'Real-world' analysis of COVID vaccine raises questions about UK strategy

The first real-world analysis of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine suggests it is matching its performance in clinical trials, but raises serious questions about the UK’s decision to delay the second dose. Scientists... Read more »

An end to range anxiety? New electric car battery can charge in five minutes

A new electric car battery that can be fully charged in five minutes has been manufactured for the first time on a normal production line in China, based on designs by Israeli... Read more »

Israeli vaccination programme highlights complexities of the relationship with Palestinians

Much has been made of the Israeli success in rolling out its vaccine program. Just as much has been made of the fact that Palestinians do not have access to the Israeli-procured... Read more »

Israel urges world to follow its rapid COVID vaccine rollout, but Palestinians are left waiting

Israel’s health minister has urged countries simply to “get out there” if they want to replicate his country’s vaccination success. Speaking to Sky News, Yuli Edelstein said that expert logistics, early procurement,... Read more »

'Disgraceful' and 'distressing': World leaders react to storming of US Capitol

World leaders have condemned the storming of the US Capitol building in Washington, with many expressing their shock and outrage. Such chaotic scenes might normally be associated with the toppling of a... Read more »

Netanyahu blames Israel's spike in COVID cases on 'British mutation'

Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the “British mutation” of COVID-19 for a big spike in coronavirus cases in Israel. The Israeli prime minister said the pandemic was “spreading at top speed with the... Read more »

Iran flexes its muscles before Biden comes to power as it seizes tanker in Gulf

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has seized a South Korean tanker in the Gulf, according to Iranian media. Seoul demanded the vessel’s immediate release after confirming it had been captured by Iranian authorities in... Read more »

Pope Francis urges nations to share COVID vaccine in Christmas message

The Pope has used his Christmas message to urge countries to share COVID-19 vaccines, saying nationalism should not be a factor in granting access to the new treatments. His traditional Urbi et... Read more »

Which countries are shutting borders to UK?

Ireland’s ban on travel to and from Britain has been extended to 31 December, as countries around the world shut their borders due to fears over a new coronavirus variant. The restrictions... Read more »

A Holy Land Christmas in the age of COVID-19

Like so many of us around the world, the people of Bethlehem have spent the year in and out of lockdown and they are spending Christmas under a strict curfew. It has... Read more »