US sets grim record as 4,327 daily COVID deaths reported

The daily COVID-19 death toll in the United States hit a record 4,327 on Tuesday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, as the Trump administration moved to accelerate the roll-out of vaccinations across the country. The US daily death toll first surpassed 4,000 on January 8, amid a marked increase following a holiday season […]

Italy: Renzi quits coalition, sparking political crisis

Italy’s ex-premier said he was pulling his party’s ministers from cabinet, causing fresh political chaos amid pandemic. Italy has plunged into political crisis after former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi withdrew from the ruling coalition, risking the collapse of the government in the middle of a raging coronavirus pandemic. Renzi announced the resignation of two cabinet […]

Iran’s smog, blackouts made worse by power-sapping crypto mining

Outages have been compounded by cryptocurrency mining, which uses banks of high-powered computers. Cities across Iran have been cloaked in thick layers of toxic smog and darkened by blackouts, as the alleged use of low-quality fuel and power-sucking cryptocurrency mining deepen the country’s hardships. Tehran’s Hamshahri newspaper, the country’s most-read daily, ran the headline, “20 […]

Your Thursday Briefing

The first U.S. president to be impeached twice The House of Representatives set itself on a course to impeach President Trump on Wednesday for a historic second time. A vote was planned in the coming hours to charge him for “inciting an insurrection” after his supporters stormed the Capitol last week. Follow our live updates. […]

US slaps sanctions on two Iranian foundations linked to Khamenei

Advisers to United States President-elect Joe Biden believe the Trump administration is trying to make it harder for Biden’s Democratic administration to re-engage with Iran. The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two Iranian foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and their subsidiaries, saying the institutions enabled Iran’s elite to sustain a “corrupt” system of […]

Lack of Tiny Parts Disrupts Auto Factories Worldwide

The semiconductor shortage came out of left field, hitting the industry at a perilous moment. Sales have plunged worldwide. In Europe, for example, they were down 25 percent in 2020. This is all happening while automakers are trying to navigate a shift in basic technology from internal combustion engines to batteries, which has subjected them […]

What can corporations do to help save the ocean?

We cannot have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean, but the health of the ocean is now in a clearly observable decline. It is folly to imagine we can solve the global challenges posed by climate change by simply leaving the ocean alone. Of course, we need to allow ecosystems to recover and regenerate, […]

Tigray: Ethiopian army kills ex-Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin

Former foreign minister among three prominent TPLF officials killed after refusing to surrender, government says. Ethiopia says its forces have killed three members of the conflict-hit Tigray region’s former ruling party, including ex-Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin. The three Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) officials were killed after they refused to surrender to the military, […]

UK registers daily record of 1,564 COVID-19 deaths

PARIS: The QAnon conspiracy theory has been blamed for fueling a riot at the US Capitol on January 6. Social media companies have begun to crack down on its followers, with Twitter closing 70,000 accounts on Monday.AFP explains the origins and beliefs of what was once a fringe Internet phenomenon:In 2016, a false theory spread […]

What is QAnon, the Trump-supporting conspiracy movement?

PARIS: The QAnon conspiracy theory has been blamed for fueling a riot at the US Capitol on January 6. Social media companies have begun to crack down on its followers, with Twitter closing 70,000 accounts on Monday.AFP explains the origins and beliefs of what was once a fringe Internet phenomenon:In 2016, a false theory spread […]

Will poorer nations miss out on COVID-19 vaccine?

25:20 From: Inside Story The WHO has urged countries to prioritise COVAX, an initiative to secure vaccines for low and middle-income nations. Read more 13 Jan 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 25:35 play 24:00 play 25:00 play 24:45 Show more . Source link

Guinea: Two opposition figures given 1-year jail sentences

Members of FNDC opposition coalition which led protests against a third term by President Alpha Conde sentenced for inciting insurrection. A Guinean court has sentenced two critics of President Alpha Conde to a year in jail for inciting an insurrection, as rights groups fear a crackdown on the opposition. Conde, 82, won a third presidential […]

‘Unacceptable’ Food Packages for Poorer Children Prompt Outcry in U.K.

LONDON — The food package, spread out on a carpet, included a can of beans, an assortment of fruit, vegetables, snacks, and sliced bread and cheese — provisions from a government program that provides low-income students with free lunches. But when pictures of the packages, delivered to students at home as lockdowns have shuttered schools […]

UK reports record 1,564 daily COVID deaths

Britain has the highest death toll in Europe with nearly 85,000 deaths and at least 3.2 million infections reported to date. The United Kingdom reported a daily record of 1,564 coronavirus fatalities on Wednesday, the first time the death toll has passed the 1,500-mark since March last year. Meanwhile, Spain’s Galicia, La Rioja and Cantabria […]

Airbnb will cancel reservations in DC during inauguration week

Airbnb said on Wednesday that it is cancelling reservations and barring new ones in the Washington, DC metro area next week in response to official pleas not to travel to the area for the United States’ inauguration week. Airbnb said on Wednesday that it is cancelling reservations and barring new ones in the Washington, DC […]

‘Bills don’t lie’: Pop megastar Shakira sells 145-song catalogue

Shakira has sold over 80 million records and has a strong following on music streaming platforms Spotify and YouTube. Colombian pop superstar Shakira has become the latest artist to sell the rights to her catalogue of 145 songs to London-listed Hipgnosis Songs Fund, the investment firm said on Wednesday, as the coronavirus crisis crushes concert earnings. The […]

Biden picks Samantha Power for USAID post

Biden says USAID will coordinate the US’s work to lead global response to combat the coronavirus in vulnerable nations. President-elect Joe Biden has announced that he has picked Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the agency overseeing American foreign humanitarian and development aid. “Power will […]

Pair of convicted terrorists charged with UK prison assault

LONDON: A trial has begun in the UK of a new treatment to stop the development of severe symptoms in COVID-19 patients.The treatment involves inhaling a protein called interferon beta, commonly used to treat multiple sclerosis, in order to stimulate the immune system before the virus can take hold.Using a nebulizer, the drug is turned […]

Over 80 civilians killed in latest west Ethiopia attack

Age of victims of attack in Metekel zone in Benishangul-Gumuz region ranged between two and 45, says Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. More than 80 civilians, including children as young as two years old, have been killed in the latest attack to afflict western Ethiopia, according to the country’s national human rights commission. Aaron Maasho, spokesman […]

Irish PM issues state apology for mother and baby homes abuses

A ‘profound generational wrong’ was visited upon those who wound up in Ireland’s network of Catholic Church-run homes for unwed mothers and their children, Irish PM says. Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has offered a formal apology in the country’s parliament for the treatment of unmarried mothers and their babies in a network of church-run […]

In Pictures: National Guard troops arrive before US inauguration

Some of the 10,000 National Guard troops streaming into Washington, DC to help secure the area ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will be armed, two US officials said on Tuesday. The decision by US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy comes as the FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington in the run-up […]

The Real Dire Wolf Ran Into an Evolutionary Dead End

The long genetic isolation is significant in another way. Larisa DeSantis, a paleontologist at Vanderbilt University, who was not involved in the research, said it “is consistent with the idea of a North American origin of dire wolves.” They were here at least 250,000 years ago, and they were still around, although nearing the end […]

Donald Trump impeachment resolution: Full text

The US House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment on Wednesday, charging President Donald Trump with “high crimes and misdemeanors” for “incitement of insurrection” following his actions and remarks leading up to January 6 siege of the US Capitol by a mob of his supporters. The House is set to vote on Wednesday […]

Sudan says Ethiopian military plane crossed its border

Ethiopia denies Sudan’s claim, which it said was a ‘dangerous escalation’ in the border dispute between both sides. Sudan says an Ethiopian military aircraft entered its airspace in “a dangerous escalation” to a border dispute that has seen deadly clashes in recent weeks. “In a dangerous and unjustified escalation, an Ethiopian military aircraft penetrated the […]