County Championship: Alex Lees and Sean Dickson put on 313 for Durham first wicket

Opening batters Sean Dickson and Alex Lees compiled the fourth highest partnership in Durham’s history as their County Championship match against Sussex at Hove predictably petered out to a draw. They put on 313 for the first wicket with Dickson making 186 – his highest score for Durham – and Lees 105 before both fell … Read more

Covid: Care homes ‘safest possible environment’ for patients

The Scottish government tried to create the “safest environment possible” in care homes early in the Covid pandemic, the deputy first minister has said. Bereaved families are considering legal action after a ruling in England that discharging untested hospital patients to care homes was unlawful. A Scottish public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic … Read more

Thai rebels excluded from talks take responsibility for Ramadan bombings

Separatist graffiti is seen on a road near Pattani June 6, 2014, one of three southernmost provinces of Thailand where government troops have fought Muslim insurgents since 2004. Graffiti reads “Hey Siamese – bring back our rights” REUTERS/Andrew RC Marshall BANGKOK, April 16 (Reuters) – Thai rebels sidelined from peace talks claimed responsibility on Saturday … Read more

Taiwan says China’s threats will only increase support for island

Chess pieces are seen in front of displayed China and Taiwan’s flags in this illustration taken January 25, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration TAIPEI, April 16 (Reuters) – China’s military threats against Taiwan will only increase support for the island from the United States and other democracies, the foreign ministry said after China conducted drills nearby as … Read more

Omicron-specific Sinopharm COVID vaccine candidates cleared for clinical trial

A vial labelled “Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine” is seen in this illustration taken January 16, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration BEIJING, April 16 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by a Sinopharm subsidiary and Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O) to target the Omicron variant were approved for clinical trials in Hong Kong, the companies said on Saturday. Scientists worldwide are … Read more

Moscow bars entry to Russia for UK’s Johnson, Truss, Wallace

April 16 (Reuters) – Russia’s foreign ministry said on Saturday it had barred entry to the country for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and 10 other British government members and politicians. The move was taken “in view of the unprecedented hostile action by the British Government, in … Read more

For Japanese fishing town of Nemuro, Moscow holds key to survival –

NEMURO, Japan, April 15 (Reuters) – Japanese fisherman Tsuruyuki Hansaku was barely out of high school when he served 10 months in a Soviet prison, arrested at sea on his father’s boat for catching cod in what the Russians considered their territory. The silver-maned resident of the northern Japanese fishing town of Nemuro, now 79, … Read more