24 May 2021 News

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Former ambassador of Chad to US indicted for soliciting a bribe

Chad's former ambassador to the United States and his ex-deputy have been indicted for allegedly accepting a $2 million bribe from a Canadian...

Fake news on the rise ahead of Mexico elections

Fake news is multiplying on social networks in Mexico during an election campaign marked by increased political polarization, insults and attacks...

New peace commissioner for Colombia as clashes continue

Colombia's president on Monday appointed a new high commissioner for peace after the last resigned amid anti-government protests that have claimed...

Lasso inaugurated as first right-wing Ecuador president in 14 years

Conservative Guillermo Lasso assumed the presidency of Ecuador on Monday, becoming the country's first right-wing leader in 14 years.

Israel-Palestinian tensions simmer as US envoy embarks to ‘solidify’ ceasefire

Israeli forces shot dead a knife attacker in Jerusalem Monday, police said, as Washington's top diplomat departed for a Middle East trip aimed...

Afghan forces clash with Taliban near capital

Afghan forces clashed with Taliban fighters in a provincial capital about 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Kabul, officials and witnesses said,...

US journalist detained in Myanmar

An American editor of a Myanmar-based news outlet was detained by authorities in Yangon Monday as he attempted to board a flight out of the coup-hit...

UN chief declares ‘war’ on Covid as India toll tops 300,000 dead

The UN on Monday declared the world "at war" against Covid-19, as India's death toll passed 300,000 and Japan opened its first mass vaccination...

Iran, UN nuclear monitor extend inspection deal for a month

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran on Monday said an agreement to monitor Tehran's activities would be extended by a month until June 24, as world...

Deadly Italy cable car crash probed as child fights for life

Investigators were on Monday probing the causes of a horrific cable car crash in the Italian mountains that left 14 people dead and a five-year-old...

Blinken leaves Monday for Mideast trip to solidify ceasefire

The United States' Secretary of State Antony Blinken departs Monday for a Middle East trip aimed at consolidating the ceasefire that brought...

Afghan forces, Taliban clash near capital

Afghan forces clashed with Taliban fighters in a provincial capital about 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Kabul, officials and witnesses said,...

Roman Protasevich : From teen activist to regime bugbear

Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich, who was detained in Belarus after the Ryanair flight he was on was diverted and forced to land on Sunday,...

Mass evacuations as second cyclone in a week forms off India

Indian authorities on Monday ordered the evacuation of nearly half a million people out of the path of a new cyclone heading towards the east...

Gaza violence and unrest at home raise spectre of new Israel election

Israel's battle with Gaza militants and unprecedented inter-communal violence at home have further complicated efforts to form a government,...

EU cuts air links with Belarus over forced plane landing

EU leaders cut Europe's air links with Belarus on Monday, as strongman Alexander Lukashenko's regime paraded a dissident journalist arrested...

Countries mull WHO reform and how to rebuild post-Covid world

Vaccine sharing, strengthening the WHO and adopting a pandemic treaty were among proposals from world leaders Monday on how to halt the Covid-19...

India Covid-19 deaths cross 300,000 as Japan ramps up vaccinations

India's Covid-19 death toll topped 300,000 on Monday as it tried to contain its huge outbreak, while Japan opened its first mass vaccination...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi defiant in first comments since coup

Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi voiced defiance on Monday as she made her first court appearance since the military detained her in a...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi defiant in first comments since coup

Detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her ousted party would "exist as long as the people exist" during her first in-person court appearance...

‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ video fetches $760,000 at NFT auction

Another classic piece of internet culture has been auctioned off for a six-figure sum, the latest viral sensation from the 2000s to be eagerly...

Afghan war displaced settle in the ruins of a lost city

Once the winter residence of sultans from illustrious Islamic dynasties, the ruins of a thousand-year-old royal city in southern Afghanistan...

Japan premium melons go for $24,800 after virus slump

In what might be the unlikeliest indicator of a post-pandemic recovery, a pair of premium Japanese melons have sold for $24,800 at auction, over...

Covid shadow hangs over WHO international meet

Calls for World Health Organization reform and steps to avert future pandemics feature high on the agenda as the UN agency kicks off its annual...

India passes 300,000 Covid-19 deaths as ‘black fungus’ spreads

India passed 300,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Monday, fatalities remaining high despite the country flattening out the number of new cases...

Japan opens mass vaccination centres ahead of Olympics

Japan opened its first mass vaccination centres on Monday in a bid to speed up a cautious Covid-19 inoculation programme with just two months...

Taiwan blames China for latest WHO meeting snub

Taiwan hit out at China on Monday over its continued exclusion from a crucial annual gathering of World Health Organization members which starts...

China probes deaths of 21 runners after freak weather hits ultramarathon

An investigation was underway Monday into the deaths of 21 runners during a mountain ultramarathon in northwest China, as harrowing testimony...

Family, supporters march in US ahead of anniversary of George Floyd death

Supporters and relatives of George Floyd marched Sunday ahead of the first anniversary of his murder by a white policeman, a killing that prompted...

Syria’s predictable polls : A pledge of ‘allegiance’ to Assad

President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for over half a century, faces an election Wednesday meant to cement his image as the...

Killings in Iraq spark calls for election boycott

A wave of deadly attacks on pro-democracy activists and journalists in Iraq have sparked mounting calls to boycott October parliamentary elections,...

Japan’s strict gun laws trigger problems for Olympic shooting

Some of the world's toughest gun-control laws are posing unusual problems at the Tokyo Olympics, from the coach who can't touch a firearm to...

Future sours for Hong Kong’s brazen Apple Daily tabloid

A shadow of fear hangs over Hong Kong's outspoken and staunchly pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper, with its billionaire owner Jimmy Lai now...

Samoa in crisis as PM-elect sworn in

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa was sworn in as Samoa's first woman prime minister at an extraordinary makeshift tent ceremony Monday, after the islands'...

Italian Eurovision winner to take drug test

The singer for Italy's Eurovision Song Contest winning rockers Maneskin will take a voluntary drug test after denying speculation that he was...

Police and soldiers killed in eastern Myanmar amid heavy fighting

Dozens of Myanmar security force members were killed Sunday, rebel fighters said, after heavy fighting in the coup-hit country's eastern fringe.

Study shows dogs can detect Covid-positive arrivals

Dogs can be trained to detect more than 90 percent of Covid-19 infections even when patients are asymptomatic, according to research published...