Category: <span>International</span>

Israel election: Voting opens in referendum on Netanyahu leadership
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Israel election: Voting opens in referendum on Netanyahu leadership

Israelis have begun voting in an unprecedented fourth election in two years that many see as a referendum on divisive longterm leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the vote a “festival of democracy” despite fears the results would once again be inconclusive prolonging the country’s political deadlock. At least 6.5 million Israels are registered to vote but as polling...

Sri Lanka to ban burqa and close 1,000 Islamic schools
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Sri Lanka to ban burqa and close 1,000 Islamic schools

Sri Lanka has announced plans to ban the wearing of burqas and said it would close more than 1,000 Islamic schools known as madrassas, citing national security. The minister of public security, Sarath Weerasekara, said he had signed a paper on Friday seeking the approval of the cabinet of ministers to ban burkas – outer...

Florida women wear ‘granny’ disguise to try to get Covid vaccine
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Florida women wear ‘granny’ disguise to try to get Covid vaccine

Two Florida women aged 34 and 44 dressed up as “grannies” – wearing bonnets and gloves – in a failed attempt to pass as old enough to be eligible for coronavirus jabs, according to local media reports. WFTV, an ABC-affiliated TV station in Orlando, reported that the pair had valid vaccine cards after having their first shots,...

Trump ‘refusing to pay’ Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees after falling out
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Trump ‘refusing to pay’ Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees after falling out

Donald Trump has fallen out with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and is refusing to pay the former New York mayor’s legal bills, it was reported, with the president feeling abandoned and frustrated during his last days in office. Giuliani played a key role in Trump’s failed attempts to overturn the results of November’s presidential election...

Hong Kong security law being used to ‘eliminate dissent’ say US, UK, Australia and Canada
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Hong Kong security law being used to ‘eliminate dissent’ say US, UK, Australia and Canada

The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, Britain and Canada have issued a joint statement expressing “serious concern” about the arrest of 55 democracy activists and supporters in Hong Kong last week. The arrests were by far the largest such action taken under a national security law (NSL) that China imposed on the semi-autonomous territory a little more...

Trump’s chaos sets off alarms worldwide about dangers of populist right
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Trump’s chaos sets off alarms worldwide about dangers of populist right

A rightwing leader defies social norms and political conventions, winning a popular following as well as the blessing of a major political movement, whose agenda he pursues to their delight. But when he’s about to lose office, he musters up his supporters and sympathetic members of the security forces to keep power, turning against his...

Georgia state run off timeline: When are the Georgia runoff results?
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Georgia state run off timeline: When are the Georgia runoff results?

Georgia is now the staging ground for the final deciding race for the US Congress and will put a lid on last year’s elections. Currently, Republicans hold the institution’s upper chamber – the Senate – with 51 senators to Democrats’ 46 and two Democrat-leaning independents. Flipping the two available seats would give the Democrats 50,...

Julian Assange to seek release from prison after extradition ruling
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Julian Assange to seek release from prison after extradition ruling

Julian Assange will make a fresh appeal to be released from prison this week after a British judge ruled that he cannot be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage and hacking government computers. While district judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected arguments that Assange would not get a fair trial in the US, she blocked extradition...

Terrified US Businesses prepare for violence with Donald Trump New Year’s protest IMMINENT
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Terrified US Businesses prepare for violence with Donald Trump New Year’s protest IMMINENT

Several businesses in Washington, D.C are preparing for possible violent protests in the coming week from supporters of President Donald Trump. This included The Hotel Harrington, a business which announced on Monday that it would be closed on January 6. This is the day that Congress will meet to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in...

Iran says Trump is trying to fabricate pretext for war
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Iran says Trump is trying to fabricate pretext for war

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday accused Donald Trump of attempting to fabricate a pretext to attack Iran, and said Tehran would defend itself forcefully. Separately, a military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader warned Trump “not to turn the New Year into mourning for Americans”. Zarif said in a tweet: “Instead of fighting...