Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa re-elected: Exit poll

Forecast says centre-right incumbent has won a second and final five-year term. Centre-right incumbent candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has won Portugal’s presidential election, according to an exit poll. The survey by the Portuguese Catholic University’s Polling Center for public broadcaster RTP on Sunday indicated that Rebelo de Sousa captured between 57-62 percent of the […]

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown rioters in two cities

Rioters clash with police and damage properties in Netherlands capital Amsterdam and southern city of Eindhoven. Demonstrations against a new curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the Netherlands have turned into riots and clashes with police in some places, according to authorities and reports. Authorities on Sunday used water cannon and dogs […]

Packers vs. Bucs: Live Updates as Brady and Rodgers Face Off

Here’s what you need to know: Aaron Rodgers has a chance to improve his playoff record. Jan. 24, 2021, 2:32 p.m. ET Jan. 24, 2021, 2:32 p.m. ET Antonio Brown is out for the Bucs. Jan. 24, 2021, 2:02 p.m. ET Jan. 24, 2021, 2:02 p.m. ET The Packers have the N.F.L.’s lowest turnover numbers. […]

Divisions Harden in Senate as It Prepares to Receive Impeachment Article

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Sunday burrowed into dueling positions over the impending impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump, deepening the schisms in an already divided Senate a day before the House will deliver its charge to lawmakers there. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the only Republican who voted to convict Mr. Trump in […]

UAE cabinet approves establishing embassy in Tel Aviv

Decision comes as Israel announces opening of embassy in Abu Dhabi months after countries’ controversial normalisation of ties. The United Arab Emirates cabinet has approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv in Israel, state media said, as Israel announced the opening of its embassy in Abu Dhabi. The UAE controversially agreed to normalise […]

How Democrats Planned for Doomsday

The video call was announced on short notice, but more than 900 people quickly joined: a coalition of union officials and racial justice organizers, civil rights lawyers and campaign strategists, pulled together in a matter of hours after the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill. They convened to craft a plan for answering the onslaught […]

Israeli ultra-Orthodox clash with police over school closures

The clashes came as authorities face difficulties enforcing COVID restrictions in Israel’s religious communities. Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators have clashed with Israeli police in two major cities, as authorities faced new difficulties in enforcing coronavirus restrictions in the country’s religious communities. The clashes on Sunday occurred in Jerusalem and Ashdod as police attempted to close religious schools […]

Russia accuses US of meddling, but says open to dialogue

The US condemns Moscow’s crackdown on protesters, drawing a swift rebuke from President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman. Russia has accused the United States of interfering in its domestic affairs following a crackdown on protesters supporting opposition leader Alexey Navalny, but a spokesman for Vladimir Putin said the Russian president would be open to talking to US […]

He Bonded With Kobe as a Competitor, Then as Another #GirlDad

MacKenly might have been the 6-foot daughter of a 6-foot-9 former N.B.A. star, but Bryant promised nothing. She was not granted a starting spot right away — not even with Team Mamba in need of a center. Practices were often held Monday through Friday in Orange County, where most of the team’s players lived, meaning […]

Thousands displaced after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hits Mozambique

Nearly 7,000 people forced from their homes and more than 130,000 hectares of crops destroyed by torrential downpours and floods. Heavy rains and flooding have forced thousands to flee their homes in Mozambique after Tropical Cyclone Eloise brought wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour (kph). Eloise struck Mozambique’s Sofala coastal province on […]

Scottish leader promises to hold ‘legal’ independence vote

First Minister Sturgeon accuses British Prime Minister Johnson, who opposes a new referendum, of fearing democracy. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will push ahead with plans to hold a “legal” referendum on independence from Britain if her party secures a majority in polls later this year, despite London’s opposition. Scotland voted against […]

French Roosters Now Crow With the Law Behind Them

PARIS — The crow of a rooster and the ringing of a church bell at dawn. The rumble of a tractor and the smell of manure wafting from a nearby stable. The deafening song of cicadas or the discordant croaking of frogs. Quacking ducks, bleating sheep and braying donkeys. Perennial rural sounds and smells such […]

Assange vs the violence of imperial ‘humanitarianism’

In the United Kingdom court decision sparing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from extradition to the United States (for now, pending appeal), the intimately symbiotic relationship between humanitarianism and violence was evident once again. Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that it would be “oppressive” to extradite Assange – but not because of the injustice of the US […]

Trump lacked state-level COVID vaccine roll-out plan: Official

United States President Joe Biden’s chief of staff has said state-level distribution plans for COVID-19 vaccines “did not really exist” under Donald Trump’s administration, even as the pandemic surged in the former president’s final months in office. “The process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals, out into the community as […]

Six Malian soldiers killed in ‘complex and simultaneous’ attacks

Army says coordinated twin assaults also left 18 troops wounded, with some 30 assailants killed in military response. At least six Malian soldiers have been killed in two “complex and simultaneous” attacks in Mali’s conflict-wracked centre, according to the military. The coordinated assault took place at about 3am (03:00 GMT) on Sunday in the villages […]

Biden security adviser vows to consult Israel on regional issues

Jake Sullivan tells Israeli counterpart the US ‘will closely consult with Israel on all matters of regional security’. US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser has promised his Israeli counterpart that the United States “will closely consult with Israel on all matters of regional security”, the National Security Council (NSC) said on Sunday. In a […]

Opinion | America’s Other Front Line

As a case manager for a nonprofit that serves older adults, veterans and adults with disabilities in Texas, I’ve seen social services move online as a way to more efficiently get assistance to people without exposing them to the virus. And yet, this only exacerbates the digital divide. Many of my clients don’t even have […]

Oman bars expatriates from certain jobs as pandemic bites

Various jobs in insurance companies, shops and car dealerships, including finance, commercial and administrative positions, will be ‘limited to Omanis only’, labour ministry says. Oman’s labour ministry has said it will bar expatriates from certain jobs in the private sector, in an attempt to create more jobs for its citizens amid an economic downturn. Expats […]

As COVID surges in Canada, workers ‘can’t afford to get sick’

Toronto, Canada – When Carolina Lopez woke up with a sore throat in November, her mind immediately went to the worst-case scenario: COVID-19. For the Toronto resident, who works two jobs as a restaurant server and cleaner, a COVID-positive diagnosis would not only affect her health – it could mean losing the pay she needs […]

Yemen’s warring sides resume prisoner exchange talks in Jordan

Houthi rebels, Saudi-backed gov’t resume fresh UN-backed negotiations in Amman months after huge prisoner exchange. Yemen’s warring sides have begun fresh United Nations-backed negotiations in Jordan on a prisoner exchange, according to officials. Sunday’s meeting in Amman between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthi rebels, who have been at war for almost six years, came […]

Tunisian border traders, smugglers struggle to survive amid COVID

Southeast Tunisia – In Ben Guerdane, a town in Tunisia’s far southeast straddling marshes, the sea, and the Libyan border, rows of stalls selling smuggled fuel sit shuttered. Only one stall is open. Out front, Tarek sits in a burnous, a woollen hooded Tunisian cloak. Behind him, plastic jerrycans full of diesel are stocked in […]

Kuwait’s emir reappoints PM to form new cabinet

Sheikh Sabah had resigned after the parliament backed a request to question him over issues including his choice of cabinet members. Kuwait’s emir has issued a decree reappointing Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah as prime minister after the cabinet resigned last week in a standoff with parliament over its vote to question him on […]