8 April 2021 News

United States, Conflict, Russia, Diplomacy, Israel were the most important topics in the news of the Thursday 8 April 2021, but also: China, Britain, Angela Merkel, South Korea, Internet.

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News from 08/04/2021

Pentagon chief Austin to visit Israel, Germany, Britain

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Israel, Germany, Britain and the NATO headquarters in Belgium in the coming week for talks with...

US ‘increasingly concerned’ over Russian troop build up at Ukraine border

The US on Thursday said it was increasingly concerned over Russian militarisation along Ukraine's border, as Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky...

Jovan Divjak, defender of Sarajevo, dies aged 84

Former Bosnian army general Jovan Divjak, who defended Sarajevo during an infamous 44-month siege, died on Thursday in the Bosnian capital aged...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro under pressure ahead of climate summit

A coalition of environmental groups and agribusiness companies urged President Jair Bolsonaro's government Thursday to set "more ambitious" goals...

Biden attempts to tackle US gun violence ‘epidemic’

President Joe Biden on Thursday branded US gun violence an "epidemic" and an "international embarrassment" at a White House ceremony to unveil...

George Floyd died from ‘low level of oxygen’ : doctor

A respiratory doctor testified Thursday that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen and that police officer Derek Chauvin's knee was on his...

Israel refuses to work with ICC on war crimes probe, says ‘no authority’

Israel on Thursday said it has formally decided not to cooperate with an International Criminal Court war crimes investigation into the situation...

Covax backs AstraZeneca as vaccines reach 100 territories

Covax backed the AstraZeneca jab on Thursday as the scheme celebrated shipping coronavirus vaccine doses to 100 different territories around...

Ukraine’s Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir...

US border apprehensions soar 70% in March to 15-year high

Apprehensions of undocumented migrants on the US border with Mexico soared 70 percent in March to 172,331, hitting the highest level in 15 years,...

Ukraine’s Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir...

After bitter Trump years, Palestinians ‘thank America’ again

In Al-Jalazun refugee camp, Mohammad Zaid on Thursday expressed a sentiment not heard from Palestinians during Donald Trump's presidency: gratitude...

Ukraine’s Zelensky on frontline as Merkel urges Putin to pull back troops

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Vladimir...

New AZ setbacks as countries scramble for vaccines

The fallout over the AstraZeneca jab persisted Thursday with several countries halting its use among younger people, as nations raced to secure...

UN calls for countries to sign ban on anti-personnel mines

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on countries that have not done so to sign an international treaty banning anti-personnel...

New life for Iran nuclear deal? Here’s where it stands

The Iran nuclear deal -- thrown into disarray when the US left it in 2018 -- may get a second lifeline with US President Joe Biden saying he...

One killed in Benin after army clears protesters

One person was killed and at least six were wounded by gunfire on Thursday, local officials and witnesses said, after troops in Benin cleared...

Iran Covid cases hit two million in ‘meteoric’ rise

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran passed the two-million mark Thursday, while the daily caseload set a new record high in what...

Navalny supporters jailed for penal colony protest

A Russian court has handed week-long sentences to several supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after they travelled to his penal...

Sri Lanka arrests ‘Mrs World’ over assault

Colombo police on Thursday arrested the current "Mrs World" on charges of assault over an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the...

‘Being Asian here is terrifying’ : Korean gamer describes racism in US

A South Korean professional video gamer has described the "unspeakable" racism he has suffered while based in Texas in a clip that has gone viral...

Philippines keeping ‘options open’ on South China Sea : govt

The Philippine defence department said Thursday it was keeping "all our options open" as a diplomatic row with Beijing grows over hundreds of...

Australia halts AstraZeneca shots for under 50s over clot concerns

Australia on Thursday joined a growing number of countries halting the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for younger people over fears...

China says UK sheltering ‘wanted criminals’ after HK asylum ruling

China on Thursday accused Britain of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been granted...

Turkey, EU blame each other in ‘sofagate’ row

Turkey and the EU blamed each other on Thursday for seating arrangements that left European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen without a chair...

Ukraine’s Zelensky to visit frontline after surge in clashes

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was travelling to the country's eastern frontline on Thursday, after a surge in clashes with separatist...

India suffers vaccine shortages as virus surges

Vaccination centres in parts of India turned people away on Thursday and large parts of the country reportedly ran low on doses, just as infections...

China says UK sheltering ‘wanted criminals’ after HK asylum ruling

China on Thursday accused the UK of sheltering "wanted criminals" after prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law said he had been...

Philippines suspends AstraZeneca vaccine for under 60s

The Philippine health department suspended Thursday the use of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab for people under 60 after reports of blood clots...

Israel comes to standstill to honour Holocaust victims

Israel briefly came to a standstill on Thursday with the morning bustle halted for two minutes at 10:00 am (0700 GMT) as sirens blared to honour...

Meditating monk rescued from flooded cave in Thailand

Rescue divers have freed a meditating Buddhist monk from a flooded Thai cave in scenes that echoed the high-profile 2018 rescue of a trapped...

China weighs carrots and sticks in push to vaccinate millions

Tickets to tourist attractions, shopping coupons, and report cards naming and shaming stores where staff haven't been vaccinated: China is veering...

In US, conservatives on offense over transgender youths

On soccer fields, in locker rooms and even at the doctor's office, the rights of US transgender youths have become a political lightning rod,...

Polish teen’s fake beauty site helps lockdown abuse victims

Worried about reports of rising domestic violence during lockdown, Polish teen Krysia Paszko set up a website purporting to be a cosmetics shop...

Indigenous softball team bats away Mexico machismo

Barefoot and resplendent in traditional embroidered garments, women from an indigenous Mayan community in rural Mexico are challenging gender...

Britain slams ‘bullying’ Myanmar over London embassy standoff

Britain on Thursday condemned "bullying" by the Myanmar junta after the country's ambassador to London was ousted in an extraordinary diplomatic...

Aid flows into cyclone-struck Indonesia as death toll rises

Indonesian navy ships packed with aid arrived Thursday in a cyclone-ravaged section of the archipelago, as the death toll from the disaster rose...

Virginia becomes first southern US state to legalize pot

Virginia on Wednesday became the first southern US state to approve the use of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Rioters in Northern Ireland ignore latest pleas for calm

Britain on Friday renewed appeals for calm after police in Northern Ireland faced another barrage of petrol bombs and rocks overnight in an ongoing...

Twitter spotlights Asia democracy movements with #MilkTeaAlliance emoji

Twitter has launched an emoji to spotlight the "#MilkTeaAlliance" online protest movement that has forged links between pro-democracy activists...

Fresh Covid case in New Zealand as it prepares travel bubble

New Zealand health officials confirmed a fresh community case of Covid-19 in Auckland Thursday, just two days after the country celebrated its...

Rebels turn to poetry in battle for Yemeni hearts

Yemen's Huthi rebels, whose austere interpretation of Islam outlaws most forms of music, are increasingly turning to traditional poetry to woo...

Video saved the K-pop stars : Brave Girls reborn via YouTube

The Brave Girls were losing courage just weeks ago, on the verge of breaking up and abandoning their dreams of K-pop stardom after years of going...

Crushing poll defeats for South Korea’s ruling party

South Korea's conservative opposition won landslide victories in elections for the mayors of the country's two biggest cities, results showed...

Australia says politicians no longer exempt from sexual harassment rules

Australian politicians will no longer be exempt from rules against sexual harassment at work, the conservative government announced Thursday...

Arauz planning to change Ecuador agreements if elected

Leftist presidential candidate Andres Arauz has big plans to change Ecuador's course if elected on Sunday, when he faces right-wing contender...

GoFundMe or death : Venezuelans seek online help in Covid pandemic

Four family members with Covid-19, zero savings and no relief from Venezuela's collapsed public health system: Gabriela Rodriguez saw no option...

Right-wing candidate Lasso aiming for Ecuador political unity

Sitting outside the oldest Catholic church in Ecuador, right-wing presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso says he's ready to work with anyone,...