Wading into an acrimonious debate over booster doses, researchers in Israel reported on Wednesday that a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine can prevent both infections and severe illness in adults older than 60 for at least 12 days. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine,Continue Reading

LVIV, Ukraine — For many Ukrainians facing Russia’s invasion, there is hope the daily battles can be won: A soldier may beat back his enemies. A rescuer might miraculously pull a survivor from rubble. A doctor could save a life. But in one line of work, also deeply affected byContinue Reading

SEOUL — At least seven people were killed and dozens of others injured after an explosion started a fire on Thursday at the offices of a law firm in the southern city of Daegu, South Korea, according to the police. The police said the blaze was being investigated as arson,Continue Reading

DNIPRO, Ukraine — Nearly 600 graves stretch to the edges of the military cemetery outside the city of Dnipro, marked by ranks of yellow and blue Ukrainian flags snapping in the wind. The graves represent just a small percentage of the thousands of Ukrainian soldiers who have died in eightContinue Reading

TEHRAN — A passenger train partially derailed in eastern Iran early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, including some critically, the authorities said. Initial details about the disaster involving the train, which was reportedly carrying about 350 passengers, remained unclear, but there were fears that theContinue Reading

SITAKUNDA, Bangladesh — Firefighters who suffered heavy casualties while responding to a blaze at a shipping container depot in southern Bangladesh over the weekend were unaware of the presence of chemical drums, which set off a series of powerful explosions, local authorities said. At least 41 people were killed, includingContinue Reading

LAGOS, Nigeria — Dozens were believed to be dead after assailants attacked a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria on Sunday, firing on worshipers as they celebrated Mass, according to local officials. The attack at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, in Ondo State, was the deadliest attack on aContinue Reading

DHAKA, Bangladesh — At least 39 people were killed and hundreds more suffered burns when a fire at a container depot in Bangladesh set off a series of explosions, officials said on Sunday. Many people were in critical condition in hospital burn wards, according to local officials, who feared theContinue Reading

The World Health Organization expects the number of Covid-19 deaths in its Africa region to fall sharply this year, compared with 2021, the agency said on Thursday. The prediction was a hopeful one for the world’s least vaccinated continent, though it reflected a vast undercounting of past coronavirus infections andContinue Reading

A 32-year-old French journalist was killed on Monday in eastern Ukraine when the armored bus he was riding in was hit by shrapnel from a shell, according to French and Ukrainian authorities. President Emmanuel Macron of France named the journalist as Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff and said he was in Ukraine toContinue Reading