France summons Pakistan envoy over criticism of ‘separatism’ bill

Spat comes after Pakistani President Arif Alvi called on Paris to abandon controversial bill, claiming the law would discriminate against Muslims. The French foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan’s envoy to protest against claims by President Arif Alvi that a French bill cracking down on what it terms “Islamist extremism” stigmatises Muslims. Addressing a conference on […]

US state gives vaccines to aides for elderly, drawing criticism

Boston, Massachusetts, United States – Halee Barlow cannot wait for the COVID-19 vaccine. But it is not for her. She is desperate to get her father vaccinated – and soon. Brian Barlow, of Sutton, Massachusetts, about 77 kilometres (48 miles) west of Boston, is terminally ill with liver cancer and immuno-compromised enough to put him […]

Cuomo Vowed to ‘Destroy’ a Fellow Democrat Over Nursing Home Criticism

For months, Assemblyman Ron Kim has been one of the few Democratic lawmakers willing to criticize Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for his handling of the state’s nursing homes during the pandemic, pressing for investigations into the matter. So when a top aide to Mr. Cuomo recently admitted that his administration had withheld nursing home data […]

Indian celebrities back gov’t on protests amid global criticism

Several Indian celebrities, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and a host of Bollywood stars, have supported the government after pop superstar Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg made social media comments about the months-long farmer protests. Rihanna, who has more than 100 million Twitter followers, wrote “why aren’t we talking about this?!”, with a link […]

After criticism, S Africa set to receive 1 million COVID vaccines

Johannesburg, South Africa – South Africa, the continent’s worst COVID-hit country, is due to receive its first batch of coronavirus vaccines on Monday. Initially scheduled for the end of January, the first one million shots of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine produced in India will be used to inoculate healthcare workers over the next three months. The […]

Russia dismisses global criticism over Navalny as interference

Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was arrested as soon as he set foot back in Russia, returning five months after an alleged poisoning attack. Russia has dismissed mounting international criticism over the arrest of leading opposition figure Alexey Navalny as interference, saying the case against him was an internal matter. Leaders in several Western countries, many […]

China defends COVID-19 response after criticism by experts

Beijing says its initial response to the outbreak was adequate after health experts allege it could have acted more rapidly. China has defended its actions as “prompt and decisive” in containing the coronavirus outbreak during its early days, rebuking criticism made by an independent panel of experts over Beijing’s handling of the outbreak. “As the […]

Iran rebukes European criticism of uranium enrichment

Tehran, Iran – Iran has rejected European criticism of the country’s enrichment of uranium to 20 percent as China urged restraint and the United States slammed the move defying the nuclear accord. During his weekly press conference in Tehran, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said Iran’s announcement on Monday that it started enriching uranium to a […]

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Donald Trump called Ben Sasse, a conservative from Nebraska, the ‘least effective of our 53 Republican Senators’. Donald Trump has hit back at a Republican senator who said the United States president “flirted with white supremacists”, treats the presidency like a “business opportunity”, and “kisses dictators’ butts”. Ben Sasse, a senator from the state of […]