Watchdog says key federal health agency is failing on crises
A federal watchdog says the government's main health agency is failing to meet its responsibilities for leading the national response to public health emergencies including the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather disasters and even potential bioterrorist attacks.
Environmental justice groups sue over incinerator pollution
Community groups in New Jersey and California are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to force trash incinerators across the country _ many of them in predominantly minority communities _ to emit less pollution.
Staffers complain of racism, abuse by WHO leader in Asia
Staffers at the World Health Organization have alleged the U.N. health agency’s top director in the Western Pacific engaged in unethical, racist, and abusive behavior that has undermined its efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic, according to an internal complaint filed last October.
EXPLAINER: 'Excited delirium' and George Floyd
The issue of whether George Floyd was suffering from the disputed condition of “excited delirium” the day he was killed has resurfaced at the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with depriving him of his civil rights.
France probes 'revolting' claims of rapacious care homes
France’s government is pledging to investigate what it called “absolutely revolting” allegations that a world leader in care for older adults has been putting profit before quality, rationing food and other items for nursing home residents.
Russia cuts COVID-19 isolation for some as infections soar
Russian health authorities have shortened the required isolation period for those who came in contact with COVID-19 patients from 14 to seven days, a move that comes as an unprecedented surge of coronavirus infections, driven by the highly contagious omicron variant, rips through the vast country.