Spread in COVID-19 Delta variant forces Britain to delay laxing restrictions

14 June 2021, 6:52 AM
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce today that the end of COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed following concern about the rapid rise of infections of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Sacked for being pregnant, Hong Kong maids called ‘dogs’, left homeless 8 November 2017, 6:06 PM

As soon as Indonesian domestic worker Anisa discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her heart sank. Having worked for 13 years in Hong Kong, she was terrified that her employer would fire her, jeopardising her future and that of her unborn child. For without a prized work contract, Anisa would be homeless, since […]

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia 8 November 2017, 11:49 AM

An American Democrat made history on Tuesday by becoming Virginia's and possibly the nation's first openly transgender state delegate, winning her bid for a seat in the legislature.

Trump warns ‘rogue regime’ N.Korea of grave danger 8 November 2017, 7:40 AM

US President Donald Trump issueda stark warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, telling him that the nuclear weapons he is developing "are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger".

Family strife, threats preceded Texas church massacre 7 November 2017, 8:44 AM

A former US service man who shot 26 worshipers to death during Sunday prayers in Texas was embroiled in a domestic dispute with his in-laws and had sent threatening text messages to his wife's mother before the massacre, officials said Monday.

Investigators seek to establish motive for Texas shooting 6 November 2017, 9:39 PM

Investigators in the United States are scouring the background of the deceased gunman who opened fire inside a church in Texas killing 26 people and injuring 20 more.

Fuel shortage grips Sri Lanka 6 November 2017, 3:26 PM

A Sri Lankan minister was forced Monday to apologise for a fuel shortage that has seen long queues form at gas stations and forced many commuters to leave their cars at home.

26 worshipers killed in largest mass shooting in US 6 November 2017, 6:00 AM

A gunman dressed in black tactical gear massacred at least 26 worshipers and wounded 20 others at a white-steepled church in Texas on Sunday, carrying out the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States. The lone suspect, also wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a Ruger assault rifle, fired […]

260 detained at Moscow anti-Putin protest: police 5 November 2017, 3:07 PM

Russian police said they detained 263 activists gathering in central Moscow on Sunday for an unauthorised protest against President Vladimir Putin.

Trump lands in Japan, says U.S. and allies are prepared to defend freedom 5 November 2017, 8:17 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that “no dictator” should underestimate U.S. resolve. Trump kicked off a 12-day Asian trip and is looking to present a united front […]

Motlanthe praises Castro for development of communism in Cuba 4 November 2017, 9:17 PM

Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has praised Fidel Castro for his contribution to the development of communism in Cuba and around the world.

Lebanon PM resigns, says fears for his life 4 November 2017, 3:38 PM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader 4 November 2017, 6:35 AM

Spain on Friday issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who went to Brussels after his government was sacked following a declaration of independence.

Palestinians labelled as hateful 3 November 2017, 5:58 AM

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations has labelled an event reflecting on the centenary of the issuance of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 as another example of hateful Palestinian incitement and their refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish State.

Trump calls for death penalty for terror suspect 2 November 2017, 8:07 PM

United States President Donald Trump continues to advocate for the death penalty for the man accused of killing 8 people and injuring 12 more in an act of terror in New York City earlier this week.

Man charged in NY attack said he ‘felt good’ about what he did 2 November 2017, 7:13 AM

An Uzbek immigrant accused of plowing a truck down a New York City bike path, killing eight people, told investigators he had been inspired by watching Islamic State videos and began planning the attack a year ago, according to a criminal complaint filed against him on Wednesday.

US votes against ending embargo on Cuba 1 November 2017, 9:43 PM

The United States has again reverted to its previous position of voting against a United Nations General Assembly resolution on the necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba.

Eight killed in New York terror attack 1 November 2017, 6:06 AM

At least eight people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in New York in what officials are calling a terror attack.

Belgian police detains four over foiled attack on high-speed train 30 October 2017, 2:39 PM

Belgian police detained four people over a foiled attack in 2015 on a high-speed train linking Brussels and Paris, federal prosecutors said on Monday. In August 2015 a machinegun-toting attacker wounded three people on a high-speed train before being overpowered by passengers, one in a series of militant attacks that has rocked Belgium and France over […]

Clean cooking push suffers from “shocking” lack of funding 18 September 2017, 7:12 AM

Funding to boost the numbers of people with access to electric power and clean cooking is too low to meet the global goal for everyone to have modern, reliable and affordable energy by 2030.

Clean cooking push suffers from “shocking” lack of funding 18 September 2017, 7:12 AM

Funding to boost the numbers of people with access to electric power and clean cooking is too low to meet the global goal for everyone to have modern, reliable and affordable energy by 2030, international organisations said on Monday. Just over 3 billion people still use traditional, solid fuels like firewood and dung to cook, […]

UNFPA head Babatunde Osotimehin, champion of girls and women, dies 5 June 2017, 6:17 PM

The head of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, a champion for girls' and women's health, has died suddenly at his home, the UNFPA said on Monday.

Peace returns to Cote d’Ivoire, says UN 2 June 2017, 9:05 PM

Peace is back in the country and the state is everywhere. That was the assessment of Cote d’Ivoire by the head of the UN’s 13-year peacekeeping mission.

Dozens detained in Kazakhstan at anti-China protests 20 September 0001, 2:00 AM

Police detained dozens in Kazakhstan’s two largest cities on Saturday as they took part in the latest protest against China’s influence in the Central Asian republic.