12 January 2021 News

United States, Diplomacy, China, Donald Trump, North Korea were the most important topics in the news of the Tuesday 12 January 2021, but also: Turkey, Britain, UN, Justice, India.

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News from 12/01/2021

Trump, unapologetic but bleeding support, faces impeachment

A defiant Donald Trump rejected blame Tuesday for a deadly assault on Congress by his supporters, but cracks emerged in the president's Republican...

North Korea’s Kim pledges to strengthen nuclear arsenal

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to strengthen his country's nuclear arsenal as he delivered his closing address to a top ruling party...

Portuguese president tests negative after a Covid positive

Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has now tested negative for coronavirus after a positive test that saw him cancel all public engagements,...

N. Korea’s Kim pledges to ‘strengthen’ nuclear arsenal : KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to strengthen his country's nuclear arsenal in his closing address to a top ruling party meeting, state...

Sister of N. Korea’s Kim slams South’s ‘idiot’ authorities : KCNA

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un slammed authorities in Seoul over their tracking of a possible military parade in Pyongyang...

VOA under fire for reassigning reporter over question to Pompeo

Voice of America's management came under fire Tuesday across party lines after reassigning a journalist who attempted to pose a question to Secretary...

UK and Canada condemn Chinese ‘barbarism’ against Uighur minority

Britain and Canada on Tuesday accused China of human rights violations and "barbarism" against its Uighur minority and announced new rules to...

UN hoping for violence-free Biden inauguration

The United Nations on Tuesday called on political leaders including US President Donald Trump not to incite violence, as Washington prepares...

In final Trump chaos, Pompeo loyal to the end

Donald Trump in his final days in the White House has seen cabinet members quit, his vice president for the first time take a distance and some...

9,000 died in Irish homes for ‘illegitimate’ infants : report

Some 9,000 children died in Ireland's "mother and baby homes", where unmarried mothers were routinely separated from their infant offspring,...

Diamond magnate accused of telling tales at graft trial

Diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz was accused of telling "tall tales" on Tuesday at his trial in Geneva, where he is accused of corruption linked...

Pompeo cancels last foreign trip amid Trump impeachment moves

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday canceled his final foreign trip scheduled this week as President Donald Trump faces a second impeachment...

Virus-hit Italy faces political crisis over EU recovery plan

Italy was facing a fresh political crisis Wednesday after weeks of turmoil in the coalition government came to head in a row over how to spend...

Billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson dies at 87

Billionaire casino magnate and donor to Republican and Jewish causes Sheldon Adelson has died of cancer, his company said on Tuesday, eliciting...

Erdogan pledges to put EU ties ‘back on track’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he wanted to improve relations with the European Union and was hoping for the same "goodwill"...

Supreme Court suspends India’s contentious farming laws

India's top court suspended on Tuesday the implementation of new agriculture laws that have sparked weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands...

Pompeo alleges Iran new ‘home base’ of Al-Qaeda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged Tuesday that arch-enemy Iran has become a new "home base" for Al-Qaeda worse than Afghanistan, an assertion...

UK condemns Chinese ‘barbarism’ against Uighur minority

Britain on Tuesday accused China of human rights violations amounting to "barbarism" against its Uighur minority, as it announced new rules to...

How Covid-19 has hit global sport again

Formula One's Australian and Chinese Grands Prix joined the list of events cancelled or postponed on Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic hit...

US-born lawyer keeps faith after Hong Kong security law arrest

A lawyer who has lived and practised in Hong Kong for decades, John Clancey has seen the inside of a few police stations -- but he never imagined...

Grim procession : Indonesia crash victim families give blood for DNA matching

Relatives of Indonesia's plane crash victims formed a grim procession at a Jakarta morgue Tuesday, to give blood so investigators can try to...

World’s longest prison sentences

As a Turkish Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily-clad women he called "kittens" starts a 1,075-year jail term for sex crimes,...

Ugandan opposition urges voters to guard against rigging

Uganda's opposition frontrunner on Tuesday urged supporters to turn out in large numbers and to "protect" this week's election from rigging,...

UN says Peruvian police used excessive force in protests

Peruvian police used "unnecessary and excessive force" when faced with mass protests in November against the appointment of Manel Merino as interim...

Big freeze complicates snow-clearing efforts in Spain

Extremely low temperatures, in some areas reaching record-breaking levels, swept central and eastern Spain on Tuesday, with the big freeze complicating...

China places 5 million more under lockdown to stamp out virus cluster

Chinese authorities sealed off a city of almost five million people and imposed strict travel restrictions on several others on Tuesday as they...

Security concerns block Chinese bid for Australian builder

A Chinese company's bid for an Australia-based building contractor has been abandoned after the Australian government signalled it would block...

Supreme Court suspends India’s contentious farming laws

India's top court suspended on Tuesday the implementation of new agriculture laws that have sparked weeks of demonstrations by tens of thousands...

Two US lawmakers test positive for Covid-19 after Capitol riot

Two members of the US Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus, with one on Tuesday accusing Republicans of refusing to wear masks and...

Australia, China F1 postponed as coronavirus hits 2021 calendar

Formula One's Australian Grand Prix was postponed to November and China's race was put on hold indefinitely as the coronavirus forced a 2021...

Thai king sweeps prison floors alongside consort

Thailand's king has visited prisons, sweeping floors alongside his official consort in the latest round of a charm offensive following unprecedented...

China make-up ad pulled for ‘victim-blaming’

A Chinese advert for make-up wipes which linked a woman's appearance to the likelihood of assault has been taken down, and the company forced...

Hong Kong opposition shudders as mass arrests herald ‘a harsh winter’

The mass arrests of Hong Kong opposition figures under a new security law has demolished assurances only a "tiny majority" would be targeted,...

Stay granted to inmate set to be first woman executed by US in decades

A judge has granted a stay of execution to Lisa Montgomery, who was set Tuesday to be the first female inmate executed by the US federal government...

Tokyo Olympics organisers say cancellation report ‘fake news’

Tokyo Olympics organisers played down a poll showing plunging support for the Games on Tuesday and said a report claiming cancellation could...

Niger museum is eclectic national ‘mirror’

There can be few museums in the world to rival the National Museum of Niger.

Indonesian divers hunt seabed for crashed plane’s black boxes

Indonesian divers returned Tuesday to a wreckage-littered seabed off Jakarta in their hunt for the black boxes that will likely be key to unlocking...

Malaysia declares virus emergency and suspends parliament

Malaysia's king declared a nationwide state of emergency Tuesday to fight a coronavirus surge and parliament was suspended, with critics charging...

Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy

Twitter announced Monday it has suspended "more than 70,000 accounts" linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol...

Asian stocks swing as virus and unrest offset vaccine, stimulus

Asian markets fluctuated Tuesday as hopes for the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and a new stimulus out of Washington competed with fears over...

From macaques to crabs, wildlife faces threat from face masks

Masks that helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic are proving a deadly hazard for wildlife, with birds and marine creatures ensnared...

Uganda to vote following violent pre-election crackdown

Ugandans vote Thursday in a highly-charged election after one of the bloodiest campaigns in years, as veteran leader Yoweri Museveni seeks a...

Old school : German great-granddad pitches in with homeschooling

It's been a while since 81-year-old Gerd Kumbier has set foot in a classroom, but he's hitting the books once again to help homeschool his great-granddaughters...

Glum mood 10 years after Tunisia protest ousted president

Tunisia, where the Arab Spring started, has also been its relative success story -- but celebrations will be muted when it marks on Thursday...

Biden inauguration : worries as Homeland Security chief quits

US Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced his resignation unexpectedly Monday as worries rose over more violence during President-elect...

Golf distances itself from Trump despite his love of the game

As much as President Donald Trump loves golf, leaders of the sport are racing away from the embattled US leader for what they say is the good...

Corporate America looks to penalize Trump, Republicans — for now

In his final days in office, the biggest names in American business are dumping President Donald Trump over accusations that he incited the deadly...

Conservative social network Parler sues Amazon over web shutdown

The social platform Parler sued Amazon on Monday after the tech giant's web division forced the conservative-favored network offline for failing...

Videos reveal violence of assault on US Congress

Five days after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, new videos are revealing the level of violence that left lawmakers...