Afghanistan begins Covid vaccine campaign amid surge in violence

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

Generation Identity: France begins shutting down far-right group

France is beginning the process of shutting down the far-right Generation Identity (GI) group, a move that comes after Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation exposed the group’s racism, violence, and connections with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party. On Saturday, dozens in Paris rallied against the move – scheduled to begin Monday – some of whom […]

Myanmar begins general strike in face of military threats

Millions expected to stop work and join protests calling for restoration of democracy three weeks after generals seized power in a coup. Myanmar began a nationwide general strike on Monday despite a curfew, road blockades and more overnight arrests, as the United States warned it would “take firm action” against the military if it continued […]

Australia begins COVID-19 vaccinations with Pfizer/BioNTech jab

Up to four million Australians are expected to receive a COVID-19 vaccine voluntarily by March. Australia has kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination programme a day ahead of schedule, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and an 84-year-old World War II survivor among the first Australians to receive the first dose of their coronavirus jabs. Morrison and […]

Lebanon begins vaccinations with sceptics a major hurdle

Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out has begun, but there remain concerns the most vulnerable people in the country may be left out of the campaign or excluded altogether. Regardless of nationality or legal status, anyone living in Lebanon is supposed to be covered under its vaccination campaign, including refugees and migrant labourers, who […]

Trial for Aung San Suu Kyi Begins in Secret

The closed-door trial began in secret, with the two defendants appearing by video. The defense attorney wasn’t even aware what was happening. By the time he rushed to the court on Tuesday afternoon, it was all over, in less than an hour. The trial of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s civilian leader who was […]

Guinea Ebola death toll rises to five as vaccine roll-out begins

Five people have now died from Ebola in Guinea as the government launched an urgent contact-tracing search after the disease’s latest reappearance. Guinea announced the outbreak on Saturday – the first in West Africa since a 2013-2016 epidemic that left more than 11,300 dead in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to an epidemiological report […]

Mexico begins vaccinating elderly against COVID-19

Mexico began vaccinating senior citizens in more than 300 municipalities across the country on Monday, after receiving approximately 870,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The effort was largely concentrated in remote rural communities, but hundreds of people over the age of 60 also lined up before dawn in a few far-flung corners of the […]

Post-Impeachment Live Updates: Fallout Begins for Republicans Who Voted to Convict Trump

Here’s what you need to know: The executive committee of the Louisiana Republican Party voted to censure Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana over his vote to convict former President Donald J. Trump.Credit…Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times The blowback against the seven Republican senators who supported former President Donald J. Trump’s conviction in his […]

Georgia begins criminal probe into Trump effort to overturn polls

Trump’s January 2 call to Georgia state secretary is a matter of ‘high priority’ for Fulton county prosecutors. Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, are investigating Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the southern state’s 2020 presidential election results, according to a letter seen by Reuters news agency and first reported by The New York Times on […]

Impeachment Updates: New Chilling Video Expected as Trump’s Trial Begins

Here’s what you need to know: Representative Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager, during a break in the trial on Tuesday.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The House Democrats prosecuting former President Donald J. Trump will formally begin presenting their case on Wednesday after winning the right to proceed even though he has left office, but […]

What to Watch For as Donald J. Trump’s Impeachment Trial Begins

The second impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump begins on Tuesday, about a month after he was charged by the House with incitement of insurrection for his role in egging on a violent mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Here’s what you need to know. How will the trial unfold? Senate […]

WHO team meets Chinese scientists as COVID investigation begins

Experts are in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, to piece together what happened in the initial outbreak. A team of experts from the World Health Organization began its long-awaited investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, meeting a group of Chinese scientists in Wuhan ahead of a series of field visits […]

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 […]

Brazil begins roll-out of 2 million COVID vaccines amid protests

Brazil has begun rolling out two million ready-to-use AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines made in India, the state-funded Fiocruz Institute said on Saturday, as protesters rallied in several cities against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic. The institute said it had started to distribute the vaccines after another distribution programme, which involved a deal between Brazil’s […]

What legal woes does Trump face as he begins civilian life?

Former US President Donald Trump could face serious legal challenges as his return to civilian life strips him of numerous legal protections after his electoral loss and the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday. A norm in US law holds that sitting presidents are immune from indictment. The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel […]

Brazil begins COVID vaccinations amid delay of ingredient imports

Brazil has kicked off a nationwide COVID-19 immunisation programme by distributing doses of a vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech following an emergency-use authorisation, although the pace of vaccination will depend on delayed imports. After weeks of setbacks, many Brazilians cheered the first wave of inoculations, from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, the hardest-hit state […]

India begins inoculating its 1.3 billion people, starting with health care workers.

PUNE, India — India launched on Saturday one of the most ambitious and complex nationwide campaigns in its history: the rollout of coronavirus vaccines to 1.3 billion people, an undertaking that will stretch from the perilous reaches of the Himalayas to the dense jungles of the country’s southern tip. The campaign is unfolding in a […]

End of Merkel era begins as German CDU picks new party leader

Germany’s Christian Democrats will elect a new chairman on Saturday, aiming to unite their conservative party behind a new leader who they hope can succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor when she steps down after federal elections in September. At stake is the leadership of Europe’s biggest economy in the era after Merkel, who has pledged […]

Cambodia begins mass treason trial of opposition activists

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – A Cambodian court on Thursday commenced the first of two mass trials against members and supporters of the country’s outlawed opposition party for allegedly plotting an attack against the government in 2019. Sixty people linked to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) were on trial on Thursday and another 77 […]

Italy: ‘Cornerstone’ mafia trial begins with hundreds in dock

Italy’s largest mafia trial in more than 30 years begins Wednesday, as prosecutors hope to strike a blow to the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate, whose tentacles reach worldwide. More than 350 alleged members of the mafia and politicians, lawyers, businessmen and others accused of enabling them will face a judge in a huge, specially converted courtroom […]