US reviewing billions in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Secretary of State says review of Trump administration arms sales aims to ensure they advance US ‘strategic objectives’. The United States is reviewing weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorised by former President Donald Trump’s administration, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on Wednesday. In his first press briefing, Blinken […]

Republican party chief to remain ‘neutral’ if Trump runs again

Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel, a longtime Donald Trump loyalist, insisted that the party will stay “neutral” in its next presidential primary, even if Trump decides to mount a re-election bid. “The party has to stay neutral. I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024,” McDaniel told The Associated Press […]

US warns of more ‘domestic extremist’ violence in months ahead

A federal bulletin says Capitol riot could inspire further violence as far right seethes over Trump’s loss. The United States could face a heightened threat of domestic extremist violence for weeks from people angry at Donald Trump’s election defeat and inspired by the deadly storming of the US Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

US flies B-52 bombers over Middle East for third time this year

Flyover comes a day after Israel’s top general warned US President Joe Biden against a return to Iran nuclear deal. The United States has flown B-52 bombers over the Middle East, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Wednesday, the third so-called “presence patrol” so far this year. The flyover was the first since US President […]

Fed Leaves Interest Rates Near-Zero as Economic Recovery Slows

Federal Reserve officials left interest rates near-zero and pledged to continue making huge purchases of government-backed bonds as the central bank tries to help the United States economy weather the pandemic’s ongoing hit. “The pace of the recovery in economic activity and employment has moderated in recent months, with weakness concentrated in the sectors most […]

Music service Anghami moving from crisis-hit Lebanon to UAE

Beirut, Lebanon – Music streaming service Anghami is relocating its headquarters from Beirut to Abu Dhabi, in a move that will be seen as a blow to the startup scene of crisis-hit Lebanon. Founded eight years ago in the Lebanese capital by entrepreneurs Eddy Maroun and Elie Habib, the service has now grown to cater […]

Are measures to stop spread of COVID-19 failing?

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DR Congo parliament votes to remove Prime Minister Ilunga

Legislators pass a no-confidence vote against prime minister, collapsing the government amid power struggle. Legislators in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have voted to remove Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, collapsing the government and handing President Felix Tshisekedi a chance to appoint loyalists to key ministries. Wednesday’s vote marks the latest episode in […]

Fed: US economic recovery hinges on ‘progress on vacinations’

At the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting, Federal Reserve policymakers said the path of the economic recovery will depend on the course of the virus and ‘progress on vaccinations’. Federal Reserve policymakers said on Wednesday that the United State’s economic recovery hinges on vaccination drives. “The path of the economy will depend significantly on […]

The Reality Behind Biden’s Plan to Legalize 11 Million Immigrants

Others argue there are benefits to legalization. Opening a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million people, seven to eight million of whom participate in the labor force, is tantamount to “an economic stimulus,” according to Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at the University of California, Davis. Between 2005 and 2015, new immigrants accounted for […]

Italy could have saved 200 drowning migrants: UN committee

Italy failed to protect the “right to life” of more than 200 migrants and refugees who died when the boat they were on capsized in the Mediterranean Sea more than seven years ago, independent human rights experts who work with the United Nations said. The Human Rights Committee said on Wednesday that Italy “failed to […]

Bangladesh to move more Rohingya refugees to remote island

Officials says the country will move 2,000 to 3,000 more refugees to Bhasan Char despite international criticism. Bangladesh will move up to 3,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal this week despite complaints by rights groups concerned about the island’s vulnerability to storms and flooding. Bangladesh has relocated […]

Proud Boys leader ‘prolific’ snitch for law enforcement: Reuters

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters. Court records seen by […]

A Dying Teacher, Worrying Over Students to His Last Breaths

Mr. Ortiz’s death in December had a galvanizing effect on educators in Houston. The following week, teachers at about 50 schools in Harris County participated in a nationwide sickout to demand a safer learning environment during the pandemic. “He could have been me,” said Traci Latson, 50, a teacher at Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts […]

GameStop: How day trader Reddit bros burned a Wall Street pro

The first sign of trouble for hedge fund wunderkind Gabe Plotkin came in late October: A poster on Reddit’s popular wallstreetbets forum was taking aim at his wildly successful investment firm. “GME Squeeze and the demise of Melvin Capital,” wrote the user, Stonksflyingup, referring to stock ticker of GameStop Corp. and Plotkin’s $12.5 billion firm. […]

Riots sparked by COVID lockdown hit Lebanon’s Tripoli for 3rd day

Angry protesters in country’s ‘poorest city’ denounce enforcement of strict coronavirus lockdown with little aid from authorities. Lebanon’s second city of Tripoli has witnessed its third straight night of angry protests and riots, with hundreds of people taking to the streets to denounce harsh living conditions and meagre government aid during a strict coronavirus lockdown. […]

WHO says new COVID-19 variants now in dozens of countries

Author:  Nina LARSON | AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1611770352104839200 Wed, 2021-01-27 17:57 GENEVA: New COVID-19 variants that make the virus more contagious and could render vaccine and antibody protection less effective have spread rapidly across dozens of countries, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. In its latest epidemiological update, the UN health agency said […]

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

We all know that apps collect our data. Yet one of the few ways to find out what an app does with our information involves reading a privacy policy. Let’s be real: Nobody does that. So late last year, Apple introduced a new requirement for all software developers that publish apps through its App Store. […]

US Secretary of State Blinken says ‘world is watching’

United States Secretary of State Tony Blinken, on his first day on the job, said the “world is watching” how the administration of President Joe Biden will change course from the “America first” approach of former President Donald Trump. Blinken, speaking to a small welcome ceremony on Wednesday, a day after being confirmed by the […]

Tanzania president raises doubts over COVID vaccines

President John Magufuli claims, without evidence, that vaccines against COVID-19 are ‘dangerous’. Tanzanian President John Magufuli has claimed that vaccinations against COVID-19 are dangerous and instead urged Tanzanians to protect themselves from the deadly disease by using domestic measures including steam inhalation. Magufuli has long downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19, which has killed more than […]

Mesut Ozil rules out Germany comeback

Former member of the German national football team says will never play for them again. Mesut Ozil, one of the stars of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning side, has flatly ruled out a comeback for the national team as he signed a three-and-a-half contract with Turkish football club Fenerbahce. “I wish the German national team success, […]

Malaysia orders release of Pakistan plane held over lease dispute

A PIA passenger plane was ordered to be released after it was held in Kuala Lumpur nearly two weeks ago. A Malaysian court has ordered the immediate release of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that was held back at Kuala Lumpur airport nearly two weeks ago due to a British court case over the […]

Michael Burry calls GameStop rally ‘unnatural, insane, dangerous’

Michael Burry, of The Big Short fame, took a bullish stance on GameStop in 2019, but is now warning that the rally has gotten out of hand. Michael Burry’s bullish stance on GameStop Corp. in 2019 helped lay the foundations for an epic retail-investor frenzy. Now the famed fund manager is warning that the rally has gotten […]

Senegalese Student Missing in Paris Is Said to Be Safe, but Questions Abound

PARIS — A star student from Senegal who went missing without a word in Paris earlier this month, setting off an outpouring of concern, is said to have turned up, but the mystery surrounding her disappearance is, if anything, deeper than ever. Senegalese officials in France said the student, Diary Sow, had been found “safe […]