Heartbreaking Photos Show Thousands Displaced After A Huge Fire Destroyed A Refugee Camp

Fires have ravaged Europe’s largest migrant camp, leaving about 12,000 people without shelter. Fanned by high winds, the blaze first broke out Tuesday at Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Large stretches of the camp burned down. Only a medical facility and some small clusters of tents were left standing, according to the New York Times. No deaths were initially reported. The fires continued through Wednesday, leaving most of the camp’s residents homeless. Police reinforcements were brought in …

Coronavirus live news: Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial put on hold; England bans gatherings of more than six

10.39pm EDT 22:39 New Zealand confirms six new cases of community transmission Charlotte Graham-McLay reports for the Guardian: New Zealand reported six new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, all spread by community transmission and connected to an outbreak in the largest city, Auckland. Health authorities are asking all members of a particular church, Mt. Roskill Evangelical Fellowship, to be tested for the coronavirus –even if they are not symptomatic or have been tested before. All six of the new cases …

‘Several Boats’ Sink at Trump Boat Parade in Central Texas Lake, Sheriff’s Office Says

Several boats sank Saturday during a Trump boat parade on Lake Travis in central Texas, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. “Our agency responded to multiple calls of boats in distress throughout the parade and several boats did sink,” a spokesperson with the sheriff’s office told TIME. She added that a first call of a boat in distress came in at 12:15 p.m. and the latest one was responded to just before 2 p.m. A spokesperson with the Austin-Travis …

Deposed president evacuated from Mali for medical treatment

The Malian president ousted by a military coup in August has been evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment after hospitalization in Mali By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 5, 2020, 10:14 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted by a military coup in August, was evacuated late Saturday to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, a diplomat said. The 75-year-old’s health has been in question since he was …

Drugmakers seek to reassure public about coronavirus vaccine with joint pledge on safety

A group of drugmakers competing to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market plan to issue a public statement as soon as next week that says they will not seek government approval until enough data has been collected to ensure the drugs are safe and effective, CNBC confirmed Saturday. An early draft of the joint statement promises to prioritize the safety of vaccinated people, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the plans to issue a statement. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson …

Japan’s Suga signals ultra-easy monetary policy to continue

Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary of Japan, speaks during a press conference. Akio Kon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a frontrunner to be the next prime minister, said he would like the central bankt o continue its ultra-loose monetary policy as the economy is still struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview that ran on Saturday in the Nikkei newspaper, Suga also said he would consider compiling another economic stimulus …

Iraq may ‘lose control’ after record coronavirus cases: Live

Iraq’s health ministry has warned hospitals may “lose control” in the coming days as the country has recorded its highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman said, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety. Brazil’s caseload topped four million as Australia extended its ban on international travel for three more months …

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?

A new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has spread to at least 188 countries on six continents, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of the pathogen a pandemic.  More than 870,000 have died from the virus worldwide and the number of reported cases has exceeded 26.4 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 17.5 million people have recovered so far. More: International fears grow with virus deaths in Italy, South Korea …

Ex-Malian president Keita hospitalized at private clinic

The Malian president who was ousted in a military coup last month has been hospitalized at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old’s health after being detained for 10 days by the junta By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 1, 2020, 11:03 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted in a military coup last month, was hospitalized late Tuesday at a private clinic, intensifying fears about the 75-year-old’s health after being …

Layleen Polanco’s Family Settles $5.9 Million Lawsuit After Her Death in Solitary Confinement at NYC’s Rikers Island

(NEW YORK) — The family of a transgender woman with epilepsy who died in an isolated cell in New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has settled its lawsuit with the city for $5.9 million, the family’s lawyer said. The settlement was reached Friday in the federal lawsuit over the June 7, 2019, death of Layleen Polanco. The terms of the settlement were not made public. But David Shanies, the lawyer for Polanco’s family, confirmed published reports about the settlement …

Elon Musk demonstrates brain-computer tech Neuralink in live pigs

A pig with a Neuralink implant. Screengrab of live demo Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, conducted a live demo of its technology on Friday, showing a coin-sized device without wires. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO brought along three pigs, who had varying levels of interest in cooperating. Eventually, the audience was shown real-time neural signals from one of the pigs, which Musk named Gertrude. According to Musk, Gertrude has had the implant for about two months.  The start-up, which …

UAE ends boycott of Israel, permits economic and financial deals

A cargo plane operated by Etihad Airways prepares to land at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv on June 9, 2020. The United Arab Emirates flew its first publicly announced flight to Israel on May 20, when Etihad sent medical supplies to help Palestinians cope with the coronavirus. Jack Guez | AFP | Getty Images The president of the United Arab Emirates has issued a decree canceling a law on boycotting Israel and allowing trade and financial agreements between …

These Scientists Are Still Studying The World’s Most Controversial Drug, But They Can’t Find Enough People To Take It

BuzzFeed News; John Phillips / Getty Images When Nicholas White decided to launch a clinical trial about hydroxychloroquine, he didn’t know he’d picked the soon-to-be most controversial drug in the world. Early on in the pandemic, his research team set out to see if the malaria medication could prevent coronavirus infections, something test-tube research hinted at. Their goal: to sign up 40,000 healthcare workers. The count, since April: about 100. Months ago, trials like this one were flooded with volunteers …

Russia’s coronavirus cases surpass 980,000: Live news

Russia’s coronavirus cases surpass 980,000 after the country reports 4,829 new cases in the last 24 hours. The number of coronavirus cases in Latin America surpassed seven million, as legislators in Argentina’s capital passed a law allowing relatives to maintain a bedside vigil for patients dying of COVID-19. South Korea extended social distancing rules in the capital, Seoul, amid a triple-digit rise in cases while India reported another record jump in daily cases. New Delhi has reported the world’s highest …

What They Saw: Ex-Prisoners Detail The Horrors Of China’s Detention Camps

This is Part 2 of a BuzzFeed News investigation. For Part 1, click here. This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism. ALMATY — Maybe the police officers call you first. Or maybe they show up at your workplace and ask your boss if they can talk to you. In all likelihood they will come for you at night, after you’ve gone to bed. In Nursaule’s case, …

Putin: Russia is ready to provide security help to Belarus

MINSK, Belarus — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that he stands ready to send police to Belarus if protests there turn violent but sees no such need yet, while Belarusian police dispersed a protest in the capital with renewed vigor Thursday, detaining about 180 people and raising pressure on the opposition. Belarus’ authoritarian president of 26 years, Alexander Lukashenko, has been facing weeks of protests against his reelection to a sixth term in the Aug. 9 vote, which the opposition …

‘Our hands are tied’: Local aid workers exposed in pandemic

JOHANNESBURG — The coronavirus is exposing an uncomfortable inequality in the billion-dollar system that delivers life-saving aid for countries in crisis: Most money that flows from the U.S. and other donors goes to international aid groups instead of local ones. Now local aid workers are exposed on the pandemic’s front lines with painfully few means to help the vulnerable communities they know so well. Often lacking protective equipment, the groups are carrying a bigger burden than ever as COVID-19 adds …

Warren and Markey Demand Transparency Over FDA Decision To Authorize Plasma Treatment

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are demanding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provide all communications between the agency and the White House to determine whether the recent emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma treatment for coronavirus patients was politically motivated. In a letter to the agency obtained by HuffPost on Tuesday, the Massachusetts Democrats called the FDA’s authorization decision “troubling,” given limited evidence of the treatment’s effectiveness on COVID-19 patients. The EUA allows for the distribution of convalescent …

Google is investing $100 million in telehealth provider Amwell, which will use Google Cloud

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Alphabet’s Google Cloud, speaks at the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco on April 9, 2019. Michael Short | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google‘s cloud division is investing $100 million in Amwell, formerly known as American Well, a company that builds technology for virtual doctors’ visits. The company has filed to go public, and Google’s investment will be a concurrent private placement at the IPO price. As part of the partnership, Amwell will move parts of …

Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong man’s second Covid-19 infection gives rise to immunity concerns

1.55pm EDT 13:55 That’s all from me today. Jessica Murray will keep the blog warm throughout the evening. Here is a summary of what has been a fairly quiet day on the blog: A Hong Kong man has caught Covid again four months after he recovered from his first bout, in what medics says is the first confirmed case of human re-infection. Usain Bolt may or may not have Covid — but he is definitely self-isolating. There is “very low …