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News from 21/06/2021

Closed-door Games? Tokyo 2020 to decide on allowing fans

Tokyo Olympics organisers and Japanese officials meet Monday to decide whether fans will be allowed at the pandemic-postponed Games, just weeks...

Israel’s Bedouin sceptical of new government promises

From her tin-roof home in the sweltering Negev desert, Umm Jawad Abu Qwaider offers her bleak assessment of the first Arab party to back an Israeli...

Hong Kong pro-democracy paper unable to pay staff after asset freeze : aide

Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper warned Monday it is unable to pay staff and is at imminent risk of closure after the government...

Spanish PM heads to Catalonia before pardon to separatists

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will deliver a major speech in Barcelona Monday as his government is poised to pardon the jailed Catalan...

Sweden’s government faces no confidence vote

Sweden's government is under threat of being toppled on Monday as it faces a no confidence vote that could trigger snap polls, only a year ahead...

German conservatives to unveil post-Merkel plan

German conservatives will unveil Monday a plan to win voters in a future without Angela Merkel, as chancellor candidate Armin Laschet looks to...

‘The Serpent’ still haunting lives four decades on

Nearly half a century after he sowed fear along the 1970s "hippie trail", French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, the "Serpent" of the hit TV drama...

US Navy tests warship’s metal with megablast

The US Navy has started a series of tests on its newest and most advanced aircraft carrier by detonating powerful explosions to determine whether...

Ethiopians vote in poll overshadowed by Tigray

Ethiopians began voting Monday in a closely-watched election taking place as famine grips the war-torn Tigray region and doubts linger about...

Saudi talks up strength after US cuts military assets

A downsizing of US military assets in Saudi Arabia will not affect its defence capabilities, the Riyadh-led coalition said Sunday, after it intercepted...

Myanmar junta leader arrives in Moscow for security conference

Myanmar's junta chief arrived in Moscow on Sunday to attend a security conference, marking only his second known trip abroad since he seized...