21 June 2021 News

Diplomacy, United States, China, Conflict, Russia were the most important topics in the news of the Monday 21 June 2021, but also: Nuclear, Germany, Military, Iran, The European Union.

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News from 21/06/2021

Judge dismisses bid to lock up Peru presidential hopeful Fujimori

A Peruvian judge on Monday dismissed a prosecutor's request for the detention of corruption-accused presidential hopeful Keiko Fujimori while...

Covid eases but US won’t join EU in opening borders

As the Covid pandemic recedes dramatically in the West, Europe is opening its doors to Americans -- but the reverse is not holding true, with...

Sweden’s political survivor Lofven finally stumbles

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has weathered the decline of social democracy in Europe, the rise of the far right and even the Covid-19 pandemic,...

German conservatives unveil post-Merkel plan

Germany's conservatives on Monday promised no tax hikes, pragmatic action on climate change and a tough stance on Russia and China as they unveiled...

Woman who killed rapist husband goes on trial in France

A French woman went on trial on Monday for killing the man who raped her for years as her stepfather before becoming her husband and pimp.

Germany arrests Russian scientist for spying for Moscow

German police have arrested a Russian scientist working at a German university, accusing him of spying for Moscow, prosecutors said on Monday,...

Iran’s Raisi calls for effective nuclear talks, rules out Biden meet

Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday he will not allow nuclear negotiations for the sake of negotiations, in his first news conference...

Indonesia hits 2 million virus cases as crisis deepens

Indonesia passed two million coronavirus cases Monday as infection rates soar and hospitals are flooded with new patients, prompting warnings...

West piles sanctions on Belarus after plane diversion

The EU, US, Britain and Canada ratcheted up pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday by imposing coordinated sanctions after...

UN warns of worst ‘cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes’

The UN rights chief on Monday called for concerted action to recover from the worst global deterioration of rights she had seen, highlighting...

Armenia PM wins majority in polls despite anger over war

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday scored a decisive victory in snap parliamentary elections, bolstering his rule after months...

Israel says top diplomat to visit UAE in first official trip

Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will visit the United Arab Emirates, in the first official ministerial visit since the two nations agreed...

Setbacks for Le Pen, Macron parties in French regional vote

France's far-right led by Marine Le Pen insisted Monday it could recover from a disappointing first round of regional polls marked by a strong...

Hong Kong pro-democracy paper Apple Daily to decide closure on Friday

Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily said Monday its board will decide whether to close the publication at their next meeting on Friday...

Fifth presidential hopeful arrested in Nicaragua

A fifth would-be candidate for the Nicaraguan presidency was detained Sunday, police said, part of a mounting crackdown by President Daniel Ortega...

Ethiopia votes, despite conflict and crisis in the north

Ethiopia voted Monday in an election billed as the most democratic yet in Africa's second-most populous country, but taking place as famine blights...

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant shut down for apparent maintenance

Iran's only nuclear power plant has been temporarily shut down as authorities on Monday gave conflicting reports on an apparent regular maintenance...

Bitcoin dives as China widens crackdown on crypto mining

Bitcoin tumbled more than 10 per cent Monday after China broadened a crackdown on its massive cryptocurrency mining industry with a ban on mines...

Free Covid vaccines for all Indian adults as Modi hails yoga ‘shield’

India opened up free vaccinations to all adults in an attempt to bolster its inoculation drive on Monday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked...

US envoy offers to meet North Korea ‘anywhere anytime’

The US special representative for North Korea on Monday offered to meet with Pyongyang "anywhere, anytime, without preconditions", with no public...

Up to 10,000 fans allowed at Tokyo Olympics events : organisers

Up to 10,000 fans will be allowed at Tokyo Olympic events, organisers said Monday, warning competition could move behind closed doors if infections...

Israel’s Bedouin sceptical of new government promises

From her tin-roof home in the sweltering Negev desert, Umm Jawad Abu Qwaider offers her bleak assessment of the first Arab party to back an Israeli...

Hong Kong pro-democracy paper unable to pay staff after asset freeze : aide

Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper warned Monday it is unable to pay staff and is at imminent risk of closure after the government...

Spain to pardon jailed Catalan separatists

Spain will pardon the jailed Catalan separatists behind a failed 2017 independence bid, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday, in a move that...

Swedish govt toppled in no-confidence vote

Sweden's government was toppled on Monday after Stefan Lofven became the country's first prime minister to lose a no-confidence vote, meaning...

German conservatives to unveil post-Merkel plan

German conservatives will unveil Monday a plan to win voters in a future without Angela Merkel, as chancellor candidate Armin Laschet looks to...

‘The Serpent’ still haunting lives four decades on

Nearly half a century after he sowed fear along the 1970s "hippie trail", French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, the "Serpent" of the hit TV drama...

US Navy tests warship’s metal with megablast

The US Navy has started a series of tests on its newest and most advanced aircraft carrier by detonating powerful explosions to determine whether...

Ethiopians vote in poll overshadowed by Tigray

Voters in Ethiopia cast ballots Monday in a delayed national election taking place against the backdrop of war and famine in the northern Tigray...

Saudi talks up strength after US cuts military assets

A downsizing of US military assets in Saudi Arabia will not affect its defence capabilities, the Riyadh-led coalition said Sunday, after it intercepted...

Myanmar junta leader arrives in Moscow for security conference

Myanmar's junta chief arrived in Moscow on Sunday to attend a security conference, marking only his second known trip abroad since he seized...