International

Covid-19 cases hit the 30 million mark globally

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by America's Johns Hopkins University. Africa has recorded more than a million confirmed cases.  Available data shows that more than 940,000 have died with Covid-19 since the...

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 11:53am

What the Abraham Accords mean for Middle East

Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain on Tuesday, September 15, signed what many termed as a historic deal, known as the Abraham Accords. The deal was signed between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani, and UAE Foreign Minister...

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 8:54am

Greece unveils new camp to host thousands of asylum seekers

The government of Greece has established a new facility on the island of Lesbos to move thousands of migrants and refugees left homeless after a fire destroyed their overcrowded camp last week. The country’s police said that the operation included 70 female police officers who were...

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:03pm

UN chief calls on global community to make new collective push for peace

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged the global community to make a new collective push for peace. Speaking of his ceasefire appeal to the world in March and the security situation in a number of countries, the UN chief noted that "we must seize every...

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 11:59am

Boeing 737 Max crash: New report outlines the major problems of the airline

A new report published by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the United States on Wednesday, September 16 noted that the two fatal crashes that killed 346 people aboard Boeing’s 737 Max and led to the worldwide grounding of the plane resulted from the “horrific...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 2:58pm

Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state next year

Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. The decision is part of the nation’s plan to achieve sovereignty as part of celebrations to mark its 55th independence anniversary slated for November. The...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 2:54pm

UN chief calls for int'l solidarity to find vaccine accessible to all

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on the international community to get united and find a vaccine that is accessible to all. "As the COVID-19 pandemic has upended our world, we have once again seen that international solidarity is no longer a choice, but an...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 11:47am

Suga elected president of Japan's ruling LDP to succeed Abe

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga was elected on Monday as the new president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to take over from outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. At a joint plenary meeting of party members from both houses of the Diet and delegates from local...

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 12:02pm

UN adopts resolution on Covid-19

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted an "omnibus" resolution to encourage international cooperation in response to Covid-19. The resolution, which was adopted 169-2 with two abstentions, identifies international cooperation, multilateralism and solidarity as the only...

Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 12:43pm

Post-Brexit trade talks to continue in Brussels next week

British chief Brexit negotiator David Frost said Thursday night that the European Union (EU) and Britain still have "significant" differences over a free trade deal, and their talks will continue in Brussels next week. Frost made the statement after the latest round of UK-EU trade...

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:33am

France, Germany to welcome refugees after Greek sanctuary is gutted by fire

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced his country and Germany are working together to find a solution to welcome migrants from the Greek island of Lesbos after Moria camp in the region was completely gutted by fires. Moria was the largest refugee camp in Europe. Macron said Thursday...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 9:14pm

Massive fire erupts at Beirut's port

A massive fire erupted on Thursday at Port of Beirut, little more than a month after a deadly blast rocked the port of the Lebanese capital, LBCI local TV channel reported. The exact reasons behind the fire are still unidentified. Civil defense teams are extinguishing the fire and people are...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 3:09pm

Thousands of migrants in limbo following a fire outbreak in Greece camp

Thousands of migrants are reportedly homeless around the Greek island of Lesbos after fleeing fires that gutted their camp, as a result, authorities are worried that some asylum seekers who tested positive for COVID-19 could spread the virus. A senior Greek official told Reuters that the Moria...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 5:16pm

AstraZeneca: Frontrunner in Covid-19 vaccine race suspends trials

The British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca says it has suspended trials of the Covid-19 vaccine it is developing with the University of Oxford after one of the trials’ volunteers fell ill with an unexplained illness. The company is the frontrunner in the race to develop Covid...

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 12:36pm

Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 880,000

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 880,000 on Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The global deaths from the coronavirus reached 880,779, with a total of more than 26,951,838 cases worldwide as of 2:...

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 1:31pm

Novavax coronavirus vaccine safe, reports

Reports indicate that early-stage clinical trial results show the Covid-19 vaccine candidate made by Novavax is safe and elicits an immune response, according to a study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The results had previously been announced by the company...

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 11:24am

U.S. federal debt to be larger than the size of economy in 2021

Driven by the massive fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. federal debt is projected to exceed the size of the economy for the fiscal year 2021, the highest level since World War II, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Wednesday. In An Update to the Budget Outlook: 2020 to 2030...

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:36am

Global Covid-19 deaths surpass 860,000

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 860,000 on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. With the total COVID-19 cases around the world reaching 25,865,205, the death toll worldwide rose to 860,857 as of...

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 9:00am

US announces sanctions against ICC chief prosecutor

The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda after she announced an investigation targeting American soldiers.     According to agencies, the 59-year old Bensouda, a Gambian national, angered...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 8:57pm

Japan's ruling party to select PM Abe's successor

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday decided to hold a presidential election on Sept. 14 to pick Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's successor, local media reported. The race for the party's top position will officially start on Sept. 8. The newly-elected prime minister...

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 11:01am

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