Italy holds state funeral for ambassador, bodyguard killed in DRC

The victims were kidnapped and fatally shot while travelling in a UN World Food Programme convoy. Italy has held a state funeral for its ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and his bodyguard killed in an ambush that a cardinal said should prompt everyone to “hear the cry” of a people devastated […]

US: South African COVID strain found in New York state resident

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces the discovery of the new variant as he urges people to stay vigilant. The first case of a fast-spreading coronavirus variant from South Africa has been discovered in a resident of the US state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Cuomo said on Sunday the case, a person from Nassau […]

Indian state imposes curbs after resurgence of COVID-19 cases

The Indian state of Maharashtra has ordered fresh restrictions on people’s movement and imposed nighttime curfews in some cities after a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks that came following months of a steady nationwide decline. Maharashtra – home to 110 million people – reported nearly 7,000 new cases on Sunday, a steep rise […]

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 […]

Men charged in Ghosn escape plot ask US State Department to halt extradition -letter

Opponents of Myanmar’s military coup, including celebrities, veteran activists and students, rejected on Wednesday an army assertion that there was public support for overthrowing elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and said their campaign would not burn out.Protesters are deeply skeptical of the junta’s assurances, given at a news conference on Tuesday, that there would […]

Prisoner exchange between Israel and Syria underway: State media

Two Syrians should be released in return for a young Israeli woman in swap mediated by Russia. A prisoner swap between Syria and Israel, mediated by Russia, is under way. Damascus is securing the release of two Syrians held in Israel in exchange for releasing an Israeli woman who entered Syria by mistake, Syria’s official […]

Amazon sues New York’s AG to pre-empt a state COVID lawsuit

Amazon accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of overstepping bounds by legally threatening the firm and demanding the surrender of profit. Amazon.com Inc on Friday sued New York’s attorney general to stop the state from taking legal action over its early COVID-19 response, including its firing of activist Christian Smalls. The retailer drew scrutiny 10 months ago when workers protested conditions at […]

Opinion | Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo: How to Turn Your Red State Blue

Play the long game. For 10 years, we carried around charts of Georgia’s demographic and registration projections, as well as one that showed shrinking margins of victory for Republicans in races for the Senate, the governorship and the presidency over time. That way, we could demonstrate that we were gaining momentum with each election cycle […]

Pakistan responds to US State Department’s irresponsible tweet

Pakistan responds to US State Department’s irresponsible tweet

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reacted to the irresponsible tweet of the US State Department regarding Kashmir. Reports According to the report, the US State Department, showing irresponsibility, wrote Indian Kashmir in a tweet. The US State Department had tweeted about the restoration of the internet in Kashmir. iPhone 12 Pro Max 128, 256, 512 GB All […]

Venezuela grants house arrest to jailed state oil firm managers

Aryenis Torrealba and Alfredo Chirinos of PDVSA were convicted of leaking information to the US government. Venezuela has granted house arrest to two managers at state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela who were convicted on charges of divulging confidential information, their defence lawyer said in a telephone interview. Aryenis Torrealba and Alfredo Chirinos, from PDVSA’s […]

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 […]

Indonesia bans mandatory religious attire in state schools

Activists lauded the government’s decision after outcry over non-Muslim students being forced to wear a hijab. Activists in Indonesia have lauded the government’s decision to ban public schools from making religious attire mandatory, a move that followed national outrage over non-Muslim students being forced to wear a hijab. Andreas Harsono, a researcher at Human Rights […]

Gang close to Bangladesh PM extracts bribes for state contracts

A criminal gang is colluding with Bangladesh’s security forces to extract bribes for state contracts and job positions, all the while maintaining powerful links with the country’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, an Al Jazeera investigation has found. All the Prime Minister’s Men reveals how Haris and Anis Ahmed, both convicted of murder, are being protected […]

Myanmar army takes control of Rangoon City Hall, declares state of emergency for one year

Myanmar army takes control of Rangoon City Hall, declares state of emergency for one year

Monday morning Reports Myanmar’s military has taken control of the Rangoon municipality building, sparking a possible coup just hours after the arrest of de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. Taliban attacks increased in Afghan capital, says US watchdog An AFP reporter saw five military trucks inside the municipal compound as soldiers arrived at […]

Full text of Myanmar army statement on state of emergency

Myanmar’s military cites ‘terrible fraud’ in last November’s general election as a justification for seizing power. Myanmar’s army declared a state of emergency on Monday as it carried out detentions of senior government leaders in response to alleged fraud during November’s general election. A video address broadcast on military-owned television said power had been handed […]

India’s Haryana state blocks internet amid farmer protest clashes

An Indian state has blocked mobile internet across most of its districts, following clashes between hundreds of protesting Indian farmers and groups of men shouting anti-farmer and pro-police slogans. Mobile internet in 15 of 22 districts in Haryana state bordering the capital New Delhi will be unavailable until 17:00 local time on Saturday, according to […]

US Secretary of State Blinken says ‘world is watching’

United States Secretary of State Tony Blinken, on his first day on the job, said the “world is watching” how the administration of President Joe Biden will change course from the “America first” approach of former President Donald Trump. Blinken, speaking to a small welcome ceremony on Wednesday, a day after being confirmed by the […]

US Senate confirms Biden nominee Blinken as secretary of state

PARIS: Iran must end its provocations and return to the terms of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers if it expects the United States to rejoin the accord, but even then a broader negotiation would be needed, a French presidential official said on Tuesday.Former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of Iran’s nuclear […]

US Senate confirms Blinken as Biden’s secretary of state

The United States Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken to be the next US secretary of state, the nation’s top diplomat. Blinken’s confirmation by a vote of 78-22 signals broad political support for President Joe Biden’s promise of an American foreign policy focused on diplomacy and alliances. “Mr Blinken has a long and distinguished history when […]

Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over gender violence

Declaration welcomed by activists who have been calling for it for years in a country where at least one woman is killed a week. Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency over its deep-rooted problem of violence against women, creating new measures demanded by activists for years to battle a deadly tide. The decision […]

UK could become ‘failed state’ without reform, former PM warns

Brexit and the COVID-19 crisis have weakened the ties that bind England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, says ex-Labour PM Gordon Brown. Unless the United Kingdom is fundamentally reformed, it could swiftly become a failed state because of rising concerns that the country is governed by a London-centric elite acting in its own interest, former […]

Egypt’s suicidal state

After a turbulent decade of revolution and counterrevolution, Egypt appears to have gone 360 degrees back to entrenched and brutal military dictatorship. In this uneven clash, Egyptian citizens fought those above the law and, ultimately, those above the law won. Those who pursued the dream watched it turn into a nightmare of intimidation, persecution, prison, […]

CAR announces state of emergency after armed attacks

Presidential spokesman says state of emergency will allow authorities ‘to make arrests without going through national prosecutors’. The Central African Republic (CAR) has announced a 15-day state of emergency after armed groups tried to block the capital, Bangui, in a bid to topple newly re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadera. Rebels controlling about two-thirds of the […]

Several dead in twin suicide attack in central Baghdad: State TV

DEVELOPING STORY A commercial street in central Baghdad was hit in the attack, state television reported, adding that there were ‘dead and wounded’. A rare twin suicide attack hit a commercial street in central Baghdad on Thursday morning, state television reported, adding that there were “dead and wounded” without giving any figures. Brigadier General Hazem […]