Rima was meeting with friends at a sidewalk café in the Hamra district for a coffee when the earth shook under their feet. Someone yelled, "Earthquake!" But her friend, who'd lived through the 15-year Lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990, screamed, "It's an explosion!"
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia's efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine and is willing to participate in trials, as he welcomed a supply offer from Moscow that he expects will be free of charge.