Genomic sequencing was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco and the sequence was confirmed by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Loading The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is taking steps to tighten US testing rules for travellers from overseas, including requiring a test for all […]

Japan’s ambassador to Beijing was summoned by China to an emergency meeting after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan would not stand by if China took measures to reclaim Taiwan. The ambassador was summoned by China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday and Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hua Chunying protested […]

Three men have been arrested in Iceland after a homemade bomb was found in a residential area of Reykjavík. Police said the explosive device was discovered on Tuesday in a rubbish bin in the Mánatún neighborhood of the capital. The bin was located outside an apartment building that houses the […]

Around a dozen Republican-controlled states have so-called trigger laws in place that would make abortion illegal almost immediately if the Supreme Court was to overturn Roe. Loading In Texas, a state of almost 30 million people, Republican Governor Greg Abbott recently signed into law a bill that says nearly all […]

The European Union should take measures against the UK in case the dialogue on fishing rights between Paris and London brings “no fruits” by the December 10 deadline, French minister Clement Beaune said. Admitting that “there are tensions and difficulties, and it is normal,” Secretary of State for European Affairs […]

Around 30,000 people in the north of England and Scotland are still without electricity after Storm Arwen. Strong winds have brought snow, ice, and severe disruption to the United Kingdom’s infrastructure this week, while three people have been killed. Arwen — one of the most powerful storms in decades — […]

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Former Argentine president Mauricio Macri has been charged with illegal spying in a case related to his government’s surveillance of grief-stricken families of a missing submarine’s crew. Federal Judge Martíni Bava supported the indictment on Wednesday, saying that Macri was responsible for an online surveillance campaign on the relatives of […]

US Vice President Kamala Harris criticised Russia’s test last month. (File) Washington: US Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday criticized an “irresponsible” Russian test that endangered the International Space Station with debris, and the Biden administration laid out a new strategy for responsible use of space. Harris convened the inaugural […]

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and leading voting rights activist, said Wednesday she’ll launch another campaign to become America’s first Black woman governor. The announcement sets up a likely rematch between Abrams and incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Their 2018 contest was one of the most narrowly decided races for governor […]

Still, the tenor of questioning by the justices over the course of the morning suggests that there is, at the very least, a five-justice majority willing to uphold Mississippi’s ban on all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Chief Justice John Roberts, who is now at the ideological centre of […]

Men who vape or use e-cigarettes are more than twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than those who have never used the popular nicotine-based smoking alternatives, a new study has found. The study, which analyzed self-reported data from almost 14,000 American men aged between 20 and 65, found […]

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken threatened Moscow with heavy economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin attacks Ukraine, insisting that “diplomacy is the only responsible way to resolve this potential crisis”. Tensions over the Russian troop build-up along the border of Ukraine, whose government is seeking to align with NATO […]

Media outlets, celebrities, and film production companies have expressed outrage over the unauthorized use of their images in a campaign video by far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour. The 63-year-old announced his bid for the presidency on Tuesday in a video that featured him speaking over footage of women in headscarves […]

The force said the man was held at the main gates into parliament. (Representational) London: British police on Wednesday arrested a man on suspicion of trespass, after he allegedly breached security at parliament and prompted a temporary lockdown at the sensitive London landmark. It came amid heightened security in the […]

A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke station. The construction site for a new […]

A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would constitute a significant threat to Japan and therefore “an emergency for the Japan-US alliance,” he said. “People in Beijing, especially President Xi Jinping, should never have a misunderstanding in recognizing this.” Loading Taiwan was a Japanese colony for 50 years until the end of […]

The Gucci family is not pleased with the depiction of their relatives in the new film House of Gucci. In a statement issued this week, they said the narrative is “anything but accurate” and that the filmmakers did not consult them at all. The Guccis, who have no association anymore with […]

France’s main right-wing political party, the Républicains, will this week choose its candidate for next year’s presidential election. Around 150,000 supporters of the party will vote on a five-candidate shortlist, with the winner announced on 4 December in Paris. The party opted for a congress of its supporters instead of […]

Rome: The European Commission on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian roots. The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said the […]

America’s Asia security head has admitted that the AUKUS pact, which includes the sale of nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, was created to counter China in the Indo-Pacific. Speaking on Wednesday, Kurt Campbell, the US coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs on the National Security Council, told an audience at the Lowy Institute, […]

Consumer prices across the 19 countries that use the euro currency are rising at a record rate as a result of a huge spike in energy costs this year, official figures showed Tuesday. Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, said the eurozone’s annual inflation rate hit 4.9% in November, the […]

A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding eight other people, including a teacher, authorities said. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said late Tuesday that investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting at Oxford High School in […]

Twelve states have passed so-called trigger laws, which would automatically ban abortion if Roe was overruled. Others have either passed unconstitutional abortion bans in the years since Roe v Wade (which would be revived), or retained abortion restrictions from before Roe, which are currently unenforceable. Source link

Tokyo officials have asked the US military to investigate an incident in which an American fighter jet dropped a fuel tank that landed in a residential area.  Suspicious metal objects were found in the coastal town of Fukaura, with a population of some 7,600 people, earlier this week. The debris, […]

Brazil and Japan joined the rapidly widening circle of countries to report cases of the omicron variant Tuesday, while new findings indicate the mutant coronavirus was already in Europe close to a week before South Africa sounded the alarm. The Netherlands’ RIVM health institute disclosed that patient samples dating from […]

Loading That uncertainty frustrated many panellists as they grappled with whether to back the treatment for millions of Americans. “With no data saying it works with new variants, I really think we need to be careful about saying that this is the way to go,” said Dr David Hardy of […]

Washington seized nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank. Doha, Qatar: The Taliban renewed its call for the United States to release billions of dollars in frozen funds after two days of talks in Doha as aid-dependent Afghanistan grapples with economic crisis. The Afghans also called […]

The second in line to the British throne, Prince William, has once again caused an uproar by blaming population growth in Africa for the declining fortunes of the continent’s wildlife. Many have pointed out the hypocrisy of a father of three demonising African households for having too many babies. Others […]

The pandemic meant quite a few changes for Ryden’s Border Store, a popular shop and parcel delivery warehouse located in northern Minnesota — just across the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Pigeon River. Normally, the store in Cook County, Minn., was busy with travellers stopping for gas, snacks, or picking up parcels — since Ryden’s accepts […]

Satellite data from Nasa shows that there were 90,984 fires from stubble burning in three states – Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh – between October 1 and November 28. This was the highest number in five years, according to a report from the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). […]

South Korea’s exports in November were the largest monthly figure on record, driven by rising prices and volumes. South Korean exports grew at their fastest pace in three months in November thanks to post-pandemic recoveries in big trading partners that pushed up demand for chips and petrochemicals, but the Omicron […]

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Honduras’ ruling party conceded defeat on Tuesday in presidential elections held two days earlier, giving victory to leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro and easing fears of another contested vote and violent protests. Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura, presidential candidate of the National Party, said in a statement that he had personally […]

McCabe said the suspect’s parents visited their son where he’s being held and advised him not to talk to investigators, as is his right. Police must seek permission from a juvenile suspect’s parents or guardian to speak with them, he added. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald issued a statement saying […]

Josephine Baker — the U.S.-born entertainer, anti-Nazi spy and civil rights activist — was inducted into France’s Pantheon on Tuesday, becoming the first Black woman to receive the nation’s highest honour. Baker’s voice resonated through streets of Paris’ famed Left Bank as recordings from her extraordinary career kicked off an […]

A powerful storm pounded Istanbul and other parts of Turkey on Monday, killing at least four people and causing havoc in the city of 15 million people, reports said. The victims included a woman who died in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, where strong gusts tore off part of a roof and […]

Germany’s next chancellor said on Tuesday that he will back a proposal to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for everybody next year, but that lawmakers should be free to vote according to their conscience on the issue. Olaf Scholz, whose centre-left Social Democrats narrowly won a national election in September, is expected […]

Whether among stall holders in a market in Tegucigalpa or in the queues outside the polling stations, everyone spoke in no uncertain terms of removing the incumbent government from office and of seeing the outgoing president, Juan Orlando Hernández, answer questions in a US court of his alleged drug-trafficking links. […]

The European Commission on Tuesday retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian roots. The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said the draft document had […]

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says big tech firms have responsibility to ensure their platforms are safe. Australia will conduct a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry into the behaviour of the world’s largest technology companies and the need for new legislation, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. Australia has led global efforts […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.Rome: The European Commission on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian […]

The ministry announced on Sunday that it is working to confirm the potential cases. In a statement, it revealed that the eight individuals being tested had traveled to southern Africa within the past two weeks. They have been quarantined and their close contacts have been warned. French Minister of Health Olivier […]

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The longtime president of Belarus said Tuesday that his country would be ready to host Russian nuclear weapons if NATO moves U.S. atomic bombs from Germany to Eastern Europe.In an interview, President Alexander Lukashenko also said for the first […]

By Shumaila JafferyBBC LahoreLast month, Pakistan lifted a ban on the hardline Islamist party, Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), which has been the face of anti-France protests over the reprinting of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The TLP's jailed leader, as well as hundreds of his supporters, were released and the party […]

Australian police have arrested three people who broke out of a Covid quarantine compound in the middle of the night.The Howard Springs centre near Darwin in the Northern Territory is one of Australia's main quarantine facilities for people returning to the country.Police said the trio scaled a fence to break […]

The French military convoy, redeploying from Ivory Coast to Mali, ran into fresh protests on Saturday. Shortly after crossing into Niger from neighboring Burkina Faso, it got blocked by angry locals less than 30 km (19 miles) from the border.French troops reportedly shot dead three protesters, and injured 18 in […]

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile President Joe Biden visits a Minnesota community college Tuesday to highlight how his $1 trillion infrastructure law will create jobs and help train workers.The trip occurs at a crucial pivot point for Biden, who is facing the threat of […]

Beijing has ramped up pressure on Taiwan since President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016.Chinese warplanes made 159 incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone in November according to AFP’s database, the second-highest month on record as Beijing continues to pile military pressure on the democratic island.Self-ruled Taiwan lives under […]

By Shumaila JafferyBBC LahoreLast month, Pakistan lifted a ban on the hardline Islamist party, Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), which has been the face of anti-France protests over the reprinting of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The TLP's jailed leader, as well as hundreds of his supporters, were released and the party […]

This video can not be playedMonths after Hurricane Ida brought New York City to its knees with historic flooding that killed 13 people, victims are still reeling from the devastation. As they reflect on the storm, some wonder about the future of the city, as climate change makes extreme weather […]

CNN star Chris Cuomo has been suspended indefinitely over help he gave his ex-New York governor brother while he was battling sex abuse allegations. The decision came after the New York attorney general released new documents that showed the extent of his work for his older sibling, Andrew Cuomo. CNN […]

Starting from Monday, all bars and restaurants will be closed during night hours and non-essential stores will be closed from 5pm to 5am, the Dutch government ordered on Friday. Masks will be required in secondary schools, and everyone who can work from home is urged to do so, Prime Minister […]

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Dr. Mehmet Oz the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican according to two people familiar with his plans.Should Oz […]

Police say three students were fatally shot, eight other people were injured in incident at high school north of Detroit.Authorities in the United States say a student opened fire at a high school north of Detroit, Michigan, killing three students and injuring eight other people, including a teacher.​Oakland County undersheriff […]

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The losing side is likely to head straight to the Supreme Court whatever decision the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaches on whether Congress should receive former President Donald Trump’s call logs, drafts of […]

Avoiding shutting down borders, the WHO said, will prevent a “heavy burden on lives and livelihoods.” If restrictions are put in place, the organization warned, they should not be “unnecessarily invasive or intrusive.”.@WHO stands with #African nations & calls for borders to remain open. As countries impose flight bans on southern […]

Some 62% of voters chose on Sunday to maintain the country’s coronavirus measures. These measures include a controversial system of Covid vaccination certificates, required since September to enter bars, restaurants, theaters and other public spaces. Majorities in 24 of Switzerland’s 26 cantons backed the law, with only the tiny cantons of […]

Israel’s Tel Aviv is the world’s most expensive city to live in.Tel Aviv is the world’s most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, according to a survey published on Wednesday.The Israeli city climbed five rungs to score top place for the first […]

Iran Nuclear Talks: European negotiators said they will assess Iran’s “seriousness”.European negotiators on Tuesday said they will assess the “seriousness” of the Iranian position over the next few days to decide whether to continue with recently resumed talks about reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.Without wanting to set “an artificial deadline”, […]

By Jeremy BowenBBC Middle East editor, Marib, YemenMarib is full. At a time when rich countries in Europe are in political crisis about hundreds of new refugees, one city in the poorest Arab country has had to deal with the arrival of something approaching one million people fleeing for their […]

By Maddy SavageBBC News, StockholmMagdalena Andersson's rise to power has been nothing short of a political soap opera, and the season finale may be yet to come.Within a week, Sweden's parliament has voted her in as its first woman prime minister, watched her resign seven hours later amidst political turmoil […]

It has been almost a week since Mohamed Isa Omar was pulled from the freezing waters of the Channel, one of only two people to survive the deadliest crossing on record.But as he sits in a wheelchair in a French car park, the 28-year-old is clearly still traumatised. He speaks […]

An accelerated bond purchase rollback could also move up the timeline for hiking interest rates.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Tuesday that the United States central bank will consider acting more quickly to dial back its ultra-low interest rate policies to counter higher inflation, which Powell acknowledged will likely […]

By Jessica ParkerBBC Brussels correspondentThe EU is to reveal details of a global investment plan that's widely seen as a rival to China's Belt and Road initiative. Insiders say it'll set out "concrete" ideas on digital, transport, climate and energy schemes. It's regarded as part of the West's efforts to […]

Three students have been killed and eight others injured, including a teacher, in a high school shooting in the US state of Michigan.The dead include a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, officials say. Police say the 15-year-old suspect fired 15 to 20 shots with a semi-automatic […]

Parts of British Columbia could see ‘the most intense storm yet’, provincial public safety minister warns.Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia (BC) is bracing for more rain just weeks after heavy downpours triggered flooding and mudslides and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.The province’s public safety minister, Mike […]

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned againts over reaction to Omicron.The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Tuesday that some countries were introducing blanket measures against the Omicron coronavirus variant that may not be necessary and penalised African nations unfairly.“I well understand the concern of all countries to […]

USAShare this articleA 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding six other people, including a teacher, authorities said.Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that he didn’t know what the assailant’s motives were for the attack at Oxford […]

The wife of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán has been sentenced to three years in prison for her role in helping his Sinaloa cartel. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, pleaded guilty in June to charges ranging from conspiracy to illegal drug distribution. She also admitted to helping Guzmán […]

American author Alice Sebold has apologised for her part in the wrongful conviction of a man who was cleared last week of raping her in 1981. In her memoir Lucky, she described being raped and later telling police she had seen a black man in the street whom she believed […]

WorldShare this articleThe European Commission on Tuesday retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian roots.The European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, said the draft document […]

Fed Chair Jerome Powell signalled the United States central bank would consider speeding up its withdrawal of bond purchases as inflation risks increase. That further upset markets already battered by the looming threat of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.Wall Street’s main indexes closed lower on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome […]

US biotech firm Regeneron said Tuesday that its synthetic antibody treatment for Covid-19 may be less effective against the new variant, and it plans to conduct tests to determine by how much.“Prior in vitro analyses and structural modeling regarding the individual mutations present in the Omicron variant indicate that there […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here.Washington: Government health advisers on Wednesday AEDT weighed the benefits and risks of a closely watched drug from Merck that could soon become the first US-authorised pill for patients to take at […]

The CubeShare this articleA Russian orthodox monk, who denied the existence of COVID-19, has been jailed for inciting suicide.Father Sergiy was arrested in December 2020 after giving sermons that urged believers to “die for Russia”.He was convicted on Tuesday of inciting suicidal actions, breaching the freedom of conscience, and making […]

Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein's long-time pilot has testified at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he flew VIPs to luxury locations worldwide. Larry Visoski, the first witness in Ms Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial, recalled flying Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Kevin Spacey. Ms Maxwell denies the charges and says […]

Donald Trump’s ex-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows had been called to appear before the House committee this month but did not do so.Former US President Donald Trump’s ex-chief of staff is cooperating with a congressional panel investigating the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection, including providing documentation, the committee’s chairman has […]

The report, titled ‘Set the Standard’, was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. It found that more than half of those who worked among the country’s lawmakers had experienced some form of bullying, sexual harassment or actual or attempted sexual assault. The victims were more likely to be women.The report revealed […]

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Poland’s lawmakers approved new regulations Tuesday that authorize the government to declare areas along the nation’s borders off-limits to everyone except residents and people who live, work or study in the designated no-access zones. In adopting the amendments to […]

The EU drug regulator did say, however, that existing shots would continue to provide protection. (File)The EU drug regulator said on Tuesday it could approve vaccines adapted to target the Omicron variant of the coronavirus within three to four months if needed, but that existing shots would continue to provide […]

Three students have been killed and six others injured, including a teacher, in a high school shooting in the US state of Michigan.Officials say the suspect, a 15-year-old male student, surrendered five minutes after police were called.Police say the teenager fired 15 to 20 shots with a semi-automatic handgun and […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.Rome: The European Commission on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s Christian […]

Amid pesticide contamination and land evictions, tribal leaders say their villages in Paraguay are at a crisis point.Campo Aguae, Paraguay – Gazing out upon an expanse of razed forest, Tupa Nevanga recalls a time when his native village in Paraguay’s eastern plains teemed with wild honey, bush meat and ancestral plants.“There […]

Millions of Afghans are addicted to drugs. Up to 10% of the nation’s population – roughly 3.5 million people, including 800,000 women and children – take drugs, according to Ahmed Zahir Sultani, the head of a Kabul hospital responsible for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.Massive drug addiction came as a […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.Oxford Township: Authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school, killing three other students and wounding six other people, including a teacher.Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that he didn’t know what […]

PolandShare this articleWomen’s rights activists in Poland used red paint to symbolise blood as they protested Tuesday against a government plan to register every pregnancy in a national database and as parliament prepares to debate a new proposal to further restrict abortion.The activists fear the database will allow Poland’s right-wing […]

China’s leader makes remarks days after a flare-up with the Philippines in the South China Sea.Deepening of ties between China and Russia is unprecedented and comes at a time of escalating tensions with the West.The elephant herd that roamed China for 18 months returned home, but scientists still wondering why […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.New York: The wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) to three years in prison after pleading guilty to helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire.Emma Coronel Aispuro also helped her […]

Omicron coronavirus variant could be approved in three to four months, EU said.Vaccines specially adapted for the new Omicron coronavirus variant could be approved in three to four months if they are needed, the head of the EU’s drug regulator said on Tuesday.The decision on whether new shots are required […]

During the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth’s royal standard flag was lowered and the new Barbados declaredBarbados ditched Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state, forging a new republic on Tuesday with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at […]

This video can not be playedA powerful storm battered Turkey's western coast on Monday, killing at least four people.Winds of up to 81 mph were recorded in Istanbul, and video footage showed buildings being destroyed, and ships being blown off their moorings.Four dead as storm tears through Turkey. Video, 00:00:47Four […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here.Brussels: New data relating to the Omicron coronavirus variant on Tuesday confirmed that the strain was circulating in Europe well before South Africa sounded the alarm on November 24.The Netherlands’ RIVM health […]

Former US Vice-President Mike Pence has called on the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case which legalised abortion in the US. Mr Pence said the ruling was "a misguided decision" that harmed millions of unborn babies. If Roe v Wade is overturned, millions of women […]

In an interview with the WSJ, BioNTech chief Ugur Sahin said that while Omicron may infect more vaccinated people, they will likely remain protected against severe illness.The CEO of COVID-19 vaccine maker BioNTech has a message for those who are worried about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus: keep your […]

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Syrian authorities said Tuesday they seized over 500 kilograms (1,000 pounds) of amphetamine pills known by the brand name Captagon hidden in pasta packages in a van bound for Saudi Arabia An investigation was underway to determine who was […]

The WHO today issued a travel advice Tuesday on the Omicron coronavirus.The WHO said in travel advice Tuesday on the Omicron coronavirus variant that people vulnerable to developing severe Covid-19 disease, including the over-60s, should be advised to postpone travel. Promoted Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com “Persons […]

Lesotho's former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane.His current wife, Maesaiah, was charged with the same crime last year.She was living with Mr Thabane at the time of the killing and they are accused of hiring hitmen. They have […]

PortugalShare this articlePortugal’s president has refused to sign a second draft bill legalising euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said the wording of the proposed law was too imprecise and vetoed the law.President Rebelo de Sousa – a staunch Catholic – had previously expressed reservations about the first […]

HungaryShare this articleNational sovereignty, families, and borders were the hot topics in Budapest in mid-November as Santiago Abascal, leader of Spain’s far-right Vox party, met with Viktor Orban.The strongly conservative views expressed would not have been out of place in the 18th century Carmalite Monastery, which the Hungarian prime minister […]

Your account has been createdFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks.Currently, […]

Drugmakers including Moderna and Pfizer are already working on an Omicron-specific vaccine. (File)Existing Covid-19 inoculations will struggle against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the head of vaccine manufacturer Moderna warned Tuesday, as countries ramp up vaccination programmes and impose further restrictions in an effort to curb growing concern.First reported to the […]

Greece is to make Covid vaccinations mandatory for people aged 60 and over.Fines of €100 (£85) will be imposed at monthly intervals from mid-January on those who refuse, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.The money will go towards the Greek health system, which is struggling with a surge in hospital admissions.About […]

RwandaShare this articleThirty endangered white rhinos arrived in Rwanda on Monday after travelling from South Africa in a Boeing 747, in what conservationists have said is the largest single transfer of the species ever undertaken.Weighing up to two tonnes, the majestic animals travelled some 3,400 kilometres from South Africa’s Phinda […]

Adele has announced a Las Vegas residency with weekend performances due to begin in the new year.The singer will perform on Friday and Saturday nights in the Colosseum theatre at Caesars Palace Hotel from 21 January until 16 April 2022.The British star will take one weekend off in mid-February.Fans will […]

GermanyShare this articleGerman police have uncovered a cocaine smuggling ring transporting tons of drugs to Europe from South America.Investigators said they had arrested 14 suspects on Tuesday as part of the international operation.The gang is accused of bringing nearly five metric tons of cocaine to Germany in nine shipments from […]

This video can not be playedPop star Rihanna has been honoured by Prime Minister Mia Mottley at an event marking Barbados' new status as a republic. The Barbadian artist and businesswoman, also known by her full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was previously named ambassador for the nation in 2018.Shine like […]

Consumers in the US are feeling less optimistic about the short-term outlook for their employment and income prospects.Consumers in the United States are feeling less confident about the economy and the short-term outlook for their employment and income prospects, the Conference Board said on Tuesday.The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index […]

An immersive river ride into the world of Rebecca Chol, a spirited and resilient South Sudanese fisherwoman.Ten years after independence, the world’s youngest nation struggles with political instability and humanitarian crises.The president of a sinking Pacific island nation became a leading voice in global climate change diplomacy.Some of Bangladesh’s islands […]

Omicron: Moderna set off fresh alarm bells in financial markets with comments on vaccine ineffectiveness.Drugmaker Moderna set off fresh alarm bells in financial markets on Tuesday as the firm’s chief warned that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant as they have been against the […]

The first cases in the Netherlands were previously thought to be from two flights from South Africa.Dutch health authorities said Tuesday that the new Covid-19 variant was present in the Netherlands a week earlier than previously believed and checks are underway to see how far it has spread.The RIVM National […]

SpainShare this articleLava stopped spewing from the main emission centre of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma island, as the secondary cone remained active, the National Geographic Institute said on Monday.Volcanic activity seemed to have shifted from the main cone to a secondary one seen from the east, […]

USAShare this articleGhislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, a prosecutor said Monday, while Maxwell’s lawyers said she was being made a scapegoat for a man’s bad behaviour as the British socialite’s sex trafficking trial got underway in New York.Assistant U.S. […]

Move comes days after the group and the Colombian government marked the five-year anniversary of a peace accord.The United States revoked its designation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as a “foreign terrorist organisation”, allowing US officials to work with members of the Colombian rebel group as they […]

A quarantine-free entry policy for vaccinated arrivals in Singapore will not be extended to more countries for now.Singapore will hold off on more reopening measures while it evaluates the Omicron coronavirus variant and will increase testing of travellers and front-line workers to reduce the risk of local transmission, authorities say.A […]

The three agriculture bills had been passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in 2020, passing into law via a voice vote, but they were swiftly met with opposition from farmers who feared the legislation would cripple their industry. Government officials claimed the bills would deregulate the agricultural industry and open […]

GermanyShare this articleAn Iraqi from the Islamic State jihadist group was sentenced by a German court for genocide over the murder of Yazidis.The Frankfurt court judges found Taha Al-Jumailly “guilty of genocide, of a crime against humanity resulting in death”.This is the first time that a court has ruled that […]

By Anna HolliganBBC News, The HagueA couple who walked out of an isolation hotel in the Netherlands have accused Dutch authorities of treating them in conditions worse than prison.Carolina Pimenta tested positive for Covid-19 after landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on a flight from South Africa on Friday. She was […]

By Reality Check teamBBC NewsThe president of South Africa – where the Omicron variant of coronavirus was first identified – has criticised the travel bans imposed on his country and questioned the justification for them. Cyril Ramaphosa said: "The prohibition of travel is not informed by science, nor will it […]

FranceShare this articleFrance has issued an arrest warrant for a Japanese mother accused of abducting two children from their father.Vincent Fichot says his wife disappeared with his now 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter in Tokyo three years ago.On Tuesday, the French justice system issued an arrest warrant for the abduction […]

The ADF, labelled as a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the United States, is considered the deadliest group operating in eastern DR Congo.The Ugandan military announced the start of joint raids with its neighbour, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to smoke out members of the armed group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), […]

“Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria,” the Ontario province government said in a statement on Sunday.Canada already banned flights and shut its borders to foreign travelers who […]

Highly divisive figure says it is time to ‘save France’ but polls show his popularity may be waning.French far-right media pundit Eric Zemmour announced on Tuesday that he will run for president in next year’s election, adding his controversial and fiercely anti-immigration voice to the field of challengers seeking to […]

The Frankfurt court’s judgement marks the first time that a verdict has used the term ‘genocide’ in the conviction of an ex-ISIS fighter.Having joined ISIS in 2013, Al-Jumailly was found guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, aiding and abetting war crimes, and bodily harm resulting in death.Speaking following […]

WorldShare this articleA baby and a three-year-old child were among four people who died on Tuesday morning in a fire in a squatted former bank branch in the centre of Barcelona, the fire brigade of Spain’s second city said.The victims are “two adults, a baby and a three-year-old child”, Ángel […]

This video can not be playedBarbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become the world's newest republic.In an overnight ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president.The Prince of Wales and Barbadian singer Rihanna attended the event, which coincided […]

India-born Parag Agrawal, who has been named the chief executive officer of Twitter, is making headlines in the country of his birth as many celebrate his appointment.The 37-year-old succeeded Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who announced on Monday that he was stepping down.Mr Agrawal joined Twitter in 2011 and rose through […]

HungaryShare this articleHungary’s parliament has approved the government’s plan to hold a national referendum on LGBT issues.The move is the latest step by the Hungarian authorities that critics say is intended to limit minority rights.The decision to call the referendum was approved with 129 votes in favour and none against. […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here.Dakar: China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $US10 billion ($14 billion) in the continent over the next […]

FranceShare this articleWhether it’s Jean-Marie or his daughter Marine, the Le Pens have been dominant figures on the extremes of France’s right-wing for decades.But, now, with five months to go before France’s next presidential election, a new personality has burst onto the scene: Eric Zemmour.After months of conjecture, the political […]

SwedenShare this articleMagdalena Andersson, who resigned seven hours after being chosen as Sweden’s first female prime minister last week, has again been selected for the top job.She emerged triumphant after another vote in the Swedish parliament on Monday.It was a narrow affair. There were 173 votes against her, two more […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here.New York: Before he died of COVID-19 in September, Nick Bledsoe was not shy about publicly sharing his opposition to masks and vaccines on Facebook. In April, Bledsoe, an auto mechanic from […]

FranceShare this articleLionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time on Monday, extending his record, as Alexia Putellas became the third winner of the women’s award.“I’m very happy to be here, happy to keep fighting for new trophies,” Messi said through a translator. “I don’t know how many […]

USAShare this articlePresident Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic” Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and return to face masks indoors in […]

MyanmarShare this articleA court in Myanmar postponed its verdict on Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow testimony from an additional witness, a senior member of her political party.The court agreed with a defence motion that it allow Zaw Myint Maung, who had previously […]

Parag Agrawal’s appointment to the top spot at Twitter amplifies the role of immigrants in the world’s top tech firms.Twitter Inc. on Monday became the latest Silicon Valley titan to appoint an Indian-born chief executive officer, joining the likes of Microsoft and Google in recognizing the Asian country as one […]

On Monday, Japan barred all new foreign arrivals due to concerns over the Omicron variant. (File)Japan on Tuesday confirmed its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant, a day after authorities announced new Covid border restrictions.“Regarding the traveller arriving from Namibia, it was confirmed to be a case of Omicron […]

This video can not be playedIn Yemen, the Houthi rebels are pushing hard to capture, or encircle, the key city of Marib. It’s the last stronghold of the internationally recognised government and is at the centre of Yemen’s oil fields.  The fall of Marib would be a major turning point in the war.  Saudi Arabia, backed […]

This video can not be playedOfficials in France have issued an international arrest warrant for a Japanese woman accused of keeping her two children from their French father, AFP news agency reports.The case has revived debate about "parental kidnapping" in Japan, where there is no concept of shared custody.Vincent Fichot […]

By James ClaytonNorth America technology reporterThe Chinese province of Henan is building a surveillance system with face-scanning technology that can detect journalists and other "people of concern".Documents seen by BBC News describe a system that classifies journalists into a "traffic-light" system – green, amber and red.Journalists in the "red" category […]

By James ClaytonNorth America technology reporterJack Dorsey is one of Silicon Valley's eccentrics. If he was a character in a movie, you'd think he was too cliche. Acutely earnest and idealistic, he passionately believes that tech can bring about global peace and prosperity. He's a kind of hippie libertarian, a […]

High Street fashion giant Inditex, which owns brands including Zara and Massimo Dutti, has appointed the founder's daughter as its new chairwoman.Marta Ortega will replace Pablo Isla, chairman of Inditex since 2011.Ms Ortega has been with the firm for 15 years, starting out as an assistant at its High Street […]

This video can not be playedWatch the moment a 69-year-old man was rescued after 22 hours drifting at sea off the Japanese coast.Dramatic video released by the coastguard shows the lone passenger in a boat that capsized in stormy waters off Kagoshima prefecture.An official has described his survival as a […]

This video can not be playedFrance is honouring the US-born 20th Century singer and activist Josephine Baker with a place in the Pantheon on Tuesday. She’s the first black woman to be remembered in the resting place of France’s national heroes, through her work on civil rights and for the […]

An Iraqi member of the Islamic State (IS) group has been found guilty of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority in a landmark German trial.A court in Frankfurt sentenced Taha al-Jumailly to life for crimes including the murder of a Yazidi girl in Iraq.The jihadist was accused of enslaving the […]

The new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, was present in the Netherlands earlier than previously thought, officials say.It was identified in two test samples taken in the country between 19 and 23 November, which is before the variant was first reported by South Africa.It is not clear whether those who took the […]

A newly published cache of documents directly links top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping to the state's crackdown on Uyghur Muslims.The documents include speeches which analysts say prove senior government leaders called for measures that led to mass internment and forced labour.China has consistently denied that it is committing […]

A Michael Jackson impersonator who is accused of participating in the US Capitol riot has clashed with a judge after rejecting the court's authority.James Beeks was accused of "gobbledygook" by the judge after claiming he had "divine" authority.Also an actor, Mr Beeks was arrested after FBI agents went to several […]

The raid comes as president Jair Bolsonaro has pledged a pivot in his permissive approach to deforestation.Brazil’s government says police burned 131 boats used by illegal gold miners in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.The operation marked a shift in direction for the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, which has […]

A Pennsylvania court in June overturned a conviction on charges the comic drugged and raped a woman.Prosecutors have asked the highest court in the United States to restore the conviction of disgraced comic Bill Cosby, whose conviction on charges he drugged and raped a woman were overturned in a state […]

Musician honoured for her ‘extraordinary commitment’ to Caribbean island as it makes a historic political transition.Barbados has declared Rihanna a national hero after removing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and entering a new era as a republic.Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the 33-year-old Barbadian musician […]

One of the offices at the airport in the Baltic Sea town of some 217,000 had been repurposed to serve as an improvised vaccination center, police said.When officers arrived at the premises on Saturday they found a large crowd of patrons willing to get a shot. They said there were […]

During a ceremony in the singer’s birthplace of Bridgetown, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley referenced Rihanna’s 2012 song ‘Diamonds’ to applause. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation,” the prime minister declared.BREAKING: Rihanna is conferred with the honor of National Hero of Barbados […]

PortugalShare this articlePortuguese health authorities identified 13 cases of the omicron coronavirus variant among members of a professional football club and were investigating whether it was one of the first reported cases of local transmission of the virus outside of southern Africa.The Ricardo Jorge National Health Institute said that one […]

Your account has been createdCatherine Dior, the sister of Christian Dior, was a crucial figure of the French Resistance. Clémence Michallon speaks to author Justine Picardie, whose new book provides an in-depth look at Catherine’s life and legacy Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profileJustine Picardie […]

Burj Khalifa in glistening glass and steel, opened in the downtown area in 2010.From the world’s tallest building to the deepest diving pool, the United Arab Emirates, which turns 50 on Thursday, has a love of setting records.Here are five of the wealthy Gulf state’s record-breaking feats:Tallest building Dubai is […]

Britain has reported 11 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant so far.New mask mandates and other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant came into force in England on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson eyes an expanded booster programme to help increase protection against COVID-19.From […]

Pentagon will be upgrading and expanding military facilities in Guam and Australia.The US military will reinforce deployments and bases directed at China and Russia, even while maintaining forces in the Middle East adequate to deter Iran and jihadist groups, the Pentagon said Monday based on the results of a review.The […]

Covid In France: The number of people in hospital with Covid jumped by 470 to 9,860. (File)France registered its biggest jump in coronavirus-related hospital admissions since the spring, health ministry data showed on Monday.The number of patients in intensive care units with COVID-19 jumped by 117 to 1,749 people, the […]

More countries closed borders on Monday, casting a shadow over economic recovery from the two-year coronavirus pandemic.The Omicron COVID-19 variant could hurt global growth prospects while also pushing prices higher, rating agencies Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings said on Monday, after the World Health Organization said the variant carried […]

The Barbadian parliament voted last month to replace Queen Elizabeth II with Mason, allowing the country to finally move beyond its history as the oldest colony of the British Empire.The monarch has been its head of state for almost 400 years, despite the island having secured its independence from the […]

BarbadosShare this articleCelebrations are underway in Barbados as the Caribbean island throws off its colonial shackles to become the world’s newest republic, with an elected president as head of state.Famed for its beaches and love of cricket, Barbados will sever its final imperial links to Britain on Monday by replacing […]

The current vaccine is “very effective” against Delta, the executive said. (File)Pfizer has already started working on a version of its Covid-19 vaccine specifically targeting the ‘Omicron’ variant in case the current inoculation is not effective against the new strain, the US drugmaker’s CEO Albert Bourla said Monday.Bourla told CNBC […]

Omicron Covid Variant: Canada said it now has three cases of the new strain of Covid. (File)Quebec has discovered its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Canadian province’s health minister said on Monday, bringing Canada’s total number of cases to three.Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube also told reporters […]

The Washington, DC meeting with retail execs, and Biden’s remarks, are intended to reassure Americans anxious about the lingering coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy. Polls indicate a majority of voters believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.President Joe Biden said his administration has made strides toward […]

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, to use the phone-tracking technology initially developed for counter-terrorism purposes, as part of the measures announced Sunday aimed at preventing the new Omicron strain of the virus from spreading. Bennett also sealed Israel to all foreign travelers for 14 […]

Robb Butler told Sky News on Wednesday that it was “time to have that conversation from both an individual and a population-based perspective. It’s a healthy debate to have.” The WHO official said, however, that such “mandates have come at the expense of trust, social inclusion” in the past.In early […]

Court fines Hossam Bahgat for ‘insulting’ the country’s electoral commission authority on social media.A court has found a leading Egyptian human rights activist guilty of insulting a judicial election commission in a tweet he posted last year following a national vote.The misdemeanour court in the capital, Cairo, fined Hossam Bahgat […]

Your account has been createdAmong the dead was a foreign national, said officials Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profileA woman walks under a heavy rain in IstanbulFour people have been killed and and at least 19 others injured after extreme winds hit Turkey’s biggest city […]

BelarusShare this articleBelarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday accused Lithuanian authorities of dumping the bodies of migrants on the border between the two countries.The claim was rejected by Lithuania amid soaring border tensions between Belarus and its European Union neighbors.Lukashenko also warned that his country will stand squarely behind its […]

IcelandShare this articleIceland’s ruling coalition has agreed to govern for another term following September’s general election.The three-party coalition of left and right parties announced on Sunday that it had reached an agreement for another four-year mandate.Katrin Jakobsdottir of the Left-Green Movement will stay on as Iceland’s Prime Minister.Jakobsdottir — the […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here.London: It is the linguistic equivalent of the epic siege of Troy: how to say “Omicron”, the new coronavirus variant.Classicists say it should be “oh-MY-cron”, the closest to how the ancient Greeks […]

FranceShare this articleFrance will honour US-born cabaret performer and WWII resistance fighter Josephine Baker on Tuesday at the Pantheon, making her the first black woman to receive the honour.She joins figures that have indelibly marked French history, such as former minister Simone Veil, philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, writer Victor Hugo, and […]

BelgiumShare this articleThousands of protesters in the Belgian capital took to the streets on Sunday to demonstrate against violence towards women. Between 5,000 and 8,000 joined the protests on Sunday afternoon in Brussels, according to the Mirabel platform, which represents dozens of civil society organisations.Balance Ton Bar was one of […]

Your account has been createdFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am said Monday that politics don’t dictate his actions, with pressure from pro-Palestinian activists unable to deter him from performing in Israel and maintaining ties to the country’s high-tech scene.A Palestinian-led […]

GeorgiaShare this articleThe former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, has appeared in court on charges of abuse of office.Saakashvili has been imprisoned since he returned to the country on October 1 after eight years of exile. He served as Georgia’s president from 2004 to 2013 before leaving for Ukraine at […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here.Washington: US President Joe Biden called the new COVID-19 variant Omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic” on Monday and said he was not considering any widespread US […]

FranceShare this articleMembers of the French Catholic Academy have expressed doubt about a recent report on historical sex abuse in the church.Eight representatives of the 250-person academy have questioned the findings of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE).In October, a CIASE report estimated that 330,000 children […]

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley unveils the plaque at Golden Square Freedom ParkThe Caribbean island nation of Barbados will on Monday night sever centuries-old ties to the British monarchy, ditching Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and declaring itself the world’s newest republic.The royal Standard flag that represents […]

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a four-star general review of the strike.U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a four-star general to review a 2019 strike in Syria that caused civilian casualties, the Pentagon said on Monday.Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters that General Michael Garrett, the head of U.S. […]

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later.Stockholm: Sweden’s first female prime minister Magdalena Andersson was reappointed on Monday days after she quit amid political turmoil and jostling ahead of elections.Lawmakers narrowly elected her premier for the second time in less than a week after she set […]

US will look into whether procedures were followed after NY Times reported dozens of civilians were killed in bombings.United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered a review into US military bombings in Syria in March 2019 that the New York Times recently reported killed dozens of civilians during […]

Holmes is testifying in her own defence, telling her side of the story in a risky move that exposes her to a potentially tough cross-examination by United States prosecutors.Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes arrived at a California court on Monday to testify for a fourth day at her fraud trial, where […]

Barcelona and Spain midfielder Alexia Putellas wins the women’s award for first time after outstanding season.Argentine forward Lionel Messi has claimed his seventh Ballon d’Or, edging out Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Italian midfielder Jorginho for the top honour.Messi, who moved from Barcelona to Paris St Germain over the summer, […]

Andersson, a former finance minister, threw in the towel just seven hours after her election five days ago. She announced her decision after a junior member withdrew from the minority ruling coalition following its failure to adopt a new budget and its approval of a competing variant proposed by right-wing […]

The new rules are set to come into effect on Sunday night, making Israel the first country to completely seal its borders to foreign nationals for at least 14 days, following an emergency meeting of the Corona Cabinet. Only those specifically approved by a so-called Exceptions Committee will be allowed entry.“The […]

Your account has been createdFrom appliance stores in the United States to food markets in Hungary and gas stations in Poland, rising consumer prices fuelled by high energy costs and supply chain disruptions are putting a pinch on households and businesses worldwideFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under […]

WorldShare this articleIn October, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was re-elected for a second term in Uzbekistan. 5 years ago, he initiated economic reforms and called for closer cooperation between Central Asian countries. First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Uzbekistan Sodiq Safoev explained “euronews” how the regional strategy in Uzbekistan will […]

Your account has been createdQatar has one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world and had been a major investor in Lebanon in the pastFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profileThe talks come as Lebanon sinks deeper into its economic crisis, the worst in […]

SwedenShare this articleMagdalena Andersson, who resigned seven hours after being chosen as Sweden’s first female prime minister last week, has again been selected for the top job.She emerged triumphant after another vote in the Swedish parliament on Monday.It was a narrow affair. There were 173 votes against her, two more […]

US Defense Department will be upgrading and expanding military facilities. (File)The US military will reinforce deployments and bases directed at China and Russia, even while maintaining forces in the Middle East adequate to deter Iran and jihadist groups, the Pentagon said Monday based on the results of a review.The US […]

USAShare this articleThe much-anticipated trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with grooming underage girls for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, begins today in New York.Two years after Epstein’s death, a jury was selected Monday to determine a central question in the long-running sex trafficking case: was his longtime companion […]

Magdalena Andersson will form a one-party, minority government, with a cabinet expected to be named on Tuesday.Sweden’s first female prime minister Magdalena Andersson has been reappointed as the head of the country’s government, less than a week after she resigned within hours of taking the job.Politicians narrowly elected her again […]

But the plan to redirect the funds from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund remains riddled with complications, including stifling US sanctions.The World Bank is finalising a proposal to deliver up to $500m from a frozen Afghanistan aid fund to humanitarian agencies, people familiar with the plans told Reuters news agency, […]

Your account has been createdFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Before last year’s presidential election, Facebook ads targeting Latino voters described Joe Biden as a communist. During his inauguration, another conspiracy theory spread online and on Spanish-language radio warning that a brooch worn by Lady […]

Your account has been createdFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Jussie Smollett goes to trial Monday on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years […]

Omicron, first found in South Africa, has been identified in at least 12 other countries.The Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, the WHO said, urging countries to prepare by accelerating vaccinations and put mitigation plans in place to maintain essential health services.“Omicron has an unprecedented number of spike mutations, […]

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is stepping down as chief executive of the company.He will be replaced by the current chief technical officer, Parag Agrawal, Twitter said. Mr Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter in 2006, has been serving as chief executive of both Twitter and payment firm Square."It's finally time for me […]

By Maryam AbdallaBBC Swahili, NairobiSeven people, including a three-year-old, have died on Tanzania's Pemba island after eating poisonous turtle meat.Three others are still in hospital.The meat is a common delicacy among those living on Tanzania's islands and coastal areas but the authorities have now banned the consumption of turtles in […]

As many as 300,000 Malaysians commuted daily to Singapore before the pandemic hit.Singapore and Malaysia reopened one of the world’s busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to cross after nearly two years of being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Although travellers welcomed the chance to reunite with […]