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U.S opens borders to vaccinated travellers from Mexico, Canada

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The US is opening its borders to Canada and Mexico for vaccinated travellers

The U.S will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November.

The announcement ends historic curbs on non-essential travelers, put in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The border closure will lift in November after a 19 month ban that was enforced at the beginning of the pandemic.

Unvaccinated travellers are excluded from this change and will be unable to cross the borders with Mexico or Canada.

Senator Chuck Schumer says US President Joe Biden has done “the right thing” by opening up the border, and allowing families to re-unite.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement the administration next month “will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings.”

The new rules are similar but not identical to planned requirements announced last month for international air travellers.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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FDA approved Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children

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Moderna vaccine 'strongly protects' children from COVID

Young children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next month

The American Food and Drug Administration has voted to allow the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 to 11.

The vaccines will be available for emergency authorisation within the next few weeks.

Previous trial data showed that the jab was safe for children in that age group.

This will mean 28 million U-S children will be eligible for the vaccine.

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Sudan in chaos as troops move to avoid civil war

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Sudan Military Coup

Protests continue in the country after the military takeover

Following a military coup in Sudan, the coup general says his troops had to act swiftly to avoid a civil war in the country.

Sudan’s Prime Minister is also currently residing at the general’s home “for his own safety” and will be able to return to his residence soon.

Meanwhile, protests are continuing throughout the country’s capital… with roads, bridges and shops all forced to close.

There are also reports that at least 10 people have died as a result of the violence so far.

The general says “the dangers he witnessed last week could have led the country into civil war”.

He continued, adding “the prime minister was at his house but we feared that he will be harmed”.

The leader dissolved civilian rule, arrested several political leaders and has declared a state of emergency.

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Beirut protest – at least six people dead

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Gunfire erupted into the crowd that was protesting against the judge leading the probe into the Beirut port blast

A protest in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has resulted in chaos.

Two Shia muslim groups were protesting against the judge investigating last year’s port blast.

Allegedly, gunfire broke out from Christian snipers of the Lebanese Forces, killing at least six people and injuring 32 others.

The inquiry into the explosion that killed 219 people has been a source of huge tension within the country.

The protestors believe the judge to be biased as no one has yet been held accountable for the 2020 disaster.

Lebanon President addressed the demonstrators, saying they “will not allow anyone to take the country hostage to their own interests”.

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