Author: Dwayne Oxford

The Ivory Coast has received the first doses of a new malaria vaccine from the Serum Institute of India and the University of Oxford, aiming to combat the significant impact of malaria in the country. With up to four deaths per day and a large number of cases in Africa, the introduction of the R21/Matrix-M vaccine could be a game-changer in the fight against this deadly disease. The vaccine, administered to children aged newborn to 23 months, has shown promising results in reducing symptomatic malaria cases by 75 percent. The collaboration between the Serum Institute of India and Oxford University…

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The second day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in the United States saw key themes like party unity, law enforcement, immigration, and reconciliation with past adversaries taking center stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prominent figures such as Governor Ron DeSantis, Senator Marco Rubio, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Senator Ted Cruz, and former Governor Nikki Haley were present. Former President Donald Trump, sporting a bandage on his ear from a recent assassination attempt, received a warm reception from delegates. Key takeaways included Haley and DeSantis endorsing Trump despite past criticisms, a focus on border control by Cruz, and a call for tougher…

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The United States is set to resume the shipment of 500-pound bombs to Israel after a temporary halt earlier this year following the offensive in Gaza’s Rafah city. The Biden administration had paused a shipment in May after Israel’s actions in Rafah led to mass displacements. Despite this pause, the US has continued to provide military aid to Israel and other countries. With Congress approving significant military aid packages for countries like Israel, Ukraine, and Egypt, the US remains a major provider of military assistance globally. The focus on military aid raises questions about its impact and priorities, especially in…

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Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to criminal fraud conspiracy charges related to the fatal 737 MAX 8 jet crashes in 2018 and 2019, avoiding a costly trial. The plea deal includes a fine of $243.6m and commitments to safety initiatives. Why has Boeing made this deal with prosecutors? By avoiding a trial, Boeing can protect its reputation and financial stability. The previous Deferred Prosecution Agreement required Boeing to pay $2.5bn, including compensation to victims’ families and commitments to compliance and safety standards. What are families of the crash victims seeking? The families of the victims are seeking criminal accountability…

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As the US presidential election draws near, recent videos of President Joe Biden have sparked concerns about his mental and physical state. The White House has pushed back, calling these videos “cheap fakes” manipulated to create a false narrative. But what exactly are cheap fakes, and how do they differ from deepfakes? What are cheap fakes? Cheap fakes are doctored videos created by manually editing real source videos. These edits distort the original context, making them appear misleading. Unlike deepfakes that use artificial intelligence, cheap fakes require minimal editing techniques like slowing down, cropping, or clipping the video. How are…

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