Climate change: 480,000 killed by extreme weather this century

A flooded area of Buzi, central Mozambique, after the passage of cyclone Idai. PARIS, Jan 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Almost half a million people have died in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to a new assessment of the direct threat posed to humanity by…

Central African Republic war crimes suspect Mahamat Said surrenders to ICC: Statement

Seleka fighters stand in their base before a mission in the town of Lioto, Central African Republic, on June 9, 2014 THE HAGUE, Jan 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The International Criminal Court said it had taken into custody a former Central African Republic commander of the “Seleka” faction suspected of war crimes…

Covid-19: Pres Biden to reinstate travel bans on most non-US citizens – White House official

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — President Joe Biden will announce he is re-imposing a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response. Biden will also on…

Covid-19: Portuguese defense minister tests positive; mild condition

LISBON, Jan 25 (NNN-Xinhua) — Portuguese Defense Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms, his office said. According to a statement from the Ministry of Defense, Cravinho is already “in confinement, keeping working at a distance.” This is the seventh Portuguese minister, out of a total…

Russian Nord Stream 2 pipe-laying ship begins work off Denmark

COPENHAGEN, Jan 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Russian ship tasked with completing the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has begun work in waters off Denmark, the company said. The pipe-laying vessel “Fortuna”, owned by the Russian company KVT-RUS, had earlier been located, by marine tracing apps, some 28 kilometres south…

Covid-19: German government fears attacks on vaccine facilities, staff by anti-vaxxers

BERLIN, Jan 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The German government says it is preparing for possible attacks on vaccination centres, vaccine transports or even vaccine makers.Although there are no concrete indications of such attacks so far, there is an “abstract threat” to the above-mentioned institutions due to “the great media presence as…

Turkey Confirms 5,277 New COVID-19 Cases

ANKARA, Jan 25 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Turkey reported 5,277 new COVID-19 cases, including 684 symptomatic patients, as the total number of positive cases in the country reached 2,429,605, according to its health ministry. The death toll from the virus rose by 140 to 25,073, while total recoveries climbed to 2,307,721, after…

Portugal: President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa re-elected – exit poll

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa LISBON, Jan 25 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Centre-right incumbent candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has won Portugal’s presidential election, according to an exit poll. The survey by the Portuguese Catholic University’s Polling Center for public broadcaster RTP on Sunday indicated that Rebelo de Sousa captured between 57-62 percent…

Covid-19: No Europe deaths directly tied to vaccinations – experts

PARIS, Jan 24 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Despite dozens of deaths of people shortly after they were vaccinated against coronavirus, scientists say the evidence available so far does not incriminate the new anti-Covid vaccines. Health agencies stress however that the vast majority of post-vaccination fatalities were elderly, already vulnerable and often sick.…

Rioting youths in Dutch village torch COVID-19 testing centre

AMSTERDAM, Jan 24 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Rioting youths protesting on the first night of a Dutch curfew torched a COVID-19 testing facility and threw fireworks at police in a Dutch fishing village. Police said Sunday they fined more than 3,600 people nationwide for breaching the curfew that ran from 9pm  local…
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