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Woman ‘beat seven-year-old stepson to death with hose’ after he came home late and then ‘blamed murder on COVID’

A LITTLE boy who came home after a curfew has allegedly been beaten to death by his stepmother who then blamed Covid-19 for killing him. Seven-year-old Azzam Al Abdullah was found dead in a pool of blood after being attacked by 27-year-old Raasa Osman late at night.  The alleged incident took place in the family’s

UK says 'human error' wiped 1000s of police computer records

Britain’s policing minister says “human error” led to hundreds of thousands of DNA records and other data on criminal suspects being erased from the national police computer

Weary migrants wait at Guatemala roadblock as caravan stalls

Hundreds of Honduran migrants have awoken tired and hungry after a second night stuck along a rural Guatemalan roadside by police and soldiers who will not let them pass

Man caught living at O’Hare airport for 3 months was ‘scared’ of COVID-19
Man caught living at O’Hare airport for 3 months was ‘scared’ of COVID-19

Prosecutors say the man stole an ID badge and lived in the secure zone at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Norway changes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine use policy to consider excluding terminally ill
Norway changes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine use policy to consider excluding terminally ill

The Norwegian Medicines Agency said that"common adverse reactions may have contributed to a severe course in elderly people who are frail."

Are We Lost Forever review – breakup drama runs out of steam, if not sex

This Swedish relationship drama starts promisingly, but the script is too soapy and labouredSheets in disarray, two lovers avoiding each other’s gaze; Swedish director David Färdmar opens his feature debut with an emotional bomb blast in a perfect white bedroom. “So you can’t even say it any more,” spits out Adrian (Björn Elgerd). Finally, Hampus (Jonathan Andersson) concedes: “I love you. But there is no more ‘we’.” Leaving the wounds hidden, this is a promisingly imposing opening scene – but Färdmar, as he charts the pair’s breakup, can’t fully flesh it out in a stiff and increasingly labour...

Germany weighs up mandatory FFP2 masks in shops and on transport

Respiratory masks already compulsory in Austria and Bavaria over fears of coronavirus mutationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany is weighing up following Austria and Bavaria’s lead in making it compulsory to wear full protective filter masks on public transport and in shops, as the country remains on high alert about the impact of possible coronavirus mutations.The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Sunday that wearing single-use filtering facepiece respirator, or FFP2, masks would become mandatory on public transport and in shops from 25 Januar...

Merkel, governors to meet amid fears over virus variants

Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding a virtual meeting Tuesday with the heads of Germany’s 16 states to discuss the country’s pandemic measures amid concerns that new mutations of the coronavirus could trigger a fresh surge in cases

Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes
Canada to allow return of Boeing 737 MAX service by lifting flight ban imposed after devastating crashes

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is set to return to service in Canada following a flight ban of almost two years, which was imposed after crashes that killed hundreds of people, the country's transport re...

Canada OKs return of Boeing 737 Max aircraft

Canada's transport regulator says the Boeing 737 Max can return to Canadian airspace beginning Wednesday

China’s biggest-ever aircraft carrier to be launched this year as new satellite pics show 1000ft-long ship taking shape

CHINA’S biggest-ever aircraft carrier could be launched this year and enter service as soon as 2024, according to reports. Satellite images published in Chinese media show a birds-eye view of the 1000-foot ship being constructed in a Shanghai dock. The ship – named the Type 003 – will be China’s third carrier and part of

US-bound caravan faces hunger, Biden plans immigration reform

About 8,000 migrants face crackdown as Biden plans to offer citizenship pathways to 11 million undocumented in the US.

How Zimbabwe’s footballers turned to ‘money games’ for survival

The unsanctioned, illegal matches provide much-needed cash after the cancellation of the regular season due to COVID.

UK launches inquiry into alleged corruption in British Virgin Islands

British government takes extraordinary step amid claims of a climate of fear in overseas territoryAllegations of widespread political corruption, misuse of taxpayer’s money and a climate of fear on the British Virgin Islands have led the UK government to take the extraordinary step of establishing an independent judge-led inquiry into the claims.Gus Jaspert, the British-appointed BVI governor , with the personal backing of the UK prime minister, has established a commission of inquiry to investigate concerns over governance, including specific allegations that point to possible corruption and...

Sick trolls threaten to skin ‘Colombia’s Greta Thunberg’ and cut off eco-teens fingers in vile death tweets

SICK trolls have allegedly threatened to skin a child eco-friendly activist dubbed Colombia’s ‘Greta Thunberg’ in a series of death tweets. Francisco Vera Manzanares, 11, said he received a death threat on Twitter warning him that if he continues with his environmental activism, he will be “skinned alive and have his fingers cut off.” The

UK ‘seriously concerned’ by Israel’s decision to build 780 settlements in the West Bank

The British government has called for construction to ‘cease immediately’ 

WHO chief rips COVID vaccine inequalities: "It's not right"

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that most vaccine makers have targeted locations where "profits are highest."

EU mulls coronavirus vaccination certificates for upcoming tourism season
EU mulls coronavirus vaccination certificates for upcoming tourism season

Vaccinations have started across the 27-nation EU, but it is unclear what proportion of the population will be vaccinated in time for the summer holiday season.

Navalny calls his arrest 'lawlessness of the highest order' – video

Alexei Navalny has appeared in court for the first time following his arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, amid growing international condemnation of the Russian opposition leader’s detention.In a video Navalny asked why a court hearing was being held in a police station and described it as 'lawlessness of the highest order'.Kremlin critic Navalny appears in court as calls grow abroad for his release

Joëlle Gergis on mourning and making sense of what we have lost on the frontlines of the climate crisis

Climate scientist and writer Joëlle Gergis speaks about the incalculable loss already suffered due to climate change and why the only way forward is to acknowledge the grief rather than ignore itThis interview with Joëlle Gergis is based on an essay she has written for the Fire, Flood and Plague anthology series. You can read it here or buy it in an anthology published by Penguin Random House.

Exclusion of international students jeopardises Australia’s future global standing – universities

Daniel Andrews says it would be ‘impossible’ to manage returning students while so many Australians are waiting to come homeThe university sector has warned the continued exclusion of international students from Australia will have a detrimental effect on the quality of the country’s workforce and diminish its standing in the region.The warning from Universities Australia comes after the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, made it clear his state wouldn’t be able to help facilitate the arrival into Australia of almost 165,000 international students stuck overseas.

Canada police officers refuse questions over one-year-old's shooting death

Watchdog says none of the officers who opened fire on pickup truck in Ontario in November have spoken to investigatorsTwo months after a one-year old boy was killed in a police shooting in rural Ontario, the officers involved have still not spoken to investigators, according to a police watchdog.Ontario’s special investigations unit (SIU) said that none of the officers who opened fire on a pickup truck on November 27 have agreed to interviews, adding that they had no legal obligation to do so.

Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened
Indian TV anchor’s texts spark cries for security leak inquiry after he discussed Pakistan airstrikes before they happened

Opposition politicians in India have called for an investigation into a potential national security leak after a TV anchor’s messages showed he had prior knowledge of airstrikes launched against Pakis...

Israel okays new settlement homes just days before Biden sworn in

One human rights group says the Netanyahu government's approval of East Jerusalem construction puts it on a "collision course" with the Biden White House.

Boeing 737 MAX can return to Canadian skies this week

Canada plans to become the latest country to reauthorise Boeing's 737 MAX after two fatal crashes grounded the planes.

Judge orders Alexei Navalny remanded for 30 days, spokeswoman says
Judge orders Alexei Navalny remanded for 30 days, spokeswoman says

MOSCOW (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered Alexei Navalny to be remanded in custody for 30 days, the Russian opposition leader's spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter.  The ruling concluded an hours-l...

Greek president backs Olympic champion after abuse claim

Greece’s first female president has met Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou to express her support for the athlete who publicly claimed she had been sexually assaulted 22 years ago by a senior sports official

Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration
Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden’s inauguration

Iran’s most senior general has ridiculed the US after American armed forces and the national guard were brought in to protect Washington from any further violence during the week of Joe Biden’s inaugu...

Sudanese bury victims of Darfur violence, death toll at 129

German parliament presses Merkel to extend insolvency waiver

Serbia becomes first European country to get China’s Covid vaccine

Country receives one million doses of the Sinopharm jab

Covid outbreak at Swiss luxury ski resort sees 400 people in lockdown as South Africa mutant strain wreaks havoc

AN elite Swiss mountain resort has been hit by the South African mutant strain — with 400 staff and guests forced to quarantine.  Two luxury hotels in St Moritz have been locked down after a dozen positive tests for a highly infectious coronavirus variant. About 300 employees and 95 guests at the Grand Hotel des

Martin Luther King, Jr was radical: We must reclaim that legacy

MLK's life has been filtered through a revisionist lens, but his radical legacy is a balm in today's political climate.

‘On our own’: Police recall how fast command structure crumbled during U.S. Capitol riot
‘On our own’: Police recall how fast command structure crumbled during U.S. Capitol riot

Several officers said they were given next to no warning by leadership on the morning of Jan. 6 about what would become a growing force of thousands of rioters.

Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of 'risk of mutation'
Germany considers extended lockdown as new Covid-19 variants emerge, Merkel spokesperson warns of 'risk of mutation'

The German government is considering the extension of the country's lockdown into February following the detection of new variants of Covid-19 and persistently high numbers of infections.

Uganda cops surround offices of Bobi Wine's opposition party

The opposition party of Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine said on Monday that police have prevented top officials from going to their headquarters in the capital, Kampala, as they prepare to launch a legal challenge to free Wine from house arrest.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit successfully blasts satellites into space after failed first attempt

Virgin Orbit, the rocket company founded by billionaire Richard Branson, successfully put its first satellites into space using its novel air launch system.

World’s fourth-largest carmaker rallies on first day of trade after $52 billion merger

Stellantis, the product of the $52 billion merger between FCA and Peugeot, was well received by European investors on its first day of trading Monday. 

Phil Spector defined the toxic music svengali – a figure that persists today

Spector, who has died aged 81, created a culture of cruelty that was seen by the music industry as a symptom of genius. It’s a scenario that has played out again and againThe list of abuses Phil Spector doled out to his ex-wife Ronnie Spector is horrifying. He threatened to display her dead body in a glass-lidded gold coffin if she ever left him; he wouldn’t let her wear shoes in the house in case she ran away, and he put barbed wire and guard dogs around his mansion to make sure that she couldn’t. On the rare occasion he allowed her out alone, she had to drive alongside a life-sized dummy of...

Residents of Wales care home died after alleged neglect, inquest hears

Police found neglect at doctor-owned home including dehydration, malnourishment and pressure soresVulnerable residents of a care home in south Wales, owned and run by a doctor, died after suffering from alleged neglect including dehydration, malnourishment and pressure sores, an inquest has heard.Police uncovered evidence of “general neglect” when they investigated Brithdir nursing home, near New Tredegar, Caerphilly, the inquest on six residents aged in their 70s and 80s, was told.

Sudanese bury victims of Darfur violence, death toll at 129

A Sudanese doctors’ committee says the death toll from tribal violence between Arabs and non-Arabs in the West Darfur province has climbed to around 130, including women and children, and families have begun burying their dead

Gen. Mark Milley key to military continuity as Biden takes office

When the incoming Biden administration takes charge of a Pentagon rocked by four years of leadership churn, it'll look mainly to one holdover to provide continuity

U.S. Capitol briefly shut down over ‘security threat’
U.S. Capitol briefly shut down over ‘security threat’

Dark smoke began to drift over the building shortly after 10 a.m. Monday as a rehearsal for President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration was underway.

Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to virus

A California man who told police that the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly has been arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport for three months.

Oregon woman's car stolen with child inside; thief brought back the boy, then drove off again

An Oregon woman has her son back, after a thief stole her car with the child inside.

Dutch police arrest 'around 100' at anti-government COVID-19 demonstration

Police in Amsterdam turned a water cannon on hundreds of demonstrators who were taking part in an authorised protest against the Dutch government and its coronavirus measures.

Police command structure crumbled fast during Capitol riot

Giuliani says he’s a ‘witness,’ can’t defend Trump at impeachment trial
Giuliani says he’s a ‘witness,’ can’t defend Trump at impeachment trial

U.S. President Donald Trump has been impeached twice due to events involving Rudy Giuliani.

Leader of Cowboys for Trump arrested over Capitol riot: ‘I’m gonna take a stand for our country’

A New Mexico county official who runs a group called Cowboys for Trump and who had vowed to return to Washington after last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol to place a flag on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been arrested by the FBI

Tunisia deploys army to help quell days-long unrest

Security forces' deployment comes after mass arrests and days of violent protests in various cities across the country.