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EU calls on Biden to take global leadership on COVID-19

EU calls on Biden to take global leadership on COVID-19

Robin Emmott and John Chalmers, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 19th - 4:40pm

The world needs American leadership in the battle against COVID-19, the EU's top diplomat said, urging President-elect Joe Biden to step up after the Trump administration was widely criticized for its slow response to the pandemic.
WHO chief: Vaccine nationalism puts world on brink of 'catastrophic moral failure'

WHO chief: Vaccine nationalism puts world on brink of 'catastrophic moral failure'

Emma Farge, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:55am

The world is on the brink of "catastrophic moral failure" in sharing COVID-19 vaccines, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday, urging countries and manufacturers to spread doses more fairly around the world.
Alexey Navalny detained on return to Moscow 5 months after being poisoned

Alexey Navalny detained on return to Moscow 5 months after being poisoned

Mary Ilyushina, Sebastian Shukla and Angela Dewan, CNN  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:14pm

Russia's leading opposition figure and chief Kremlin critic, Alexey Navalny, was detained by local police on Sunday, moments after his return to the country.
Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old coffins in latest archaeological discovery

Egypt unveils 3,000-year-old coffins in latest archaeological discovery

Reuters  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:35am

Egypt has unveiled a significant new archaeological discovery at the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, including 54 wooden coffins, many of which can be traced back 3000 years to the New Kingdom period.
France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, urgent to revive 2015 deal

France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, urgent to revive 2015 deal

John Irish, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 17th - 7:57am

Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement, France's foreign minister was quoted as saying in an interview published on Saturday.
Migrant caravan on the move in Honduras in uncertain times

Migrant caravan on the move in Honduras in uncertain times

Delmer Martínez and Claudio Escalon, Associated Press  |  Updated Jan 15th - 9:49pm

More than 1,000 Honduran migrants pushed their way into Guatemala Friday night without registering, a portion of a larger migrant caravan that had left the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula before dawn, Guatemalan authorities said.
U.S. blacklists Cuban interior ministry over alleged human rights abuses

U.S. blacklists Cuban interior ministry over alleged human rights abuses

Daphne Psaledakis, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 15th - 5:03pm

The United States slapped sanctions on Cuba's interior ministry on Friday, accusing it of serious human rights abuses as Washington kept up sanctions into the final days of President Donald Trump's administration.
Social networks clamp down on Colombian FARC dissident accounts

Social networks clamp down on Colombian FARC dissident accounts

Luis Jaime Acosta, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 15th - 4:13pm

Twitter has suspended accounts linked to FARC dissidents after Colombian police complained that they were being used to encourage violence, and Facebook said it has also removed related content from its platform.
Global COVID-19 death toll hits 2 million

Global COVID-19 death toll hits 2 million

Chris Sherman, Maria Cheng, John Leicester and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 4:08pm

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.
Palestinians announce first elections in 15 years, on eve of Biden era

Palestinians announce first elections in 15 years, on eve of Biden era

Ali Sawafta, Nidal Al-mughrabi and Rami Ayyub, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 15th - 2:04pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced parliamentary and presidential elections on Friday, the first in 15 years, in an effort to heal long-standing internal divisions.
UK's Johnson takes stand against 'cruel' Japanese whaling: The Telegraph

UK's Johnson takes stand against 'cruel' Japanese whaling: The Telegraph

Reuters  |  Posted Jan 15th - 1:52pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is taking a stand against "cruel" Japanese whaling, The Telegraph newspaper said on Friday, after a minke whale became caught in fishing nets for 19 days before being killed by fishermen this week,
U.N. says U.S. blacklisting of Yemen group may hinder bid to avert oil spill

U.N. says U.S. blacklisting of Yemen group may hinder bid to avert oil spill

Michelle Nichols, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 15th - 1:26pm

The United Nations is concerned that a U.S. plan to blacklist Yemen's Houthi movement on Tuesday will hinder its efforts to assess a decaying oil tanker that is threatening to spill 1.1 million barrels of crude oil off the war-torn country's coast.
Trump receives Morocco's highest award for Middle East work: official

Trump receives Morocco's highest award for Middle East work: official

Reuters  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:05pm

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday received Morocco's highest award for his work in advancing a normalization deal between Israel and Morocco, a senior administration official told Reuters.
Spain's Catalonia postpones election to May 30 due to virus surge

Spain's Catalonia postpones election to May 30 due to virus surge

Reuters  |  Updated Jan 15th - 12:04pm

Catalonia on Friday postponed a parliamentary election scheduled for Feb. 14 until May 30 because of a surge in coronavirus cases that has pushed hospital occupancy in the restive northeastern region of Spain to one of the highest levels in the country.
WHO says guidance on travel can change in bid to protect economies

WHO says guidance on travel can change in bid to protect economies

Reuters  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:58am

World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on travel during the pandemic could change over time as it tries to ensure economies don't become entirely isolated, WHO emergency chief Mike Ryan said on Friday.
Strong 5.9-magnitude quake shakes Guatemala

Strong 5.9-magnitude quake shakes Guatemala

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:05am

A strong 5.9 magnitude earthquake swayed buildings in Guatemala's capital Friday morning. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
U.S. troops in Afghanistan now down to 2,500, lowest since 2001:  Pentagon

U.S. troops in Afghanistan now down to 2,500, lowest since 2001: Pentagon

Idrees Ali, Reuters  |  Updated Jan 15th - 9:43am

The number of U.S troops in Afghanistan has been reduced to 2,500, the lowest level of American forces there since 2001, the Pentagon said on Friday.
IMF urges continued strong fiscal, monetary support given uncertainty

IMF urges continued strong fiscal, monetary support given uncertainty

Andrea Shalal, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 14th - 4:31pm

The International Monetary Fund is urging countries to continue strong fiscal and monetary efforts to support their economies given continued uncertainty about the risks posed by a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and new variants.
Yemen's Houthis won't abandon peace efforts over U.S. designation, says chief negotiator

Yemen's Houthis won't abandon peace efforts over U.S. designation, says chief negotiator

Aziz El Yaakoubi, Reuters  |  Posted Jan 14th - 11:25am

Yemen's Houthi movement will not walk away from peace talks with the United Nations and Saudi Arabia despite the U.S. decision to designate the Iran-aligned group as a foreign terrorist organisation, the Houthi chief negotiator told Reuters.