Lebanon: Several hurt in gas warehouse blast near Syria border

The Lebanese Red Cross said it dispatched rescue teams to the warehouse where there was an explosion of gas canisters. At least 10 people were injured when an explosion rocked a warehouse storing gas canisters near Lebanon’s border with Syria, the Lebanese Red Cross and the army said. The Red Cross said it dispatched several […]

Scores of Civilians Are Dead After an Attack in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger — At least 70 people and possibly more than 100 were killed by suspected militants in the West African nation of Niger on Saturday, according to local officials. Armed men shot men and boys in a revenge attack on the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye, sources in the Nigerien military said. The […]

‘Find 11,780 votes’ Trump tells Georgia election official

United States President Donald Trump allegedly urged Georgia’s top election official to recalculate the state’s presidential election results in his favour, while warning the official he was taking “a big risk” if he did not comply, according to the audio of an hourlong phone call obtained by The Washington Post. During the call on Saturday, […]

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Hugs, kisses and handshakes “Hug my grandmother real tight. I visited her once, but I just waved at her outside her room and then she responded by asking who I was. I lowered my mask to show her my face, and she asked me to come closer. I said I couldn’t.” Mika Amador, Manila, Philippines […]

Egypt to probe four COVID deaths due to alleged lack of oxygen

Relative of one of the patients says deaths were caused by a lack of oxygen at a government-run hospital. Egyptian prosecutors opened an investigation into the deaths on Sunday of at least four coronavirus patients at a public Egyptian hospital, after a video of nurses struggling to keep the patients alive was shared widely on […]

Nile dam dispute: Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia agree to hold more talks

The three counties will hold more talks over disputed dam this month after previous negotiations failed to reach a deal. Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed on Sunday to hold further talks this month to resolve their long-running dispute over the Addis Ababa’s huge dam on the Blue Nile, Sudan’s water ministry said. Previous three-way talks […]

US tops 350,000 COVID deaths amid fears of new surge

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United States has topped 350,000, as health officials brace for another surge in cases related to yearend holiday gatherings. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed the US reached the grim milestone early on Sunday morning. More than 20 million people in the country have been infected by […]

Julian Assange Faces Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

A judge in London plans to rule on Monday whether Britain should extradite Julian Assange to the United States, where the WikiLeaks founder faces charges of conspiring to hack government computers and violating the Espionage Act by obtaining and releasing confidential documents in 2010 and 2011. A ruling in favor of the U.S. extradition request […]

Pope Francis chides those traveling abroad to escape coronavirus lockdowns.

Pope Francis on Sunday criticized people who traveled abroad during the pandemic “to escape the lockdown,” saying they were ignoring those who were suffering. In his weekly noontime Sunday address, Francis said, “I read in the papers something that quite saddened me: In a country — I don’t remember which — to escape the lockdown […]

Open Arms boat rescues 265 migrants in Mediterranean

The humanitarian ship is seeking a port of safety for migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. A Spanish-flagged humanitarian ship on Sunday was seeking a port of safety for 265 migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in the last few days. The Open Arms charity tweeted that its vessel on Saturday […]

EU offers aid, urges Bosnia to rebuild burned refugee camp

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says Brussels is ready to add another 3.5 million euros to its humanitarian support for Bosnia. The European Union has announced additional funding to help vulnerable migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but urged the government there to rebuild a camp that burned down. Brussels has denounced the […]

India: Tibetans in exile vote to elect new political leader

Tibet’s government-in-exile was formed in Dharamshala in 1959 after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule. Hundreds of Tibetans in exile have voted in India’s northern city of Dharamshala, where the exiled government is based, for their new political leader as the current officeholder’s five-year term nears its end. The voters wore masks, maintained social […]

US virus death toll hits 350,000; surge feared

Author:  By Associated Press article author:  AP ID:  1609688664583243200 Sun, 2021-01-03 15:24 BALTIMORE, M.D.: The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 350,000 as experts anticipate another surge in coronavirus cases and deaths stemming from holiday gatherings over Christmas and New Year’s. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the US passed the […]

COVID restrictions likely to get ‘tougher’, warns British PM

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson says first 530,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines ready to be administered in the UK. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said tougher lockdown restrictions were probably on the way as COVID-19 cases keep rising in the United Kingdom, but that the roll-out of vaccines was set to accelerate on Monday […]

Armed Attackers Kidnap and Kill 11 Miners in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Armed men abducted and killed at least 11 coal miners in southwestern Pakistan early Sunday, officials said. All the victims were ethnic Hazaras, a minority Shiite group that has often been the target of Sunni extremists. Four more miners were wounded and undergoing medical treatment, officials said. Officials said the events took […]

India’s approval of own COVID vaccine criticised for lack of data

Opposition politicians and former ministers warn approval may be premature and risky after government fast-tracks Covaxin. India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine. The news, announced by the drugs controller general of India (DCGI) who did […]

At least 19 dead as roof collapses at Indian cremation site

The roof at the site in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district came down when dozens took shelter to escape the rain. At least 19 people died when a roof of a shelter at a cremation facility in northern India collapsed on Sunday, police said. The roof at the site, in Uttar Pradesh state’s Ghaziabad district, came […]

Libya starts using new exchange rate as economy struggles

Central Bank devalues the country’s currency in a bid to save the faltering economy damaged by years of conflict. The Central Bank of Libya on Sunday introduced a new unified exchange rate agreed last month after years of division between rival branches based on opposing sides of the front line. As part of the change, […]

Iraqis demand US troops pull out on Soleimani killing anniversary

Thousands of Iraqi mourners have condemned the “American occupiers”, a year after a United States drone strike killed Iran’s revered general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The anniversary of their deaths in Baghdad – which brought arch enemies the US and Iran to the brink of war – was also marked […]

Graphics: Global COVID vaccine distribution and inoculations

EXPLAINER Vaccinations increase divide between affluent nations and poorer countries as roll-out continues across the world. Many countries around the world have begun to vaccinate front-line workers and critical care patients after several COVID-19 vaccines became available in December last year. The vaccination drive has revealed the divide between affluent nations and poorer countries amid […]

Egypt approves Chinese COVID vaccine, roll-out likely this month

Arab world’s most populous country plans to buy 40 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, health minister says. Egypt has granted regulatory approval for the use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharma giant Sinopharm, with the inoculation campaign expected to get under way later in January, the health minister said. “The Egyptian pharmaceutical […]