1 March 2021 News

United States, Diplomacy, China, UN, Britain were the most important topics in the news of the Monday 1 March 2021, but also: The European Union, Russia, Justice, Turkey, Conflict.

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News from 01/03/2021

Novavax hopes to file for US vaccine approval in 2nd quarter of 2021

US biotech company Novavax said Monday it hopes to file for British approval of its Covid-19 vaccine at the start of the second quarter of 2021,...

Immigration, Covid headline talks between Biden, Lopez Obrador

President Joe Biden told his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that Mexico's success was crucial to the hemisphere and that he...

US presses Saudis over Khashoggi killing amid calls to punish prince

The United States on Monday pressed Saudi Arabia to take further measures after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Washington faced...

Ex-Peru president Fujimori faces trial over ‘forced sterilizations’

A judge in Peru opened proceedings on Monday against disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori and other officials accused of the "forced sterilizations"...

Israeli court limits use of spy agency to track virus cases

Israel's top court ruled Monday that the government must curb its use of the domestic spy agency to track coronavirus infections, saying "draconian"...

France, Germany struggle to sell AstraZeneca vaccine safety

Already facing a daunting Covid vaccination challenge, French and German authorities are fighting to convince more people that a jab from the...

EU launches mediation of Georgia crisis

The European Union on Monday initiated talks between Georgia's government and opposition to defuse a spiralling post-electoral political crisis...

US Senate panel approves Biden Justice nominee Garland

The US Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval Monday to President Joe Biden's pick to be attorney general, Merrick Garland.

UN experts urge international probe of Navalny poisoning

UN human rights experts called Monday for an international probe into the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his immediate release...

El Salvador’s Bukele looks set to increase power with allies ahead in polls

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele looked set to increase his power as his allies took a clear lead in legislative elections, according to...

Khashoggi fiancee demands punishment for Saudi prince

The Turkish fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a UN rapporteur both called on Washington on Monday to punish Saudi crown prince...

Top sports court cancels Iranian judo federation suspension

Sport's top court on Monday cancelled the suspension of the Iranian judo federation, imposed after it ordered judoka Saeid Mollaei not to fight...

EU to propose vaccine ‘green pass’

The European Commission will propose rules for an EU vaccine "green pass" this month, as the bloc prepares to ramp up its Covid-19 immunisation...

Navalny’s penal colony, a Kremlin weapon to ‘break’ him

Until last week, the provincial town of Pokrov outside Moscow, lined with Soviet-era residential blocks and teetering wooden homes, had only...

Cambodian opposition figure slapped with 25-year jail sentence

Cambodia's exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy was sentenced in absentia to 25 years in jail Monday over an alleged plot to overthrow strongman...

Turkish court clears actors of ‘insulting’ Erdogan

An Istanbul court on Monday delivered a rare victory to freedom of expression advocates in Turkey by acquitting two veteran actors of "insulting"...

Queen’s husband Prince Philip moved, to undergo heart tests : palace

Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband Prince Philip on Monday left the private London hospital where he had spent nearly two weeks to have...

World’s first Covax jab injected as US eyes J&J rollout

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine under the global Covax scheme, as US health workers...

New Bangladesh protests as UN calls for overhaul of security law

Hundreds of Bangladeshi activists staged a fourth day of protests Monday over the death of a writer in detention as the UN rights chief called...

Talks underway in Nigeria to free abducted schoolgirls

Authorities in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara are holding negotiations for the release of 317 schoolgirls kidnapped by criminal gangs...

Europeans to push for Iran censure at UN nuclear watchdog meeting

The three European members of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will put forward a resolution condemning Iran's suspension of some inspections by the...

India’s Modi gets Covid-19 jab as chaotic expansion of vaccine drive begins

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was vaccinated against Covid-19 Monday, but a glitch in an online booking system meant thousands were turned...

Armenia PM says ready for early elections to end crisis

Armenia's embattled Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told thousands of rallying supporters on Monday that he was ready to hold early elections...

US envoy in Kabul as questions over troop withdrawal swirl

The US special envoy to Afghanistan touched down in Kabul on Monday for meetings with Afghan leaders, in a bid to revive a flagging peace process...

Ghana president receives world’s first free Covax jab

Ghana's president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world's first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure...

Prince Harry ‘worried about history repeating itself’

Britain's Prince Harry, who has blamed press intrusion for contributing to his mother Princess Diana's death in 1997, has told US chat show host...

‘Grandma Wong’ leads brief reminder of Hong Kong’s protest past

Alexandra Wong disappeared for more than a year into mainland China's opaque judicial system because she joined Hong Kong's democracy rallies....

Looting follows death of Papua New Guinea ex-PM

Papua New Guinea security services called for calm Monday, as incidents of rioting and looting followed the death of a beloved former prime minister.

Huawei exec’s extradition fight enters final round in Canada

The high-stakes battle by Chinese Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou against extradition to the United States enters its final stage...

China using Covid-19 to obstruct foreign journalists : media group

China has used extra surveillance and restrictions ostensibly imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic to block the work of foreign reporters...

Complex culture clash as Venezuelan migrants flood into Chile

Anyier sits at the side of the road gasping for breath as the beating sun and 3,700-meter (12,000-foot) altitude take their toll.

UN warns of ‘death sentence’ for Yemen as donor pledges fall short

The head of the United Nations warned Monday of a "death sentence" against war-torn Yemen after a donor conference yielded less than half the...

Ardern tells Kiwis to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged New Zealanders to "call out" Covid-19 rule-breakers Monday, as public anger built over a series of infringements...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hit with two new criminal charges

Ousted Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with two new criminal charges in a court appearance via video link on Monday, a month...

Supporters rally as Hong Kong dissidents charged with subversion

A court hearing involving some of Hong Kong's best known dissidents was adjourned in the early hours of Tuesday after one of the 47 defendants...

Hope for new momentum as Ngozi takes WTO reins

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala took the reins of the World Trade Organization Monday with a daunting to-do list, not least tackling the global economic...

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling Christian community...

French ex-president Sarkozy handed jail term for corruption

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and handed a three-year prison sentence, in a ruling that deals...

Covid vaccine acceptance rises in some countries : study

Willingness to get a Covid-19 vaccine is on the rise compared to last year, a survey of six industrialised countries published on Monday showed.