Gabrielle Reyes

Articles by Gabrielle Reyes

Mozambique: Polio Outbreak Causes Public Health Emergency

Mozambican state health authorities declared a “public health emergency” on Wednesday in an effort to contain a case of wild poliovirus confirmed in a child in the nation’s western Tete province days earlier, the state-run Mozambique News Agency (AIM) reported on Thursday.

Polio Ward Overburdened in Nigeria KANO, NIGERIA - APRIL 13: A child with polio has his legs massaged at the polio ward of Murtala Muhammed Public Hospital April 13, 2005, in Kano, Nigeria. Polio, a disease that health workers once had hoped to eradicate worldwide by 2005, is on the …

China Sends Its Most Powerful Bombers near Japan as Biden Arrives in Asia

China’s military deployed its “most powerful bombers” to conduct drills near Taiwan on Wednesday just 48 hours before U.S. President Joe Biden embarked on a six-day East Asia tour on Friday in what observers believe may have been a show of defiance against Washington’s support of Taipei’s sovereignty, China’s state-run Global Times reported on Thursday.

A China's H-6 bomber jet flies over the capital city in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. China has banned flying kites, drones and captive pigeons over central Beijing for more than two weeks as it prepares for a military parade and other celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Communist …

Taiwan, First to Warn of Chinese Coronavirus, Says W.H.O. Is Ignoring It Again

Taiwan on Thursday accused the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) of failing to remain politically neutral by declining to offer Taipei an “observer status” seat at an upcoming W.H.O. assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, implying that the United Nations (U.N.) public health body has expressed anti-Taiwan bias encouraged by Beijing.

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W.H.O.: Nigeria at Risk of ‘Ongoing Transmission’ of Monkeypox

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) warned on Monday that a recent case of monkeypox confirmed in a person who traveled from Nigeria to the U.K. in recent days indicates that there is a “risk of ongoing transmission” of the virus in the West African nation, Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Blood samples are drawn from a boy who didn't display any sign of monkeypox despite his all family has been contaminated, while at a quarantine area of the centre of the International medical NGO Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans frontieres - MSF), in Zomea Kaka, in the Lobaya region, in …

Coronavirus: Beijing Students Tear Down Metal Fence Trapping Them Inside Dorms

Peking University students in Beijing on Sunday night tore down part of a metal fence that administrators erected without warning hours earlier after the students realized it effectively sealed them inside their dormitories and prevented them from accessing any other section of the campus as part of the school’s anti-Chinese coronavirus protocol, Hong Kong’s the Standard newspaper reported.

This picture shows the logo of Peking University in Beijing on May 16, 2022. - Hundreds of students at an elite Beijing university protested on May 15 against strict Covid-19 curbs, in a rare show of defiance as anger mounts over virus control measures. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP) …

Zimbabwe: Food Shortage Fears Grow as Bird Swarms Invade Major Farms

Massive flocks of the red-billed quelea bird — a notorious African crop pest — have decimated grain harvests across farms in western Zimbabwe in recent weeks, causing fears of a local food shortage in the near future, the online newspaper New Zimbabwe reported Monday.

Red-billed quelea flock flying back and forth between trees and the waterhole in the Kalahari, South Africa

Sri Lanka Runs Out of Fuel, Says it Faces ‘Most Difficult’ Summer

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced on Monday that his nation had “run out” of petroleum-based fuel during a national address in which he predicted that the next two months will be “the most difficult ones of our lives,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Motorists queue up to buy fuel at a Ceylon Petroleum Corporation fuel station in Colombo on May 2, 2022. - A strike by owners of fuel tankers over the weekend renewed Sri Lanka's long queues for diesel and petrol on May 2 as pumps ran dry, compounding the island nation's …

Nigeria: Muslim College Student Mob Beats, Burns Christian to Death over Alleged ‘Blasphemy’

A mob of Muslim students at a college in northern Nigeria beat a fellow student to death and burned her corpse on campus on Thursday after accusing the woman of “blasphemy” against Islam for allegedly suggesting her peers stop posting religious content on a student-run instant messaging group, the Nigerian online newspaper the Paradise News reported on Friday.

A mob of Muslim students at a college in northern Nigeria beat a fellow student to death and burned her corpse on campus on Thursday after accusing the woman of "blasphemy" against Islam for allegedly suggesting her peers stop posting religious content on a student-run instant messaging group, the Nigerian online …

Satellite Photos Suggest China Practicing Missile Strikes on Taiwan, Guam

Recent satellite images appear to suggest that China’s military has been practicing missile strikes on mock-ups of ships and targets resembling those operated by the Taiwanese and U.S. militaries in Taiwan and in the U.S. territory of Guam, respectively, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday.

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles, potentially capable of sinking a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a single strike, pass by Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, …

Cuba Tells Farmers to Use Human Urine as Fertilizer

A Cuban state-run newspaper recently promoted an article touting the alleged benefits of using human urine as an agricultural fertilizer, the independent website Cubanet reported on Wednesday.

Cuban farmers work in their lands in Vinales, Pinar del Rio province, Cuba, on January 10, 2021.

Expert: Sri Lanka Has Only 3 Days of Fuel Left

A Sri Lankan petroleum industry leader told reporters Thursday there is a limited amount of fuel to distribute among Sri Lankans and this supply is expected to last no more than two to three days, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.

Sri Lankans wait in a queue to buy kerosene oil for cooking outside a fuel station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Sri Lanka's defense ministry ordered security forces on Tuesday to shoot anyone causing injury to people or property to contain widespread arson and mob violence targeting …

Shanghai Lockdown Causing Global Medical Imaging Supply Shortage

General Electric (GE) Healthcare said on Wednesday a shortage of medical dye caused by a Chinese coronavirus lockdown of its production plant in Shanghai, China, has affected not only hospitals in the U.S. and Germany but also in other regions of the world, Reuters reported.

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DR Congo: Infants as Young as 6 Months ‘Chopped Up by Machetes’

The army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) confirmed on Tuesday that machete-wielding men killed at least 15 residents of a displaced persons’ camp in eastern DRC on Monday night, including infants as young as six months old, Al Jazeera reported.

Soldiers drive through the streets of Rutshuru in their cars days after clashes with the M23 rebels in Rutshuru, 70 kilometers from the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on April 4, 2022. (Photo by Guerchom NDEBO / AFP) (Photo by GUERCHOM NDEBO/AFP via Getty Images)

Shanghai Lockdown Causes Toyota to Halt Production at 8 Plants

Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend the operation of 14 production lines across eight factories in Japan for nearly one week later this month as part of the Japanese automaker’s effort to cope with a microchip shortage caused by a month-plus Chinese coronavirus lockdown of Shanghai, China, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

Workers assemble fourth generation Toyota Prius cars on the production line at the company's Tsutsumi assembly plant in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture on December 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

Japan: Chinese Invasion of Our Waters ‘Intolerable’

Japan’s government on Monday filed a diplomatic protest with Beijing over the violation of its maritime territory by China Coast Guard vessels near the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea earlier that same day, Kyodo News reported

Japanese nationalists carry national flags and placards during a rally over the Senkaku islands issue, known as the Diaoyu islands in China, in Tokyo on September 18, 2012. Two Japanese activists landed on an island at the centre of a bitter dispute with China on September 18, the government in …

U.S. Troops ‘Mistakenly’ Open Fire on Iraqi Kurdish Neighborhood

U.S. military forces stationed at Al-Harir Air Base in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Region “mistakenly” fired on at least 11 civilian homes and one civilian car on Monday night in the nearby town of Shaqlawa, the Kurdish news website Rudaw reported.

U.S. Army soldiers move through Qayara West Coalition base in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Kurdish peshmerga forces continued their push on the town of Bashiqa, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) northeast of Mosul. The town is believed to be largely deserted except …

Shanghai Lockdown Forced Boy to Live Alone in Apartment for 66 Days

A 13-year-old boy was recently forced to live alone at his family’s apartment home in China’s Kunshan city for 66 consecutive days after his parents visited neighboring Shanghai for medical treatment in late February and became trapped in the city when it was locked down to contain its latest epidemic of the Chinese coronavirus, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Monday.

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Shanghai’s Month-Plus Lockdown Expands to Suburbs

The month-plus Chinese coronavirus lockdown of Shanghai expanded to include nearby suburban communities on Monday, the state-run Global Times reported, revealing Chinese health officials “sealed off” residential compounds in the county of Tonglu and the city of Jiangyin after detecting fresh outbreaks of the disease in local populations.

Health workers in protective gear walk out from a blocked off area after spraying disinfectant in Shanghai's Huangpu district on January 27, 2021, after residents were evacuated following the detection of a few cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the neighbourhood. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by …

China Violates Taiwan’s Airspace, Surrounds Island

China’s military on Friday staged its second-largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) this year, ordering 18 warplanes to fly through the special zone, the Taipei Times reported on Saturday.

A F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off during an annual drill at an air base in Taitung City, southeast Taiwan on January 30, 2018. Taiwanese troops staged live-fire exercises January 30 to simulate fending off an attempted invasion, as the island's main threat China steps up pressure on President Tsai Ing-Wen. …