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Witnesses: Eritrean soldiers loot, kill in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Huge unknowns remain in the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Biden walking a high wire with Russia ahead of Putin call

President Joe Biden has been thrown into a high-wire act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration’s stance against Vladimir Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era

UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

Antonio Guterres says white supremacists are recruiting across borders, 'flaunting the symbols and tropes' of the Nazis.

House delivers impeachment charge against Trump

Leaders in the House have brought their article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate.

New Zealand borders to stay closed until citizens are 'vaccinated and protected'

Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand can return to ‘normal’ only when the rest of the world does tooCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJacinda Ardern has said New Zealand and “the world” need to return to some semblance of normality before she opens the country’s borders to foreign nationals.The prime minister shut the border in mid-March and said on Tuesday she would not open it again until New Zealanders were “vaccinated and protected” – a process that will not start for the general population until the middle of this year.

Weinstein Co to pay out $17m over sexual abuse claims as part of liquidation

Bankruptcy judge rejects objections from some of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers seeking to pursue further claims A US bankruptcy court judge has approved the Weinstein Co’s liquidation plan, which sets aside $17m for women who accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.Judge Mary Walrath, presiding over a remote hearing from Wilmington, Delaware, overruled an objection from a handful of women who have been looking to pursue appeals of their claims outside the bankruptcy court.

The tragic legacy of the Arab Spring

A decade since pro-democracy protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Arab world weighs the lessons of the 2011 uprisings.

Coronavirus: Seafarers stuck at sea ‘a humanitarian crisis’

Crew are asking to be designated 'key workers' so they can go home without risking public health.

Under Biden, China faces renewed trade pressure

Crown Resorts could be forced to repay $175m if credit rating is cut further

The casino operator is banking on selling apartments at Barangaroo to pay down debt as it awaits the outcome of a NSW government inquiryJames Packer’s Crown Resorts is in danger of being forced to repay more than $175m if credit ratings agencies continue to mark down the casino empire.The group is banking on selling apartments at its Barangaroo development, on Sydney’s harbour, to reduce its debt load, as it awaits a crucial final report from an inquiry into its affairs that is due to be handed to the New South Wales government by Monday.

Biden’s dogs Champ, Major arrive at White House
Biden’s dogs Champ, Major arrive at White House

The Bidens adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Association. Champ joined the family after the 2008 presidential election that made Joe Biden vice-president.

Canadian lawmakers demand Trudeau label Proud Boys ‘TERRORIST entity’ in unanimous motion on ‘hate groups’
Canadian lawmakers demand Trudeau label Proud Boys ‘TERRORIST entity’ in unanimous motion on ‘hate groups’

Canada’s parliament has unanimously passed a motion urging the federal government to label the Proud Boys a “terrorist” organization, accusing the right-wing group of using violence and preaching “hat...

Invasion Day protests across Australia – in pictures

Amid debates about abolishing the holiday, Australia Day honours and whether protests should go ahead at all, people have rallied in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra to mark the day

India to impose permanent ban on dozens of Chinese apps: Reports

India's government imposed initial ban in June but now reportedly says it is 'not satisfied' with companies' responses.

Advisor to Japanese prime minister names 4 conditions for the Tokyo Olympics to go on

Speculation was reignited after U.K. newspaper the Times reported the Japanese government had privately concluded that the Games would have to be cancelled.

AirAsia expects to resume flying to most routes by the end of 2021, CEO Tony Fernandes says

AirAsia reported a fifth straight quarterly loss in November and is in the process of raising funds through loans and investors.

Invasion Day: thousands attend vigils before 26 January protests and marches

Dawn vigils reflect on impact of colonialism and celebrate Indigenous life before First Fleet26 January live blog: calls for Australia Day to move amid Invasion Day protests and marchesWhere to find Invasion Day rally and protest events on 26 JanuaryAs the sun rose on 26 January, thousands gathered in the rain and cold to pay tribute to elders, past and present, at the annual Invasion Day vigils.Physically distanced crowds gathered in Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney from dusk until dawn to reflect on the impact of colonisation, and celebrate what life was like for Indigenous communities before th...

New Zealand may approve first COVID vaccination next week

Gov't under pressure to bring in vaccines earlier after woman diagnosed with S African variant after leaving quarantine.

Coordinated global action needed to counter rise of neo-Nazis, UN chief says
Coordinated global action needed to counter rise of neo-Nazis, UN chief says

The U.N. chief also urged international action ``to fight propaganda and disinformation.

Tony Abbott attacks coronavirus 'hysteria' and 'health despotism' in IPA video

Former Liberal prime minister says Australia has ‘imported fads like sports stars taking a knee’ from overseasTony Abbott has blasted “virus hysteria and health despotism” in a video spruiking his new role with the Institute of Public Affairs, which is focused on “saving the Australian way of life”.The former Liberal prime minister has become a “distinguished fellow” of the rightwing thinktank and used the occasion to argue the coronavirus is “dominating” people’s lives. Abbott also said Australia was complacent on China and had “imported fads like sports stars taking a knee” from overseas.

New Zealand school climate strikers call for 'can-do Kiwi attitude' to combat crisis

Crowds outside parliament demand government take the same science-led approach on climate as it did on CovidSchool climate strikes have resumed in New Zealand, with young people calling on the government to turn the “can-do Kiwi attitude” that beat Covid-19 towards tackling the climate emergency.A group of about 200 taking part in the School Strike 4 Climate NZ gathered outside parliament on Tuesday afternoon to present a group of politicians with a list of demands for “transformative action” on the climate crisis within the government’s first 100 days.

Trump campaign distances itself from new 'Patriot party'

Trump team rejects claims by new party’s founder that they are holding joint fundraising activitiesDonald Trump’s campaign has sought to distance himself from efforts to create a “Patriot party”, an idea the former president has reportedly toyed with since his election defeat.On Monday, the former president’s campaign committee, Donald J Trump for President (DJTFP), disavowed claims by a new political action committee (PAC) called the Patriot party, that the two were part of a joint fundraising campaign.

Meet Amanda Gorman's mentors: The teachers who nurtured the inauguration poet

Amanda Gorman captivated the world with her poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration.

Three of Mexico's most powerful men have COVID-19

A day after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he had COVID-19, news broke that that billionaire Carlos Slim is also sick with the disease. Catholic Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera has it too.

India set to greenlight Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine ‘in next few weeks’ for local use & export – India’s ambassador to RT
India set to greenlight Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine ‘in next few weeks’ for local use & export – India’s ambassador to RT

Approval of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in India could come in a matter of weeks, Indian Ambassador to Russia DB Venkatesh Varma told RT. The envoy said he has taken the first dose himself and...

Janet Yellen confirmed as US Treasury secretary

Yellen, among the first of Biden's picks to be confirmed, is the first woman to hold the job of overseeing the economy.

Napping in the afternoon could keep you mentally agile - study
Napping in the afternoon could keep you mentally agile - study

Taking a regular afternoon nap could be one way to stay mentally agile, according to a new study.

Covid vaccines: Casino boss resigns after jumping queue

Rod Baker and his wife travelled to the Canadian Arctic and posed as local workers to get the jab.

Alexei Navalny’s Team Calls for New Protests in Russia for His Release

Mass rallies have taken place in over 100 Russian cities and protesters are being urged to keep up the pressure

UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged co-ordinated global action on Monday to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism and white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech sparked partly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump opens Florida office to push his former administration's agenda

Donald Trump opened an office in Florida on Monday that will handle his duties as a former U.S. president and seek to further his administration's agenda.

Trump endorses former press secretary Sarah Sanders’ run for Arkansas governor
Trump endorses former press secretary Sarah Sanders’ run for Arkansas governor

Sanders is the most high-profile Trump official to seek major office and is doing so less than a week after the tumultuous end of his presidency.

UK to share genomics know-how to help other countries identify new COVID variants
UK to share genomics know-how to help other countries identify new COVID variants

The UK is to offer its genomics expertise to help other countries identify new COVID variants, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce.

Chinese TikTok rival Kuaishou could raise over $5 billion in Hong Kong IPO

Chinese short video app Kuaishou said it would issue 365,218,600 shares each priced between $105.00 Hong Kong dollars to $115.00 Hong Kong dollars for its IPO.

Biden reinstating COVID-19 restrictions for overseas travelers

"This isn't the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Oregon Republican party falsely suggests US Capitol attack was a 'false flag'

Resolution suggests attack was ‘designed to discredit’ Trump and supporters, and condemns Republicans who voted to impeach The Oregon Republican party has falsely claimed in a resolution that there is “growing evidence” that the 6 January attack on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob was “a ‘false flag’ operation”.

New York Times fires editor targeted by rightwing critics over Biden tweet

Lauren Wolfe was let go two days after tweeting she had ‘chills’ at seeing Joe Biden’s plane land at Joint Base AndrewsA row has broken out over accusations that a New York Times journalist was fired after being targeted by rightwing critics for tweeting she had “chills” at seeing Joe Biden’s plane land at Joint Base Andrews.Lauren Wolfe, who had been working as an editor at the Times, posted the message on 19 January, as Biden arrived ahead of his inauguration as president the next day.

UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging global action to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech sparked partly by the COVID-19 pandemic

UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

UN chief urges global alliance to counter rise of neo-Nazis

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging global action to build an alliance against the growth and spread of neo-Nazism, white supremacy and the resurgence of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate speech sparked partly by the COVID-19 pandemic

Hong Kong stocks off to a 'very strong start' in 2021 — thanks to China investors, Goldman says

Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index has risen more than 10% since the start of the year, as of its Monday close.

Arrests at Australia Day protests urging Indigenous recognition

Demonstrators in major cities demand the national day be changed in honour of the country's Indigenous people.

First Nations people cannot celebrate while Australia is locking up our children | Roxanne Moore

It is our national shame that 65% of imprisoned 10 to 13-year-olds are Indigenous, when our kids are only 6% of Australia’s youth population‘Do we have that much to fear from a 12-year-old Aboriginal kid that we need to cage them?’Australia ‘choosing to invest’ in hurting Indigenous kids, activist saysEach year, I feel that familiar knot in my stomach as 26 January, Invasion Day, approaches, knowing it will bring racist and divisive comments and heavy scrutiny of First Nations’ peaceful protests.But we have to remind the broader community why we are exercising our democratic right to protest (...

Harvey Weinstein case: Court okays $17m payout for accusers

The money comes from the liquidation of a firm co-founded by the disgraced film director.

South Korea used AI to bring a superstar's voice back to life, but ethical concerns abound

For the first time in 25 years, the distinctive vocals of South Korean superstar Kim Kwang-seok will be heard on national television singing new material.

Coronavirus in Zimbabwe: 'We need vaccines now'

UN forecasts 4.7% global economic growth in 2021

Covid-19: Five days that shaped the outbreak

Before Wuhan was locked down in January 2020 officials said the outbreak was under control - but the virus had spread inside and outside the city.

Coronavirus: EU to tighten vaccine exports amid row with AstraZeneca

The EU says it is unacceptable that AstraZeneca is cutting the number of pledged vaccine doses.

Mexican president’s coronavirus diagnosis fuels new criticism of pandemic response
Mexican president’s coronavirus diagnosis fuels new criticism of pandemic response

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's diagnosis capped the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and left questions unanswered about his recent contacts.