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Pompeo’s Sanctions Increases Pressure On Biden

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed further sanctions on Iran, China and Cuba at a time when president-elect Joe Biden is looking to normalise ties with Iran and Cuba. With regard to China, Pompeo stated that the sanctions were in response to the massive round-up by the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong of 55 […]Read More

Palestinian President Announces Elections After 15 Years

The announcement of elections by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas – after a gap of 15 years – come as no major surprise. According to a decree issued by Abbas’s office on Friday, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which has limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, will hold legislative elections on May 22 and a presidential […]Read More

Biden Reveals $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

Less than a week before he takes over as U.S. President, Joe Biden has revealed a $1.9 trillion plan to boost the pandemic-ravaged economy. Called the ‘American Rescue Plan’, it includes direct payment of $1400 to each American. We have no time to waste when it comes to getting this virus under control and building […]Read More

Merkel’s Successor To Be Decided This Weekend

Don’t go Merkel! That’s the message that Europe seems to be giving the German Chancellor as she enters the last year in office after which she will be stepping down. A Pew Research survey found that she polls 75 percent in the last year across nations – much higher than any other European or world […]Read More

Covid Surge In China; 28 Million People Under Lockdown

The Coronavirus is back with a vengeance in China. Over 100 cases have been recorded, the highest daily rise in over five months. And that’s official in a country notorious for revealing less and concealing more, as was the case when it put out its first Covid infection a year ago. The National Health Commission […]Read More

Malaysia Imposes Emergency After 50 Years; No Polls Now

Acceding to a request from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, the Malaysian king has imposed a nationwide emergency till August 1. The government put forth the view that the move was needed to tackle a spike in Coronavirus cases that has strained the public health system. Imposition of emergency means Parliament and state legislatures have been […]Read More

North Korea’s Kim Has Another Title!

Surprise, North Korea’s leader for life Kim Jong-Un has another addition to his expanding portfolio of titles: on Monday at the congress of the ruling Workers Party, he was anointed general secretary, a title also held by his later father Kim Jong-Il and his grandfather Kim Il-Sung. He is seen as consolidating his grip on […]Read More

Will Trump Face Impeachment 2?

The U.S. Congress will take up a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump later on Monday, the second time in less than two years, unless Vice President Mike Pence invokes the 25th amendment to remove him from office. The resolution will call upon Pence to convene the Cabinet, invoke the amendment and declare Trump “incapable […]Read More

Saudi Arabia Launches Car-Less City

Saudi Arabia is already looking to a future beyond oil. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman who has made no secret of diversifying the Kingdom’s economy away from its oil revenue has now – in the midst of the pandemic – introduced plans for a car-free, road-free city. The project which is called THE LINE is […]Read More