Fears of new COVID variants lead to lengthier travel quarantines

Quarantines continue to frustrate travelers and strangle airlines a year into the pandemic, with the threat from highly infectious coronavirus variants meaning enforced isolations are mostly getting longer and stricter rather than easing up. Even as vaccines embolden countries like Israel and the U.K. to plot paths to reopening, authorities around the world are tightening […]

Spain: Rapper’s jailing, riots lead to rift within government

Socialist PM condemns protesters who engaged in violence, but his far-left coalition partner criticises police for their forceful response. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has denounced violent protests which have broken out over the imprisonment of rap artist Pablo Hasél, after a far-left junior partner in his coalition government spoke out in support of the […]

Why Does Louisiana Consistently Lead the Nation in Murders?

For 31 straight years, Louisiana has reported the nation’s highest murder rate. To solve that puzzle, first consider a wider pattern in the South: a history of violence that stretches back further still. A New York Times article in 1998 pointed to “a divergence that has persisted for as long as records have been kept” […]

Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, African to lead WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala formerly served as Nigeria’s finance minister and spent 25 years at the World Bank, where she rose to the number-two position of managing director. Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed Monday to head the leading international trade body as it seeks to resolve disagreements over how it decides cases involving billions in sales and […]

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poised to become first woman to lead WTO

The incoming chief of the World Trade Organization has a reputation for shaking up the guardians of wealth and power that will come in handy in her new role. During Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s effort to root out corruption during her first stint as Nigeria’s finance minister, opponents of her plans nicknamed her “Okonjo Wahala” — “Okonjo […]

Ecuador election heads into runoff with Arauz in lead

The 36-year-old is a protege of former President Rafael Correa and aims to end years of painful austerity measures. Ecuadorean economist Andres Arauz won the first round of the country’s presidential election on Sunday, bringing the Andean nation a step closer to ending years of painful austerity made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 36-year-old […]

The Crown, Schitt’s Creek, Ozark lead Golden Globe TV nominations

The Crown, Schitt’s Creek, and Ozark lead the pack of Golden Globe TV nominees as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association showcases hits that entertain streaming audiences during the coronavirus pandemic. British royal drama The Crown, small-town comedy Schitt’s Creek and crime thriller Ozark led the pack of Golden Globe television nominees on Wednesday as voters […]

Trump Parts Ways With Lead Impeachment Lawyer

Former President Donald J. Trump has abruptly parted ways with the lead lawyer handling his impeachment defense, just over a week before the Senate trial is set to begin, a person familiar with the situation said on Saturday. Butch Bowers, a South Carolina lawyer whose hiring was announced last week, will no longer be part […]

Vietnam’s Trong tipped to lead Communist Party for third term

Despite health issues, 76-year-old president is expected to be re-elected as party chief for rare third term. Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party chief and the architect of the country’s anti-corruption campaign, has been nominated to serve a rare third term, a Party official said on Wednesday, according to state media. On Monday, more […]

Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

GENEVA — The Pacific island nation of Fiji won election on Friday as president of the United Nations’ top human rights body, ending a shadowy proxy battle waged by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia seeking to strengthen their influence by installing a more compliant candidate. Fiji won decisively, with support from 29 countries in a […]

Biden to tap Obama-era regulator Gensler to lead SEC: Sources

Gary Gensler was chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2009 to 2014. Gary Gensler, a leading financial regulator under the administration of US President Barack Obama, is expected to be named chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by President-elect Joe Biden in coming days, two sources familiar with the […]

Why did a hazing in Belgium lead to a Black student’s death?

Brussels, Belgium – On the morning of Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 20-year-old Sanda Dia was dressed in a white robe, selling roses on a cobbled street in the historic centre of Leuven, a quaint student city that is home to Belgium’s largest and oldest university, looming Gothic architecture and lively squares. A photograph shows the Black […]

Will 2020’s vote lead to more federal oversight in US elections?

The dust is settling in a United States presidential election conducted in the face of an unprecedented health crisis and a misinformation campaign like none other in history. The 2020 contest has again shone a spotlight on one of the most decentralised election systems in the world and prompted renewed calls for increased election uniformity […]

Mladenov turns down offer to lead UN mission in Libya

Bulgarian diplomat has taken the decision due to ‘personal and family reasons’, UN spokesperson says. Bulgarian diplomat Nickolay Mladenov has turned down an offer to lead the UN mission in conflict-stricken Libya, according to a UN spokesman. Mladenov told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday he would not take up the position of special envoy […]

Biden Will Pick Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has chosen Representative Deb Haaland, Democrat of New Mexico, to lead the Interior Department, according to people familiar with the decision, a move that would make history: If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Native American appointed to a cabinet secretary position. Ms. Haaland would […]

Abiy’s efforts to unify Ethiopia could lead to its disintegration

Today, Ethiopia is once again in crisis. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts to re-centralise all state powers in Addis Ababa and dismantle the multi-ethnic federation established in the 1995 constitution in the name of “national unity”, led to an armed conflict between the federal military and a regional government, ruined thousands of lives and livelihoods, […]

The final debate reinforced Biden’s lead #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, met for their second and final presidential debate on Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate was moderated by Kristen Welker, the White House correspondent of NBC News, and featured a mute button to help maintain order after the chaos of the first presidential debate. And […]

Two women vie to lead New Zealand as polls open #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Election could see Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern strengthen her government or face more challenges from conservatives led by Judith Collins. New Zealanders have started voting on Saturday in a general election that could see Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern strengthen her left-of-centre hold on government or a challenge from conservatives led by Judith Collins. Labour Party […]