Mexico’s president tests positive for COVID-19

27 January 2021, 9:51 AM
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador first felt the onset of COVID-19 on Sunday and was tested after returning to the capital on a commercial flight from an event in central Mexico.
Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge 23 January 2021, 1:23 PM

The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over last year’s killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone attack.

Biden’s Oval Office swaps Andrew Jackson, military flags for family photos, civil rights leaders 23 January 2021, 9:51 AM

US President Joe Biden has decorated his new office with busts of civil rights and labor leaders, nods to other presidents who faced great crises, and side-by-side portraits of American founders who famously disagreed.

Biden, Canada’s Trudeau to meet next month, collaborate on vaccines, medical supplies 23 January 2021, 5:21 AM

Canada’s Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden plan to meet next month, the Prime Minister’s office said on Friday, following a call between the two leaders in which they agreed to join forces to combat coronavirus in North America.

Hong Kong locks down thousands for compulsory COVID-19 testing 23 January 2021, 4:49 AM

Hong Kong's government locked down an area of Kowloon peninsula on Saturday, saying its 10 000 residents must stay home until all of them have been tested for the new coronavirus and results largely determined.

New Brazil coronavirus variant found in nearly half of Amazon city cases 23 January 2021, 2:54 AM

A variant of the novel coronavirus already accounts for about half of new infections in the Brazilian Amazonian city of Manaus, raising concerns about a greater risk of spread, a researcher warned on Friday.

Biden wields executive power to tackle US pandemic economic crisis 23 January 2021, 12:13 AM

US President Joe Biden on Friday ordered the faster issuance of pandemic stimulus checks to needy families and increased food aid for children who normally rely on school meals, an effort to ease Americans’ burdens while Congress negotiates over his proposed $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package.

House to deliver Trump impeachment charge on Monday, rejecting Republican push for time 22 January 2021, 9:58 PM

The Democratic-controlled United States (US) House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request for a delay.

PM Trudeau sees ‘new era’ of Canada-US relations before first call with Biden 22 January 2021, 8:32 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed the common ground Canada and the United States share ahead of his first phone call with US President Joe Biden later on Friday, adding that it was the start of a "new era" for the two countries.

Dutch may soften air crew testing demands as KLM vaccine cargo threatened 22 January 2021, 7:16 PM

The Dutch government said on Friday it could soften its demands for returning air crews to carry out rapid COVID-19 tests, after airline KLM moved to cancel its long-haul operations and warned that the shutdown could affect vaccine distribution.

Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia 22 January 2021, 3:10 PM

United States (US) President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday...

VIDEO: 2021 Elections In Numbers 22 January 2021, 2:01 PM

This week we look at recent election outcomes In Numbers as more than 13 African countries prepare to vote for new leaders in 2021.

Distraught families of Sriwijaya Air victims visit Java Sea crash site 22 January 2021, 12:53 PM

Relatives of those killed in the Sriwijaya Airplane crash on January 9 wept and threw red and white petals into the ocean on Friday after an Indonesian navy vessel took them to the site in the Java Sea where their loved ones perished.

Biden seeks five-year extension of New START arms treaty with Russia 22 January 2021, 8:29 AM

US President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead of the treaty’s expiration in early February.

Biden to push US Congress for money to fight pandemic globally 22 January 2021, 1:55 AM

The United States will back a global plan to combat COVID-19 and get vaccines to poorer countries as part of a national strategy unveiled by President Joe Biden on Thursday, which includes pushing Congress for more funding for international efforts.

EU proposes ‘dark red’ COVID-19 zones with stricter travel restrictions 22 January 2021, 12:40 AM

Hotspots of COVID-19 infections in the European Union will be labelled "dark red" zones, and travellers from those areas will be required to take a test before departure and undergo quarantine, the chief of the bloc's executive said on Thursday.

Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks 21 January 2021, 11:17 PM

US President Joe Biden moved swiftly to coordinate a federal effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, his first full day in office, with steps to expand testing and vaccinations and increase mask-wearing. 

‘The nightmare is over’: Optimism in Mexico as Biden rolls back Trump’s immigration policies 21 January 2021, 10:30 PM

Dozens of asylum seekers crowded the US port of entry in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday after US President Joe Biden began his term in office by reversing many of former President Trump's hardline immigration policies.

France reports 22 848 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours 21 January 2021, 8:39 PM

The French health ministry reported 22 848 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 26 784 on Wednesday, but hospitalisations continued to rise.

Former head of Vatican bank guilty of embezzlement, money laundering 21 January 2021, 7:40 PM

A court on Thursday convicted Angelo Caloia, a former head of the Vatican bank, on charges of embezzlement and money laundering, making him the highest ranking Vatican official to be convicted of a financial crime.

First big suicide attack in Baghdad for three years kills at least 32 21 January 2021, 4:25 PM

Two men blew themselves up in a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least 32 people in Iraq’s first big suicide bombing for three years, authorities said, describing it as a possible sign of the reactivation of Islamic State.

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now 21 January 2021, 2:18 PM

President Joe Biden will sign 10 executive orders on Thursday to fight the pandemic, including directing that disaster funds be used to help reopen schools and requiring that people wear masks on planes and buses, officials said.

Biden rolls back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims 21 January 2021, 7:25 AM

US President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn in on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden White House pledges data, transparency, respect for free press 21 January 2021, 4:57 AM

President Joe Biden's press secretary held her first news conference on Wednesday, seven hours after Biden's inauguration, vowing to bring truth and transparency back to government.

Biden will leave mechanics of Trump impeachment trial to Senate – White House 21 January 2021, 4:19 AM

US President Joe Biden will leave the mechanics of how to proceed with former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial to the US Senate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

China sees rise in new COVID-19 cases despite curbs 21 January 2021, 4:01 AM

China reported a rise in new COVID-19 cases despite a flurry of recent measures to contain the latest outbreak in the northeast, with Heilongjiang province recording its biggest daily increase in new patients to date.

EU leaders convene amid vaccine delays, virus variant fears 21 January 2021, 3:19 AM

European Union leaders will on Thursday seek to address the coronavirus pandemic’s mounting challenges, from containing more infectious variants to the threat of border closures and the slow roll-out of vaccines across the bloc. 

At least three dead in central Madrid building explosion 21 January 2021, 1:50 AM

At least three people died and eleven were injured on Wednesday afternoon when a building in central Madrid was blown apart by an explosion, with four of the wounded requiring hospitalisation.

Biden takes sweeping Day One action on energy, climate, immigration 21 January 2021, 12:34 AM

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday began signing 15 executive actions addressing the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and racial inequality, and undoing some policies put in place by his predecessor Donald Trump.

Trump pardons ex-aide Bannon but not himself or family 20 January 2021, 10:05 PM

Former US President Donald Trump granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations issued in his final hours in office

How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden’s inauguration 20 January 2021, 9:20 PM

Here’s how world leaders are reacting to US President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, replacing Donald Trump.