Indoor Dining Resumes in N.Y.C.

Statewide, restaurants are still required to close by 10 p.m. Without giving a clear metric, Mr. Cuomo has said that the state will continue to look at average test positivity rates and respond accordingly. Since the winter holidays, the city’s seven-day positivity rate has steadily dropped. As of Tuesday, it was 8.14 percent. Earlier this […]

Israel PM Netanyahu pleads not guilty as corruption trial resumes

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has returned to court and pleaded not guilty to corruption charges as his trial enters an intensified phase six weeks before an election. The Monday hearing, which was pushed back multiple times because of coronavirus restrictions, is where he has to deliver his formal response to the allegations. Subsequent sessions […]

Saudi Arabia reopens borders, resumes international flights

Riyadh had shut its borders on December 21 after a new strain of the coronavirus was discovered in the UK. Saudi Arabia has announced it will reopen its borders and resume international flights after a two-week suspension aimed at containing the spread of the new COVID-19 strain. The kingdom ordered the lifting of “precautionary measures […]

India farmers’ protests: Gov’t resumes talks with farmers

Indian government ministers began talks with farmers’ leaders on Thursday to try and break a deadlock over laws passed earlier this year seeking to deregulate the agriculture sector that have ignited the country’s biggest farm protests in years. Tens of thousands of growers have camped outside the capital, New Delhi, in protest against the laws […]