Top 10 news: Another zoonotic virus emerges in China, Serena Williams talks retirement, and more

China has confirmed 35 human infections with the zoonotic Langya virus (LayV). The Taipei CDC issued a precautionary alert, advising people to closely monitor the virus news. Meanwhile, shocking her fans, Serena Williams has said that she will retire from tennis after the US Open which begins August 29. The 40 year old now wants to focus on being a mother and her spiritual goals.

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COVID-19 outbreaks, lockdowns, mass tests expose China policy fail

China COVID-19

Infections in Beijing to Shanghai, Hainan, Macau, Xinjiang and many places in between, and the mass testing and rolling lockdowns are exposing China’s zero-Covid policy’s failure. It begs the questions: Are vaccination numbers reported by China accurate, and are Chinese-made vaccines like Sinovac inefficient?

What is Langya, the fresh zoonotic virus outbreak that infected 35 people in China?

China

On August 8, China confirmed 35 human infections of the zoonotic Langya virus (LayV). The cases were discovered in the provinces of Shandong and Henan on the Chinese mainland, according to information from the Taiwan Center for Disease Control (TCDC). 

Taiwanese foreign minister says China conducting drills to prepare for invasion

Taiwan

Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu on Tuesday accused China of using air and sea drills encircling the island to prepare for an invasion and to change the status quo in the Asia-Pacific region.

Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home raided by FBI

Trump

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday executed a search warrant and conducted a raid at former US President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida. 

North Korea offering 100,000 troops to help Russia win Ukrainian war: State media

Korea

According to Russian state media, North Korea has reportedly offered 100,000 “volunteer” troops to help bolster Russia’s chances of invading of Ukraine. “There are reports that 100,000 North Korean volunteers are prepared to come and take part in the conflict,” Russian defence analyst Igor Korotchenko told Russian Channel One, reports New York Post.

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams drops a bomb, announces her retirement

Serena

On Tuesday (August 09), Serena dropped a bomb and claimed she is set to retire, in her unique style. She said she is “evolving away from tennis” as she hinted at retiring from her beloved sport. 

WhatsApp to soon allow users to hide phone number from specific groups

WhatsApp

WhatsApp users will soon be able hide their phone numbers from selected groups with the help of a new feature in the app. According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be added to the app as part of the beta update on Android 2.22.17.23 and although it is a hidden option, the users will be able to activate it by following a few steps.

Explained: Why our brains are programmed to keep wanting more even if it leads to unhappiness

Brains

Have you ever wondered why we want something, even if it doesn’t give us any happiness? The latest study, published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology, might have some answers. 

‘The Sandman’ review: Netflix’s DC series is the best show of 2022 so far

Sandman

‘The Sandman’, the Netflix series that is, respects his source material but the writing is thankfully not worshipful — something that sunk Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’. The writers realise that the comic book series was a product of its time and some of the aspects have not aged well. 

What is Vasculitis, the disease Ashton Kutcher was diagnosed with?

Kutcher

Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher recently revealed that he was diagnosed with vasculitis. Kutcher suffered from the disease two years ago and revealed how he was unable to walk, talk or hear due to the disease.