The thud of drums and chanting filled streets across Brazil. A day of protest on the day official figures recorded over 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. The infection rates are officially between 80,000 and 100,000 people every day. But that is the recorded cases, experts say the real figure could be two, three or even four
The number of coronavirus deaths in Brazil has surpassed half a million as experts warn the outbreak there may worsen due to delayed vaccinations and government failures. The number of deaths has risen to 500,800 after a further 2,301 fatalities were confirmed in the past 24 hours, the health ministry has confirmed. The country has
The pandemic has made life a “nightmare” for some couples living in different countries – and they now want governments to do more to help them reunite. Here are some of their stories. Catriona, from Scotland, and Hugo, from France, met while working together in Finland in 2019. Their trip got cut short by the
Couples who have been separated because of COVID-related travel restrictions are urging governments around the world to do more so they can be reunited. Iain Martin, 45, from Colchester in Essex, wed his American fiancée Puja 19 months ago, but has only been able to spend a few weeks with her. He applied for a
A piece of music by Mozart can have an anti-epileptic effect on the brain and may be a possible treatment to prevent seizures, according to a new study. Researchers at the Hospital St Anne and CEITEC Masaryk University in the Czech Republic found that listening to Mozart’s Sonata For Two Pianos K448 reduced epileptiform discharges
The brutal murder of a French film producer more than two decades ago has scarred the tiny town of Schull on the southwest coast of Ireland. Locals there are still reluctant to talk publicly about the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, according to Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jim Sheridan, who was spent several years investigating the
An illegal rave in a field in France turned violent when police attempted to break up the party – and one man lost his hand in the clashes. The rave was advertised on social media but authorities banned the event under coronavirus rules. Nevertheless, some 1,500 people turned up to the field in Redon, Brittany.
Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi has taken a big lead in Iran’s presidential election and his rivals have conceded defeat, according to state TV. Mr Raisi has taken an unassailable lead in the election, winning 17.8 million votes, an interior ministry official said. His closest rival, Mohsen Rezaei, a senior conservative general, won just 3.3 million
A message in a bottle that travelled more than 2,000 miles (3,200km) has received a response – three years after beginning its epic journey. Sean Smith, who is now 16, had sent out the missive while on holiday in Rhode Island on Thanksgiving in 2018. A note inside read: “It is Thanksgiving. I am 13
Brazil is likely to pass the awful mark of 500,000 COVID-related deaths in the next two days. Only the United States has a higher number of dead across the world. Currently averaging 2,500 deaths a day, Brazil’s P1 variant has long been identified as a highly virulent cause for concern, prompting travel bans to most
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen has been discharged from hospital and visited his teammates nearly a week after collapsing on the pitch. The Danish football association said Eriksen has been through a successful operation, following his cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game with Finland on Saturday. The association tweeted: “Christian Eriksen has been through a successful
A Greek helicopter pilot has been charged with the murder of his British wife after claiming she was killed during a robbery at their home outside of Athens. Babis Anagnostopoulos appeared in court in the Greek capital in handcuffs and wearing a bulletproof vest. He is due to return next week to give evidence. Police
AstraZeneca and the EU have both claimed victory in a court ruling over the supply of COVID-19 vaccines. The two sides have had a rocky relationship over the past few months, with the European Union accusing the vaccine maker of not producing supplies fast enough. AstraZeneca was contracted to do its best to deliver 300
Italy is introducing a mandatory five-day quarantine for visitors from Britain from Monday amid growing concerns over the Delta coronavirus variant. They will also have to be tested for COVID, the country’s health minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday. But curbs will be relaxed on travellers from a number of other countries. Image: Italy is
It is often said that water is a blessing in South Sudan but the people who live in this impoverished nation have been given good reason to reconsider an unquestionable truth. Two years of unprecedented flooding has changed the way the country looks, with thousands of kilometres of rich agricultural land now lying under water.
A Greek man suspected of murdering his British wife after claiming she was killed during a robbery at their home tried to create a convincing crime scene by placing their baby next to her dead mother, according to police. Babis Anagnostopoulos is also accused of choking the family dog to death with its lead in