UK asylum-seekers locked in unsafe barracks amid COVID-19 outbreak

article author:  Arab News Author:  Mon, 2021-01-18 23:44 LONDON: An outbreak of COVID-19 at an asylum-seeker holding center in the UK has led to hundreds of people being locked inside as part of blanket quarantine measures that campaigners and residents have called “dangerous.” The disused Napier Barracks in Kent is home to around 400 people, […]

Egypt, UAE resume first Qatar flights after blockade

Egyptair flew from Doha to Cairo while the UAE’s Air Arabia arrived in Qatar from Sharjah. The first direct flights between Qatar and two of the blockading nations – Egypt and the United Arab Emirates – took to the skies on Monday following the end of a three and a half year regional crisis earlier […]

Italian PM Conte wins confidence vote before tougher Senate test

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament’s lower house, hanging on to power after a junior partner quit his coalition and sparked a political crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic. Conte lost his coalition majority last week with the defection of cabinet ministers belonging to former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s […]

Can Joe Biden oversee an economic boom that unites a divided US?

When Joe Biden entered the White House as vice president, the United States economy was cratering. Job losses were mounting. Stocks were crashing. Millions of Americans were in the early stages of losing their homes to foreclosure as the housing bubble burst. Biden returns to the White House as president a dozen years later with […]

FBI probes whether woman stole Pelosi’s laptop to sell to Russia

Riley June Williams has been charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct during the US Capitol riot. The FBI is investigating whether a pro-Trump rioter stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop from her office and attempted to sell it to a Russian intelligence service, according to court documents. According to an affidavit from […]

COVID review panel critical of China, WHO delay

Interim report says Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully, WHO took too long to declare international emergency. Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January with the spread of the coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) took too long to declare an international emergency, an independent […]

Trump and un-Americanism

Watching the spectacle of US President Donald Trump’s supporters breaching the Capitol on January 6 in an effort to stop the Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 elections, I was reminded of a line in Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness. This is about Mr Kurtz, a British colonialist, who goes native and […]

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India’s vaccine drive runs into glitches India’s coronavirus vaccine rollout, one of the largest in the world, has been hobbled by technical glitches in a mobile phone application, leaving the country far short of its vaccination goals in the first few days of the campaign. State officials complained of problems with a digital platform called […]

UN chief says Iran should lose General Assembly vote over unpaid dues

PARIS:President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a “charter of principles” aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalized teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years.The charter offers “a clarification of how the Muslim community is organized,” Macron said after a meeting with representatives of […]

Biden picks Chopra, Gensler for financial oversight roles

Chopra named to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Gensler to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Rohit Chopra as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tapping a progressive ally of Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren to helm the agency whose creation she championed. Chopra, a commissioner […]

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire near Capitol

Officials say there was no threat to the public and the fire, about 1.6km away from the Capitol, has been extinguished. The US Capitol complex in Washington, DC, temporarily locked down on Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment about 1.6 kilometres (one mile) away sent […]

Uganda opposition says HQ raided as it readies election petition

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has said troops “raided” the headquarters of his party, whose officials are preparing to launch a legal challenge to longtime President Yoweri Museveni’s declared victory in an election last week. “Heavily armed military and police have once again raided our party offices in Kampala,” said a Twitter update under the […]

Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism

Author:  Joseph SCHMID and Caroline TAIX | AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1610990059139343300 Mon, 2021-01-18 17:03 PARIS:President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a “charter of principles” aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalized teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years. The charter offers […]

Incest Scandal Sets Off a New #MeToo Movement in France

Brigitte Macron, the French first lady, told TF1, a French TV station, on Sunday, “It is absolutely necessary that these actions are known, and that these actions are not silenced.” Mr. Loiseleur said, “Incest is like the elephant in the room that nobody wants to see,” adding, “It is the most widespread form of sexual […]

UK’s youngest terrorist to be released from prison

RDIF’s Dmitriev predicts pandemic end by May, claims Russia’s Sputnik V is ‘world’s best vaccine’ DUBAI: Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), was uncompromising. “We have without question the best vaccine in the world,” he told Arab News. The vaccine, Sputnik V, which has been developed to counter the […]

A Theater Serves as a Courthouse, Provoking Drama Offstage

BIRMINGHAM, England — One recent Monday, Sarah Buckingham walked into an auditorium at Birmingham Repertory Theater, strode up some steps to a platform and looked out at her audience. She was in full costume, with a wig, and everyone rose to their feet. It might seem like a star’s entrance, but Ms. Buckingham is not […]

How Zimbabwe’s footballers turned to ‘money games’ for survival

Harare, Zimbabwe – With organised football suspended in Zimbabwe due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s long-suffering footballers have once again turned to “money games” to make ends meet. On average, a club player earns 5,000 Zimbabwean dollars a month ($50 officially but $16 on the black market). The salary is less in the lower […]

US-bound caravan faces hunger, Biden plans immigration reform

Hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants huddled overnight on a highway in eastern Guatemala in the early hours of Monday after domestic security forces used sticks and tear gas to halt the passage of a US-bound caravan just days before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office. As many as 8,000 migrants, including families with young children, […]

Boeing 737 MAX can return to Canadian skies this week

Canada plans to become the latest country to reauthorise Boeing’s 737 MAX after two fatal crashes grounded the aircraft in 2019. Canada said on Monday that it will lift a near two-year flight ban on Boeing Co’s 737 MAX on January 20, joining other countries like the United States that have brought the aircraft back […]

Europe Welcomes Biden, but Won’t Wait for Him

As a politician with his eye on the midterm congressional elections, “Biden will focus like a laser in his first year on the pandemic, on reopening the economy, on unemployment, on infrastructure, on health care, on an economic stimulus,” Mr. Kupchan said. “There will be much less time, energy and money for foreign policy.” Sophia […]

Martin Luther King, Jr was radical: We must reclaim that legacy

I’ll never forget my first organising training course in 2016. We walked through scenarios about arrests, communications, treating pepper spray, and supporting our comrades. And then the instructor, a young Black Chicagoan, slowed his speech, looked at all of us solemnly, and said, “Be prepared for anything. They will drag you. They will knock you […]

Tunisia deploys army to help quell days-long unrest

Security forces’ deployment comes after mass arrests and days of violent protests by youth in various cities across the country. Tunisia has deployed military units to help quell days-long social unrest that saw violent protests by young people in various cities, as demonstrators took to the streets to demand the release of hundreds of people […]