China urges U.N. states not to attend Xinjiang event on Uyghur repression next week – National

China has urged United Nations member states not to attend an event planned next week by Germany, the United States and Britain on the repression of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Xinjiang, according to a note seen by Reuters on Friday. “It is a politically-motivated event,” China’s U.N. mission wrote in the note, […]

Update on AstraZeneca blood clot review coming this week, EU drug regulator says – National

The European medicines watchdog expects to hold a press conference this week updating the public on its review of rare blood clotting cases in people who have received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In an emailed response to questions, a spokeswoman for the European Medicines Agency said its pharmaceuticals risk […]

Ship that blocked Suez Canal freed after nearly a week – National

Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, a canal services firm said, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries. Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of […]

Trials for Canadians Kovrig, Spavor to begin in China this week – National

The court proceedings for two Canadian men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, detained in China are scheduled to begin this week, Canada’s foreign affairs minister has confirmed. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Marc Garneau said the Canadian Embassy in Beijing has been notified that the court hearings for Spavor and Kovrig are scheduled […]

Mexico to pass marijuana legalization bill next week, former president says – National

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Friday he expected Congress to pass its new law to legalize cannabis next week, a move that would effectively create one of the world’s largest weed markets. The bill, backed by the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would mark a major shift in a country […]

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls freed a week after abduction by gunmen: governor – National

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said Tuesday. Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle announced that 279 girls have been freed. Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe town on Friday, in the […]

Tokyo Olympics chief to resign this week over sexist remark, sources say – National

The president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, will resign over a sexist remark that sparked an outcry, two sources said on Thursday, while the former prime minister said he could not let the controversy drag on. Mori’s resignation would be bound to raise new doubts over the viability of holding […]

Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial to open this week with sense of urgency – National

Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial is opening this week with a sense of urgency — by Democrats who want to hold the former president accountable for the violent U.S. Capitol siege and Republicans who want it over as fast as possible. Scheduled to begin Tuesday, just over a month since the deadly riot, […]

Protests swell rapidly on Myanmar’s streets one week after military coup – National

A protest against Myanmar’s one-week-old military government swelled rapidly Monday morning as opposition to the coup grew increasingly bold. The protesters at a major downtown Yangon intersection chanted slogans, raised a three-finger salute and carried placards saying “Reject the military coup” and “Justice for Myanmar.” Starting with a few hundred people, the crowd exceeded […]

Trump’s lead impeachment lawyers leave defence team a week before his trial – National

By Jill Colvin, Mary Clare Jalonick And Eric Tucker The Associated Press Posted January 30, 2021 10:16 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Former U.S. President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers […]