Europe considers new Covid-19 strategy: accepting the virus

When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even

This day in history | 1950 Acclaimed author George Orwell dies

Until the last, news had been positive and it was hoped Mr Orwell was improving. On Friday morning he had a long talk with a friend about

Biden’s news conference takes abrupt, lengthy turn

For the first half of one of his rare news conferences as president, Joe Biden stuck to an organized plan, calling on reporters from a

The Buzz | Pakistan court sentences woman to death for blasphemy

A Pakistani court sentenced a Muslim woman to death after finding her guilty of blasphemy for insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in text messages she sent to a friend,

Airlines worldwide rush to change flights over US 5G problem

Airlines across the world, including the long-haul carrier Emirates, rushed yesterday to cancel or change flights heading into the U.S. over an ongoing dispute about the

This day in history | 1961 John F Kennedy sworn in as US president

The Democrat John F Kennedy has been sworn in as the youngest ever elected president of the United States. The 43-year-old Roman Catholic was inaugurated as the 35th president

Pfizer chief Albert Bourla wins $1 million Genesis Prize

Albert Bourla, chairman and chief executive of global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., was awarded yesterday the prestigious Genesis Prize for his efforts in leading the development

The Buzz | UK’s Johnson faces Parliament as ouster bid gathers steam

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a grilling from opponents in Parliament today — and a more worrying threat from his own party’s restive lawmakers, dozens of

Breaking News: UK lifts COVID restrictions, says Omicron wave ‘has peaked’

Face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and schools in England and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in large parts

UAE | Satellite photos show aftermath of Abu Dhabi oil site attack

Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press yesterday appear to show the aftermath of a fatal attack on an oil facility in the capital of the

This day in history | 1966 Indira Gandhi takes charge in India

She was chosen at the end of a bitter leadership battle with former finance minister Morarji Desai. Following her win, Mrs Gandhi pledged herself to serve the Congress Party

The Buzz | Out of this world: 555.55-carat black diamond lands in Dubai

Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled a diamond that’s literally from out of this world. Sotheby’s calls the 555.55-carat black diamond — believed to have come from

USA | After Biden’s first year, the virus and disunity rage on

From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus

This day in history | 1996 Green groups join bypass battle

Six major environmental organisations today added their support to the growing anti-bypass campaign in Newbury, Berkshire. Friends of the Earth, the Council for British Archaeology, Greenpeace UK,

Oxfam: Tax rich to fund vaccines for poor hit by pandemic

Anti-poverty organization Oxfam called yesterday for governments to impose a one-time 99% tax on the world’s billionaires and use the money to fund expanded production of

Ukraine | Microsoft discloses malware attack on govt networks

Microsoft said late Saturday that dozens of computer systems at an unspecified number of Ukrainian government agencies have been infected with destructive malware disguised as

Israel | Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday. The deal,

This day in history | 1983 BBC wakes up to morning TV

The BBC’s new Breakfast Time programme went on air at 0630 GMT, presented by Nationwide’s Frank Bough and former ITN news reader Selina Scott.  Nick Ross,

Russian diplomat leaves open Cuba, Venezuela army deployment

Russia yesterday sharply raised the stakes in a showdown with the West over Ukraine, with a top diplomat saying he wouldn’t exclude a Russian military deployment to

This day in history | 1994 Duchess of Kent joins Catholic church

The Duchess of Kent has become the first member of the Royal Family to convert to Catholicism for more than 300 years. The duchess was received into the Catholic

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