Brazil surpasses 250,000 COVID deaths, a year after first case

The South American country has the world’s second-highest death toll after the United States. One year after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country has recorded more than 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, with the virus still spreading as a national vaccination drive struggles to gain momentum. President Jair Bolsonaro, […]

In Pictures: A year on, justice eludes victims of Delhi violence

A year after India’s capital saw its worst communal riots in decades, many of the Muslim victims say they have come repeatedly up against refusal by police to investigate complaints against Hindu rioters. Some hope the courts will still come to their aid. But others now believe the justice system under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s […]

Ahmaud Arbery memorialised a year after killing sparked movement

Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the day Ahmaud Arbery was killed by two white men armed with guns as he ran through their neighbourhood in Georgia, and those close to Arbery are planning a vigil to memorialise and celebrate his life. Arbery’s killing occurred as the United States was settling into COVID-19 lockdowns. Authorities […]

Fear, silent migration: A year after anti-Muslim riots in Delhi

New Delhi, India – Nisha Mewati and her family had been living peacefully in northeast Delhi’s Shiv Vihar area – a mixed-neighbourhood where Hindus and Muslims lived cheek by jowl – for more than a decade. But last February, their world changed. “And it changed suddenly,” said 22-year-old Nisha, sadness flickering in her eyes. On […]

NAB’s biggest recovery this year

RAWALPINDI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi has achieved the biggest success in the fake accounts scandal. Details According to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi in the fake accounts scandal of embezzlement of government lands and NAB Rawalpindi’s plebiscite worth Rs 21 billion was approved. Builder Ehsan Elahi confessed to the crime, after which […]

Covid-19 News: Fauci Warns Americans Might Need to Wear Masks for Another Year

Here’s what you need to know: Dr. Anthony S. Fauci on “Meet the Press,” today.Credit…NBC News Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser for Covid-19, said on Sunday that Americans may still be wearing masks outside their homes a year from now, even as he predicted the country would return to “a significant […]

Dining woes: Canada’s restaurants suffer worst year on record

Food trucks, bars and taverns were hit the hardest by lockdowns and restrictions, with sales dropping 48 percent. Canadian restaurants and bars suffered their worst year for sales on record in 2020. Sales at eating and drinking establishments in Canada dropped 28% from the year before, Statistics Canada reported Thursday in Ottawa. That’s the largest […]

Wife of N Korea’s Kim appears in public for first time in a year

Ro Sol Ju, who had not been seen since January 2020, photographed with her husband at a concert. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, appeared in state media for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday, joining her husband at a concert during one of the country’s biggest […]

US farmers won’t see a year as profitable as 2020 for a decade

Federal aid payments accounted for more than a third of US farmers’ $121.1bn in net income last year. U.S. farmers won’t see another year as profitable as 2020 for at least a decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected Tuesday. Farm profits soared to their highest level in seven years amid a flood of government aid […]

Canine cryptocurrency, race to Mars and the Year of the Ox

THE WEEK IN NUMBERS We round up the numbers to know from the week’s biggest economic and business news stories so you can impress yourself and your friends. If you’ve been glued to the impeachment proceedings unfolding in the United States, you’re far from alone. But as the news out of Washington winds down for […]

Lunar New Year show sparks racism row over blackface

In a second such incident in China since 2018, performers for a state TV show wore outfits depicting Africans and darkened their skin with makeup. China’s state broadcaster has come under fire once more for a performance featuring dancers made up to look African during its annual gala show to celebrate the Lunar New Year. […]

This Lunar New Year: Good for China’s factories, bad for travel

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Across many parts of Asia, and among Asian diaspora beyond the region, families are normally busy around this time of year repainting and spring cleaning their homes to prepare for visits by family members or buying oranges and festive cookies, all to get set for the Lunar New Year celebrations. But […]

Avoiding the ‘Two-Faced Blade Demon’ as the Year of the Ox looms

Inside the underground mall adjacent to Taipei’s renowned Lungshan Temple, a chubby white bird pecks at a box of orange and red envelopes under the watchful gaze of his owner Chin-yuan Chang. He picks at one, and then another and finally decides on an orange envelope, which he pulls out with his small beak. Chang […]

Twitter wraps ‘extraordinary year’ with Q4 jump in users, revenue

The social media giant’s revenue grew 28 percent to $1.29bn from $1bn in the final months of 2020, beating analysts’ estimates. Twitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year” for the platform. New users signed on in large numbers to follow the world’s […]

Turkey’s economy may have grown 2.5% last year

Turkey’s economy may have grown as much as 2.5% last year, which is better than all other major economies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Bloomberg HT reported, citing Turkey’s central bank. Turkey’s gross domestic product might have expanded as much as 2.5% last year, a performance better than all other major economies hit by the […]

In Pictures: COVID resurgence dampens China New Year celebrations

Vibrant red lanterns line an alley in Wuhan, China, expectant decorations for a holiday that traditionally sees these alleyways thronged with revellers. But customers only trickle in. Gong Linhua recalls earlier years, when her store was packed and the street outside was bustling with snack carts and jostling crowds. “This is the first time in […]

This Lunar New Year, less flying in China as virus fears persist

Some airlines are offering rock-bottom fares but about 10 percent of flights have been cancelled over the coming two weeks, data show. Lunar New Year is usually a bonanza for Chinese airlines criss-crossing the country fully loaded with passengers. Not this year though, after the government took the rare step of encouraging people to stay […]

Tom Brady’s 7th Super Bowl Win Ends N.F.L.’s Most Challenging Year

Mahomes had won 16 of 17 starts this season, but he and his team collapsed amid a deluge of penalties, drops and pressure from the Buccaneers, who, exploiting the Chiefs’ diluted offensive line, reveled in it, inflicted it, even embraced it. At halftime, Mahomes had 67 yards, and Kansas City trailed by 15 points, tied […]

Optimism-fuelled oil nears $60 per barrel, highest in a year

The last time Brent traded at $60 a barrel, the pandemic had yet to take hold, economies were open – and demand for fuel was much higher. Oil prices rose about one percent on Friday, after hitting their highest in a year and closing in on $60 a barrel, supported by economic revival hopes and […]

Indian insider: Regulator bans tycoon from market for one year

The Securities and Exchange Board of India has banned Kishore Biyani and others for allegedly trading in shares of Future Retail ahead of the release of price-sensitive information in 2017. India’s markets regulator has banned a retail tycoon from accessing the securities markets for a year on charges of insider trading, complicating his battle to […]

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to step down as CEO later this year

Company says Bezos will be replaced as CEO in the fall when he will become Amazon’s executive chairman. Amazon.com Inc has announced that longtime CEO Jeff Bezos will step down from his post later this year, transitioning to executive chairman of the world’s largest online retailer. In a statement on Tuesday, the company said Bezos […]