Peru says oil spill affects at least 2 kilometers of Pacific coast, beaches

18 January 2022, 7:19 AM
At least two kilometers of Peru's central coast and two beaches were dirtied by oil spilled from a discharge ship rocked by waves caused by the eruption of a volcano in Tonga, Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez said on Monday.
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Biden imposes first sanctions over North Korea weapons programme after missile tests 13 January 2022, 1:50 AM

The Biden administration on Wednesday imposed its first sanctions over North Korea's weapons programmes following a series of North Korean missile launches, including two since last week.

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Germany’s COVID-19 cases hit daily record of more than 80 000 12 January 2022, 8:57 AM

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Germany’s SPD expects vote on general vaccine mandate in March 12 January 2022, 4:40 AM

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France says still far from reviving 2015 Iran nuclear deal 12 January 2022, 4:03 AM

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Russia to set out security demands at NATO meeting 12 January 2022, 3:22 AM

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EU condemns North Korean missile tests 12 January 2022, 1:30 AM

The European Union on Tuesday condemned the latest North Korean missile launch, a spokesperson for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Relations said in a statement, urging the country to "respond constructively" to US readiness for diplomacy.

In vaccine-shy Poland, COVID deaths top 100 000 11 January 2022, 8:58 PM

Poland's death toll from coronavirus-related conditions surpassed 100 000 on Tuesday, as vaccine hesitancy and a reluctance to abide by COVID-19 restrictions fuelled a surge in infections, officials and doctors said.

France to see a record of more than 350 000 new COVID infections Tuesday: Minister 11 January 2022, 5:03 PM

France's health ministry will announce later on Tuesday a record of more than 350,000 new COVID infections over a 24-hour period, Health Minister Olivier Veran told lawmakers. 

European Parliament chief Sassoli dies in Italian hospital 11 January 2022, 2:49 PM

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US reports 1.35 million COVID-19 cases in a day, shattering global record 11 January 2022, 12:28 PM

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US reports at least 1.1 mln COVID cases in a day, shattering global record 11 January 2022, 4:10 AM

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Japan to maintain most border restrictions until the end of February 11 January 2022, 3:49 AM

Japan will maintain the tight entry restrictions it put in place to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus until the end of February, its Prime Minister said on Tuesday, though some exceptions for humanitarian issues may be considered.

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North Korea fired what may be a ballistic missile on Tuesday, the Japanese coast guard said, the second apparent launch in less than a week after leader Kim Jong Un urged the military to make more military advances.

US CDC advises Americans to avoid travel to Canada 11 January 2022, 12:15 AM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday advised against travel to Canada because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Pope warns about dangers of ‘cancel culture’ 10 January 2022, 5:58 PM

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A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in jail on charges including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, a source familiar with the proceedings said.

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Myanmar's former leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to a further four years in jail on Monday, the latest in a string of cases brought against her since she was ousted in a February 1 military coup.

Australia’s New South Wales marks its highest COVID-19 death count 10 January 2022, 3:41 AM

Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths on Saturday as the Omicron variant sweeps the country and lawmakers face pressure to close widening supply chain gaps.

Death toll from Brazil waterfall rock face collapse rises to 10 10 January 2022, 2:01 AM

Ten people died in the dramatic collapse of a canyon rock face on top of motor boats visiting a waterfall in southeastern Brazil, rescuers said on Sunday.

No concessions: Russia takes hard line before vital talks with US 9 January 2022, 5:18 PM

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Former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who quit his post last year after corruption allegations against him, has been appointed co-chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), the non-governmental organisation said on Sunday.

Restrictions imposed in several states in India as COVID-19 cases rise 9 January 2022, 9:37 AM

India reported 159 632 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly in the country, nudging several state governments to impose fresh restrictions.

Seven dead, 3 missing after rock face collapse at Brazilian waterfall 9 January 2022, 8:02 AM

At least seven people died and nine were seriously injured when a wall of rock collapsed on top of motor boats below a waterfall in southeastern Brazil on Saturday, the fire department said.

At least 16 stranded snow-tourists die at Pakistan hill station 9 January 2022, 1:19 AM

At least 16 tourists died in freezing temperatures after being stranded in their vehicles in northern Pakistan, where thousands had flocked to enjoy the snow, officials said on Saturday.

UK’s COVID-19-related deaths surpass 150 000 8 January 2022, 8:43 PM

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Kazakhstan arrests ex-security chief as it presses crackdown on protests 8 January 2022, 4:55 PM

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