Central African Republic gov’t says forces killed 44 rebels

Government says army and ‘allied forces’ launched offensive in Boyali village, about 90km from the capital, Bangui. Central African Republic troops killed 44 rebel fighters participating in a push to encircle the capital Bangui and overturn newly re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadera, the government has said. Together with “allied forces”, the CAR army launched an […]

GameStop’s volatile rally smashes Wall St price targets

The video game retailer’s stock surged as much as 145 percent to $159.18 on Monday, triggering at least nine trading halts. To see how far GameStop Corp. has outrun anyone’s ability to render sensible analysis, consider what its current dizzying rally has done to Wall Street’s best guesses of its value. Now perched close to […]

11th hour: Trump admin eased sanctions on mining magnate Gertler

In its final week in office, the Trump administration issued Dan Gertler, accused of corruption in DR Congo, a licence to resume all transactions and activities otherwise prohibited by sanctions against him. In its final week in office, former United States President Donald Trump’s administration eased sanctions against Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler that were […]

Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like

When did you first realize things were going wrong between you and President Trump? It coincided very much with the rapid escalation of cases in the northeastern part of the country, particularly the New York metropolitan area. I would try to express the gravity of the situation, and the response of the president was always […]

Italian PM Conte to resign on Tuesday ‘to seek new mandate’

Media reports describe move as a bid by embattled leader to build a new coalition government after weeks of political turmoil. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte intends to hand in his resignation to the president on Tuesday after a morning cabinet meeting to inform his ministers, according to his office. The prime minister, who has […]

Italy’s Prime Minister to Quit, Adding Political Chaos To Pandemic

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy will offer his resignation on Tuesday, his office said on Monday evening, likely triggering the collapse of Italy’s teetering government and plunging the country deeper into political chaos as it faces a still-spiraling coronavius epidemic and a halting vaccine rollout. “Mr. Conte will go see the President, Sergio Mattarella,” […]

Biden reverses Trump’s ban on transgender people in US military

New US president issues an order reversing a Pentagon rule that had barred transgender people from military service. President Joe Biden issued an executive order on Monday reversing a Trump administration policy that barred transgender individuals from serving in the United States military. “President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to […]

Sri Lanka’s cremation of COVID dead a ‘human rights violation’

UN’s human rights experts says gov’t policy a violation of human rights and could ‘foment existing prejudices’. The United Nations has urged the Sri Lankan government to halt its policy of forced cremations of coronavirus victims, a practice it said went against the beliefs of the country’s Muslims and other minority populations. Ignoring the World […]

Budweiser Won’t Advertise at the Super Bowl: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: A still from the Budweiser advertisement shows two health care workers getting vaccinated.Credit…Budweiser, via Associated Press Budweiser, the beer giant whose commercials featuring Clydesdale horses, croaking frogs and winsome puppies made it one of the most beloved Super Bowl advertisers, is opting out of the game-time broadcast this year […]

Republican opposition to Trump impeachment trial grows

The Senate impeachment trial of former United States President Donald Trump, who stands accused of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, continues to drive a wedge within the Republican Party. Ten Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump on January 13, a […]

Egyptian police arrest cartoonist on 10th anniversary of uprising

Human rights and media freedom groups demand immediate release of Ashraf Hamdi, who was taken from his home after posting video tribute to 2011 uprising. Rights groups have called for the immediate release of an Egyptian cartoonist who wrote on Facebook he was being arrested shortly after posting online a video tribute to the country’s […]

UN labour arm ILO warns of ‘lost lockdown generation’

The coronavirus pandemic wiped out 114 million jobs and 8.8 percent of global working hours, equal to 255 million full-time jobs, in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic wiped out 8.8 percent of global working hours, equivalent to 255 million full-time jobs, causing a crisis of unprecedented inequality and threatening the return to the labour market of […]

UN labour arm ILO warns of ‘lost lockdown generation’

The coronavirus pandemic wiped out 114 million jobs and 8.8 percent of global working hours, equal to 255 million full-time jobs, in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic wiped out 8.8 percent of global working hours, equivalent to 255 million full-time jobs, causing a crisis of unprecedented inequality and threatening the return to the labour market of […]

Moderna says COVID vaccine works against variants

US biotech firm plans trials of a booster shot against the virus strain first discovered in South Africa as precaution. United States-based biotechnology company Moderna has said it believes its COVID-19 vaccine is effective against new variants of the virus, although it will test a new booster shot aimed at the strain discovered in South […]


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Davos meeting: Firms warned not to slide on women’s equality

Business leaders, campaigners and politicians told Monday’s online meeting organised by the World Economic Forum that women risk losing hard-won gains at work because of pandemic fallout. Companies need female employees to help them bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic and must not let gender equality slip off their agenda due to the tough business […]

Two Virginia police officers suspended over role in Capitol riot

Accused officers claim they have been terminated as dozens of police across the US are investigated for role in riot. Two United States police officers from the state of Virginia charged in the Capitol riot have been suspended without pay after federal authorities alleged they violently entered the Capitol during the insurrection. Sergeant Thomas Robertson […]

Asia football body axes tournaments, centralises Champions League

Forty-team Champions League will stage group games in one West Asian and one East Asian hub from mid-April amid COVID-19 pandemic. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has cancelled several tournaments and announced centralised group stages for the Asian Champions League (ACL) and AFC Cup club tournaments as it continues to battle disruptions caused by the […]

Syria: Latest round of talks on constitution begins in Geneva

UN-backed talks aimed at revising the constitution involve delegations from Syrian gov’t, opposition and civil society. Delegates from the Syrian government, opposition and civil society have started a new round of meetings that are aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country. The launch of the fifth round of the so-called Constitutional Committee on […]

Egypt: Remembering the Arab Spring

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Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’

From star-destroying black holes to exploding comets, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has spotted its share of surprises since it began searching the galaxy for exoplanets in 2018. But the source of starlight that was mysteriously brightening and dimming some 1,900 light-years away may top all those discoveries for its science fiction-like grandeur. […]

India, China army commanders’ talks on border dispute ‘positive’

Ninth round of negotiations to defuse tensions came days after Indian and Chinese soldiers brawled again along frontier. India and China have said the latest round of talks between their countries’ army commanders to resolve a border confrontation in the Himalayan region of Ladakh had been “positive, practical and constructive”. “The two sides agreed to […]