Gabrielle Reyes

Articles by Gabrielle Reyes

South African Omicron Discoverer Laments ‘Knee-Jerk’ Biden-Style Travel Bans

South African Dr. Angelique Coetzee — who discovered a new variant of “Covid-19,” or the Chinese coronavirus, called Omicron last month in her patients — told the Africa News Agency (ANA) on Tuesday she considered the worldwide bans on travel out of southern Africa following Omicron’s emergence “knee-jerk” and short-sighted, given the lack of information about the strain.

United Airlines planes sit parked on a runway at Denver International Airport as the coronavirus pandemic slows air travel on April 22, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Compared to the same time last year, Denver International Airport is operating 1,000 fewer flights daily. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

China Purges Officials over Ongoing Coronavirus Disaster

Local Communist Party authorities in China’s Russian border city of Manzhouli fired five local government officials in recent days for their allegedly “slow and weak response in combating [Chinese coronavirus],” the Global Times reported Sunday.

A medical worker adjusts her mask near propaganda boards showing famed Chinese medical expert Zhong Nanshan and the words "Vaccine China Made" outside vaccination center in Beijing Friday, April 9, 2021. In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their …

South Korea Prompts Nationwide Parent Outrage with Child Vaccination Mandate

Parents in South Korea have expressed “anger” in recent days against a looming federal mandate that will require children aged 12 to 17 years to provide proof of vaccination against the Chinese coronavirus to enter public spaces “frequented by students, including cram schools, internet cafes, and public study rooms” starting in February, Yonhap reported Monday.

Illustration picture shows a boy receiving a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the COVID-19 vaccination center at Brussels Expo, on the Heysel-Heizel, in Brussels, Saturday 26 June 2021. From next Thursday, 1 July, all Brussels residents aged 16 or older can also register without an appointment at one of the …

Report: Boko Haram ISIS Wing Funnels $43 Million a Year Through Nigerian Banks

The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), the rebranded ISIS affiliate wing of Boko Haram, allegedly funnels roughly $43 million through official Nigerian financial institutions annually according to a new report by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).


Pakistan: Muslim Mob Lynches Factory Manager for ‘Blasphemy’

A mob of hundreds of Muslim men lynched a Sri Lankan factory manager in eastern Pakistan’s Sialkot district on Friday by beating him to death and then burning his body after a rumor emerged in Sialkot the man had allegedly committed “blasphemy” against Islam, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported this weekend.

Pakistanis paid tribute to the factory manager

U.N. Defers Decision on Letting Taliban Join

The United Nations (U.N.) said Wednesday it “deferred” a decision on allowing Afghanistan’s Taliban entry to the intergovernmental organization’s General Assembly, effectively denying the group U.N. membership for now.

TOPSHOT - A Taliban fighter stands guard as Muslim devotees offer Friday noon prayers at the Aba Saleh Almahdi mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul on October 1, 2021. (Photo by Hoshang Hashimi / AFP) (Photo by HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images)

World Bank Looking for Way to Fund Taliban’s Afghanistan

The World Bank is “exploring ways” to bypass U.S. sanctions on the Taliban so that it may redirect roughly $500 million from an Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) to United Nations (U.N.) aid agencies, Reuters reported on Monday citing “people familiar with the plans.”

An armed Taliban fighter escorts veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

South African Disease Institute: Omicron Variant Could Replace Delta

The director of South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) told Reuters on Tuesday the new coronavirus variant Omicron could “outcompete Delta,” a highly-transmissible strain of coronavirus that emerged before Omicron in India in December 2020.

This photograph taken on December 1, 2021 shows syringes and a screen displaying Omicron, the name of the new covid 19 variant in Toulouse, southwestern France. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) (Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images)

Senegal Asks China to Help Fight Jihadists

Senegal welcomes “China’s influence” to help combat Islamist terrorism throughout the country and its surrounding region of West Africa, Senegal Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall told reporters at a summit with her Chinese counterpart in Dakar on Sunday.

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014. The death toll in Gaza hit 265 as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day of …

Omicron: Japan Bars All Foreign Entries for One Month

Japan’s government on Monday announced a month-long ban on all foreign travelers entering the country beginning Tuesday in an effort to prevent a new strain of coronavirus known as Omicron from invading Japan.

The Associated Press

Ukraine’s Zelensky Accuses Russia of Preparing a Coup Against Him

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told reporters on Friday he recently received intelligence that Russian-backed actors are planning a “coup d’etat in Ukraine” to overthrow his presidency, according to the state-owned Ukrinform news agency.

Volodymyr Zelensky

Coronavirus: Shanghai Hospitals Stop Taking Emergency Patients

China’s latest coronavirus outbreak forced more than 20 Shanghai hospitals to “suspend out-patient and emergency medical services” on Friday “for epidemic prevention and screening,” China’s state-run Global Times reported.

Nurses wearing protective face masks enter a community hospital in Shanghai on February 13, 2020. - China's official death toll and infection numbers from the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus spiked dramatically on February 13 after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported. (Photo …

India: Local Officials Force Shutdown of Dozens of Christian ‘House Churches’

At least 50 Christian “house churches,” or private Christian worship services held inside a person’s home, were recently forced to halt operations in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state after a local district issued an order banning the gatherings, the Christian Post, an online newspaper, reported Monday.

Christian devotees offer prayers on Christmas at a church in Amritsar on December 25, 2020. (Photo by Narinder NANU / AFP) (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP via Getty Images)

Boko Haram Takes UNICEF Worker Hostage

The Nigerian terror group Boko Haram released video footage on Monday appearing to show four male hostages in their custody in northeastern Nigeria, one of whom said he was an employee of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of one of two Boko Haram factions, from a video published on November 9, 2018

Cuba Building Vaccine Plant in Zimbabwe that May Carry Dubious Coronavirus Product

Cuba’s communist regime said Monday it will resume plans to build a vaccine manufacturing plant in Zimbabwe halted by the coronavirus pandemic, adding it is “possible” the plant may produce a coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Cuba, the Herald, a Zimbabwean state-owned newspaper, reported.

Technician Mayelin Mejias works with the "Soberana 02" COVID-19 vaccine at the packaging processing plant of the Finlay Vaccine Institute in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The director of the Finlay Institute said that Cuba hopes to immunize the country’s entire population this year with its own “Soberana 02” …

El Salvador to Build First ‘Bitcoin City’ at Base of Volcano

El Salvador’s government plans to build a “Bitcoin City” at the base of Conchagua Volcano in the country’s southeast in 2022, El Salvador’s La Prensa Gráfica newspaper reported Saturday, noting the city will be designed to harness the volcano’s geothermal energy to mine cryptocurrency.