement that the coronavirus strain sweeping Britain could be more deadly as well as more transmissible has raised fresh concerns about the variant that has spread to dozens of countries
Climate change activists block traffic in the City of London financial district during environmental protests by the Extinction Rebellion group in London on April 25, 2019. - Environmental protesters caused disruption in London's financial district, including at the London Stock Exchange where activists glued themselves to the entrance, before winding up days of demonstrations that have blocked parts of the British captial. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Climate change activists block traffic i […]

Two-thirds of world see ‘climate emergency’: UN survey

Nearly two-thirds of 1.2 million people polled worldwide say humanity faces a climate emergency, according to a UN survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken
Grave diggers bury the coffin of a Covid-19 coronavirus victim at a special cemetery in Bogor on January 26, 2021, as Indonesia passed more than one million Covid-19 cases, and the archipelago launches one of the world's biggest vaccine drives to clamp down on a soaring infection rate. (Photo by ADITYA AJI / AFP)
Grave diggers bury the coffin of a Covid […]

Record 18,000 daily virus toll worldwide

More than 18,000 people worldwide died of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to an AFP count based on official figures, a new grim record amid the battle to stem the pandemic
View of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, in Cusco, Peru during its reopening ceremony on November 01, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu reopened on Sunday in the framework of a gradual decrease in COVID-19 contagions in Peru, after remaining empty almost eight months, affecting the tourism sector severely
View of the archaeological site of Machu […]

Covid-19 prompts rethink of mass tourism

The coronavirus pandemic has forced famous tourist destinations to question their business model, though economic realities are likely to stand in the way of major changes