Small crowds, heavy security: US braces for pro-Trump violence

United States law enforcement officers have been out in force at state capitols across the country and in Washington, DC, in response to planned protests in support of President Donald Trump that on Sunday had drawn only a small number people. More than a dozen states have activated National Guard troops to help secure their […]

South Africa struggles against ‘relentless’ COVID-19 surge

Johannesburg, South Africa – South Africa’s health services are buckling under the strain of soaring COVID-19 infections driven partly by a new variant of coronavirus spreading across the country. Medical professionals warn that the “relentless” infection wave that has seen more than 130,000 new COVID-19 cases and 4,000 related deaths in the last week alone […]

Your Monday Briefing

The Trump policies Biden plans to overturn first When he begins his presidency this week, Joe Biden will inherit a collection of crises unlike any in generations — the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, racial strife and the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol. He plans to start his administration with dozens of executive directives […]

Tunisia arrests dozens as protests break out for second night

Tunisian authorities say they arrested at least 240 youths as violent clashes between police and protesters broke out. Riots and violent clashes between Tunisian police and protesters broke out on Sunday in the capital Tunis and several other cities for the second consecutive day, while security forces arrested dozens of young people. The disturbances came […]

Brazil approves two COVID vaccines for emergency use

Health regulator authorises emergency use of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines amid devastating second wave of the pandemic. Brazil’s health regulator has granted emergency approval to two COVID-19 vaccines as the country gears up for a mass inoculation campaign during a devastating second wave of the pandemic. The Anvisa regulator on Sunday approved vaccines from China’s […]

True-Crime Podcast Puts Spotlight on Irish Coach Accused of Abuse

Since then, numerous Irish pedophiles have faced successful prosecution on even older charges, based mainly on victim testimony. In the late 1990s, the Irish police investigated other child sex assault allegations against Mr. Gibney, but public prosecutors declined to press charges or seek his extradition, according to Justine McCarthy, a journalist for The Sunday Times […]

Police detain Kremlin critic Navalny on return to Russia

BREAKING Opposition figure Alexey Navalny detained at passport control after flying back to Russia from Germany. Russian police detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny at passport control after he flew home to Russia, his lawyer, the prison service and Reuters witnesses said. It was the first time Navalny has been back home since he was poisoned […]

‘I am a Fenerbahce fan’: Ozil confirms move to Turkish side

In an interview with a Turkish broadcaster, German midfielder says he is fit to play despite missing nearly a year of football. Mesut Ozil has confirmed he is leaving Arsenal for Turkish side Fenerbahce, saying he was “very excited” to join a team he always supported and that he was in good physical condition despite […]

Cargo Ship Sinks Near Turkey, Leaving at Least 3 Dead, Officials Say

A cargo ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast near the northern province of Bartin on Sunday, leaving at least three people dead, according to Turkish state media. Emergency workers have rescued at least six of the 12 crew members from the ship, the Arvin, according to Sinan Guner, the governor of Bartin, who was […]

Hondurans remain hopeful despite Guatemala crackdown on caravan

Vado Hondo, Guatemala – Guatemalan military and police forces are blocking thousands of Honduran migrants and asylum seekers hoping to make their way north to Mexico and the United States. Thousands of Hondurans left San Pedro Sula as a group on Friday, making their way to the El Florido border crossing with Guatemala. Between 7,000 and […]

Several dead as freight ship sinks off Turkey’s Black Sea coast

Three out of 13 crew members dead, six rescued after a Palau-flagged cargo ship sinks in bad weather in the Black Sea. A Palau-flagged freight ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, killing at least three crew members, according to Bartin Governor Sinan Guner. Guner had said earlier on […]

VP-elect Kamala Harris to resign US Senate seat on Monday

Harris will leave the Senate chamber two days before she is inaugurated as US vice president on January 20. United States Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, her aides have confirmed, just days before she and President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Harris will leave the Senate […]

Israel to start vaccinating prisoners, including Palestinians

Announcement by prison authorities comes as Israel faces renewed calls to provide vaccinations for millions of Palestinians in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israel Prison Service has said it will begin vaccinating all imprisoned people against COVID-19, including Palestinians, following calls from rights groups, Palestinian officials and Israel’s attorney general. Israel has given […]

Kremlin critic Navalny takes off on plane to Russia despite arrest threat

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1610897304800932100 Sun, 2021-01-17 14:56 BERLIN/MOSCOW: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny took off on a plane bound for Russia on Sunday, to return home for the first time since he was poisoned last summer, despite Russian authorities’ stated desire to arrest him and potentially jail him for years. Navalny, one of […]

Kremlin critic Navalny heads home to Russia despite arrest risk

Alexey Navalny, who was in Germany for five months after he was poisoned, faces immediate arrest on his return to Russia. Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny took off on a plane bound for Russia to return home for the first time since he was poisoned in August, despite Russian authorities’ stated desire to arrest him and […]

UN troops recapture CAR city from armed groups

Fighters abandoned their positions in Bangassou, a town they captured on January 3, after ultimatum from peacekeepers. United Nations peacekeeping troops said they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic captured two weeks ago by armed groups waging an offensive against the government of President Faustin-Archange Touadera. Rebels abandoned their positions […]

‘There Is No Safe Area’: In Kabul, Fear Has Taken Over

KABUL, Afghanistan — In Kabul’s uncertain present, fear and dread intertwine in a vise. Fear has become a way of life. “When you’re in the car you feel fear, when you are walking you feel fear, and when you are in the shop you feel fear,” said Shamsullah Amini, a 22-year-old shopkeeper, while watching over […]

What next for Uganda’s opposition after Museveni’s disputed win?

Uganda’s longtime President Yoweri Museveni has secured a sixth term in office that will take his reign into a fourth decade following a poll his rivals say was marred by irregularities. The electoral commission said on Saturday Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, had secured 58.6 percent of the vote. Bobi Wine, the […]

A post-Trump Palestine

For decades, Palestinians have suffered under Israeli colonial occupation backed and empowered by US political, financial, and military support. This has allowed Israel to gradually expand its settlement and colonisation of Palestine, to the point that now only about 5 percent of historical Palestine’s land is actually controlled by Palestinians. This process continued almost undisturbed […]

At least 48 people killed in Sudan’s Darfur clashes

Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 48 people in the latest bout of violence, according to state media. “The death toll from militia attacks in al-Geneina yesterday reached 48,” the SUNA news agency said on Sunday, referring to the capital of West Darfur state and quoting the local branch of the […]

Uncertainty as Palestine’s Abbas announces elections

Important hurdles, including disagreements between Hamas and Fatah, threaten to derail the vote, the first since 2006. Beset by political infighting, split between three territories, and distrustful of their institutions, many Palestinians are sceptical their first national elections in 15 years will bring change – or even happen at all. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas […]