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Sharp-eyed diver finds Crusader’s ancient sword on Israeli seabed

Metre-long relic, encrusted with marine organisms, is believed to be about 900 years oldA sword believed to have belonged to a Crusader who sailed to the Holy Land almost a millennium ago has been recovered from the Mediterranean seabed thanks to an eagle-eyed amateur diver, the Israel Antiquities Authority has said.Though encrusted with marine organisms, the metre-long blade, hilt and handle were distinctive enough to notice after undercurrents apparently shifted sands that had concealed it. Co...
Tags: Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Sharp, Archaeology, Mediterranean, Israel Antiquities Authority


Figures of Babylon: oldest drawing of a ghost found in British Museum vault

A 3,500-year-old image tablet of a ‘miserable male ghost’ gives up its secretIts outlines are faint, only discernible at an angle, but the world’s oldest drawing of a ghost has been discovered in the darkened vaults of the British Museum.A lonely bearded spirit being led into the afterlife and eternal bliss by a lover has been identified on an ancient Babylonian clay tablet created about 3,500 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, British Museum


Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Israel registers record daily coronavirus cases

Country to press ahead with school openings as it encourages all over-12s to get third jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael has recorded its highly daily number of coronavirus cases with nearly 11,000 new infections, amid a surge caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant as schools prepare to re-open.The previous high came on 18 January, with 10,118 cases. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Israel to offer Pfizer Covid booster shots to people over 60

Announcement makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of a western vaccine to its citizens on a wide scaleSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael’s prime minister has announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster shot to those people over 60 who have already been vaccinated.The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel, which launched one of the world’s most successful vaccination drives earlier this year, the first country to offer a third dose of a western vaccine ...
Tags: Science, Israel, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Naftali Bennett, Coronavirus, Pfizer Covid


Spacewatch: UAE’s Hope Mars mission hits first anniversary

Hope’s scientific mission is to study atmosphere and climate of Mars and is remarkable successIt is one year since the United Arab Emirates launched the Hope space mission from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima prefecture, in south-west Japan, to begin its journey to Mars.By 9 February 2021, Hope had crossed 493m km of space and performed the Mars Orbit Insertion (MOI) manoeuvre. On 23 March, Hope manoeuvred into its final operating orbit, a highly elliptical path that carried it from 20...
Tags: Space, Science, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Mars, Kagoshima, Tanegashima Space Centre, south west Japan


Coastguard seizes half a tonne of cocaine floating off Algeria coast

Fishermen alerted authorities to ‘suspicious’ items floating in the seaThe Algerian coastguard has seized almost half a tonne of cocaine after fishers alerted authorities to “suspicious” items floating off the north-west coast.The coastguard fished out 490kg (1,080 pounds) of cocaine split up into 442 packages from the water six nautical miles (11 kilometres) off Oran’s Cap Carbon on Saturday evening, a defence ministry statement said on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Algeria, Oran, Cap Carbon


Fossilised bones found in Israel could belong to mystery extinct humans

Remains with combination of Neanderthal and early human features date back 100,000 yearsFossilised bones recovered from an ancient sinkhole in Israel may belong to a previously unknown group of extinct humans that lived in the Levant more than 100,000 years ago.Researchers unearthed the bones alongside stone tools and the remains of horses, fallow deer and wild ox during excavations at the Nesher Ramla prehistoric site near the city of Ramla in central Israel. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Anthropology, Archaeology, Evolution, Levant, Ramla, Nesher Ramla


Tunisia lockdown ends, despite Africa’s worst Covid death rate

Pandemic fatigue and economic woes blamed for lack of action despite rapid rise in number of casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTunisia has ended its one-week lockdown, despite having the highest reported deaths per capita of any country in Africa.Covid-19 cases in Tunisia were initially low last year, with a sweeping six-week lockdown involving the closure of borders and shutting down all but essential commercial activity appearing to halt the spread of the virus. ...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Tunisia, Coronavirus


Back in business - how Israel beat Covid: inside the 9 April Guardian Weekly

This week: Behind Israel’s vaccination success story. Plus, Myanmar’s mass exodus, and Britain’s contentious race report.Get the magazine delivered to your doorThe northern hemisphere spring is well on the way: will it bring renewed grounds for optimism as the world wrestles with the Covid pandemic? Many nations still face difficult weeks ahead as cases surge and vaccination rates are slow. But in others, normality is returning fast as infection rates fall to negligible levels.This week’s Guardi...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Myanmar, Vaccines and immunisation, Auckland, Sarah Boseley, Oliver Holmes


Israeli archeologists find new Dead Sea scroll fragments

Judean Desert dig also finds six-millennia-old skeleton of child described as world’s oldestIsraeli archaeologists have unearthed two dozen Dead Sea scroll fragments from a remote cave in the Judean Desert, the first discovery of such Jewish religious texts in more than half a century.“For the first time in approximately 60 years, archaeological excavations have uncovered fragments of a biblical scroll,” the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Israel, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Judaism, Christianity, Archaeology, Dead Sea, Israel Antiquities Authority IAA, Judean Desert


Dead Sea scroll fragments and 'world's oldest basket' found in desert cave

Six-millennia-old skeleton of child also unearthed during dig in Judean Desert by Israeli archeologists Israeli archaeologists have unearthed two dozen Dead Sea scroll fragments from a remote cave in the Judean Desert, the first discovery of such Jewish religious texts in more than half a century.“For the first time in approximately 60 years, archaeological excavations have uncovered fragments of a biblical scroll,” the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Israel, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Judaism, Christianity, Archaeology, Israel Antiquities Authority IAA, Judean Desert


Ancient Christian ruins discovered in Egypt reveal 'nature of monastic life'

Archaeologists unearth monks’ cells and churches with biblical inscriptions dating back to fourth century ADA French-Norwegian archaeological team has discovered new Christian ruins in Egypt’s Western Desert, revealing monastic life in the region in the fifth century AD, the Egyptian antiquities ministry said.“The French-Norwegian mission discovered during its third excavation campaign at the site of Tal Ganoub Qasr al-Agouz in the Bahariya Oasis several buildings made of basalt, others carved i...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Archaeology, Bahariya Oasis, Tal Ganoub Qasr al Agouz


Green pass: how are Covid vaccine passports working for Israel?

As hotels and gyms reopen in Israel, governments elsewhere are considering a similar certificate scheme – raising ethical concernsFour key questions on a Covid certification scheme in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the UK and other governments consider whether to give Covid-vaccinated people certificates that allow entry to bars, hotels, and swimming pools, one country, Israel, has already deployed its “green pass”.The state of nine million, which has admin...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Israeli checkpoint killing of Palestinian was an execution, report claims

London-based group says video evidence casts doubt on claims Ahmad Erekat was conducting an attackIsraeli forces executed a 26-year-old Palestinian at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank last year, a report has alleged, challenging Israeli police claims that the man was a “terrorist” conducting an attack.Forensic Architecture, a British research body based at Goldsmiths, University of London, said it had conducted an analysis into the death of Ahmad Erekat, who was shot seconds after his car ...
Tags: Science, London, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, Forensic Science, Goldsmiths University of London, Ahmad Erekat


Covid: vaccinated Israelis to enjoy bars and hotels with ‘green pass’

Mobile app inoculation certificate aims to help reopen economy, but privileges are untested and raise ethical questions Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael is preparing itself to be split in half from next week, with the government creating a new privileged tier in society: the vaccinated.Nearly 50% of the population who have chosen to be inoculated against Covid will be provided with a “green pass” a week after their second shot, as will those with presumed immuni...
Tags: Science, Biology, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Coronavirus, COVID


Israel opens coronavirus vaccines to all over-16s

New age group eligible from Thursday while focus remains on older at-risk peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael’s health ministry has said it will offer coronavirus vaccines to anyone over the age of 16, as part of a rapid campaign that has already seen the majority of older and vulnerable populations receive shots.The ministry has told healthcare providers they can start booking appointments for the new age group starting on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Israel Covid vaccine data shows extremely low rates of infections

Only 0.04% of people caught virus a week after second dose and 0.002% needed hospital treatmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStudies in Israel have offered tentative optimism on the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, with initial data suggesting even the early stages of inoculation campaigns might have marked decreases in both hospitalisations and infections.With one in three Israelis having received at least one shot, a far higher fract...
Tags: Health, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Israel Covid vaccination data offers hope for exit from pandemic

Only 0.04% of people became infected a week after becoming fully vaccinated, figures show Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStudies in Israel have offered tentative optimism on the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, with initial data suggesting even the early stages of inoculation campaigns might have marked decreases in both hospitalisations and infections.With one in three Israelis having received at least one shot, a far higher fraction t...
Tags: Health, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Remnants of mosque from earliest decades of Islam found in Israel

Archaeologists say foundations excavated in Tiberias are of a mosque built in about AD670Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remnants of an early mosque believed to date to the earliest decades of Islam during an excavation in the northern city of Tiberias.The foundations of the mosque, excavated just south of the Sea of Galilee by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, point to its construction roughly a generation after the death of the prophet Muhammad, making it one of the ear...
Tags: Science, Israel, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, Archaeology, Galilee, Muhammad, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tiberias


50 ancient coffins uncovered at Egypt's Saqqara necropolis

Wooden sarcophagi discovered at site south of Cairo along with funerary temple of Queen Naert Egypt has announced the discovery of a new trove of treasures at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, including an ancient funerary temple.The tourism and antiquities ministry said the “major discoveries” made by a team of archaeologists headed by the Egyptologist Zahi Hawass also included more than 50 sarcophagi. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Archaeology, Cairo, Saqqara, Zahi Hawass, Queen Naert Egypt


More than 50 sarcophagi uncovered at Egypt's Saqqara necropolis

Wooden sarcophagi discovered at site south of Cairo along with funerary temple of Queen Naert Egypt has announced the discovery of a new trove of treasures at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, including an ancient funerary temple.The tourism and antiquities ministry said the “major discoveries” made by a team of archaeologists headed by the Egyptologist Zahi Hawass also included more than 50 sarcophagi. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Archaeology, Cairo, Saqqara, Zahi Hawass, Queen Naert Egypt


Spider-Man-style medical gun spins out 'skin substitute' for burns

Israeli firm claims device allows patients to move freely and does away with painful dressingsDoctors in Europe, India and Israel have begun using a medical gun that spins out a protective web to cover burns and wounds, hoping the breathable “skin substitute” will help patients recover without the need for painful bandage changes.Nanomedic, an Israeli company that designed the Spincare system, claims its device gives patients increased mobility – often essential for burn rehabilitation – and eve...
Tags: Europe, Science, India, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe India


Chinese Covid-19 vaccine has 86% efficacy, UAE says

First results released from trial of Sinopharm shot involving 31,000 peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe United Arab Emirates said a Chinese coronavirus vaccine tested in the federation of sheikhdoms has 86% efficacy, in a statement that provided few details but marked the first public release of information on the performance of the shot.The announcement brought yet another contender into the worldwide race for a vaccine to end the pandemic, a scientific effort...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, United Arab Emirates, Vaccines and immunisation, Uae, Coronavirus


Brazil records 287 new Covid deaths – as it happened

This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.58pm GMT We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: US may begin vaccinations before Christmas; Vietnam sees first case in three months 11.05pm GMT Here’s a summary of the latest developments, as Monday draws to a close. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, US, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Brazil, Vietnam, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: Brazil records 287 new Covid deaths; WHO urges caution over festive gatherings

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests positiveModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.19pm GMT Here’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressing a press briefing earlier, where he said the festive perio...
Tags: Europe, Science, Mexico, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Brazil, Croatia, Who, World Health Organization


Coronavirus live news: WHO urges caution over festive gatherings; Turkey imposes new curfews

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests positiveModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.38pm GMT Spending time with friends and family at Christmas is “not worth putting them or yourself at risk”, acc...
Tags: Europe, Science, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Colombia, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Croatia, Who, World Health Organization


Coronavirus live news: Turkey imposes strict new curfews as cases surge; Italy's death toll rises by 672

Turkey announces weekday curfew and weekend lockdown; Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figureModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsUK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.25pm GMT Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has left a ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Coronavirus, Tebboune


Coronavirus live news: Moderna to seek US and EU approval for vaccine; Italy records 672 new Covid-related deaths

Moderna reports a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases; Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figureModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsUK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.50pm GMT The World Health Organization’s director-...
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