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SOUTH KOREA’S INTELLIGENCE AGENCY FOILED NORTH KOREAN ATTEMPTS TO HACK INTO SOUTH KOREAN COMPANIES DEVELOPING CORONAVIRUS VACCINES, THE NEWS1 AGENCY REPORTED ON FRIDAY, CITING A MEMBER OF THE PARLIAMENTARY INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. LEGISLATOR HA TAE-KEUNG SAID AFTER BEING BRIEFED BY THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE THE AGENCY DID NOT SPECIFY HOW MANY AND WHICH DRUGMAKERS WERE TARGETED […]

A PARIS COURT HAS REJECTED A REQUEST TO POSTPONE THE CORRUPTION TRIAL OF FORMER FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY AND TWO OTHER DEFENDANTS, ORDERING THEM TO APPEAR IN PERSON FOR HEARINGS THAT WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY. SARKOZY BECAME FRANCE’S FIRST MODERN HEAD OF STATE TO APPEAR IN THE DOCK THIS WEEK, ON SUSPICIONS HE PROMISED A […]

SCOTLAND ON TUESDAY MADE SANITARY PRODUCTS FREE TO ALL WOMEN, BECOMING THE FIRST NATION IN THE WORLD TO TAKE SUCH A STEP AGAINST “PERIOD POVERTY”. THE MEASURE MAKES TAMPONS AND SANITARY PADS AVAILABLE AT DESIGNATED PUBLIC PLACES SUCH AS COMMUNITY CENTRES, YOUTH CLUBS AND PHARMACIES, AT AN ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST TO TAXPAYERS OF 24 MILLION […]

PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN, IN AN ADDRESS ON THE EVE OF THE UNITED STATES’S HOLIDAY THANKSGIVING, URGED AMERICANS TO STAY AT HOME AMID A SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES, WHILE REBUKING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S CONTINUED CHALLENGE OF THE ELECTION RESULTS. BIDEN CALLED FOR UNITY IN THE FACE OF THE PANDEMIC, WARNING THAT THE US IS IN THE […]

WHEN KUWAIT EMERGED FROM A MONTHS-LONG CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN, HUNDREDS OF KUWAITIS FLOCKED TO REOPENED STORES, THE LINES CLOGGING MALLS, SNAKING THROUGH HALLWAYS AND SPILLING ONTO SIDEWALKS. BUT UNLIKE MUCH OF THE WORLD, WHERE LONG LINES FORMED FOR DONATED FOOD, KUWAITIS WERE WAITING TO BUY CARTIER JEWELLERY. THE JEWELLERY-STORE RUSH BY KUWAIT’S LONG-CODDLED CITIZENS IS A […]

EARLY RESULTS FROM BURKINA FASO’S ELECTIONS SHOWED INCUMBENT PRESIDENT ROCH KABORE HOLDING A STRONG LEAD, AS OPPOSITION MEMBERS OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION BOYCOTTED THE PROCESS FOLLOWING ACCUSATIONS OF FRAUD. THE RESULTS DECLARED BY THE COMMISSION, KNOWN AS CENI, FROM 37 OUT OF ROUGHLY 360 DISTRICTS NATIONWIDE SHOWED KABORE WITH MORE THAN 235,000 VOTES – MORE […]

THE UNITED STATES MISSION SAID ON TUESDAY NIGERIA WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE UNITED STATES PILOT VISA BOND PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED BY THE OUTGOING DONALD TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. THE US MISSION IN NIGERIA DISCLOSED THIS IN A STATEMENT ON ITS WEBSITE. THE RULE WHICH TAKES EFFECT ON DECEMBER 24 REQUIRES TOURIST AND BUSINESS TRAVELLERS FROM SOME COUNTRIES […]

INDIA’S CORONAVIRUS CASES CROSSED THE NINE MILLION MARK EARLY ON FRIDAY AFTER IT RECORDED MORE THAN 45,000 NEW INFECTIONS, HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES SHOW. ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH MINISTRY UPDATE, IN ADDITION TO EXCEEDING NINE MILLION CONFIRMED CASES, SOME 584 DEATHS WERE REGISTERED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, TAKING THE TOTAL TO 132,162. INDIA IS CURRENTLY […]

UNITED STATES PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN DECLARED THE WINNER IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, FLIPPING THE HISTORICALLY REPUBLICAN-VOTING STATE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS AGENCY SAID  BIDEN HAD SECURED GEORGIA’S 16 ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES, STRETCHING HIS LEAD TO 306 ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES COMPARED TO […]

A RECORD 2,201 CASES WERE REPORTED ON WEDNESDAY, PROMPTING TOKYO AUTHORITIES TO MOVE CITY TO HIGHEST ALERT LEVEL. JAPAN CONFIRMED A RECORD OF MORE THAN 2,000 CORONAVIRUS CASES ON WEDNESDAY [ISSEI KATO/REUTERS] JAPAN IS ON “MAXIMUM ALERT” AFTER CONFIRMING A RECORD NUMBER OF DAILY CORONAVIRUS CASES, PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIDE SUGA SAID ON THURSDAY, BUT SAID […]


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