UN: Cyclone Eloise affected 250,000 people in Mozambique

Eloise brought winds of up to 150km/h followed by torrential rain over port city of Beira and adjacent Buzi district. A tropical cyclone that struck central Mozambique last week has affected 250,000 people, a sharp increase over initial estimates, according to a UN official. Myrta Kaulard, the UN’s resident coordinator in Mozambique, added on Tuesday […]

Russia suggests Mideast ministerial peace conference

Author:  Philippe RATER | AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1611691577547401800 Tue, 2021-01-26 19:13 UNITED NATIONS: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday backed a Palestinian proposal for a Middle East peace conference, saying at the UN that it could be held at ministerial level in spring or summer with about 10 participants. On their side, […]

Tuchel named new Chelsea manager

The 47-year-old former Paris St Germain coach replaces Lampard who was sacked this week. Thomas Tuchel has become the latest manager to take over the Chelsea hot seat with the Premier League club confirming the German as Frank Lampard’s replacement on Tuesday. Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on Monday – halfway through his second season […]

Coronavirus advances could see ‘more normal’ world in 18 months

LONDON: A leading British public health expert has claimed the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) could become “much more treatable” in the next six to 18 months. Sir Simon Stevens, the head of Public Health England, told UK MPs the world could look forward to a “much more normal future” with the onset of new treatments, as […]

US Senate confirms Blinken as Biden’s secretary of state

The United States Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken to be the next US secretary of state, the nation’s top diplomat. Blinken’s confirmation by a vote of 78-22 signals broad political support for President Joe Biden’s promise of an American foreign policy focused on diplomacy and alliances. “Mr Blinken has a long and distinguished history when […]

Opinion | My Trump Recovery Program

Like many people I know, I have lately been bewitched by the television show “Ted Lasso,” which made its endearing debut on Apple TV+ this summer. I started devouring it at nearly the same moment I began the most recent season of Jonathan Goldstein’s near-perfect podcast, “Heavyweight,” and while I was gobbling the remains of […]

Fly me to the moon: Three men to pay $55m each for SpaceX flight

Axiom Space’s first private space crew will be led by a former NASA astronaut and include an Ohio real estate and tech entrepreneur, a Canadian financier and an Israeli businessman. The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55m to fly on a SpaceX rocket. They’ll be led […]

Russian victim regains consciousness following stabbing attack in Istanbul

article author:  Arab News Tue, 2021-01-26 21:58 LONDON: A Russian woman who was stabbed seven times by a knife-wielding attacker in Istanbul has regained consciousness, her sister said.  Maria Rosanova, who is the sister of the victim Alexandra, told Life.ru news website that doctors at the hospital said she had regained consciousness and doctors are assessing her […]

Biden to sign executive actions addressing ‘racial equity’

The actions order the US Justice department to halt its use of private prisons and boost anti-discrimination enforcement in housing. United States President Joe Biden is set to sign four executive actions as part of his agenda to advance “racial equity for Americans”, the White House has announced. The actions, to be signed on Tuesday, […]

Biden’s Commerce nominee promises ‘aggressive’ action on China

US Commerce Secretary-nominee Gina Raimondo echoes other Biden officials who have indicated they would continue some of Trump’s tough-on-China policies. The U.S. must take “aggressive” steps to combat China’s “unfair” trade practices while also investing in American manufacturing to return production to the country, said Gina Raimondo, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Commerce secretary. “China […]

British Asian celebrities produce video to tackle coronavirus myths

LONDON: British-Asian celebrities including cricketer Moeen Ali and comedians Romesh Ranganathan and Meera Syal have produced a video to dispel coronavirus myths and urge people to get a vaccine. The video was organized by “Citizen Khan” creator Adil Ray, who said that he wanted to tackle falsehoods surrounding vaccinations for those from ethnic minority communities. […]

Opinion | Democrats Should Act Like They Won the Election

“This triumph did not mean complete success for the New Frontier,” the historian James Smallwood wrote in a 1973 journal article on the Rules Committee fight, “it only meant that the entire House could consider its proposals and that the majority would rule.” Here in the present, Senate Republicans aren’t the only ones pumping the […]

US assures two-state solution for Israel-Palestine at UN

The Biden administration will undo some Trump era actions, but says no substitute for ‘Israeli-Palestinian peace’. United States President Joe Biden’s Middle East policy “will be to support a mutually agreed, two-state solution, in which Israel lives in peace and security, alongside a viable Palestinian state,” acting US Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Mills […]

EU urges vaccine makers to ‘honour obligations’ amid supply fears

The comments come a day after the bloc threatened to impose export controls on COVID shots produced within its borders. The European Union has warned pharmaceutical giants that have developed coronavirus vaccines with EU aid that it must get its shots on schedule, a day after the bloc threatened to impose export controls on vaccines […]

Economic shot in the arm: IMF predicts vaccine-fuelled growth

After sinking 3.5 percent in 2020, the global economy will grow 5.5 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund forecasted. The spread of COVID-19 vaccines will power a stronger global economic recovery in 2021, the International Monetary Fund forecast Tuesday. After sinking 3.5 percent in 2020, the worst year since World War II, the global […]

Biden to announce moratorium on oil, gas drilling on federal land

United States President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on US lands, as his administration moves quickly to reverse policies on energy and the environment from the administration of former President Donald Trump – and address climate change. Two people with knowledge of Biden’s plans outlined […]

Police fire water cannon as Tunisians march on parliament

Tunisian riot police on Tuesday turned water cannon on protesters outside the heavily barricaded parliament as they tried to quell the largest rally yet since demonstrations began this month over inequality and police abuses. Hundreds of protesters marched from the Ettadhamen district of the capital where young people have clashed nightly with police for more […]

UK tops grim milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

Health department says 100,162 people have died after testing positive, the fifth highest toll in the world. The United Kingdom has become the first country in Europe to record more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to official figures by the health department. The UK has the fifth highest toll globally – after the United States, […]

Who Owns Stocks? Explaining the Rise in Inequality During the Pandemic

Last year featured a devastating public health crisis, an imploding job market, a heavy dose of political tumult and — surprisingly — a roaring stock market. Add it all up, and a major consequence was an expansion of inequality in a nation where economic disparity was already on the rise. It boils down to which […]

Aramco may sell more shares, sovereign wealth fund governor says

Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, made the announcement during a media briefing about PIF’s five-year plan. Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Saudi Aramco may consider selling more shares if market conditions are right, the head of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund told a news briefing on Tuesday. The Saudi government sold […]

US consumer confidence jumps on stimulus, vaccine hopes

While the confidence index remains well below pre-pandemic levels, widespread vaccination programmes and additional stimulus funds could shore up sentiment. U.S. consumer confidence rose in January as Americans grew more upbeat about the outlook for the economy and job market in light of further fiscal aid and the distribution of coronavirus vaccines. The Conference Board’s […]

France threatens to shut down far-right Generation Identity group

The French government has threatened to shut down Generation Identity (GI), a far-right group exposed in an Al Jazeera undercover investigation that seeks to expel Muslims and migrants from Europe. Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said on Tuesday he was “outraged by the efforts of Generation Identity activists to undermine the Republic” and had asked his […]