Brussels, Belgium

Climate-change leaders and campaigners worldwide welcomed US President Joe Biden's move to rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement but said Washington must also cut emissions and use its influence to encourage other countries to do the same.

In one of his first acts as president, Biden

Tokyo, Japan

As embattled Tokyo Olympics organisers enter the final six months of preparations for the delayed Games on Saturday, virus experts believe hosting the world's biggest sporting event may be too big a gamble.

The Olympics are due to start on 23rd July but with much

Nairobi, Kenya/Kampala, Uganda
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When Uganda ordered an internet shutdown on the eve of the presidential election, groundnut seller Susan Tafumba's trade collapsed.

The 34-year-old sells groundnuts at Kampala's Nakawa market, but much of her business now comes through a mobile phone app that customers use

Brussels, Belgium

The World Health Organization plans to approve several COVID-19 vaccines from Western and Chinese manufacturers in coming weeks and months, a document published on Wednesday shows, as it aims for rapid rollouts in poorer countries. 

COVAX, a global scheme co-led by the WHO, wants to

Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Manufacturers from the six nations that make most of the world's clothes have forged a common front to negotiate better terms with Western fashion brands, whose cancelled orders devastated Asian garment workers early in the pandemic. 

"We want to come together to tackle


Honduran migrants encountered tear gas and were struck with sticks as they pushed through lines of Guatemalan soldiers in their trek to reach Mexico and seek asylum in the United States.

They departed from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, early on Friday, but by Tuesday the large caravan

Rome, Italy

Italian police have recovered a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th century Salvator Mundi painting of Jesus Christ that was stolen from a Naples church during the pandemic without the priests even realising it was gone.

The discovery was made when Naples police

Rome, Italy

Pope Francis congratulated US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, urging him to help foster reconciliation as the Vatican welcomes a new administration more in line with the pontiff's priorities on the environment and social justice issues.

Francis' congenial message contrasted with a statement issued almost


Representatives of the religious faiths recognised in Belgium have joined forces to urge federal authorities to increase the number of people admitted inside places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the current COVID-19 rules, such places can accommodate up to 15 people. In a letter to

Beijing, China

China’s Foreign Ministry described outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday as a “doomsday clown” and said his designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity was merely “a piece of wastepaper". 

The allegations of abuses against Muslim

Washington DC, US

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition - and one that appears nowhere in the law. 

The Constitution does not require the

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Washington DC, US

Joe Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on Wednesday, offering a message of unity and restoration to a deeply divided country reeling from a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more

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Tens of thousands of European city dwellers die prematurely each year due to air pollution, researchers said on Wednesday in a study ranking more than 800 cities according to the risk of early death from two leading pollutants.

The study, published in The Lancet Planetary

Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland's executive branch on Tuesday urged voters to reject in an upcoming referendum a proposal that would ban full face-coverings like Muslim niqabs and burqas and ski masks worn by some protesters.

Nearly three years after the proposal was first floated - and long before

London, UK

The former deputy chairman of the 2012 London Olympic organising committee said on Tuesday he would be planning for a cancellation if in charge of the Tokyo Games.

Keith Mills told BBC radio that the delayed Summer Games scheduled for July-August were looking unlikely




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