Enlarge this image Protesters rallying against a COVID lockdown gather along a Beijing street where with candles are lit for the victims a deadly fire in the city of Urumqi. Michael Zhang/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michael Zhang/AFP via Getty Images Protesters rallying against a COVID lockdown gather along a Beijing street where with candles are lit for the victims a deadly fire in the city of Urumqi. Michael Zhang/AFP via Getty Images Qemernisa Abdurahman had already survived both a government crackdown that split up her family and endured more than 100 days in lockdown, when the apartment she shared with her four youngest children in the city of Urumqi caught fire last Friday. The blaze took more than three hours to extinguish, according to authorities — in large part because the building's entrances had been blocked off and many of the doors locked, according to neighbors and witnesses. In the end, Abdurahman, 48, and … [Read more...] about How a deadly fire in Xinjiang prompted protests unseen in China in three decades
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A huge deadly snake has been filmed coming at a man in an "incredibly rare" defensive display. The video, which was taken by snake catcher Jake Stinson of Jake's Reptile Relocations in Bundaberg, Australia , shows the incredibly venomous snake emerging from a bag and slithering straight towards him. Stinson backs away slowly from the serpent. The Eastern Brown then turns to the side and begins to flee through the grass. The snake catcher said on Facebook , the experience would "leave anyone in need of a change of undies." Eastern brown snakes are highly venomous and responsible for the most snake bite deaths in the country. It is known for having a nervous temperament, but like all snakes, it does not bite unless it is threatened. Stinson said in a Facebook post that this "highly confused defensive response" from the snake was "incredibly rare." The snake catcher had never experienced this before. Stinson told Newsweek : "In my opinion there is no snake more … [Read more...] about Huge deadly snake comes at man in ‘incredibly rare’ defensive move
Thousands took to the streets in China over the weekend in the largest public protests the country has seen in decades. Demonstrators gathered in at least ten cities — including Shanghai and Beijing — calling for the resignation of President Xi Jinping over draconian COVID-19 policies that have seen hundreds of millions of people fenced into their apartment buildings. On Sunday night, CBS News spoke with one of the demonstrators as she joined a crowd of protesters on the streets of Shanghai. The woman, whose identity we're protecting because speaking with the media could get her arrested, said residents were "very angry" over the rolling lockdowns that have disrupted life in China for years. She said she and her friends don't support the Chinese government's management of COVID, adding, "Nobody around me supports the policy." As she spoke, police rushed the crowd of protesters, and the woman was dragged away by friends. In videos circulated online, other protesters on … [Read more...] about China’s Xi Jinping faces calls to step down as deadly fire sparks unprecedented protests over “zero-COVID” policy
Hospitals overwhelmed by respiratory illness. Doctors telling families to mask up for the holidays. Important medical supplies unavailable for purchase. No, this isn't a reposted article from 2020. America is once again in the midst of an epidemic, and once again it is unable to provide for itself. The diseases are different this time, and there are no ridiculous economic lockdowns on the horizon, but one important lesson is the same––our reliance on foreign nations for critical goods is dangerous and unsustainable. We need to bring pharmaceutical manufacturing back to America, and every moment that we stand idle puts millions of people in jeopardy. This fall, the spread of RSV in children and related bacterial infections prompted a run on pharmacies for the antibiotic amoxicillin. Far-flung supply chains, still backed up from the initial shock of COVID-19, have been unable to compensate for the surge in demand. The result is a national shortage of the drug––and widespread … [Read more...] about Amoxicillin Shortage Shows the Need for Domestic Drug Production
The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) in Guatemala has reporte d that lava flow formed on the north side of the Pacaya Volcano. The volcano, which is the neighbor of the Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire), had a lava flow of 164 feet long and 65 feet wide on Wednesday, according to the Insivumeh. Explosions from the volcano can be as high as 656 feet, the institute reported. The volcano has no relation to the Fuego Volcano, and the lava activity is pretty normal, according to the Insivumeh. The Pacaya Volcano is near Guatemala city and is one of the country's most active volcanoes. Over the years, the volcano is known for strombolian activity, which means it can produce moderate eruptions. Pacaya Volcano activity is just the latest in Guatemala volcanic activity after the first eruption of the Fuego Volcano on Sunday, which left 75 people dead and at least 200 people missing. There have been only 23 people identified this … [Read more...] about What Is the Pacaya Volcano?