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World facing 'catastrophic moral failure' on vaccines: WHO chief

The world is on the brink of a 'catastrophic moral failure' if rich countries hog COVID-19 vaccine doses while the poorest suffer, the head of the WHO said Monday.

SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery
SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court handed him a two and a half-year sentence for his involvement in a 2016 co...

Russia expels 2 Dutch diplomats in quid pro quo move

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's Foreign Ministry on Monday announced the expulsion of two Dutch diplomats in a quid pro quo move. In December, the Netherlands ordered two Russian diplomats out after the country's intelligence agency accused them of gathering intelligence information on semiconductors, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. The Russian ...

Court orders to jail Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 30 days, spokeswoman says

Court orders to jail Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 30 days, spokeswoman says

‘Do I cry about it? Yes’: In UK, COVID stretches ICUs to limit

As the coronavirus spreads rapidly, hospitals are becoming overwhelmed, making patients and doctors anxious.

Prince Andrew’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts quits Twitter with blast at his ‘team’ for targeting her with vile abuse

PRINCE Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts has today quit Twitter after claiming the Duke and his advisors targeted her with “hatred and abuse”.  It follows allegations that Andrew’s aides contacted an online troll in a bid to discredit the 37-year-old, who has alleged she was forced to have sex with the royal. According to the Mail

Poisoned Putin critic Alexei Navalny accuses Kremlin of the ‘highest level of lawlessness’ after his arrest

PUTIN critic Alexei Navalny has accused the Kremlin of the “highest level of lawlessness” at the first hearing since his arrest. Navalny, a prominent opposition figure within Russia, was detained yesterday as he exited a plane to return to the country just five months after his attempted assassination. Navalny fell ill while on an internal

Russian judge jails Kremlin foe Navalny for 30 days initially - spokeswoman

Alexey Navalny remanded in custody for 30 days after unexpected hearing in police station one day after arriving back in Russia
Alexey Navalny remanded in custody for 30 days after unexpected hearing in police station one day after arriving back in Russia

Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been remanded in custody following an impromptu court hearing in Khimki police station, near Moscow. He was arrested at the airport on Sunday, shortly afte...

'Abnormal situation’: Japan’s FM critical after Seoul court orders payouts for 12 comfort women
'Abnormal situation’: Japan’s FM critical after Seoul court orders payouts for 12 comfort women

Japan’s foreign minister says a ruling by the South Korean court ordering compensation for women kept in its World War II military brothels creates an ‘unthinkable situation’ in a simmering row betwee...

Politics latest news: Boris Johnson blaming fishermen for post-Brexit issues, says Sir Keir Starmer

Guatemalan forces clash with migrant caravan, Biden team seeks to halt exodus

Guatemalan security forces on Sunday used sticks and tear gas to beat back a large migrant caravan bound for the United States, just days before the advent of a new U.S. administration, which urged travellers to abandon the journey.

2 Syrians charged with terrorism over army officer's killing

Prosecutors say two Syrians have been charged in Germany for alleged links to a terrorist organization on suspicion they were involved in the killing of an army officer in their homeland in 2012

How US can bolster COVID vaccine roll-out after ‘chaotic’ start

Experts say US must bolster teams administering COVID-19 vaccines and raise public awareness to tackle surging pandemic.

Honduran migrants heading for US camp out in Guatemala after violent clashes with troops
Honduran migrants heading for US camp out in Guatemala after violent clashes with troops

Around 2,000 Honduran migrants are said to be camped out in eastern Guatemala after security forces used sticks and tear gas to stop their passage towards the US.

Texas woman arrested in Capitol attack: 'I listen to my president'

A Dallas-area real estate agent who is facing charges for allegedly being part of the pro-President Donald Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week said she's a 'normal person' who listened to her president.

Who are some of the key figures nominated to be in Joe Biden's cabinet?

Here's a look at some of the key Cabinet members nominated to work in Joe Biden's incoming administration.

Bavaria makes FFP2 masks mandatory in shops and public transport

Starting next week, Austria will introduce a similar rule nationwide.

The FBI’s Surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Relentless. But Its Findings Paint a Fuller Picture for Historians

J. Edgar Hoover's FBI relentlessly harassed the civil rights leader. Their files became an unexpected boon to historians

Pamela Anderson believes Donald Trump will pardon ‘anti-fake news’ Julian Assange in final hours as president

PAMELA Anderson has claimed Donald Trump will pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the final hours of his presidency in an interview with Piers Morgan. During their chat on Good Morning Britain, Anderson told Morgan that dropping charges against her friend Assange “could add a positive” to Trump’s legacy. The ex-Baywatch star said: “I know

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FBI investigates tip that woman possibly stole laptop from Pelosi's office to potentially sell to Russia

In a new criminal court case against a woman alleged to have entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the FBI noted that a tipster raised the possibility of a laptop being stolen from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office to potentially sell to Russia.

China miners: 12 trapped but still alive, note passed out of exploded gold mine reveals

Time is running out with trapped miners suffering from a lack of water and fresh air

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny detained at airport after recovery from poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detained immediately upon his return to Moscow after recovering from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on Vladimir Putin. Charlie D'Agata reports.

Uganda election: Internet restored but social media blocked

Online services were restricted ahead of last week's vote, and social media remains blocked.

Russia expels 2 Dutch diplomats in quid pro quo move

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has announced the expulsion of two Dutch diplomats in a quid pro quo move

'Trump Baby' blimp to live on in London museum

A giant blimp depicting Donald Trump as a diaper-clad baby, which followed the outgoing U.S. President on his visits to London and symbolized international opposition to his administration, has secured its place in history after being acquired by a British museum.

US-bound migrant caravan forced to sleep on highway amid Guatemala crackdown

As many as 8,000 migrants and asylum seekers have entered Guatemala in hopes of reaching the US 

Italian PM Conte seeks to save his government from falling
Italian PM Conte seeks to save his government from falling

ROME (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday acknowledged errors in fighting the unprecedented pandemic, but in a speech aimed at preserving his second mandate, he told lawmakers his go...

Russia ready for quick extension of last arms pact with US

MOSCOW (AP) - Moscow is ready for a quick deal with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last remaining arms control pact, which expires in just over two weeks, Russia's top diplomat said Monday. Months of talks between Russia and President Donald Trump's administration on ...

Detained on return to Russia, opposition leader faces court hearing in police station

Ethiopia Tigray crisis: Fear of mass starvation

Report: Fossil fuel firms failing to curb climate gas leaks

The International Energy Agency says oil and gas companies aren’t doing enough to reduce the release of methane, a potent source of planet-heating emissions

U.K. vaccinating 140 people per minute on average, minister says
U.K. vaccinating 140 people per minute on average, minister says

The United Kingdom, which has the world's fifth-worst official COVID-19 death toll, is racing to be among the first major countries to vaccinate its population.

Trump has been warned against self-pardon, say White House officials

President expected to make more than 100 pardons on Tuesday, after debating with aides over self-pardonDonald Trump is expected to issue more than 100 presidential pardons on Tuesday, during his final hours in the White House, but may not pardon himself or his immediate family, it was reported on Monday.White House officials say Trump has privately debated with aides whether he should take the extraordinary step of issuing a pardon for himself. Some administration insiders have reportedly warned against a self-pardon, arguing that it would make Trump look guilty.

Navalny arrest being used as tool to distract from crises in West - Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov
Navalny arrest being used as tool to distract from crises in West - Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Moscow’s top diplomat has told reporters that the arrest of opposition figure Alexey Navalny was inevitable under Russian law, but is being used by foreign governments to try to score political points...

Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite ‘problems’ with the vaccine
Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite ‘problems’ with the vaccine

An alleged cache of email exchanges between EU officials and the European Medicines Agency show that the drug regulator was uncomfortable about fast-tracking approval for the Pfizer and Moderna Covid...

China was the only major economy to GROW in 2020 as rest of the world was crippled by Covid pandemic

CHINA was the only major economy to grow in 2020, expanding by at least two percent over the year, figures show. By contrast, the global economy shrank by 4.3 percent as countries around the world struggled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Data released on Monday by the Chinese government suggest the country’s economy

Swiss ski resort St. Moritz quarantines hotels, shuts schools to contain virus variant

Officials in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz quarantined employees and guests of two luxury hotels, closed ski schools and kept schoolchildren home from class on Monday after a dozen positive tests for a highly infectious coronavirus variant.

Russia ready for quick extension of last arms pact with US

Russia’s top diplomat says that Moscow is ready for a quick deal with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last remaining arms control pact, which expires in just over two weeks

Saudi Arabia executed 25 people in 2020, the lowest number in years, rights groups say

In previous years, the kingdom earned notoriety as a world leader in executions, along with China and Iran.

Analysis: Former revolutionary begins sixth term with a lesson for other authoritarians

Speaking to reporters after casting her ballot in the Ugandan capital Kampala last week, one local resident was overjoyed to have voted for opposition leader Bobi Wine.

Series of disasters unfolding across Indonesia

As Indonesia continues to count the number of dead from last week's earthquake on Sulawesi island, search and rescue teams are being stretched to breaking point, as they grapple with a series of disasters unfolding across the country.

Japan suicide rates shoot up during second wave of pandemic

Steep rises in suicides were seen among women, children and adolescents

'Screaming level' of transmission: U.S. adds 4 million COVID-19 cases this month

Just a little more than halfway into January, the U.S. has added a staggering 3.9 million new COVID-19 cases and more than 51,000 virus-related deaths.

Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm

Indigenous communities say planned Øyfjellet turbines will interfere with migration pathsIndigenous reindeer herders are bringing a legal action against a proposed wind power project that would be one of the largest in Norway.The Sámi herders from Nordland county are accusing the Øyfjellet windfarm constructors of breaking licensing agreements which stipulated that construction would not interfere with reindeer migration paths.

UK seafood trucks protest at Parliament over Brexit red tape

Trucks owned by British shellfish firms have descended on Parliament to protest Brexit-related red tape they claim is suffocating their businesses