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The European Parliament is to select its new president on Tuesday following the unexpected death of previous office-holder David Sassoli, with conservative Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola tipped to replace him. The timing of the election, to be carried out by secret ballot, has nothing to do with Sassoli’s death, however. His...
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attacks on Abu Dhabi’s International Airport and the nearby Musaffah industrial area, which reportedly caused several civilian casualties. The Yemen-based Houthi rebel group, formally known as Ansar Allah has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Guterres, in a statement, said that attacks on civilians and...
Divisions in Britain’s Conservative Party over the “party gate’’ scandal and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future as a leader were bursting into the open. Some of the leaders were taking up the cudgels for the Prime Minister and others claimed his position was now untenable. A fully-fledged Tory Party civil war...
UAE police on Monday reported that three fuel tanks exploded near depots of Abu Dhabi oil company ANDOC saying that the blast may be caused by a drone hit. It said three people were killed in the blast, one Pakistani and two Indians. The police tweeted that “the fire provoked an...
Oxfam, an international charitable NGO reported that the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic helped in doubling the fortunes of the world’s ten richest people. The NGO gave the statistics ahead of the World Economic Forum’s Davos, which was from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21. It says richest men are...
Fines went into effect in Greece on Monday for people aged 60 and above who are not vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The new regulations required anyone above the cut-off age to pay a monthly fee of 100 euros (114.50 US dollars) if they have opted not to get vaccinated. The incoming...
Ukraine’s former President Petro Poroshenko landed in Kyiv on Monday to face treason charges in a case he says was trumped up by allies of his successor, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Poroshenko was being investigated for alleged treason linked to the financing of Russian-backed separatist fighters through illegal coal sales while...
North Macedonian Parliament have voted for a new coalition government, with Dimitar Kovacevski, leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), elected as the new prime minister. National media reported on Monday that on Dec. 30, 2020,North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski nominated Kovacevski as a prime minister, giving him...
German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is due to travel to Spain on Monday for talks about handling COVID-19  pandemic, in his first trip abroad of the year. Scholz is due to meet Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, for talks and lunch with the two expected to address energy prices and migration, alongside...
North Korea has again fired projectiles towards the sea, the South Korean military said on Monday. Two missiles were fired eastwards toward the sea from Sunan Airport in the capital Pyongyang on Monday, the South Korean Armed Forces General Staff said. They were believed to be short-range ballistic missiles. It was...
U.S. media on Monday reported that thousands of flights have been cancelled in the U.S. and thousands of people are without power amid a strong winter storm. The New York Times reported citing data from PowerOutage.us. that in Georgia, about 42,000 customers were without power on Sunday evening, while South...
 A grenade explosion in South Sudan has killed two children and over 30 people were injured a South Sudan, local media has reported. The incident happened at a party in Aweil West County in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Radio Tamazuj reported on Sunday. Capt. Guot Akol told Radio...
 German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, is to travel to Ukraine and Russia on Monday on inaugural visits to the two countries amid heightened tensions in the region. Baerbock is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and her counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, in Kiev on Monday. In addition to talks over...
The birth rate in China dropped to a record low of 7.52 births per 1,000 people in 2021, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. The birth rate was last this low in 1978. China has a total population of 1.41 billion people, according to the data released Monday. Births were...
Birju Maharaj, an icon of Indian classical dance and among the country’s best-known performing artists, has died in New Delhi at the age of 83. Maharaj, who was suffering from a kidney ailment, passed away early on Monday, his grandson Swaransh Mishra made this known on social media. He likely died...
Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi looks increasingly likely to run for president in elections that start later this month after Italy’s centre-right parties agreed on his candidacy. Manfred Weber, the conservative German politician, who heads the European People’s Party (EPP) group, also endorsed Berlusconi on Saturday. The pan-European EPP is composed of...
The chief spokesman of the Taliban caretaker government on Friday welcomed remarks of the UN chief calling on the United States to lift a ban on Afghan assets. “We appreciate the UN Secretary General’s call for the release of Afghan capital from the United States (U.S.),’’ spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote...