Tributes continue to pour in for Colin Powell

18 October 2021, 8:02 PM
Tributes are continuing to pour in for former Republican US Secretary of State Colin Powell who died of COVID-19 related complications
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Polish court ruling plunges EU into new crisis, EU ministers say 8 October 2021, 12:26 PM

A Polish court ruling challenging the supremacy of EU law has plunged the European Union into an existential crisis and raises the possibility of Poland leaving the 27-nation bloc, ministers from other member states warned on Friday.

US, China must manage ‘intense competition’, top Biden adviser says 8 October 2021, 9:35 AM

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Thursday his talks with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland on Wednesday avoided the acrimony of a meeting in March and that more were needed to avert conflict between the two countries.

Tokyo trains crowded but little other damage day after strong quake 8 October 2021, 3:42 AM

Tokyo area commuters faced packed trains on Friday on some lines due to delays, but there was little other impact after a strong quake rocked the Japanese capital late the night before, although authorities warned of aftershocks for up to a week.

Sydney readies to exit lockdown amid concerns over faster reopening plans 8 October 2021, 1:35 AM

An Australian doctors group warned that a too-rapid easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney could put pressure on health systems and risk lives, as the country's biggest city prepares for an end to more than 100 days in lockdown.

Italy loosens COVID-19 restrictions on leisure activities 7 October 2021, 9:15 PM

 Italy increased the maximum attendance capacity allowed at cultural and sporting venues on Thursday, continuing its progressive easing of COVID-19 curbs for those who can show documents of immunity from the disease.

Biden to tout vaccine mandates for large companies in Chicago trip 7 October 2021, 12:20 PM

US President Joe Biden is set to visit Chicago on Thursday to meet with United Airlines' chief executive and local Democratic leaders as he touts his decision to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates on employees of large firms, the White House said.

Biden, Xi plan US-China virtual summit before year end 7 October 2021, 8:43 AM

The United States and China have agreed in principle for their presidents to hold a virtual meeting before the end of the year, a senior US administration official said on Wednesday, after high-level talks aimed at improving communication between the two countries.

Wife of slain Haiti President ‘won’t stop’ until killers brought to justice 7 October 2021, 3:06 AM

The wife of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise said on Wednesday after a judicial hearing into his murder that she would not rest until his killers were brought to justice.

Saudi-led coalition intercepts drone attack on Abha airport – State TV 7 October 2021, 1:47 AM

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it intercepted an explosives-laden drone targeting Saudi Arabia's Abha international airport, Saudi State TV reported.

France sending envoy back to Australia to redefine relationship 6 October 2021, 8:35 PM

France has accused its allies of stabbing it in the back when Australia opted for nuclear-powered submarines to be built with US and British technology instead of a multi-billion dollar French submarine programme.

South Korea to vaccinate pregnant women as it races to 80% target for adults 6 October 2021, 12:10 PM

South Korea will begin taking reservations for coronavirus vaccines from pregnant women this week as the country accelerates its inoculation drive to reach its goal for immunizing 80% of all adults by the end of the month.

ASEAN weighs excluding Myanmar junta boss from summit: envoy 6 October 2021, 8:00 AM

Southeast Asian countries are discussing not inviting the head of Myanmar’s junta to a summit this month, due to the military's failure to make progress on an agreed roadmap to restore peace in the strife-torn country, a regional envoy said on Wednesday.

Facebook ‘operating in the shadows’ says whistleblower as US lawmakers demand probes 6 October 2021, 4:00 AM

US lawmakers pounded Facebook on Tuesday, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of pushing for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety, and they demanded regulators investigate whistleblower accusations that the social media company harms children's mental health and stokes divisions.

French clergy sexually abused over 200 000 children since 1950 : Probe 5 October 2021, 1:49 PM

French clergy have sexually abused more than 200 000 children over the past 70 years, a major investigation released on Tuesday found and its authors accused the Catholic Church of turning a blind eye for too long.

New York’s largest healthcare provider fires 1 400 unvaccinated workers 5 October 2021, 6:16 AM

New York State's largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health, has fired 1 400 employees who refused to get COVID-19 vaccinations, according to spokesman Joe Kemp.

‘Catastrophic’ California oil spill kills fish, damages wetlands 4 October 2021, 3:30 PM

A large oil spill off the southern California coast left fish dead, birds mired in petroleum and wetlands contaminated, in what local officials called an environmental catastrophe.

Texas law sparks hundreds of US protests against abortion restrictions 4 October 2021, 7:33 AM

Women marched by the thousands on Saturday on the Supreme Court, the Texas Capitol and cities across the United States to protest increasing state restrictions on abortion and advocate for maintaining a constitutional right to the procedure.

A few skeptical US hospital workers choose dismissal over vaccine 4 October 2021, 2:03 AM

Jennifer Bridges loved her job as a nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital, where she worked for eight years, but she chose to get fired rather than inoculated against COVID-19, believing that the vaccine was more of a threat than the deadly virus.

Cyclone Shaheen approaches Oman, three killed, flights delayed 3 October 2021, 4:06 PM

Tropical Cyclone Shaheen bore down on Oman on Sunday, killing at least three people, and authorities urged residents to evacuate coastal areas and delayed flights to and from the capital, Muscat.

Philippines’ Duterte says daughter running for president in 2022 elections: media 3 October 2021, 9:32 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter would run for president in next year's election and her father's long-time aide, who filed his vice presidential candidacy, would be her running mate, broadcasting firm ABS-CBN news reported late on Saturday.

Texas law sparks hundreds of US protests against abortion restrictions 3 October 2021, 2:49 AM

Women marched by the thousands on Saturday on the Supreme Court, the Texas Capitol and cities across the United States to protest increasing state restrictions on abortion and advocate for maintaining a constitutional right to the procedure.

UK could issue more temporary visas to solve lorry driver shortage, Johnson says 2 October 2021, 10:25 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he would keep immigration rules under review, and did not rule out issuing more temporary visas in an effort to help ease a tanker driver shortage which has led to fuel shortages.

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world 2 October 2021, 5:21 PM

Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain.

Polls open in Qatar’s first legislative elections 2 October 2021, 9:01 AM

Voters began trickling into polling stations, where men and women entered separate sections to elect 30 members of the 45-seat body.

Afghans leaving US military bases before resettlement 1 October 2021, 3:09 PM

Something unexpected is happening at US military bases hosting Afghan evacuees: Many hundreds of them are simply leaving before receiving US resettlement services, two sources familiar with the data told Reuters.

Test of Biden’s agenda looms after he signs bill to avert government shutdown 1 October 2021, 8:00 AM

President Joe Biden's agenda faced a key test on Thursday among fellow Democrats as the House of Representatives prepared a vote on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that progressives have threatened to block unless there is also a deal on a larger social spending plan.

N Korea fires new anti-aircraft missile in latest test 1 October 2021, 1:36 AM

North Korea fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile on Thursday, state media KCNA reported on Friday, the latest in its recent series of weapons tests amid deadlocked denuclearisation talks with the United States.

Canada marks first national holiday for indigenous reconciliation 30 September 2021, 9:01 PM

 Canada on Thursday held its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honor the lost children and survivors of indigenous schools, following the gruesome discovery of more than 1 000 unmarked graves at two former schools earlier this year.

N. Korea’s Kim offers to reopen hotline with South; denounces ‘hostile’ US 30 September 2021, 12:42 PM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is willing to restore severed inter-Korean hotlines next month but accused the United States of proposing talks without changing its "hostile policy", the North's KCNA state news agency reported on Thursday.

Flight carrying Americans from Kabul departs UAE bound for US 30 September 2021, 12:15 PM

A group of American citizens and lawful permanent residents evacuated to the United Arab Emirates from Afghanistan flew out of the Gulf state bound for the United States on Thursday.