18 June 2021 News

Conflict, United States, China, Japan, UN were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 18 June 2021, but also: Internet, Hong Kong, Dead, Refugee, Justice.

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UN calls for member states to ‘prevent the flow of arms’ into Myanmar

The UN General Assembly on Friday took the rare step of calling on member states to "prevent the flow of arms" into Myanmar, part of a non-binding...

US bishops to draft statement on holy communion with Biden in sights

US Roman Catholic bishops issued a challenge Friday to President Joe Biden over his support for abortion rights, agreeing to draft a statement...

Hubert Germain : France’s last Hero of the Resistance

At nearly 101 years old, Hubert Germain is the last of the designated Heroes of the Resistance against the Nazi occupation of Germany, handpicked...

UN chief Guterres sworn in for second term, vows to learn from pandemic

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was sworn in Friday for a second term as head of the world body, promising to draw on the lessons of the...

Armenian leaders wrap up campaign before tense snap polls

Armenian leaders wrapped up campaigning on Friday ahead of snap weekend polls to end a political crisis sparked by a humiliating military defeat...

IMF urges top polluters to adopt carbon price floor

The IMF on Friday issued a report calling for the world's top polluters to adopt an international carbon price floor, arguing it offered a "realistic...

Olympic staff, volunteers vaccinated as Tokyo Games near

Thousands of Olympic volunteers and officials began receiving vaccines in Tokyo on Friday, five weeks before the Games, as experts warned it...

Palestinians cancel deal to trade vaccine doses with Israel

The Palestinian Authority said Friday it cancelled a swap deal that would have seen Israel provide it with one million Covid-19 jabs, as the...

Moscow Covid cases soar to record high

New coronavirus infections hit a pandemic high in Moscow on Monday, tripling in just weeks and forcing Russia's capital to close its Euro fan...

Police summon Twitter’s India head over assault video

Indian police have summoned Twitter's top local executive over a viral video on the site of a Muslim man being assaulted, with authorities accusing...

Hong Kong media reel as security law targets democracy paper’s reporting

The arrest of five senior executives over content published in Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper is a stark warning to all media...

34 women sue Pornhub in sex abuse video, trafficking case

Nearly three dozen women have filed a lawsuit in California against adult video website Pornhub, accusing it and its parent company of knowingly...

Olympic staff, volunteers vaccinated as Tokyo Games near

Thousands of Olympic volunteers and officials began receiving vaccines in Tokyo on Friday, five weeks before the Games, as experts warned it...

Ethiopia to vote amid war in Tigray, fears over fairness

Ethiopia will vote Monday in an election billed as its freest yet, but that is proceeding under the shadow of war and famine in the north, and...

War trauma, voter apathy haunt Armenia ahead of polls

Like many Armenians three years ago, Artyom Muradyan hoped the reformist prime minister would turn around the country's fortunes after decades...

Global displacement from war, crises doubles in a decade : UN

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the number of people fleeing war and persecution continued rising last year, with global displacement climbing...

Bear shot dead after rampaging through Japanese city

Hunters shot and killed a brown bear in northern Japan on Friday after it rampaged through a city, injuring four people including a soldier and...

Digital nomads flee virus-hit Manila for shattered tourist towns

After months cooped up in coronavirus-hit Manila, Tanya Mariano fled the Philippine capital to work from the beach, joining a growing number...

Eight detained over deadly China gas blast

Chinese police have detained eight suspects over a gas blast that killed 25 people and reduced several buildings to rubble in the central city...

‘Sangorians’ take a page from insurgent playbook in fight against Taliban

They name themselves after a Turkish soap opera, count former Taliban insurgents among their ranks and dress like their enemies, but the shadowy...

Hong Kong democracy paper runs defiant edition day after raid

Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper hit the stands Friday a day after police raided its newsroom, with an extra-large print run and...

Jordan battles to save rare tiny Dead Sea carp

Jordan is racing against time to save a tiny rare fish from extinction as falling water levels partly triggered by global warming threaten to...

Libyans chill at ex-barracks for Kadhafi’s ‘Amazons’

Libyans a decade ago could scarcely have imagined picnicking at a key military facility in Tripoli, but today a once feared site has been transformed...

‘Listen to the party’ : Chinese cities deck out in slogans for anniversary

China is ramping up a propaganda blitz ahead of the 100th birthday of the ruling Communist Party, with banners and billboards around the country...

Bank, airline web outage ‘not caused’ by cyberattack

A major online outage that hit bank and airline websites on both sides of the Pacific was not caused by a cyberattack, the tech provider responsible...

Mother of invention : Study highlights gender gap in health innovations

Harvard business professor Rem Koning studies how bias hurts innovation. But three years ago, his research hit too close to home when his wife,...

Fleeing gangs, thousands of Haitians unsure of their future

Daniella Francois sleeps each night on a small foam mattress in a gymnasium in the Haitian capital that has been converted into an emergency...

Ultraconservative cleric Raisi wins Iran presidential vote

Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was declared the winner of Iran's presidential election Saturday, a widely anticipated result after many...

The handshake after Covid — good riddance, or welcome back?

Banished at the start of the pandemic, the handshake is making something of a comeback, thanks to vaccinations and the lifting of social restrictions...

First person of color named to Canada’s top court

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday nominated the first person of color to the top court in Canada, a country in which nearly one in four...

One of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez’s killers jailed for 32 years

A Mexican judge on Thursday sentenced one of the murderers of acclaimed journalist and AFP contributor Javier Valdez to 32 years and three months...