Canada places largest city under ‘lockdown’ for at least 28 days amid coronavirus spikes

The Ontario province will initiate partial coronavirus lockdown measures in two regions starting Monday, officials announced. Ontario is home to Toronto, the largest city in Canada with almost 3 million residents. Ontario has seen over 1,400 cases in the past 24 hours, forcing Ontario Premier Doug Ford to initiate a “lockdown.” The lockdown will cover Toronto and … Read more

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly attack in Kabul

About 23 mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding 31 others, an official said. The shells were fired from two cars, Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian said. No one took immediate responsibility for the early morning attack that also targeted the posh Wazir … Read more

Organization of American States warns of sham elections in socialist Venezuela

The international Organization of American States (OAS) has called on its 35-member nations to reject the parliamentary elections planned by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro next month on Dec. 6. “It cannot be accepted by the international community. We must be clear about it, reject that idea and any political margin to try to validate that process,” … Read more

Tigray crisis: Three consequences of the crisis in Ethiopia

Several weeks of clashes between the Ethiopian military and forces loyal to the political leadership in the northern Tigray region, have reportedly left hundreds of people dead. BBC’s Jameisha Prescod examines three of the main issues to come out of the ongoing crisis. Produced and edited by Anthony Irungu Source link

Instagram helps Vatican trace bikini model ‘like’ that seemed to come from pope

The Vatican and Facebook’s Instagram are cooperating to trace the origins of a “like” on a bikini model’s post that appeared to come from Pope Francis’ official account. Social media users last week pointed out that the pope’s account, “franciscus,” appeared to have given the sign of approval to a photo of Brazilian bikini model … Read more

Mexico tops 100,000 coronavirus deaths, 4th country to do so

MEXICO CITY – Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths, becoming only the fourth country to do so amid concerns about the lingering physical and psychological scars on survivors. José Luis Alomía Zegarra, Mexico’s director of epidemiology, announced late Thursday that Mexico had 100,104 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, behind only the United States, Brazil and … Read more

UNICEF: ‘No consistent association’ between school openings and COVID-19 infection rates

The United Nations agency responsible for aiding children is warning that the costs of coronavirus-related school closures outweight the benefits, and that the pandemic poses substantial threats to children and their countries’ long-term well-being. “Evidence shows that the net benefits of keeping schools open outweigh the costs of closing them,” reads a new UNICEF report titled “Averting a Lost … Read more

IMF director: Virus could disrupt global recovery

WASHINGTON – The head of the International Monetary Fund said Thursday that while the United States and other major economies turned in better-than-expected economic performances in the third quarter, the world now faces slower momentum with a resurgence in coronavirus cases. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in a note prepared for a virtual meeting … Read more

Legacy of socialism? State violence continues in Belarus

In Belarus, government security forces continue to abuse, arrest, and torture pro-democracy protesters as mass demonstrations became an almost-daily feature of life in the country after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko won his sixth term in a widely disputed election more than 100 days ago.  A recent video shared online captured just one instance of the government’s … Read more

Kremlin denies Putin suffered coughing fit during coronavirus conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly had a coughing fit during a televised coronavirus conference with top officials, though the Kremlin denied the episode.  Putin, 68, was in the middle of discussing “acute financial problems” related to the pandemic when he suddenly had trouble finishing his sentence. “Excuse me,” he said, clearing his throat several times.  RUSSIAN MPS … Read more

Australian state starts ‘circuit breaker’ coronavirus lockdown; limits movement, bans outside exercise

A region in Australia is returning to early coronavirus pandemic days after a six-day lockdown began midnight Wednesday, bringing an entire community to a standstill amid a new virus cluster. The state of South Australia implemented a “circuit breaker” lockdown in an attempt to quash a COVID-19 outbreak that grew to 22 infections this week … Read more

Tigray: Ethiopia denies Mekelle strikes targeted civilians

Ethiopia’s federal authorities have denied reports that civilians were targeted during air strikes in the capital of the Tigray region. They said the operation was against “specific critical TPLF targets”. A deadly airstrike on Tuesday killed two people and injured others in Mekelle. It is not yet clear who carried it out. Source link

Israel launches airstrike against Iranian targets in Syria

The Israeli air force conducted overnight airstrikes against eight targets controlled by the Iranian Al Quds forces stationed in Syria. According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), among the targets hit were storage facilities, headquarters and military compounds controlled by the Iranian Al Quds forces and Syrian armed forces. In addition, Syrian advanced surface-to-air missile batteries … Read more

US drops drug case against former Mexican general

A U.S. judge on Wednesday granted the Department of Justice’s request to drop the drug trafficking and money laundering case against former Mexican Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos and return him to Mexico. The action came after Mexico acknowledged making veiled threats to cut off cooperation unless the general was sent home. CHINESE ‘CARTELS’ QUIETLY OPERATING IN … Read more

French radio station mistakenly posts obits for very-much-alive public figures

They really “bleu” it. A French radio station mistakenly published online the obituaries of about 100 still very-much-alive public figures — including Queen Elizabeth II, Clint Eastwood, and Jimmy Carter. Radio France Internationale (RFI) apologized Monday for the error, saying a “technical problem” had caused unedited drafts of the death notices to go up on … Read more

Nigeria’s Christians become target of genocide as international community remains silent: advocates

The religious persecution of Christians in Nigeria is teetering on genocide, religious leaders and foreign policy analysts caution in a desperate bid for the international community to take urgent action. The Rev. Johnnie Moore, co-author of the new book “The Next Jihad: Stop the Christian Genocide in Africa,” told Fox News that Christian communities have been … Read more