9 July 2021 News

Conflict, United States, Diplomacy, Russia, China were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 9 July 2021, but also: Japan, Brazil, Afghanistan, UN, Syria.

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News from 09/07/2021

Bolsonaro disapproval rating surpasses 50% for first time

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's disapproval rating passed 50 percent for the first time, according to a poll published by the Datafolha...

Cuba approves emergency use of home-grown Covid vaccine, Latin America’s first

Cuba on Friday approved its home-grown Abdala vaccine for emergency use, the first Latin American coronavirus jab to reach this stage and a possible...

Biden tells Putin to ‘act’ against ransomware groups

US President Joe Biden on Friday once again told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to "take action" against ransomware hackers operating...

UN Security Council extends cross-border aid operation for Syria

The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously approved an extension of activity at the only border crossing through which humanitarian aid reaches...

Biden tells Putin to ‘take action’ against ransomware groups

US President Joe Biden spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Friday and told him to "take action" against ransomware groups operating in...

Haiti asks US, UN to send troops as fears of instability grow

Haiti has asked Washington and the UN for troops to secure its ports, airport and other strategic sites after the assassination of president...

New probe launched into 1994 MS Estonia ferry disaster

Sweden and Estonia on Friday opened a fresh investigation into the 1994 sinking of the ferry MS Estonia in the Baltic Sea and the loss of 852...

New June record for deforestation of Brazilian Amazon

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon reached a record in June for the fourth consecutive month, according to official data released Friday.

New probe launched into 1994 MS Estonia ferry disaster

Sweden and Estonia on Friday opened a fresh investigation into the 1994 sinking of the ferry MS Estonia in the Baltic Sea and the loss of 852...

Pharmacies go on strike, power cuts in crisis-hit Lebanon

Pharmacies went on strike over medicine shortages and two major power stations ground to a halt for lack of fuel Friday in crisis-hit Lebanon,...

Veteran Afghan warlord Ismail Khan vows to fight Taliban again

A veteran Afghan warlord whose militia helped US forces topple the Taliban in 2001 vowed Friday to again take up arms as the insurgents closed...

UK policeman pleads guilty to murder of London woman

A British police officer on Friday pleaded guilty to the murder of a woman whose disappearance sparked outrage and a national debate about women's...

Thailand imposes tougher Covid-19 curbs, including Bangkok curfew

Thai authorities announced a seven-hour night curfew across the capital Bangkok and nine provinces on Friday, along with other tougher restrictions...

Nile dam deal between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan is possible, UN says

An agreement on Ethiopia's controversial Nile River dam is possible, the UN said Thursday, urging "trust, transparency and open engagement" as...

Zika virus cases detected in India’s Kerala state

Authorities in India's southern Kerala region have issued a statewide alert after 14 cases of the Zika virus were detected, officials said Friday.

Moldova holds elections set to weaken Russia’s grip

Voters in Moldova head to the polls Sunday in a snap parliamentary election called by new President Maia Sandu to strengthen her position against...

Australia denies meddling in PNG rollout of Chinese jab

Australia rejected Friday China's accusations of meddling in the rollout of Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccines in Papua New Guinea, saying it accepted...

Virus-hit Indonesia receives emergency supplies, tightens curbs

Coronavirus-hit Indonesia received desperately needed supplies of oxygen and protective equipment from neighbouring Singapore Friday to support...

Afghanistan to rush troops to border as Taliban extend gains

Afghan authorities prepared Saturday to try to retake a key border crossing seized by the Taliban in their sweeping offensive to capture new...

Flooding in New York as Storm Elsa expected to hit

Several subway stations were flooded and major roads were cut in New York on Thursday ahead of the expected arrival of Storm Elsa, which has...

Dutch politics deadlocked as small parties proliferate

Politics are in deadlock in the Netherlands following general elections, with a new government nowhere in sight and a myriad of small parties...

Bulgaria votes again, ready to move on from Borisov era

Bulgaria holds snap parliamentary elections on Sunday after the last and indecisive vote in the spring, with veteran former premier Boyko Borisov...

Vietnam’s biggest city enters two-week coronavirus lockdown

Vietnam's economic hub Ho Chi Minh City began a two-week lockdown Friday in the hope to contain the country's worst Covid-19 virus outbreak.

Bangladesh factory inferno kills 52

A massive blaze that killed 52 people in a Bangladesh factory and forced workers to leap for their lives from upper floors set off angry recriminations...

Macron to reassure African leaders on commitment to fighting terror

President Emmanuel Macron will seek to reassure Sahel leaders of his commitment to Africa's anti-terror fight on Friday, at their first talks...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro slams corruption probe with foul language

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used foul language Thursday as he said he would refuse to answer corruption charges that a Senate committee...

Global tax reform tops G20 meet in Venice

G20 finance ministers gather Friday in Venice, with global tax reform top of the agenda as the world's biggest economies seek to ensure multinational...

South Sudan’s bloody first 10 years

As South Sudan marks 10 years of independence on July 9, we look back at the world's youngest country's bloody first decade, marred by a civil...

South Sudan : War and hunger scar world’s newest country

South Sudan, which marks a decade of independence on Friday, is the world's youngest country and also one of the poorest, crippled by a devastating...

Resignation, anger as Japan digests Tokyo Olympic fan ban

Olympic fans in Japan reacted with weary resignation to a ban on Tokyo Games spectators on Friday, as newspaper editorials warned it may not...

Riek Machar : Wily warlord with pivotal role in South Sudan’s bloody history

A veteran rebel who slipped in and out of government, Riek Machar has been a central figure in South Sudan's bloody history, his charming gap-toothed...

Salva Kiir : The man who led South Sudan to independence then war

A towering guerrilla commander turned president, Salva Kiir led South Sudan to independence a decade ago before shattering its peoples' dreams...

EU parliament urges officials to skip Beijing Olympics

EU lawmakers on Thursday called for officials from the bloc to skip the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics unless China improves on human rights in...

Buddhist digital amulets mark Thai entry into crypto art craze

Karmic fortune has arrived to the digital art market, with a kaleidoscopic splash of colours and the face of a revered Thai monk offering portable...

S.Sudan leader pledges peace on independence anniversary

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir made a pledge for peace on Friday as the country marked 10 troubled years of independence, with little cause...

‘No jabs, no job’ : Fiji to make vaccine compulsory

Fiji has announced plans to make the coronavirus vaccine compulsory for all workers as it battles a runaway outbreak of the Delta variant, with...

Rag doll, clay duck : souvenirs of Colombia kidnap victims

Kidnapped by FARC guerillas in 2007 and held in the Colombian jungle for nearly four years, police Major Guillermo Solorzano found comfort, and...

SKorea to raise Covid-19 restrictions to highest level in capital

South Korea will raise coronavirus curbs to their highest level in the Seoul metropolitan area, the country's prime minister said Friday, warning...

Australia’s Kyrgios confirms Olympic tennis withdrawal

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios confirmed his withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics Friday, saying a ban on spectators attending the Games was...

Olympic flame arrives in Tokyo after ‘heartbreaking’ fan ban

The Olympic flame arrived in Tokyo on Friday with just two weeks until the Games open, as athletes and fans mourned a "heartbreaking" decision...

Pfizer-BioNTech to seek authorization for 3rd Covid shot : statement

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Thursday they would seek regulatory authorization for a third dose of their Covid-19 vaccine.