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US will ‘pay the price’: China

The United States will have to “pay a price” for its diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China said yesterday, just weeks after talks aimed at easing tense relations between the...

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Instagram tightens teen defences as US hearing looms

Instagram yesterday tightened protections for teens on the eve of a Senate hearing about whether it is “toxic” for young

Coral reefs at risk of collapse: study

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing threaten coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean with complete collapse in the next 50 years, according to a groundbreaking study of these marine ecosystems.

1d ago| Middle East

UAE declares 4.5-day workweek; Saturday-Sunday weekend

The United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday it would transition to a four and half-day working week starting next year, with the full weekend falling on Saturday and Sunday in a move aimed at better...

Omicron drives new wave in South Africa

South Africa is preparing its hospitals for more admissions, as the Omicron coronavirus variant pushes the country into a fourth wave of Covid-19 cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said yesterday.

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Hong Kong’s government has warned the Wall Street Journal it may have broken the law by publishing an editorial that said casting blank ballots was one of the “last ways” for residents to voice...

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

38 perish in Burundi prison fire

A massive fire tore through an overcrowded prison in Burundi before dawn yesterday, killing dozens of inmates and seriously injuring many more, the country’s vice president said.

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021
USA

Rohingya Hate Speech: Refugees sue Facebook for $150b

Rohingya refugees sued Facebook on Monday for $150 billion over claims the social network is failing to stem hate speech on its platform, exacerbating violence against the vulnerable minority.

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

Vaccine mandates should be ‘last resort’

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe yesterday cautioned against making Covid vaccines mandatory, while urging better protection of children among whom cases are high.

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

Kenyan policeman kills six in shooting spree

A Kenyan police officer yesterday shot dead six people, including his wife, and wounded two others before turning the gun on himself, police said.

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

Ethiopia accuses US, allies of ‘destructive’ approach

Ethiopia yesterday accused the United States of “perpetuating a destructive narrative” after Washington and its allies sounded the alarm over reports that the authorities were unlawfully detaining...

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021
USA

Two-Hour Video Summit: Biden warns Putin against Ukraine invasion

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin held a two-hour video summit yesterday in which the US president said he would warn of painful sanctions and increased military support for Eastern Europe if Russia...

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

This day in history

1940 - German bombers staged a heavy overnight raid on London, causing the first serious war damage to House of Commons and Tower of London.

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

Syrian port of latakia::Israel strike targets Iran weapons

An Israeli air strike hit a shipment of Iranian weapons in the Syrian port of Latakia yesterday, in the first such attack on the key facility, a war monitor said.

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

Coral reefs at risk of collapse: study

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing threaten coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean with complete collapse in the next 50 years, according to a groundbreaking study of these marine ecosystems.

December 8, 2021
December 8, 2021

Instagram tightens teen defences as US hearing looms

Instagram yesterday tightened protections for teens on the eve of a Senate hearing about whether it is “toxic” for young