Matt Hancock warns modern medicine may cease to exist without if superbugs are not tackled

Matt Hancock today warned the rise of deadly superbugs poses a bigger threat than Covid and should be taken as seriously as global warming. The Health Secretary said modern medicine may ‘cease to exist’ unless the ‘silent pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance is urgently tackled. Drug-resistant diseases such as MRSA already kill 700,000 people around the […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: It’s official: If you’re over 60, you’re HAPPIER than ever! 

What is happiness? It’s one of those questions that’s vexed great minds down the ages, including the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz, who famously said: ‘Happiness is a warm puppy.’ I hate to contradict one of my favourite philosophers but, thanks to the World Happiness Report, produced every March by the United Nations Development Network, […]

CPAC 2021 speeches: 2024 GOP prospects seek their own breakout moments at Trump-dominated conference

Though it will take years for the 2024 race to fully take shape, this year’s CPAC in Orlando, Florida, offered a window into a GOP primary dominated by a new Republican Party built around the grievances that animated Trump’s campaigns and his presidency.  Speakers embraced Trump’s lies about the 2020 election being rigged. Organizers built this […]

Anna Hursey: Table tennis prodigy is helping US President Biden tackle the climate crisis

Yet it isn’t her sporting abilities attracting attention, rather her environmental advocacy, a topic she cares passionately about. That led to the US Embassy getting in touch with Hursey’s mom and dad earlier this year, inviting the youngster to work with US President Joe Biden in his mission to tackle the climate crisis. “I was […]

Massacre in the mountains: How an Ethiopian festival turned into a killing spree

The corpses, some dressed in white church robes drenched in blood, were scattered in arid fields, scrubby farmlands and a dry riverbed. Others had been shot on their doorsteps with their hands bound with belts. Among the dead were priests, old men, women, entire families and a group of more than 20 Sunday school children, […]

Khashoggi’s fiancé says she is more “devastated than ever before”

The US intelligence community just released a report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Its basic conclusion was not expected to be a surprise. Shortly after Khashoggi’s October 2018 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the CIA assessed with high confidence that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman had personally ordered the murder. In June […]

What you need to know about Khashoggi’s 2018 murder

Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, on December 15, 2014. Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images The US just released an intelligence report about the 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist. Khashoggi was critical of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies. He was […]

Dutch parliament becomes second in a week to accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang

Activists and United Nations rights experts say at least one million Muslims are being detained in camps in the remote western region of Xinjiang. The activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labor and sterilizations. China denies any human rights abuses in Xinjiang and says its camps provide vocational training and […]

Khashoggi report: Biden calls Saudi King before expected release of intelligence report

The congressionally mandated release of the report, which is expected to further implicate Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Washington Post columnist’s death, is expected to take place imminently now that Biden and the King have spoken. The call “went well,” according to a source close to the Saudi government. White […]

Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links

He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course, making and taking calls from a golf cart that doubles as his mobile, and self-driven, office. The multiple trips to the links in the last few weeks have served to accomplish a long-promised goal, says someone who spent time with him recently: Donald Trump claims he […]

‘Top Secret’ Saudi documents show Khashoggi assassins used company seized by Saudi crown prince

The documents, filed as part of a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier this year, are labeled “Top Secret” and signed by a Saudi minister who relayed the orders of the crown prince, the young de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. “According to the instruction of His Highness the Crown Prince,” the minister wrote according to a […]

Britain to challenge China at UN over access to Xinjiang

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will also mark Britain’s return to the UN Human Rights Council as a voting member by condemning the rights record of fellow council members China and Russia and will raise concerns about Myanmar and Belarus, his office said. On China, Raab will refer to reports of abuses in Xinjiang, including […]

Protests in Haiti as political standoff continues

“Those of us fighting, who want another Haiti, a Haiti pearl of the Antilles, say no to the dictatorship,” one protester told Reuters in capital city Port-au-Prince, where Haitian opposition and civil society groups had called the demonstration. Another criticized the United States and international organizations for supporting the President. At the heart of protests […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas

Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to dip […]

Myanmar police open fire on protesters in Mandalay leaving at least two dead, say reports

Stringers for CNN confirm that live rounds and tear gas were used to disperse people at an anti-coup protest in the city. In video seen by CNN, a large crowd of people can be seen running away from police and taking cover. In other footage, a person can be seen being stretchered away by medics. […]

Dubai’s missing Princess Latifa is “being cared for at home”

“In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position,” the statement by her family said, according to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London. In secret recordings obtained by the BBC […]

Biden administration admits first group of migrants forced to stay in Mexico under Trump-era policy

Under former President Donald Trump, the US forced migrants from Central America and other parts of the world who were seeking asylum at the southern border to stay in Mexico until their immigration court hearings in the US. More than 70,000 people were subject to the program. Many waited months, if not years, in squalid […]

Opinion: The US is back in the Paris Agreement. Now what?

The US was a key player in helping to deliver the Paris Agreement, with former State Secretary and current US climate envoy John Kerry playing an instrumental role in this successful process. I have been extremely encouraged by the conversations I have had with Kerry and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy — both […]

A new UN report proposes a radical shift in the way we think about nature

The report, “Making Peace with Nature,” spans 168 pages and distills the latest science on climate change and mankind’s “war” on the planet. It also argues that amid our pursuit of wealth and security, humans must now learn to value the fundamental “natural capital” of geology, soil, air and water — and urgently. “For too […]

US says it is willing to sit down for talks with Iran and other nations on nuclear deal

“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement Thursday. The P5+1 refers to the permanent members of the UN Security Council — […]

How Russian vaccine Sputnik V spread through Latin America

Eduardo Valdes, a former diplomat and member of government coalition Frente de Todos, who now serves in as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies, says there’s a clear line between vaccine negotiations and external factors. “Now is not the time to do ideology. Our goal is for the Western Hemisphere […]

Princess Latifa: Dubai princess claims she is being held ‘hostage’ in secret video recordings

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum — the daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — was last seen publicly in March 2018 aboard a yacht off the coast of India before a raid by Indian and Emirati forces took her back to Dubai, according to two people who had helped […]

North Korea Pfizer hack allegations: South Korean lawmaker and spy agency dispute Covid-19 claims

South Korean lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters Tuesday that he and other members of the National Assembly Intelligence committee were briefed by the country’s spy agency about the alleged attack. Ha’s office confirmed the remarks to CNN on Wednesday. Later that morning, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) put out a statement rebutting Ha’s claims. The […]

Iran’s Supreme Court to retry three on death row over anti-govt protests

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:50 Iran’s supreme court said Saturday it will review the cases of three young men sentenced to death over links to deadly November 2019 protests after a request from their lawyers. Numerous calls had spread online after the verdict was announced, calling for a halt for executions in Iran, with the […]

‘We are in our homeland, the invaders are attacking us,’ says Tigray’s Gebremichael

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 11:03 As fighting continues “in many parts” of Ethiopia’s Tigra, according to the United Nations, Tigray’s regional president Debretsion Gebremichael told FRANCE 24 that the northern region would continue fighting as long as federal “invaders” are on Tigrayan soil. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military operations in the northern region of […]

Saudi Arabia says end to diplomatic rift with Qatar is ‘within reach’

Issued on: 05/12/2020 – 08:10 Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday a resolution to a bitter dispute with Qatar seemed “within reach” after Kuwait announced progress towards ending a row that Washington says hampers a united Gulf front against Iran. The United States and Kuwait have worked to end the dispute, during which Saudi […]

Exiled in Sudan, Tigray refugees face new struggle for survival

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 15:38 Since fighting erupted between Ethiopian forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) earlier this autumn, tens of thousands of civilians have fled across the border into neighbouring Sudan. But once safe from the violence in their homeland, they have to survive their new lives in exile.   By December […]

Bangladesh sends more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to remote island

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 06:17 Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday started sending a first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. The 1,642 refugees were boarding seven Bangladeshi naval vessels in the port of Chittagong for the trip to […]

Nearly half of Yemenis face acute food insecurity, UN says, pushing country closer to famine

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 03:53 Famine-like conditions have re-appeared in parts of Yemen and almost half the population is experiencing high levels of food insecurity, new United Nations data showed on Thursday, with aid agencies warning time is running out to prevent mass starvation. Around 45% of Yemen’s population is facing high levels of acute […]

UK promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions two-thirds by 2030

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 00:27Modified: 04/12/2020 – 01:00 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce Friday a new target that he says would reduce the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions “faster than any major economy.” The target aims to cut the U.K.’s emissions by at least 68% from 1990 levels by 2030 and to […]

UN, France urge Lebanon to form new government amid pledges of aid

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 22:47 France and the United Nations vowed Wednesday to keep providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon but urged the country’s leaders to form a new government as a political deadlock in Beirut has blocked billions of dollars in assistance for the cash-strapped country hit by multiple crises. A meeting organized by the […]

UN chief slams ‘suicidal’ war on nature as 2020 on track to be one of hottest years on record

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 19:26 This year is on course to be one of the three warmest ever recorded, the United Nations said Wednesday, as the UN chief warned the world was on the brink of “climate catastrophe”. The past six years, 2015 to 2020, are set to make up all six of the hottest […]

Ethiopia grants UN access to deliver humanitarian aid to Tigray region

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 14:15 Ethiopia has granted the United Nations full access to deliver aid to the northern region of Tigray, following weeks of lobbying amid military operations there, according to an agreement seen Wednesday by AFP. The agreement, signed by Ethiopia’s peace minister, allows for “unimpeded, sustained and secure access for humanitarian personnel […]

France hosts aid meeting in effort to break Lebanon’s political gridlock

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 10:41Modified: 02/12/2020 – 10:45 President Emmanuel Macron will seek to revive a French initiative on Lebanon when he hosts an international aid conference on Wednesday, but with the country’s fractious political class bickering, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim. Four months after a massive explosion that killed more than 200 people […]

UN warns food supply exhausted for nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 17:23 The United Nations says food has now run out for the nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea who have been sheltering in camps in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, which has been cut off from the world for nearly a month amid fighting. “Concerns are growing by the hour,” U.N. refugee spokesman […]

Rockets target Eritrea capital after Ethiopia declares victory in Tigray

Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 15:10 Rockets launched from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region targeted the capital of Eritrea several hours after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared military operations in the region were over, diplomats told AFP on Sunday. It remained impossible to independently verify whether the regional capital Mekele was completely under federal government control, […]

Ethiopian military has taken ‘full control’ of Tigray capital, chief of staff says

Issued on: 28/11/2020 – 18:01Modified: 28/11/2020 – 18:15 Ethiopian federal forces have taken “full control” of the Tigray region’s capital Mekelle, the military’s chief of staff Birhanu Jula said in a statement posted on the military’s official Facebook page on Saturday evening. Authorities had said earlier that government forces were in the final stages of an offensive in the region […]

More than a million displaced in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as UN warns of ‘critical’ food shortages

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 08:18 The United Nations says shortages have become “very critical” in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region as its population of 6 million remains sealed off and its capital is under threat of attack by Ethiopian forces seeking to arrest the regional leaders.  Fuel and cash are running out, more than 1 million […]

Biden urges a cautious Thanksgiving as Trump rages on against election loss

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 00:26 On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans on Wednesday to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election over.” Biden, in a Thanksgiving-eve address […]

Global Covid-19 lockdowns inflame violence against women

Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 07:47 No country has been spared the coronavirus, nor the scourge of domestic violence which has surged during lockdowns, as the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday. From a spike in rapes in Nigeria and South Africa, increased numbers of women missing in Peru, […]

Calls to protect civilians in Tigray as Ethiopia’s ultimatum looms

Issued on: 25/11/2020 – 03:41 International pressure mounted Tuesday on Ethiopia’s warring parties to cease fighting and protect civilians in Tigray, where the army says it has encircled the capital ahead of a threatened bombardment. Forces loyal to Tigray‘s ruling party have been battling Ethiopian soldiers in the northern region for nearly three weeks, sparking […]

‘America is back’, says Biden as he introduces new national security team

Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 23:41 President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced a seasoned national security team which he said was prepared to resume US leadership of the world once Donald Trump leaves the White House. The six women and men he has chosen to be his key diplomats and intelligence advisors said they would implement a return […]

Hundreds killed in massacre in Ethiopia’s Tigray, rights body says

Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 18:06 A local youth group aided by police and militia killed at least 600 people in a “rampage” on November 9 in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the national rights watchdog said Tuesday. The massacre in the town of Mai-Kadra is the worst-known attack on civilians during Ethiopia‘s ongoing internal conflict pitting […]

Guatemala’s Congress suspends budget approval after weekend protests in capital

Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 22:51 Guatemala’s legislature on Monday backed away from approving a business-friendly 2021 budget after demonstrators in the Central American nation torched the Congress building and demanded the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei in weekend protests. A lack of resources for battling the coronavirus pandemic as well as anger over the new […]

US President-elect Biden to nominate long-time adviser Blinken for secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden is building out his administration with several key picks for national security and foreign policy roles. John Kerry, a former secretary of state, will lead the incoming administration’s effort to combat climate change. Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated as the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Biden also plans to nominate […]

Snapshots of Daily Life in a Remote Region of Portugal

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, André Vieira shares a collection of images from Portugal. The Barroso, […]

Covid-19 pandemic triggers global spike in violence against women

No country has been spared the coronavirus epidemic, nor the scourge of domestic violence, which has surged during lockdowns as the day marking such violence approaches on Wednesday. From a spike in rapes in Nigeria and South Africa, increased numbers of women missing in Peru, higher rates of women being killed in Brazil and Mexico […]

Ethiopia rebuffs mediation attempts as Tigray offensive continues

Issued on: 21/11/2020 – 19:12 The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. More than two weeks into Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed‘s offensive, the government says Tigrayan forces are bulldozing roads and destroyed bridges […]

UN warns that Yemen is in imminent danger of world’s ‘worst famine’ in decades

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 17:36 U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday that war-torn Yemen “is now in imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades.” Guterres warning comes as the United States threatens to blacklist Yemen‘s Iran-allied Houthi group as part of its “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran. Aid workers […]

Rescuers search for bodies as Central America counts cost of Hurricane Iota

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 07:58 Rescue workers dug through mounds of thick mud Thursday in the grim search for bodies as Central American countries began to count the cost of Hurricane Iota, which left at least 44 people dead amid a wave of destruction. Initial estimates by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, put the […]

UN special coordinator for Lebanon hopes new govt will be formed within ‘days’

Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 16:38 In an interview with FRANCE 24, the UN’s Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis lamented the absence of a functioning government in the country despite promises by the main political parties to form one quickly in the aftermath of the deadly August 4 Beirut blast. Kubis said he hoped a […]

Around the world in clever Covid-19 adverts

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 16:26 A tongue-in-cheek Covid-19 public service announcement from Germany elevating “lazy as racoons” couch potatoes to certified heroes became a social media sensation over the weekend. Many coronavirus-awareness adverts rely on fear or strike a sombre note with now-familiar tropes – the rising drone shots of empty cityscapes and swell of […]

European project aims to archive smells from history

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 17:21 From the fragrance of perfumes to the stench of the Battle of Waterloo, the ODEUROPA project will look to identify, describe and recreate the aromas that wafted across the continent over the past five centuries. Unveiled on Monday, the project will see historians team up with scientists, artificial intelligence experts […]

UN General Assembly president reprimands Security Council for ‘failing to do its job’

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 04:48 UN General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir on Monday criticised the Security Council, saying it was failing to respond to the world’s biggest challenges due to “competing interests.” “The council has, on many occasions, failed to carry out its responsibility to maintain international peace and security,” Bozkir, a Turkish diplomat, said […]

Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua, bringing catastrophic winds

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 04:05 Hurricane Iota began whipping a remote coastal area of Nicaragua with catastrophic winds, storm surges and rain on Monday evening, as the region’s leaders blamed climate change for destruction that is pushing millions closer to hunger. Iota was due to crash through northeastern Nicaragua‘s Miskito region overnight, packing maximum sustained winds […]

Rockets fired at two Ethiopian cities as Tigray conflict continues

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 07:37 Two explosions hit cities in Ethiopia’s Amhara state, which neighbours the northern state of Tigray where federal troops are fighting local forces, and the human rights commission warned against rights violations in the conflict. Hundreds of people have been killed in clashes since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the national […]

Combined intimate partner violence that includes sexual violence is common and more damaging

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Women who experience sexual violence combined with other forms of intimate partner violence suffer greater damage to their health and are much more likely to attempt suicide, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care published today [12 November] in the International […]

Suu Kyi’s party wins enough seats to form Myanmar’s new government

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 04:48 The ruling party of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won enough parliamentary seats to form the next government, according to official results of a general election released on Friday. The latest batch of results from the Nov. 8 election confirmed Suu Kyi‘s National League for Democracy (NLD) party had secured the 322 […]

Tigray conflict threatens to ‘catalyse’ tensions elsewhere in Ethiopia

Aid agencies are unable to bring food and health supplies to Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the UN warned on Thursday in the latest sign that the fighting there is intensifying. Analysts say that federal forces are facing a tough opponent in the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), and that the conflict threatens to further destabilise […]

Food, medical supplies blocked as fighting rages in Ethiopia’s Tigray, UN warns

Issued on: 12/11/2020 – 07:56 Aid agencies are unable to restock food, health and other emergency supplies in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, where federal troops are fighting with local forces, the United Nations warned on Thursday. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed embarked on a military campaign against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) last week, after accusing the regional rulers […]

Libya peace talks reach ‘breakthrough’ agreement to hold elections

Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 22:30 Political talks on Libya’s future have reached agreement on holding elections within 18 months, the United Nations acting Libya envoy said on Wednesday, hailing a “breakthrough” in a peacemaking process that still faces great obstacles. “There’s real momentum and that’s what we need to focus on and encourage,” envoy Stephanie […]

Iran’s explanations on uranium stockpile ‘not credible’, UN nuclear watchdog says

Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 20:25Modified: 11/11/2020 – 20:27 The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that Iran’s explanations over the presence of nuclear material at an undeclared site in the country were “not credible.”  The news comes as observers watch to see whether Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election will lead to detente between […]

Production, storage and distribution of COVID vaccine globally will be difficult and expensive

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Infectious diseases do not respect borders. An estimated 3 billion people in low-income countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America are likely to lack access to a COVID-19 vaccine for years after it becomes available. In poor nations, many communities lack the health care workers needed to administer vaccines, as well […]

A look at Biden’s foreign policy agenda

US President-Elect Joe Biden’s approach to diplomacy is diametrically opposed to that of the outgoing Donald Trump, known as he was to levy undiplomatic salvos at foreign leaders via social media. But one shouldn’t expect a wholesale revamp in substance when the veteran Democrat takes office in January. FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at […]

‘Stand by Her’: In China, a Movement Hands Out Free Sanitary Pads in Schools

HONG KONG — It started when a single box of free sanitary pads appeared in a middle school classroom in October. Then a plastic container with pads was attached to the walls of four bathrooms in a university in Shanghai. By Monday, boxes and bags of individually wrapped pads had popped up outside bathrooms in […]

Ethiopia takes steps to remove leadership of defiant Tigray region

Issued on: 07/11/2020 – 14:03 Ethiopia moved Saturday to replace the leadership in the country’s northern Tigray region, where clashes between regional forces and those of the federal government have led to fears that a major African power could slide into civil war. Neither side appeared to welcome the dialogue that experts say is needed […]

France holds talks with Tunisia on returning Islamic extremists after Nice church attack

Issued on: 06/11/2020 – 20:17 Tunisia is willing on certain conditions to take back its nationals expelled from France, the interior minister said Saturday, after talks with his visiting French counterpart on measures against Islamist radicalisation. The former French colony is “prepared to receive any Tunisian”, Taoufik Charfeddine said at the end of a visit […]

COVID-19 drug and vaccine patents are putting profit before people

The TRIPS waiver enables WTO member states to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents. Credit: Pixabay Since the birth of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, most member states have had to abide by the Agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which protects […]

Denmark races to cut off virus mutation as England locks down

England’s 56 million people re-entered a lockdown on Thursday Denmark on Thursday raced to shut down a region where a mutated version of the coronavirus detected in minks spread to humans, as the World Health Organization warned of an “explosion” in COVID-19 infections in Europe and England entered its second lockdown. Europe has again become […]

New clashes in Ivory Coast, US and African Union call for dialogue

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 18:08 Two Ivory Coast government supporters were killed and a minister’s convoy hit by gunfire, officials said on Wednesday, as tensions build over President Alassane Ouattara’s contested reelection. Ivory Coast is caught in a standoff after Ouattara was declared victor on Tuesday, but rivals boycotted the vote and declared they would […]

Mali airstrikes kill dozens of jihadists linked to Al Qaeda, French government says

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 00:37Modified: 03/11/2020 – 00:54 The French government said Monday its forces had killed more than 50 jihadists aligned to Al-Qaeda in air strikes in central Mali. The offensive took place on Friday in an area near the borders of Burkina Faso and Niger, where government troops are struggling to rout an […]

WHO chief self-quarantining after contact tests positive for Covid-19

Issued on: 02/11/2020 – 03:40 The World Health Organization chief said late Sunday that he was self-quarantining after someone he had been in contact with tested positive for Covid-19, but stressed he had no symptoms. “I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for #COVID19,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in […]

Future pandemics likely to be deadlier and more frequent, warns UN panel

Issued on: 30/10/2020 – 14:56 Future pandemics will happen more often, kill more people and wreak even worse damage to the global economy than Covid-19 without a fundamental shift in how humans treat nature, the United Nations’ biodiversity panel said Thursday.  Warning that there are up to 850,000 viruses which, like the novel coronavirus, exist […]

France back in coronavirus lockdown as US surges to daily record

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain France headed into a second lockdown on Friday as the resurgent coronavirus pandemic hit new heights in the United States with a daily record of more than 90,000 cases, just five days before the presidential election. From midnight, France’s 65 million population were largely confined to their homes, needing written statements […]

Health workers and their families account for 1 in 6 hospital COVID-19 cases

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Healthcare workers and their families account for a sixth (17%) of hospital admissions for COVID-19 in the working age population (18-65 years), finds a study from Scotland published by The BMJ today. Although hospital admission with COVID-19 in this age group was very low overall, the risk for healthcare workers and […]

More than 20 people killed in post-election unrest Guinea over past week

Issued on: 27/10/2020 – 00:18 A total of 21 people have been killed in unrest in Guinea following a disputed presidential election last week, state television reported on Monday, as international envoys attempted to soothe tensions in the West African nation. The RTG state news channel said that 21 people had been killed since October […]

Videos shared on social media show Syrians sent to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), by 18 October at least 134 Syrian mercenaries had been killed in Azerbaijan; 92 bodies have been repatriated. SOHR also asserts that at least 2,050 combatants were transported from Syria since the beginning of the armed conflict, in groups of 400 at a time. The FRANCE […]

France, Mali at odds over whether to talk to jihadists in Sahel conflict

Issued on: 26/10/2020 – 18:36 France and Mali differed on Monday over whether to talk to jihadists to help end the Sahel state’s eight-year-old insurgency, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian ruling the option out. During a news conference in the capital Bamako, Le Drian distinguished between engaging with armed groups which had signed […]

UN treaty banning nuclear weapons to take effect as 50th country ratifies text

Issued on: 25/10/2020 – 08:46 An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said Saturday, allowing the “historic” text to enter into force after 90 days. While nuclear powers have not signed up to the treaty, activists who have pushed for its enactment hold out hope that it […]

Children killed in attack on bilingual Cameroon school

Issued on: 25/10/2020 – 07:53 Attackers armed with guns and machetes killed at least eight children Saturday in a raid on a school in southwestern Cameroon, the United Nations said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack on the bilingual school in Kumba, but the area has been caught up in violence between Anglophone separatists […]

No, this colorful badge doesn’t indicate membership to the New World Order

There are a series of photos circulating on social media showing various powerful people wearing a multicolored badge, which the post claims symbolizes that they are part of a secret organisation planning to dominate the world. In reality, this badge was designed by the United Nations to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals. One […]

Libyan rivals sign nationwide ceasefire agreement at UN ceremony

Issued on: 23/10/2020 – 12:13Modified: 23/10/2020 – 12:14 Libya’s warring sides signed an agreement for “a permanent ceasefire in all areas of Libya”, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a Facebook post on Friday. After mediation led by UN envoy Stephanie Turco Williams this week, the 5+5 Joint Military Commission reached […]

Gunfire heard, prison set alight amid unrest in Nigeria’s Lagos after shooting of protesters

Issued on: 22/10/2020 – 15:34 Shots rang out and a prison was set ablaze as fresh unrest rocked Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos on Thursday after the shooting of protesters that drew international outrage. Gunfire was heard and smoke could be seen billowing from the detention facility in the upscale Ikoyi neighbourhood in central Lagos, an […]

Glasgow, qyteti më i qëndrueshëm në botë për 2020 |Revista Monitor

Lista e qyteteve ‘green’ shtohet… Glasgow fiton çmimin prestigjioz “Global Green City” për 2020   Gjithnjë e më shumë njerëz në botë jetojnë në qytete. Përqindja është e destinuar të rritet në të ardhmen. Qendrat urbane luajnë një rol të rëndësishëm në luftën kundër ndryshimeve klimatike. Ndër të tjera, një qytet ku mund të jetohet, […]

Afghan Police published US Marines video as the Afghan Air Force attack the Taliban

The conflict between the Afghan Army and the Taliban in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan has been intensifying since October 9. Both sides are using social media to show off what they perceive to be their military successes. But it seems like the Afghan police were a little too quick to post one particular video […]

African monitors say Guinea election conducted properly, opposition decries fraud

Issued on: 21/10/2020 – 04:42 African monitors said Tuesday that Guinea’s weekend election was conducted properly, but the political opposition to incumbent Alpha Conde, which has already claimed victory, dismissed it as fraudulent. Preliminary results for four of the country’s 38 voting districts released by electoral commission chief Kabinet Cisse late Tuesday showed a strong lead […]

Iran rules out any arms buying spree as it expects UN embargo expected to end

Issued on: 18/10/2020 – 07:42 Iran said it was self-reliant in its defense and had no need to go on a weapons buying spree as a United Nations conventional arms embargo was due to expire on Sunday despite strong U.S. opposition. “Iran’s defense doctrine is premised on strong reliance on its people and indigenous capabilities […]

Tens of thousands rally in Bangkok, defying government crackdown

Issued on: 17/10/2020 – 18:10 Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a wave of protests across Bangkok and other Thai cities on Saturday in defiance of a government crackdown following three months of demonstrations aimed at the prime minister and monarchy. Many protesters said they had been stirred into action by […]

Tens of thousands flee Taliban attacks in southern Afghanistan as peace talks stall

Issued on: 15/10/2020 – 01:54 Tens of thousands of people in southern Afghanistan have fled their homes following days of heavy fighting between the Taliban and security forces, officials said Wednesday, as violence continues to soar despite ongoing peace talks. Taliban militants launched a series of attacks on the city of Lashkar Gah in restive […]

In a ‘stunning rebuke’, UN Human Rights Council rejects Saudi membership bid

Issued on: 14/10/2020 – 08:49 Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday as China and Russia were elected to three-year terms. Human rights groups hailed the snub to Saudi Arabia, which deals a blow to the kingdom’s attempts to improve its image in the […]

Humanitarian crisis feared as Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire broken

Issued on: 14/10/2020 – 03:50 Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Tuesday of violating a ceasefire agreed three days ago to quell fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, drawing warnings from international groups of a humanitarian crisis. The Russia-brokered truce is buckling despite mounting calls from world powers to halt the fighting, with U.S. Secretary […]

Libya: ‘The situation has never been so propitious for a solution,’ Ghassan Salamé tells FRANCE24

Issued on: 13/10/2020 – 19:19Modified: 13/10/2020 – 19:21 GHASSAN SALAME © FRANCE 24 The Interview welcomed the former UN special envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salamé. He discussed the tragic explosion that shook Beirut and urged the Lebanese to form a new government as soon as possible. He appeared optimistic about the peace negotiations in Libya, considering […]

Lesbos migrant camp fire: France 24 meets unhappy residents of replacement facility

Issued on: 12/10/2020 – 12:31 Greek police moved hundreds of migrants stranded on the island of Lesbos into a new tent camp after a fire razed the country’s biggest migrant camp. FRANCE 24’s James André, Erika Olavarria and Mayssa Awad report from Lesbos, where they met the unhappy residents of replacement facility. Source link

Incumbent Akinci, Erdogan-backed rival Tatar to contest Turkish Cypriot runoff

Issued on: 11/10/2020 – 21:46 Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, a pro-reunification moderate, and Ankara-backed challenger Ersin Tatar are to contest an October 18 runoff in breakaway northern Cyprus, following an election Sunday. Right-wing nationalist Tatar won 32 percent of the vote, ahead of the incumbent, Akinci, who netted almost 30 percent in a field […]

Madrid back in lockdown as Europe virus cases up 28% over week

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Spain’s government declared a state of emergency and new partial lockdown for virus-hit Madrid on Friday after a court struck down previous measures, in a sign of the difficult battles waged across a restriction-weary Europe. While full lockdowns in March and April were largely accepted, governments are facing increased resistance as […]

French hostage Sophie Pétronin released after being held in Mali since 2016

Issued on: 08/10/2020 – 21:07 French charity worker Sophie Pétronin, who was abducted in Mali and held hostage since December 2016, has been released, according to the Malian presidency. “The presidency of the Republic confirms the liberation of Mr. Soumaïla Cissé and Ms. Sophie Pétronin. The former hostages are en route for Bamako,” the Malian presidency wrote […]

Abducted Malian politician Soumaila Cissé freed after govt releases 100 prisoners

Issued on: 08/10/2020 – 21:10 Prominent Malian politician Soumaila Cissé, who was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in March, was released Wednesday after Mali freed over 100 alleged or convicted jihadists as part of negotiations to secure his release. Mali also freed the prisoners in the hope of gaining the release of abducted French aid worker Sophie Pétronin, who […]

Europe hits 6m cases as Scotland, Brussels shut bars

Paris has already shut bars and cafes for two weeks. With Europe topping six million coronavirus cases, Scotland and Brussels became the latest to introduce curbs on alcohol consumption Wednesday, while experts detailed the hugely divergent consequences of the pandemic for the world’s richest and poorest. A two-week pub closure in central Scotland, including Glasgow […]

Sudan govt, rebel groups sign landmark peace deal

Issued on: 03/10/2020 – 14:51 Sudan’s government and rebel groups on Saturday inked a landmark peace deal aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands died. Ululations and cheers rang out as one by one, representatives from the transitional government and rebel groups signed the deal, a year after the peace talks […]

25 years after Beijing declaration, ‘women’s rights are under attack’

One by one, leaders and ministers from over 100 nations admitted Thursday that 25 years after the adoption of a road map to achieve equality for women not a single country has reached that goal — and many warned that instead of progress there is now push back. French President Emmanuel Macron put it bluntly, […]