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  • UNSC out of ‘useful solutions’

    French President Emmanuel Macron said the UN Security Council no longer provides good solutions to global problems, in remarks published yesterday, and called for an overhaul of international cooperation mechanisms.

  • UK PM self-isolates again

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in self-isolation yesterday after a contact tested positive for the coronavirus while spiralling infections in the United States saw stay-at-home measures imposed on Chicago, its third-biggest city.

  • France fighting extremism, not Islam: Macron

    French President Emmanuel Macron has said his country is fighting “Islamist separatism, never Islam”, responding to a Financial Times article that he claimed misquoted him and has since been removed from the newspaper’s website.

  • Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry condemns ‘Vienna terrorist attack’

    Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the “terrorist attack that took place in the centre of the Austrian capital Vienna,” reports Al Arabiya quoting the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

  • France, Germany thrust into lockdown as second Covid-19 wave sweeps Europe

    French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter.

  • No-deal Brexit?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit unless the European Union fundamentally changed course, bluntly telling Brussels that there was no point in talking any more.

  • Fate of Brexit talks hangs in balance at EU summit

    European leaders meet yesterday seemingly determined to resist pressure from Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give ground in post-Brexit trade negotiations.

  • Paris under curfew: Europe reacts as countries see highest-ever coronavirus numbers

    France imposed curfews while other European nations are closing schools, canceling surgeries and enlisting student medics as overwhelmed authorities face the nightmare scenario of a Covid-19 resurgence at the onset of winter.

  • World experienced warmest September on record: EU

    Earth’s surface was warmer last month than during any September on record, with temperatures since January tracking those of the hottest ever calendar year in 2016, the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme said yesterday.

  • France, Sweden confirm Navalny’s poisoning

    The German government said yesterday that laboratories in France and Sweden have confirmed its own findings that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

  • EU ramps up ‘no-deal’ planning amid Brexit chaos

    The European Union stepped up planning for a “no-deal” Brexit yesterday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government refused to revoke a plan to break the divorce treaty that Brussels says will sink four years of talks.

  • Russia, China hackers targeting US vote

    Microsoft said Thursday it thwarted recent cyberattacks from China, Russia and Iran targeting both Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns, as technology giants scrambled to protect election security less than two months ahead of the US vote.

  • Thousands flee as fire rips through overcrowded Greek refugee camp in Lesbos

    Thousands of migrants fled fires that tore through a camp under coronavirus lockdown on Greece's island of Lesbos, while the prime minister called an emergency meeting with ministers though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

  • First batch produced for public circulation

    In some good news for millions living in hope for a Covid-19 vaccine shot, the Russian Health Ministry yesterday said that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine has been produced for civilian circulation.

  • Key protest leader detained at border

    Prominent opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was detained by Belarusian authorities, a border official said, after thwarting what a Ukrainian government minister described as an attempt to expel her from Belarus.

  • Australian journalists flee China fearing arrest

    Two Australian journalists yesterday fled China under diplomatic protection, fearing arrest as political pawns in the rapidly worsening relationship between Canberra and Beijing.

  • EU warns Serbia over Jerusalem embassy move

    The EU voiced “serious concern and regret” on Monday over Belgrade’s commitment to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, casting a shadow over the resumption of Serbia-Kosovo talks.

  • UK admits to breaking EU treaty as top legal official quits

    Britain's government on Tuesday admitted that it may break international law by not applying parts of its Brexit divorce deal relating to Northern Ireland, as a top legal adviser quit, reportedly over the plans.

  • Frenchman blows up house to kill a fly

    A French pensioner blew up his kitchen while trying to kill a fly that was disturbing his dinner.

  • UK warned over Brexit deal commitments

    Britain yesterday faced warnings it risked its international reputation if it reneged on its agreement to leave the European Union, as Brexit trade talks reached a crucial final stage.

  • Russia promoting distrust in US vote-by-mail plans

    Russia is actively trying to undermine voters’ faith in the US electoral system and especially in voting by mail ahead of the November 3 election, according to a Department of Homeland Security analysis Thursday.

  • Trial of Charlie Hebdo attack accomplices begins

    Fourteen alleged accomplices to the Islamist gunmen who attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015 went on trial on Wednesday, as the country recalled a dark episode that marked the onset of a wave of militant violence.

  • Greta Thunberg back in school after a year

    Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg said Monday she has returned to school after a year off campaigning to curb climate change. “My gap year from school is over, and it feels so great to finally be back in school again!” the 17-year-old tweeted.

  • Life term without parole urged for ‘remorseless’ gunman

    Families of victims gunned down at two New Zealand mosques urged a judge to impose the toughest possible sentence, life without parole, on the gunman as he showed no remorse and appeared to smirk at one survivor during a sentencing hearing yesterday.

  • ‘Fairly likely’ Navalny was poisoned: Berlin

    The German government said yesterday it is “fairly likely” that Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who is currently being treated in a Berlin hospital, was poisoned.

  • Gunman unmoved during sentencing

    The white supremacist who murdered 51 Muslims in last year’s New Zealand mosques shooting showed no emotion yesterday as distraught survivors confronted him in court with harrowing accounts of the atrocity.

  • Opposition leader flees abroad

    Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya yesterday said she had fled abroad for the sake of her children, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko.

  • Beirut blast toll rises to 154

    The death toll from the Beirut port explosion has risen to 154, state news agency NNA reported yesterday as authorities detained sixteen staff members at the port amid public anger.

  • Lockdown emissions fall will have ‘no effect’ on climate

    The unprecedented fall in greenhouse gas emissions from lockdowns during the pandemic will do “nothing” to slow climate change without a lasting switch from fossil fuels, an international team of researchers said yesterday.

  • ‘No one cares if you live or die’

    Thousands of migrants have died after suffering “extreme” abuse while crossing Africa, according to a UN report that estimated 72 people perish each month on the continent’s routes.