Myanmar set for more protests, as Indonesia steps up diplomacy

Myanmar is set for more protests against military rule on Wednesday, as Indonesia sought to build a diplomatic coalition among other Southeast Asian countries to steer a path out of the political crisis. This week saw huge rallies on Monday and a general strike to denounce the military’s February 1 coup and demand the release […]

She Beat Cancer at 10. Now She’s Set to Be the Youngest American in Space.

Hayley Arceneaux, 29, had hoped this would be the year that she would complete her aim of visiting all seven continents before she turned 30. She will not have time to do that, though. She is going to space. Ms. Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, will be one […]

How Texas’ Drive for Energy Independence Set It Up for Disaster

But both agencies are nearly unaccountable and toothless compared to regulators in other regions, where many utilities have stronger consumer protections and submit an annual planning report to ensure adequate electricity supply. Texas energy companies are given wide latitude in their planning for catastrophic events. Into a snowstorm with no reserves One example of how […]

PSL 6 Multan Sultans set 151-run target for Islamabad United

Karachi: In the third match of PSL 6, Islamabad United defeated Multan Sultans by 3 wickets after a thrilling contest. Details According to reports, in the third of PSL 6, Islamabad United achieved the target of 151 runs given by Multan Sultans at a loss of 7 wickets. Lewis Gregory played a 49-run match-winning innings, […]

Biden set to declare major disaster in storm-hit Texas

Biden expedites governor’s request as state deals with widespread water access issues and more than 180,000 without power. US President Joe Biden said on Friday he was ready to declare a major disaster in storm-slammed Texas as soon as the declaration hits his desk, and that he would travel to the state as long as […]

Biden set to make first public outing on world stage as president

President Joe Biden will make his first major public foray onto the global stage as president on Friday, attending a G-7 summit and addressing the Munich Security Council. Biden is expected to discuss the global response to COVID-19, stress coordination in responding to Russia and China, and the Iran nuclear deal during the two events. […]

US Congress to set up commission to investigate Capitol attack

Independent commission will ‘get to the truth’ about January 6 mob attack, says Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The United States Congress will establish an independent commission to investigate and report on the January 6 siege of the US Capitol, a top Democratic Party lawmaker said on Monday. US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

Saudi HQ: Kingdom will require foreign firms to set up shop

Saudi Arabia has offered firms a package of incentives including tax breaks to urge them to set up shop in the kingdom under a plan dubbed ‘Project HQ’, which is also designed to shift the Gulf’s business hub away from Dubai. Saudi Arabia said it will stop working with foreign firms that don’t base their […]

Kosovo opposition party set to win parliamentary vote: Exit poll

Vetevendosje forecast to win 41.8 percent of the votes while the governing LDK party projected to finish third. Kosovo’s anti-establishment party Vetevendosje is forecast to win Sunday’s parliamentary polls, according to an exit poll, a result which could further complicate efforts to resolve decades-long territorial disputes. The Pipos-Kosova Klan television exit poll showed Vetevendosje was […]

Trump legal team set to begin impeachment defence: Live

Trump’s team will try to turn the tables on House prosecutors by showing videos of Democrats making inflammatory remarks. The fourth full day of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins on Friday. Trump’s defence lawyers are to begin their arguments on Friday, relying on the argument that the former […]

Kent coronavirus variant set to ‘sweep world’, says UK scientist

Strain first detected in England, which may be 30 percent more lethal than other variants, has spread to more than 50 countries. The coronavirus variant first recorded in southeast England is likely to “sweep the world” and become the most dominant global strain, the head of the United Kingdom’s genetic surveillance programme says, as concerns […]

Second impeachment trial of Donald Trump set to begin

Trump is accused of ‘incitement of insurrection’ for his actions and words leading up to the deadly US Capitol riot. The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump will begin at 1pm ET (18:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Tuesday’s proceedings will focus on the constitutionality of holding impeachment proceedings for a former president, with up […]

Virginia first US southern state set to abolish death penalty

Virginia legislature passes measure, paving way for signature of Governor Northam, who already voiced support. The Virginia House of Delegates voted on Friday to abolish the death penalty, becoming the first southern US state to do so. “Virginia’s achievement today does much more than sound, once again, the death penalty’s demise. The Commonwealth is about […]

Biden set to accept more refugees after years of Trump cuts

Biden has pledged to restore the US’s historic role as a country that welcomes refugees from around the world. US President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to build up the country’s capacity to accept refugees, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a White House briefing on Thursday, but the timing of the […]

Explosion Critically Injures 3 on Movie Set Near Los Angeles

Three people on a movie set were hospitalized in critical condition with burns after an explosion near Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon sparked a small wildfire, the authorities said. Fire crews used two helicopters to extinguish the blaze, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which said the fire had been contained after scorching […]

Trump set to file impeachment response before Senate trial

Trump’s legal team faces a Tuesday deadline to outline his defence in advance of next week’s impeachment trial. With former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial set to begin next week, he faces a Tuesday deadline to respond to the US House’s article of impeachment charging him with inciting an insurrection. Tuesday’s filing will be the […]

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 […]

UK set to formally apply for trans-Pacific trade bloc membership

British government says joining CPTPP would remove tariffs on food and drink and cars, while helping to boost the technology and services sectors. The United Kingdom has announced it will formally apply to join a trans-Pacific trading bloc of 11 countries next week, with negotiations set to start later this year. A year after it […]

Myanmar’s newly elected parliament set to meet amid coup threats

Myanmar’s newly elected parliament is scheduled to meet for the first time on Monday against the backdrop of a threat by the military to stage a coup over unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the November 2020 election. On Thursday, the military’s commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing plunged the country into its greatest political […]

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 […]

Senate Republican warns Trump impeachment could set precedent

John Cornyn says ‘former Democratic Presidents’ could be impeached if Senate moves ahead with Donald Trump’s trial. One of the most influential Republicans in the United States Senate has warned that “former Democratic Presidents” could be impeached if the Senate moves ahead with an impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump. Trump was impeached in […]

US set to swear in Joe Biden as 46th president: Live updates

Donald Trump will not attend Biden’s swearing-in and the subsequent gathering of all living presidents. The United States is due to swear in Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president, who is inheriting a country beset by deep political divides and battered by a coronavirus pandemic. The inauguration event, scheduled to start after 10:30am local time […]

Palestinians set to receive first batch of Russian vaccines

Israel health ministry approved import of 5,000 units of Sputnik V vaccine for Palestinian Authority, Israeli media says. The Palestinian Authority (PA) is scheduled to receive on Tuesday a first shipment of 5,000 units of the main Russian COVID-19 vaccine known as Sputnik V, an Israeli official said. The shipment is due to be brought […]

Kazakh ruling party set to sweep parliamentary polls amid boycott

Nur Otan party to retain hold on power after it is projected to win almost 72 percent of ballots cast. Kazakhstan’s governing party is set to sweep the oil-rich country’s parliamentary election, as it has done for decades, with no major opposition groups running in the vote and small street protests swiftly quelled by police. […]