EU leaders push to step up COVID vaccinations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the European Union must prepare to vaccinate for new coronavirus variants across the coming years after EU leaders discussed ways to fight new variants of the virus, step up inoculations and save Europe’s tourism industry from another ruinous summer. The 27 EU leaders agreed on Thursday to keep “tight […]

At Biden’s G7 debut, leaders focus on COVID recovery

Group of Seven leaders sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies. Group of Seven leaders, who control a little under half of the world’s economy, on Friday sought to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic towards rebuilding their battered economies. US President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi debuted […]

After Leader’s Sexist Remark, Tokyo Olympics Makes Symbolic Shift

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Thursday appointed Seiko Hashimoto, Japan’s cabinet minister in charge of the Olympics and gender equality, to replace Yoshiro Mori, 83, who resigned last week in the wake of an international firestorm over sexist remarks. The selection of Ms. Hashimoto, 56, an Olympic medalist in speedskating, represents a […]

CAR ‘militia leaders’ plead not guilty to war crimes at ICC trial

Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom accused of leading militias in widespread attacks on Muslims. Two men accused of leading Christian-dominated militias in widespread attacks on Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) have rejected all charges against them at the start of their trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday. Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a […]

Ethiopia: Concern grows over health of jailed political leaders

Concerns are growing about the health of several imprisoned Ethiopian opposition figures who launched a hunger strike some two weeks ago, with protests erupting in Oromia to demand the release of some of the region’s most prominent political leaders. Senior Oromo Federal Congress (OFC) members Bekele Gerba and Jawar Mohammed are among some 20 people […]

US Treasury sanctions 10 Myanmar military leaders for coup role

Sanctions will affect more than $1bn of Myanmar government funds housed in the United States as protests continue. The US Treasury announced on Thursday that new sanctions against Myanmar will target the country’s top military officials who ordered this month’s coup in the Southeast Asian country after President Joe Biden signed an executive order that […]

New arrests in Myanmar, as US moves to sanction coup leaders

One of removed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s closest aides was detained overnight in a new wave of arrests following last week’s military coup, according to an official from her party, as US President Joe Biden announced new sanctions on the generals who seized power on February 1. Kyaw Tint Swe was the minister […]

As Yellen prepares for G7 talks, leaders look for US cooperation

The G7 will meet this week to discuss the global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and how to tax giant digital firms. Leaders are looking to the Biden administration to show a willingness to work together after four years of Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda. The new administration of United States President Joe Biden joins […]

US to impose sanctions on military leaders in Myanmar, Biden says

US president calls on Myanmar generals to relinquish power and return government control to civilian leaders United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the US will impose sanctions on Myanmar’s military leaders following their coup d’etat and called for a return of power to civilian leaders. In televised remarks at the White House, Biden condemned […]

Biden: US will sanction military leaders, family members behind Myanmar coup

LONDON: Vaccinations will reduce the impact of COVID-19 from grave illness to mere “sniffles,” according to an Oxford Vaccine Group expert. Prof. Andrew Pollard told British MPs that he believes the recently introduced vaccines will “have a huge impact on transmission.” Fears have risen in recent days that new variants of COVID-19 might be vaccine […]

UN urges Somali leaders to ‘urgently reach consensus’ on polls

Security Council calls on federal government and regional states to work together for inclusive elections. The United Nations Security Council called on Somalia’s federal government and regional states to urgently resume talks and agree on arrangements to hold elections as soon as possible. A September agreement allows for the president and others to stay in […]

Myanmar protesters defy coup leader’s ban and continue rallies

Protesters in Myanmar have started gathering across the country’s largest city of Yangon for a fourth day, defying a ban on gatherings of five or more people and threats from coup leader Senior General Minh Aung Laing to take “action” against large rallies. In San Chaung township, dozens of teachers marched on the main road, […]

Somali opposition leaders ‘no longer recognise president’

Somalia’s opposition leaders say they no longer recognise President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed after his term expired without a political agreement on a path towards elections to replace him. The Horn of Africa nation was supposed to hold indirect elections before February 8, but the deadline was missed as the central government and federal states failed […]

Somali political leaders fail to reach deal on elections

Somalia’s divided political leaders have failed to agree on how to proceed with elections in emergency talks, a government minister has announced, just days before the end of the president’s current term. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew back to the capital from the central town of Dhusamareb, without a deal on the staffing of regional […]

How Hong Kong’s Neighborhood Leaders Became Champions of Freedom

HONG KONG — Some days, Cathy Yau wanders down dark alleys looking for rats to poison. Other days, she helps food banks deliver meals to older people. Often her phone rings with calls from constituents: neighbors asking about their rights during a police stop-and-frisk, or how to best navigate the city’s welfare bureaucracy. Such is […]

Under Pressure to Rebuke Their Own, G.O.P. Leaders Face a Critical Test

WASHINGTON — Republicans fighting over their party’s future face a turning point on Wednesday as House leaders confront dueling calls to punish two members: one for spreading conspiracy theories and endorsing political violence, and the other for voting to impeach former President Donald J. Trump. Trump loyalists want to strip Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, […]

Brazil Congress elects Bolsonaro allies as new leaders

Allies of the president elected as the head the Senate and lower house, a key victory ahead of the next year’s presidential election. Brazil’s Congress has elected two allies of President Jair Bolsonaro to head the Senate and lower house, an important victory for the far-right leader as he seeks to re-galvanise his reelection efforts […]

Aung San Suu Kyi, other Myanmar leaders detained in apparent military coup

YANGON: Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling party have been detained in an early morning raid, her ruling party’s spokesman said Monday. The move came after days of escalating tension between the civilian government and the powerful military that stirred fears of a coup in the aftermath of an […]

Aung San Suu Kyi, ruling party leaders detained in Myanmar

BREAKING Sweep follows military questioning of election results with parliament due to sit this week. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the governing party have been detained in an early morning raid, the spokesman for the governing National League for Democracy said on Monday. The move comes after days of […]

Fearful of farmers’ protests, Modi makes big suggestion to party leaders

Fearful of farmers’ protests, Modi makes big suggestion to party leaders

  New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started backtracking on the commitment of farmers, has proposed to party leaders to suspend agricultural laws for 18 months. According to Indian media, the Indian Prime Minister has consulted with party leaders to stop the farmers’ protest and has proposed to suspend agricultural laws for 18 […]

Jewish leaders denounce Uighur plight on Holocaust Memorial Day

London, United Kingdom – Prominent Jewish figures in the United Kingdom are marking Holocaust Memorial Day by speaking out over China’s treatment of its minority Uighur population, saying they have a “moral duty” to do so. Held every year on January 27, Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the people systematically killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany […]

Indian farmer leaders condemn violence but will continue protests

Leaders of the farmers’ unions in India have condemned the violence during a “tractor rally” held by farmers in the Indian capital to demand repeal of new agricultural laws. On Tuesday, tens of thousands of farmers began the day in a convoy of tractors festooned with Indian and religious flags along New Delhi’s outskirts as […]

Vietnam’s Communist Party meets to pick new leaders, set strategy

Continuity expected as Vietnam seeks to balance China and the United States. Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party gathers for its first national congress since 2016 later on Monday with a mission to select new leaders and shape policy for the next five years. The event, the 13th congress since the founding of the Communist Party of […]