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Papua New Guinea's first prime minister Michael Somare dies

On February 26, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Somare, known as the "father of the nation," died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was instrumental in establishing the island nation's independence from Australia.

BTS: K-pop boy band racism storm hits German radio station

On February 26, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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A Bavarian radio station is at the center of an internet storm after a presenter upset fans of K-pop boy band BTS. The host was quickly accused of racism after comparing the band to the coronavirus.

Joe Biden talks to Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report release

On February 26, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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US President Joe Biden has spoken with Saudi Arabia's King Salman, but there was apparently no mention of the upcoming publication of a sensitive US intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

India targets Twitter, WhatsApp with new regulatory rules

On February 26, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Under the new rules, companies will have to remove content within a certain timeframe and disclose the source of "mischievous tweets or messages."

US carries out airstrikes on Iran-backed militia in Syria

On February 26, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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US President Joe Biden ordered the strike in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on US military and diplomatic sites in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

Lady Gaga's dogs kidnapped, dog walker in critical condition

On February 25, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs were stolen during an armed robbery in Hollywood. The singer has offered a reward of $500,000 for the return of her two pups.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Too little aid for distraught citizens

On February 25, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Categories: World

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Months after the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region erupted, there is hardly any relief for those caught up in it. Tens of thousands are on the run and sexual violence is on the rise, Amnesty International says.

EU coronavirus summit: Vaccine certificates expected by summer

On February 25, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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European Union leaders have met virtually to hash out coronavirus issues. Progress was promised on vaccines, though questions remain over border closings and travel.

Brazil's Serrana aims for COVID herd immunity first

On February 25, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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A Brazilian city of 45,000 has launched a major coronavirus vaccination drive. Health experts hope herd immunity could be achieved by May.

Coronavirus: AstraZeneca admits huge vaccine shortfall for EU

On February 25, 2021Source: Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
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The delivery shortfall is contributing to the bloc's slow vaccine rollout, lagging behind countries such as the UK and Israel. But another vaccine maker could get EU approval soon.
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The murder of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 still overshadows US-Saudi relations. [...]

John Geddert, who headed the 2012 US women's gymnastics team, took his own life, officials say. [...]

Eritrean troops killed hundreds in Aksum in Ethiopia's Tigray region, witnesses tell Amnesty and the BBC. [...]

The disappearance of Melissa Caddick - who is accused of stealing from investors - has flummoxed police. [...]

The diplomats had no choice as Pyongyang has banned trains from leaving as part of Covid measures. [...]

- Edmund DeMarche
Russian diplomats exit North Korea by hand-pushed trolley

The Russian Foreign Ministry posted images on its Twitter account that showed diplomats from the country and family leaving North Korea on a hand-pushed trolley due to Pyongyang’s COVID-19 travel… [...]

- Edmund DeMarche
Italian mafia employs new strategies during COVID-19 lockdown: report

Italy's mafia reportedly provided stimulus for some struggling small businesses in the country and there is concern that these establishments will become beholden to these mobsters.  [...]

- Paul Best
Biden admin says no 'final decision' on boycotting Beijing Olympics as momentum grows in Congress

White House press secretary Jen Psaki left the door open to a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as pressure grows in Congress to punish China over its… [...]

- Amy Kellogg
Russia's investigative journalists take spotlight with stunning findings on Putin, Navalny poisoning

The editor of Proekt says corruption has continued despite the more public findings of independent reporters. [...]

- Daniella Genovese
Grandma chases down, tackles thief who stole her purse

A security camera captured an elderly woman chasing down a man who allegedly nabbed her purse at a pub in Australia. [...]

- FRANCE 24
US carries out air strikes targeting ‘Iranian-backed’ militias in Syria

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket… [...]

- Leela JACINTO
Under Joe Biden, US cools relations with Saudi crown prince

US President Joe Biden’s decision to deliver on his promise to release a CIA report on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi comes as no surprise to foreign policy… [...]

- NEWS WIRES
Biden, King Salman reaffirm US-Saudi ties in long-delayed first call

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday told Saudi King Salman he would work for bilateral ties “as strong and transparent as possible,” the White House said, ahead of the expected… [...]

- FRANCE 24
UK variant accounts for 'about half' of France's Covid-19 cases, PM says

The more contagious British variant "now accounts for about half of people infected with Covid-19 in France", Prime Minister Jean Castex said during a press conference on Thursday. The same variant… [...]

- NEWS WIRES
EU leaders vow to speed up vaccine production at Covid-19 summit

European Union leaders sought to inject new energy and a fresh sense of unity into the bloc’s lagging coronavirus vaccination efforts Thursday as concern mounts that new variants might spread… [...]

His rescue at a London protest inspired Michelle Obama and Prince Harry. Now, Patrick Hutchinson is turning his moment into a movement

It was a moment caught on camera -- a heroic act that thrust Patrick Hutchinson, a London father and grandfather, into the limelight. [...]

Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang

The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country. [...]

More than a dozen slum residents in an Indian city say they thought they were being vaccinated. They were part of clinical trials

The white van arrived in slum areas of Bhopal, a city in central India, blasting a message over the speaker system that seemed too good to refuse: "Come and take… [...]

See mesmerizing footage of Mount Etna spewing lava

Italy's Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has had spurts of activity recently, spewing fountains of lava and ash into the air. [...]

The worldwide web as we know it may be ending

Over the last year, the worldwide web has started to look less worldwide. [...]

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand, and a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has launched a new series… [...]

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand and a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has just launched a new line of Yagi… [...]

HONG KONG and LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifestyle brand, CASETiFY, is once again teaming up with global superstars, BTS, to create a special tech accessory collection. Launching… [...]

CRYPTON FUTURE MEDIA PARTNERS WITH GRAPHIC INDIA & CARLIN WEST AGENCY FOR AN ANIMATED TV SERIES BASED ON THE IMMENSELY POPULAR MUSIC ICON LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In... [...]

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Voneco's Nanovon™️, a scientifically-substantiated self disinfectant nano-coating hosted a strategic presentation to the Russian, Qatari, & Central Asian ambassadors in Malaysia. [...]

Almost two months after their launch, the vaccination campaigns in Europe are still making slower progress than many would like. Deliveries of the jointly procured vaccines to EU member states… [...]

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‘I want to fight Fedor’: Roy Jones Jr wants exhibition with Russian MMA legend Emelianenko

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. has declared his interest in fighting one of either Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko or ex-UFC champion Anderson Silva in an exhibition match, and says… [...]

- RT
McConnell says he’d ‘absolutely’ back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee, as poll shows 46% of Republicans would ditch party for ex-POTUS

Senator Mitch McConnell said he would “absolutely” support Donald Trump as his party’s next presidential pick, taking a more friendly tone after a recent poll found nearly half of the… [...]

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'The war machine is back’: Biden reminded of previous criticism on Trump’s ‘escalation’ in Syria after he orders fresh strike

President Joe Biden has drawn praise from hawks and accusations of hypocrisy from critics after he authorized a reprisal airstrike on Syria, claiming that by bombing “Iran-backed militia” infrastructure he… [...]

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Amazon-owned Twitch removes anti-union ads pushed by parent company after media and users complain

Ads urging workers in Alabama not to unionize “shouldn’t have been allowed,” the streaming platform Twitch said, bucking its parent company Amazon after a pro-union outlet published a story complaining… [...]

- RT
'Stunning and brave?' Oreo Cookie called out for marketing ploy after tweeting 'Trans people EXIST'

Oreo Cookie may have been trying to signal a boldly virtuous statement for social justice by proclaiming that “Trans people exist,” but while the message struck a chord with some,… [...]

In WWII Soviet Forces Lost Estimated 7.5 Million to Combat, Accidents and Disease

by Marko Marjanović () Note: With the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War just around the corner we are publishing more material related to that… [...]

Amazing Medieval Architecture of Pereslavl-Zalessky - 3 Hr Drive from Moscow

by Professor William Brumfield () William Brumfield (Wikipedia) is a genuine treasure in the field of Russian studies. He is the world's leading expert on northern Russian architecture, and has… [...]

Free Speech Haters Attack Russia Insider, Demand 'Strict' Disqus Comments Censorship - Not Gonna Happen!

by Charles Bausman () Charles Bausman is the Editor of Russia Insider. Follow him on ..., well actually don't bother, he stopped posting on Twitter and Facebook because they censor his… [...]

The 4 Industry Sectors as Evil as the Military-Industrial Complex - We Should Have Listened to Ike

by Kevin Paul (Zerohedge) Many Trump supporters, and even some on the left, like to talk about the “Deep State” secretly having complete control of our government, thus rendering our… [...]

In Small-Town Torzhok, the Memory of a Lifetime

by Max Shelton (War On the Rocks) When I first heard of “Torzhok,” I assumed it was some sort of primitive mauling weapon. It turns out it’s actually a small… [...]

- Pranav Dixit
India Has Its Own Alternative To Twitter. It's Filled With Hate.

Embraced by India's right-wing government, Koo has given a platform to anti-Muslim hostility.View Entire Post › [...]

- Jason Leopold
A New Survey Of The Financial Industry Shows Significant Support For The FinCEN Files Investigation

Some in the financial industry warned the unprecedented reporting project would have a chilling effect. Now, many say it could improve the system.View Entire Post › [...]

- Pranav Dixit
Twitter Says It Won’t Block Journalists, Activists, And Politicians In India To Protect Free Speech

Defying the Indian government could put Twitter officials in jail. But not doing so would mean enabling a crackdown against free speech.View Entire Post › [...]

- John Templon
Secret Documents Show How Terrorist Supporters Use Bitcoin — And How The Government Is Scrambling To Stop Them

After a decade of concerns, the US government is pushing for stronger regulation.View Entire Post › [...]

- Pranav Dixit
“The Tweets Must Continue To Flow,” Twitter Says Amid Standoff With India

The government has reportedly ordered the company to take down access to nearly 1,200 additional accounts.View Entire Post › [...]

- Julian Borger and Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington
Joe Biden speaks to Saudi Arabia's King Salman before release of Khashoggi murder report

White House says president ‘affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law’Joe Biden has spoken with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for the… [...]

- Guardian staff and agency
US carried out airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in Syria

Operation, which was approved by Joe Biden, comes after a series of attacks against US targets in IraqThe United States has carried out airstrikes in Syria targeting facilities near the… [...]

- Daniel Boffey in Brussels
Ursula von der Leyen issues Covid vaccine export warning at EU summit

Commission head reassures leaders she will ban vaccines leaving EU if suppliers fail to deliver againCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUrsula von der Leyen has reassured EU leaders… [...]

- Reuters
'This is historic': Malaysian man wins appeal against Islamic gay sex charge

Unanimous decision by highest court hailed a step towards acceptance of LGBT+ peopleA Malaysian man has won a landmark court challenge against an Islamic ban on sex “against the order… [...]

- Guardian staff and agency
Lawyer for Britney Spears' father responds to fans over conservatorship

Father Jamie Spears ‘saved Britney’s life’ says lawyer in response to the #FreeBritney movement that has advocated for the pop starFans of Britney Spears who believe her father should be… [...]

- By Ishaan Tharoor
The end of Cold War thinking

On the 75th anniversary of a defining Cold War moment, does the U.S. need to devise a strategy of "containment" for China? [...]

- By Erin Cunningham, Paul Schemm and Derek Hawkins
Live updates: Costco to raise its minimum wage to $16, joining others in boosting pay during pandemic

A new vaccine is expected to hit the market soon, while drugmakers are retooling the existing ones to combat the emerging, more virulent variants of the virus. [...]

- By Adam Taylor
Massacre by Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region may constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty says

Eritrean troops “went on a rampage and systematically killed hundreds of civilians in cold blood." [...]

- By Miriam Berger
What to know about Jamal Khashoggi as the U.S. prepares to release intelligence report on his killing

A U.S. intelligence report is expected to implicate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the 2018 killing of the Washington Post contributing columnist. [...]

- By Jennifer Hassan
Sailor who fell overboard clung to ‘sea rubbish’ for 16 hours and survived

The man decided to leave the item where he’d found it, just in case it could save “another person’s life.” [...]

The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note briefly crossed the 1.6% level on Thursday to trade at its highest level in more than a year. [...]

India's micro, small and medium businesses contribute about 30% to the nominal GDP and the sector is the second-largest employer, according to the RBI. [...]

In recent years, Asia-Pacific countries have signed two mega trade agreements — the CPTPP and RCEP — that exclude the U.S. [...]

Fear of inflation is causing investors to speculate the Fed may have to shift policy sooner than expected. [...]

Pressure is growing from activists and GOP politicians who want the U.S. to bow out of the games in protest of China's human rights record and other conduct. [...]

Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea's 1st prime minister, dies

Michael Somare, a pivotal figure in Papua New Guinea’s independence and the South Pacific island nation’s first prime minister, has died [...]

AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival draws crowds of bathers to rivers

Millions of people have joined a 45-day Hindu bathing festival in the northern Indian city of Prayagraj, where devotees take a dip at Sangam, the sacred confluence of several rivers.… [...]

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 19-25, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP… [...]

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost… [...]

Russia: The Architect of Putin's Purported Palace Comments on Alexei Navalny's Film

Lanfranco Cirillo designed the ostentatious palace that Alexei Navalny claims belongs to Russia’s president. "We used fantastic materials, I was proud of my work," the architect says when contacted by… [...]

AstraZeneca: The Coronavirus Vaccine that Nobody Wants

Reports that the AstraZeneca vaccine is less effective that the ones from BioNTech and Moderna have fueled widespread reservations. Leading German health experts say they have faith in the company's… [...]

A New Prime Minister in Rome: Can Mario Draghi Turn Italy Around?

Italy was facing a huge number of problems – and then was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As Mario Draghi takes over as prime minister, he has set himself… [...]

The Hanau Protocols: Aftermath of a Deadly Racist Attack

On Feb. 19, 2020, a right-wing extremist murdered nine young people in Hanau. Because the gunman shot himself, there will be no trial. But those left behind have questions for… [...]

The Third Wave: Coronavirus Mutants Are Spreading Fast

The coronavirus mutants are spreading at breakneck speed in Germany. They have left puzzled researchers asking what makes them so highly infectious? And why are they infecting so many young… [...]

Donald Trump Jr. Fumes Over 'Liberal Privilege' as Bruce Springsteen’s DWI Charges Dropped

Earlier, rock icon Bruce Springsteen was arrested and given three citations for driving under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area. [...]

Danish PM: COVID is Part of 'New Reality', Vaccinations Will be Needed 'Over and Over Again'

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has urged his fellow EU countries to build more vaccine factories that can provide citizens with vaccines, as she warned that the coronavirus is here… [...]

Trump Donor May Shed Light on Hillary's Pay-to-Play Plot, but DoJ Appears Uninterested, Analyst Says

On 18 February 2021, Imaad Zuberi, a Pakistani-American venture capitalist and political fundraiser, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign… [...]

Japan’s Toyota Delays Launch of Plant in Myanmar Over Recent Coup, Reports Say

TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Japanese car manufacturer of Toyota has delayed the opening ceremony and the launch of a new plant in Myanmar over the recent military coup in the… [...]

Poll Suggests Majority of Republicans Say Last US Presidential Election Was Invalid

The last US presidential race saw an all-time record of people participating in elections (over 159.6 million Americans) while the outcome appeared to be one of the most controversial, as… [...]

- Karl Vick
Islamist Terrorism Is Not Done With Us, Warns Former al Qaeda Hostage Theo Padnos

Remember ISIS? How about al Qaeda? It was not long ago (on the calendar, at least) that either name could summon, if not profound discomfort, at least a hint of… [...]

- Vivienne Walt
How a Belarusian Teacher and Stay-at-Home Mom Came to Lead a National Revolt

On a hot summer day last August, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was pacing up and down her empty apartment in Minsk, the capital of Belarus in Central Europe, her life—and her country—in… [...]

- Suyin Haynes
Olympic Champion Caster Semenya Is Taking Her Fight to Compete to the European Court of Human Rights

"All we ask is to be allowed to run free, for once and for all" [...]

- CARLEY PETESCH and LORI HINNANT / AP
Amid the Pandemic, Medical Oxygen Is in Critically Short Supply in Africa and Latin America

Doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths from COVID-19 [...]

- EDITH M. LEDERER / AP
Yemen Faces the Worst Famine the World Has Seen in Decades, the U.N. Warns

Millions are going without food, says the U.N.'s humanitarian chief [...]

Authorities say that all those connected to the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have now been arrested. [...]

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said after a virtual meeting of EU leaders that vaccination certificates could be ready to use in three months time. [...]

"How is it possible that you have no clue?" said Finnish MEP Silvia Modig, who called Soriot a "piece of soap" over his alleged conflicting statements in recent weeks. [...]

The announcement comes as the French capital was placed under increased surveillance due to deteriorating coronavirus indicators, along with more than a dozen other French regions. [...]

Activists say Hungary's government is changing the law to make it easier for private and state-run development on the shores of some of Europe's most unique freshwater habitats. [...]

Russian diplomats leave North Korea by pushing themselves over border on rail trolley

A group of Russian diplomats and family members used a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea this week, after Pyongyang’s strict anti-coronavirus measures resulted in most forms of passenger… [...]

China GDP: economy could grow 8-9 per cent this year from low 2020 base, central bank adviser says

China’s gross domestic product (GDP) could expand by 8 to 9 per cent in 2021 as it continues to rebound from the coronavirus, pandemic, Liu Shijin, a policy adviser to… [...]

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sent to prison outside Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sent to a prison outside Moscow to serve his sentence, his lawyer said on Thursday, a move that comes despite a demand by… [...]

Japan’s territorial disputes: China, South Korea, Russia and more

Japan is in disputes with all its immediate neighbours over territory, with those competing claims largely dating back to its imperial past of a century ago.Tokyo insists that it has… [...]

South Korea starts coronavirus vaccination campaign

South Korea launched its Covid-19 inoculation campaign on Friday, with shots to be administered in some 200 nursing homes, in an effort that officials call the first step in returning… [...]

News24.com | British law professor under fire over 'Islamophobic' statements

A British university professor has come under mounting criticism over what students described as his "Islamophobic" remarks and taught content. [...]

News24.com | Clashes in Yangon as tensions rise over Myanmar coup

Junta supporters wielding knives and slingshots have clashed with residents in Myanmar, as tensions rise after weeks of nationwide protests against the military coup. [...]

Businessinsider.co.za | The latest problem for the Tokyo Olympics is the temperature. It could be the hottest on record

Temperatures at the Tokyo Olympics this summer are expected to rise to cautionary levels. What countermeasures are being taken to protect athletes? [...]

Businessinsider.co.za | Variant identified in California is more infectious, more deadly, and cases are doubling every 18 days

"The devil is already here," the study lead said - but experts are split on how much of a threat the variant, found across the US and abroad, poses. [...]

News24.com | Covid-19: Gorilla, two lions test positive for virus at Prague zoo

A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country. [...]

Facebook signs deals to pay 3 Australian news publishers

Facebook said letters of intent had been signed with independent news organizations Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media. [...]

U.S. launches airstrikes in Syria, targeting facilities used by Iran-backed militia

The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded multiple troops. [...]

U.S. secretary of state to virtually meet with Trudeau, Mexico on Friday

The visit follows up on Justin Trudeau's own virtual summit this week with U.S. President Joe Biden. [...]

‘Didn’t hurt at all’: Queen Elizabeth says COVID-19 vaccine was quick and painless

"And the jab – it didn’t hurt at all," Queen Elizabeth said in remarks released by Buckingham Palace. [...]

AstraZeneca backtracks, says it will meet EU supply for Q2 after reporting shortfall

However, EU officials remained wary about supply. [...]

US to launch massive effort to educate Americans about COVID-19 vaccines, says Biden

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden said on Thursday (Feb 25) his administration plans to launch a campaign to educate Americans about COVID-19 vaccines in anticipation of a period later this year… [...]

UK Supreme Court to rule on return of 'Islamic State bride' Shamima Begum

Britain's highest court will rule Friday whether Shamima Begum, a woman stripped of her UK citizenship for joining the Islamic State group in Syria, can return to challenge the decision. [...]

Berlin activists show manspreaders who wears the trousers

BERLIN: A man lounges across two seats on a crowded Berlin train, oblivious to his surroundings - until the two women opposite him suddenly spread their legs, revealing a message on… [...]

2 self-made South Korean billionaires promise to give half their wealth away

SEOUL: Two self-made South Korean billionaires have pledged in as many weeks to give away half their fortunes - a rarity in a country where business is dominated by family-controlled… [...]

Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments

Myanmar police launched a crackdown overnight in a Yangon district after breaking up a protest to oppose a military appointed local official, as the World Bank halted payments to projects… [...]