Is Mesut Ozil’s ‘dream’ move to Fenerbahce a gamble?

Fenerbahce’s signing of Mesut Ozil from Arsenal has generated huge excitement among fans of the Turkish football club that has had little to cheer about in recent years. The Istanbul-based giants – one of Turkish football’s ‘big three’ clubs – have not won the Turkish Super League since 2014, an eternity for a club of […]

Africa secures another 400 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

Another 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the African continent through the Serum Institute of India, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. With the new doses, on top of the 270 million doses announced earlier this month from Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, “I think we’re […]

31 Guards Suspended at a Women’s Prison Plagued by Sexual Violence

For Trimeka Rollins’s daughter, who is 24 and transgender, New Jersey’s only women’s prison was supposed to be a haven. She had been shuffled from one men’s prison to another, facing abuse at both, her mother said, before finally being transferred in November to the state’s only lockup for women, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. “We […]

Liquid nitrogen leak at US Georgia poultry plant kills 6

Five people died at the plant before could be taken to the hospital, another died in the emergency room. A liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in the US state of Georgia killed six people Thursday, with multiple others taken to the hospital, officials said. Beth Downs, a spokesperson for Northeast Georgia Health System, […]

Women are on COVID global front line, but left behind in recovery

A new poll of 17,000 people in 17 countries found that the majority believe the coronavirus pandemic has set back progress on equal rights. Seven in 10 workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic are female yet women are left out of many COVID-19 response and recovery plans, according to a global survey […]

US calls for withdrawal of Russian, Turkish forces from Libya

US ambassador calls on Russia, Turkey and the UAE to immediately cease military intervention in Libya after deadline for foreign troops to withdraw passed. The United States has called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. Under an UN-backed ceasefire signed in […]

MBS says Aramco to sell more shares to boost Saudi wealth fund

MBS said Saudi Aramco will sell more shares as part of plans to bolster the kingdom’s main sovereign wealth fund, which aims to increase its assets from $400bn to $1 trillion by 2025. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the kingdom’s de facto ruler, on Thursday said that Saudi Aramco will sell more […]

Space Shuttle Challenger remembered 35 years after its explosion

NASA uses its Day of Remembrance to mark the 35th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy that shocked the world. US space agency NASA is commemorating the 35-year anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle explosion on Thursday, its Day of Remembrance, recalling the landmark moment of “grief”. “Thirty-five years ago today, NASA and the nation lost […]

Biden’s Obamacare Do-Over: Another Chance to Sign Up, This One More Publicized

In December, the last Obamacare enrollment period under the Trump administration closed. Now that the Biden administration has arrived, it’s trying a do-over. The renewed effort reflects the Biden team’s view that the Trump administration did too little to help people find coverage, despite a public health crisis and waves of job losses. Although insurance […]

Colombia court charges former FARC commanders with war crimes

Trubunal unveils first criminal charges against former FARC fighters since the 2016 peace deal. Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) on Thursday accused eight former commanders of the demobilised FARC fighters of war crimes and crimes against humanity for taking hostages during the country’s internal armed conflict. This is the first time since the signing […]

South Africa variant of virus detected in the United States

Health officials in the US state of South Carolina announced on Thursday that the new South Africa variant of the coronavirus has been detected in two people in the United States. These are the first known cases of the more infectious South Africa variant in the US. Officials said there was no known travel history […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for oversight in GameStop saga

The Democratic congresswoman tweeted that lawmakers need to know more about Robinhood’s decision to ‘block retail investors from purchasing stock while hedge funds are freely able to trade the stock as they see fit’. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez assailed the trading curbs imposed on GameStop Corp. by Robinhood Markets Inc. and other platforms, saying the restrictions […]

Will Israel attack Iran?

25:25 From: Inside Story Israel’s military says it is preparing a number of operational plans to attack Iran, but Tehran dismissed the claims as ‘psychological war’. Read more By  Inside Story 28 Jan 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 25:00 play 25:05 play 25:45 play 24:55 Show more . Source link

German panel advises against AstraZeneca vaccine for over 65s

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should only be given to people aged between 18 and 64, Germany’s vaccine committee has recommended, a day ahead of a decision by European regulators on whether to approve the drugmaker’s shot. The recommendation for Germany comes as the European Union, which is scrambling for vaccine supplies, warned AstraZeneca to deliver shots […]

Lebanese central bank governor charged with dereliction of duty

Between $5m and $7m in central bank funds meant to help the country’s people were squandered from June through December, a Lebanese judge said. A Lebanese prosecutor charged central bank Governor Riad Salameh with dereliction of duty and breach of trust over the alleged misuse millions of dollars provided by the regulator last year. Judge […]

Yemeni families file petition over US drone strike killings

Two families filed petition against US gov’t over ‘unlawful’ killing of 34 relatives between 2013 and 2018. Two Yemeni families have filed a petition against the US government over the “unlawful” killing of 34 relatives, including nine children, in counterterrorism operations between 2013 and 2018. Human rights group Reprieve, submitted the petition to the Inter-American […]

Indonesia starts probe into illegal oil transfer by Iranian, Panamanian tankers

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities on Thursday began an investigation into a series of violations by Iranian and Panamanian tankers, which were seized on Sunday over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country’s waters. The Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) impounded the two supertankers in waters bordering the South China Sea, off Pontianak, West Kalimantan province. The Panamanian-flagged MT […]

The GameStop Reckoning Was a Long Time Coming

Smartphone-based trading apps like Robinhood changed that, by introducing commission-free trades and an interface that made executing a gamma squeeze as straightforward as ordering a burrito from Uber Eats. Suddenly, millions of amateurs could organize themselves, generate their own market research and investment theses, drum up excitement in Reddit threads and TikTok videos, and enter […]

US firm General Motors to ditch gas, diesel-powered cars by 2035

The largest automaker in the United States outlined its plans to become carbon neutral by 2040, marking a seismic shift in the industry. General Motors Co said Thursday that it was setting a goal to sell all its new cars, SUVs and light pick-up trucks with zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, a dramatic shift by […]

Opinion | The New Virus Strains Make the Next 6 Weeks Crucial

Let’s agree that total lockdown is the most ruinous of all options, and the one we’d like to use least. We have tools we could deploy to avoid it, but we’d need to start quickly. One is rapid, at-home testing. The technology exists to produce tens of millions of cheap, at-home antigen test strips each […]

Pirates who kidnapped Turkish sailors make contact

The 15 sailors who were kidnapped off the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday are in good health, Turkish shipping company says. Pirates who kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish-crewed container ship in the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday have made their first contact with the shipping company to discuss a ransom, Turkish state media reported […]

AstraZeneca, UK PM defend Covid jab’s effectiveness

MANILA: Manila’s defense pact with the US is an “untapped weapon” that will help maintain balance in the Asia Pacific region, the Philippine Senate’s security committee head said on Thursday, amid increasing claims from China in the South China Sea. Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s comment followed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s phone conversation with Filipino Foreign […]

American Airlines shares surge after WallStreetBets shoutout

American Airlines also reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday. Shares in American Airlines Group Inc surged more than 20 percent in opening trading on Wall Street after the carrier was mentioned on Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum and it posted a slimmer-than-expected quarterly loss on Thursday. American joined rival Delta Air Lines in calling 2021 a […]

Limited Testing in Mississippi Prisons May Be Obscuring Virus’s Toll

“We believe that while testing may have made it appear we were being proactive, testing is not a substitute for taking actual, immediate and continued action to keep inmates safe,” he said. “We believe that the available data nearly a year into the pandemic shows that our decision was the right one. Mississippi’s Covid-related inmate […]