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WASHINGTON - Former US President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, set to begin on Tuesday (Feb 9) in Washington, will again shine a light on America's deep divisions - and also raise questions over the future of the Republican Party. And if - as widely expected - Mr Trump is acquitted, it could well only play into his hands, burnishi...
LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip, both in their nineties, have received vaccinations against Covid-19, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday (Jan 9). "The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations," the palace said in a statement. The Queen is 94 years old and Philip is 99, putting the...
WASHINGTON (AFP) - All 10 living former US defence secretaries, including two Mr Donald Trump appointees, warned Sunday (Jan 3) against involving the military in the US presidential transition. In an essay published in The Washington Post, Mr Ashton Carter, Mr Leon Panetta, Mr William Perry, Mr Dick Cheney, Mr William Cohen, Mr Robert Gates, Mr Chu...
LONDON - The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use across the 27 EU member states, hours after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a recommendation on Tuesday (Dec 22) in favour of the vaccine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that th...
As Britain fights new virus strain, PM Johnson imposes tighter curbs Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed an effective lockdown on over 16 million people in England and reversed plans to ease curbs over Christmas, saying Britain was dealing with a new coronavirus strain up to 70 per cent more transmissible than the original. Although Johnson and hi...
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Twitter said on Wednesday (Dec 2) it was expanding its definition of hateful content to ban language which "dehumanises" people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The move announced by the messaging platform is the latest to refine its definition of abusive and harmful content which has led to a backlash against ...
VATICAN CITY (REUTERS) - Pope Francis on Saturday (Nov 28) installed 13 new cardinals, including the first African-American to hold the high rank, further expanding the pontiff's impact on the group that will one day elect his successor. The cardinals were installed in a ceremony, known as a consistory, that was markedly slimmed down because of the...
On a summer day in 2016, a posse of men surrounded Lu Yuyu on a street in China’s southwestern city of Dali. He said they wrestled him into a black sedan and slid a shroud over his head. His girlfriend was pushed into a second car, screaming his name. Mr. Lu had for years posted a running online tally of protests and demonstrations in China that wa...
OUAGADOUGOU (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of voters in Burkina Faso were unable to cast ballots in Sunday's (Nov 22) general election due to security threats, officials said, as the West African nation grapples with a growing Islamist insurgency. An undisclosed number of troops were deployed for the presidential and parliamentary polls, which are w...
WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats. The GOP sliced into the Democrats' advantage in the House in the Nov 3 election, powered by their own 2020 class of recruits that will add at leas...
WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - Democrats retook the House majority in 2018 in part by running a record number of female candidates. This year, Republicans took a page from that playbook to win back some seats. The GOP sliced into the Democrats' advantage in the House in the Nov 3 election, powered by their own 2020 class of recruits that will add at leas...
LONDON (REUTERS) - Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Thursday (Nov 12) that United States President-elect Joe Biden wanted a Brexit trade deal to be clinched with the European Union, so British Prime Minister Boris Johnson should knuckle down and strike an agreement. The United Kingdom left the EU in January, but the two sides are trying ...