Private Donations Pour in for Joe Biden’s Inauguration: What You Need To Know

Tyler Hromadka

President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration is set to take place early on Thursday amid strict Covid-19 protocols. Unlike previous inaugurations that have drawn massive crowds to the White House, this is going to be a smaller affair, which will mostly be online.Given the risks from the pandemic, and a potential threat in light of the recent…

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Philippine Protest Over Permission For Security Forces To Enter University

Tyler Hromadka

MANILA: Philippine students and activists protested on Tuesday against a government decision to allow security forces to patrol the campuses of the country’s biggest university after authorities accused it of being a breeding ground for communist rebels.President Rodrigo Duterte’s government has stepped up efforts to end a Maoist-led rebellion, one of the world’s longest insurgencies…

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Italy PM Wins Key Confidence Vote, Tougher Test On Tuesday

Tyler Hromadka

ROME: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte won a crucial confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday, hanging on to power after a junior partner quit his coalition and opened a political crisis amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.Had he lost the vote, Conte would have been forced to resign.After his appeal to opposition and…

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Independent Pandemic Review Panel Critical Of China, WHO Delays

Tyler Hromadka

GENEVA: An independent panel said on Monday that Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January to curb the initial COVID-19 outbreak, and criticised the World Health Organization (WHO) for not declaring an international emergency until Jan. 30.The experts reviewing the global handling of the pandemic, led by former New Zealand…

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John Kerry Thanks Europe For Keeping Climate Efforts Going

Tyler Hromadka

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry thanked Europeans on Thursday for keeping up the fight to slow global warming during the Trump administration and said the U.S. must recover lost time in the effort.Kerry spoke remotely to an Italian climate meeting, in his first international address for the Biden administration. He said the United States was…

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Thai Police Summon Activist For False Abduction Report

Tyler Hromadka

BANGKOK: Police in Thailand summoned a political activist for falsifying a statement on Wednesday, after his claim that he was abducted stirred anger on social media and allegations of state harassment of government critics.Mongkol Santimetakul, 25, a volunteer guard for the youth-led protest movement behind months of anti-government rallies, had told police he was snatched…

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Spain Opens 200 Criminal Probes Into Care Home Pandemic Failings

Tyler Hromadka

Spain's public prosecutor is investigating more than 200 cases of potential criminal mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic at nursing homes, where the virus spread almost unchecked during the devastating first wave.Nearly 43,000 care home residents died of COVID-19 or suspected infection during the March-May first wave of contagion, according to official data.At the time, staff…

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EU, Turkey Cautiously Eye Improved Ties After Tough 2020

Tyler Hromadka

BRUSSELS/ANKARA: The European Union and Turkey pressed each other on Thursday to take concrete steps to improve relations long strained by disagreements over energy, migration and Ankara’s human rights record.Turkey, which remains an official candidate for EU membership despite the tensions, is facing the threat of EU economic sanctions over a hydrocarbons dispute with Greece…

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Russia Plans To Produce COVID-19 Vaccine Storable At Fridge Temperatures

Tyler Hromadka

MOSCOW: Russia plans to produce a form of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that can be transported and stored at normal fridge temperatures as opposed to -18 Celsius, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Thursday. Such a move could help Russia in the global vaccine race by making it cheaper to store and transport Sputnik…

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European Court: Russia Must Answer For Abuses In 2008 Georgia War

Tyler Hromadka

PARIS: The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that Russia can be held to account for what judges said were acts of torture and ill treatment carried out in the days after the August 2008 war between Russia and ex-Soviet Georgia.During five days of fighting, Russia pushed troops into Georgia in support of…

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