1 February 2021 News

Diplomacy, Police, United States, The European Union, China were the most important topics in the news of the Monday 1 February 2021, but also: Britain, France, Hong Kong, Weather, Storm.

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Erdogan hits out at ‘LGBT youth’ as police break up fresh protest

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at Turkey's LGBT movement, accusing it of "vandalism" following an outbreak of student protests.

Myanmar coup tests Biden democracy push but with few options

Myanmar's military coup marks an early test case of President Joe Biden's determination to advocate democracy but, unlike a decade ago when the...

UK fashion leaders warn of ‘decimation’ from Brexit

Britain's fashion industry is "at real risk of decimation" by the post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union and current government policy,...

Kosovo establishes Israel ties, to open embassy in Jerusalem

Israel and Kosovo established diplomatic ties on Monday, with the Muslim-majority territory recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital,...

Huge snowstorm hits US east coast, disrupting virus vaccinations

A huge snowstorm has brought chaos to the United States' east coast, shuttering airports, closing schools and forcing the postponement of coronavirus...

Human activity threatens species survival : study

Human activities such as farming and construction are threatening the survival of scores of wild species by forcing them to travel more to avoid...

Europe warms to Russian jab after positive trial results

Final-stage trial results published on Tuesday placed Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on a par with its Western rivals, as German Chancellor...

Sistine Chapel free of crowds as Vatican Museums reopen

Gone were the crowds -- but the lucky few who ventured to the reopened Vatican Museums on Monday were treated to centuries' worth of sumptuous...

Navalny jailing to burden, not break, Russia-EU ties

The jailing of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is corroding already damaged Europe-Russia ties but EU leaders are unwilling to cut all...

French police block passengers as new Covid rules kick in

French border police turned away some passengers bound for non-EU destinations Monday as new rules came into force banning flights to and from...

China launches carbon emissions trading scheme

China launched a carbon trading system Monday designed to drive down emissions, as the world's biggest polluter takes steps towards decarbonising...

Zuma vows never to appear before S.Africa’s anti-graft panel

South Africa's beleaguered ex-president Jacob Zuma vowed Monday to not appear before a judicial panel probing corruption during his nine-year...

Eritrean refugees caught in crossfire of Ethiopia’s Tigray war

They have survived gun battles, attempted abductions, attacks by angry militiamen and days-long treks to safety with nothing to eat but moringa...

Russian prosecutors back request to imprison Navalny

Russian prosecutors on Monday backed a request to imprison opposition leader Alexei Navalny for several years on old embezzlement charges, after...

Myanmar civilians face ‘huge sacrifices’ : ex-UN rights investigator

Myanmar's people will be forced to make "huge sacrifices" as a result of the military coup, a former UN rights investigator said Monday.

Anger after US police pepper-spray 9-year-old girl

Police officers who handcuffed and pepper-sprayed a nine-year-old girl in the US city of Rochester were suspended Monday at the mayor's request.

EU secures extra vaccines; Republicans to meet Biden over Covid relief plan

European Union efforts to secure Covid-19 vaccines received a much-needed boost after AstraZeneca promised to increase deliveries, while US Republicans...

At least five killed in Shabaab raid on Mogadishu hotel

At least five people were killed in an hours-long Al-Shabaab attack on a Mogadishu hotel which ended around midnight on Sunday, Somali police...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi issued pre-emptive call to reject coup : party

Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi issued a pre-emptive call for people to reject any coup, before she was detained by the military on...

Two killed in attack on leftist activists in El Salvador

Two activists were killed and five wounded in El Salvador's capital on Sunday after an assailant opened fire on members of the leftist FMLN party,...

Time to team up and tackle Long Covid, says WHO expert

It is time to start solving the mystery of Long Covid, an aspect of the pandemic blighting millions of lives, the World Health Organization's...

Hong Kong tycoon remains in jail after landmark challenge to security law

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was ordered Monday to remain in jail while judges consider his fresh bail application, the first major legal...

Australian media admit breaching Pell reporting blackout

Australian media organisations have admitted violating a gag order in Cardinal George Pell's now-quashed sex crimes case, in a surprise plea...

Suu Kyi’s fate, and Myanmar’s, in the balance after army coup

After a lifetime struggling against Myanmar's military, 75-year-old Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is back under detention with a junta in power...

N. Korean diplomat told daughter to ‘come find freedom’ : report

A senior North Korean diplomat who was acting ambassador to Kuwait told his daughter they were going to defect to the South while pretending...

US leads world condemnation of Myanmar’s military coup

The United States on Monday led governments around the world in calling for the restoration of Myanmar's democracy after the military staged...

Myanmar coup : What we know so far

The Myanmar military's seizure of power on Monday follows weeks of tensions with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.

Pro-democracy tycoon in landmark challenge to Hong Kong security law

Detained Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was in court Monday trying to win bail in the first major legal challenge to a sweeping national security...

Asian markets mostly rise in respite from recent rout

Most Asian markets bounced Monday following last week's blood-letting as bargain-buyers moved in, but dealers remain on edge as surging infections...

France ponders how to improve confidence in police

The French government began a public consultation on Monday aimed at devising ways to increase public confidence in the police that has been...

UK trains volunteer vaccine army in Covid inoculation race

More used to wielding a camera than a needle, taking part in a national vaccination campaign was the "last thing" documentary director Mike Day...

Microsoft seeks to fill void if Google exits Australia : reports

Microsoft has a "Plan B available" if Google follows through on threats to leave Australia over plans to compel digital giants to pay news organisations...

Myanmar’s military stages coup, detains Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's military seized power in a bloodless coup Monday, detaining democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and imposing a one-year...

Britain’s ‘Captain Tom’ lockdown hero hospitalised with Covid-19

Captain Tom Moore, 100, who won British hearts with a Covid-19 fund raising drive, was hospitalised on Sunday with the virus, his family said.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi detained by army in apparent coup

Myanmar's military has detained the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an apparent coup, her ruling party's spokesman said Monday....

Major snow storm to blanket US east coast after hitting capital

A powerful winter storm is set to dump feet of snow along a stretch of the US east coast including New York City on Monday, after blanketing...