Tunisians rally to demand release of detained protesters

Daytime protests in recent days have been followed by nighttime violence, with COVID-19 restrictions compounding a wider economic malaise. Tunisians are protesting the detention of hundreds of young demonstrators arrested over several nights of disturbances, demanding their release and venting their anger against the government’s handling of a deepening social crisis. Approximately 100 people rallied […]

Gunmen attempt to storm governor’s home in violence-hit Darfur

Attackers repelled by gunmen in incident that came days after clashes in restive region left hundreds dead. Unknown armed men have attempted to storm the residence of a provincial governor in Sudan’s Darfur region but were repelled by guards, according to officials. There were no injuries or damage in the attempted attack on West Darfur […]

Frustration in Europe, North America over Pfizer vaccine delays

Pfizer announced a temporary reduction in deliveries so it could upscale its Belgium plant. Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the United States pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belgian plant. Governments say it is costing critical time during the early stages of the […]

Greek MPs approve extension of territorial waters in Ionian Sea

The move comes days before Greece and Turkey resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims in the Aegean Sea. The Greek Parliament has overwhelmingly approved legislation to extend the country’s territorial waters along its western coastline from six to 12 nautical miles, a few days before long-estranged NATO allies Greece and Turkey resume exploratory talks […]

Joe Biden’s inaugural address: Full transcript

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States just before Noon EST (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday and then delivered his inaugural address, asking Americans to put their differences aside amid the pandemic and deep political divisions. “At this time in this place let’s start afresh. All of us must begin […]

Graphics: Biden and Trump inaugurations compared

Al Jazeera takes a side-by-side look at the inaugurations of the two most recent presidents of the US. The inaugurations of US President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump mark stark contrasts in the political state of affairs in the United States. Trump, the only president to be impeached twice, took office after he […]

Video: At Least 3 Killed in Madrid Explosion

A blast inside a Madrid building killed at least three people and left 11 more wounded on Wednesday. The city’s mayor said the explosion appeared to be caused by a gas leak. . Source link

Your Thursday Briefing

Do: High-intensity workouts can be great for health. But a new study shows that the impacts on blood pressure, body fat and other aspects of your metabolism may be greater after standard half-hour, moderate exercise. Try something new. At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch, and do while […]

China sanctions Pompeo, other Trump administration officials

China’s foreign ministry said the sanctioned US citizens showed no regard for the interests of the people of China and the US. China imposed sanctions on 28 individuals from the United States, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, over “crazy actions that have gravely interfered in China’s internal affairs”. A statement from China’s foreign […]

‘United like brothers’: How 10 Nepali climbers made K2 history

Nepali team overcame ‘really horrendous’ conditions to become the first to summit world’s second-highest mountain in winter. The members of a Nepali climbing team who made history at the weekend by becoming the first to scale the world’s second-highest mountain – Pakistan’s K2 – in the winter season have said they battled hurricane-force winds and […]

As Zimbabwe’s COVID cases surge, gravediggers struggle to cope

Harare, Zimbabwe – Since New Year’s Day, Thomas Rasauka*, a gravedigger in Zimbabwe’s capital, has had very little rest. “We are digging 10 to 12 graves daily now,” he said, describing the past few weeks as one of the most tiresome and busiest periods in all his 12 years in the profession. It is mid-morning […]

Investigators probing Trump finances have some of his tax records

Investigators probing outgoing US President Donald Trump’s finances have gotten hold of some of his tax records, allowing them to move ahead even without a Supreme Court order that would give them eight years of his returns, sources tell Bloomberg. Investigators probing President Donald Trump’s finances have gotten hold of some of his tax records, […]

Joe Biden sworn in as president of the United States

BREAKING Biden takes over from Donald Trump at a moment of deep division in the country, which is reeling from COVID-19. Joe Biden has been sworn in as president of the United States, entering the White House at a time of deep division in the country. Raising his right hand and placing his left on […]

Italy says it will sue Pfizer over delays in vaccine delivery.

Italy plans to take legal action against the American drugmaker Pfizer for delays in the delivery of coronavirus vaccines, Domenico Arcuri, Italy’s special commissioner for the pandemic, said in a statement on Tuesday night. On Friday, Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, said they would deliver fewer doses than expected to European Union countries this […]

Foodtech: Investors pile into vegan-focused venture capital fund

Blue Horizon Ventures, a Zurich-headquartered, vegan-based venture capital fund, will invest in startups from alternative proteins to smart packaging. Investors are piling into a vegan-focused venture capital fund as the coronavirus pandemic highlights growing stresses in global food production. Blue Horizon Ventures, a Zurich-based venture capital firm focused on making food more sustainable, has closed […]

Donald Trump’s final speech as president: Full transcript

Ahead of Joe Biden’s swearing-in as president, Donald Trump departed the White House for the last time on Wednesday, delivering one final speech as president at Joint Base Andrews in front of family, staff and supporters. Following his remarks, which ran just under 10 minutes, he and First Lady Melania Trump walked up a red […]

Donald Trump’s presidential legacy in numbers

An overview of the state of the nation as Joe Biden takes over as US president after four years of Donald Trump. Joe Biden will be taking an oath of office as president of the United States on Wednesday as Donald Trump’s presidency ends after four tumultuous years. Trump has been criticised for mishandling the […]

Dozens of migrants killed in shipwreck off Libya’s coast

Ten survivors brought back to Libya after at least 43 migrants and refugees died on Tuesday, UN bodies report. At least 43 migrants and refugees have been killed in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said, the first tragic event of 2021 […]

Joe Biden inauguration: World reaction

Joe Biden is due to be sworn in as president of the United States, following his election victory over Donald Trump last year. Here are some of the global responses to Wednesday’s transfer of power in Washington, DC. This list will be updated as more reactions from leaders around the world pour in. United Kingdom […]

At least three killed in Madrid city centre explosion

DEVELOPING STORY A gov’t official said blast occurred as a team of workmen were repairing the building’s boiler. At least three people have been killed in Madrid when a building partially collapsed following a massive explosion on Wednesday caused by a gas leak. The blast, which occurred around 3pm (14:00 GMT), started a fire inside […]

How Donald Trump shook up US foreign policy

President Donald Trump laid out his vision for an “America First” foreign policy during his inaugural speech on the steps of the US Capitol on January 20, 2017. “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” he vowed. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to […]

Now you see him: Jack Ma surfaces, giving Alibaba a $58bn boost

He appeared for less than a minute and said nothing about the Chinese government clampdown that had left his business empire in crisis. But for investors who’d been waiting months to catch a glimpse of Jack Ma, the entrepreneur’s participation in a live-streamed video conference on Wednesday was enough to trigger a $58 billion sigh […]

UK: Ethnic minorities disproportionately laid off in pandemic

London, United Kingdom – Britons from ethnic minority backgrounds in the United Kingdom have been disproportionately affected by job cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which represents unions in the country. From September 2019 to September 2020 – a period that included the peak months of […]