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George Floyd murder: US federal probe on Minneapolis police
A US federal investigation has been launched into policing practices in the city of Minneapolis, a day after one of its former officers was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
Raul Castro confirms he’s resigning, ending long era in Cuba
Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by him and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.
Virus threatens catastrophe for all unless overcome together
The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to “an even more unequal world”, the Deputy UN chief said on Thursday, speaking at the closing session of the Financing for Development (FfD) Forum.
Police chief: Kneeling on Floyd’s neck violated policy
The Minneapolis police chief testified Monday that now-fired Officer Derek Chauvin violated departmental policy — and went against “our principles and the values that we have” — in pressing his knee on George Floyd’s neck and keeping him down after Floyd had stopped resisting and was in distress.
WHO-EU Medicines Agency meet on AstraZeneca vaccine Tuesday
Health officials from the UN and the European Union will meet with top executives of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday to discuss Astra-Zeneca vaccine.
Floyd family agrees to $27M settlement amidst ex-cop’s trial
The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody.
Covid-19 death toll tops 2.59 mn; cases 116.82 mn globally
The death toll from Covid-19 in the world topped 2,593,073 and cases 116,822,839 as of Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Global Covid death toll nears 2.5 million
Covid continues to devastate countries across the world, as the global death toll from the deadly virus fast nears the grim milestone of 2.5 million.
Grammy-winning duo Daft Punk break up after 28 years
Daft Punk, comprised of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, have had major success over the years, winning six Grammy Awards.
Biden mourns 500,000 dead, balancing nation’s grief and hope
President Joe Biden on Monday confronted head-on the country’s once-unimaginable loss — half a million Americans in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Covid-19 cases surpass 102 million
Dhaka, Jan 30 – The pandemic continues to grow even as nations race ahead with mass vaccination programmes. In fact, the global Covid caseload has now surged past 102 million.
Washington DC prepares for Biden inauguration
Security has been ramped up in Washington DC in preparation for an inauguration like no other.
Covid vaccine: WHO warns of ‘catastrophic moral failure’
The world faces a “catastrophic moral failure” because of unequal Covid vaccine policies, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.
Global COVID-19 cases near 90 million, deaths 1.92 mn
Dhaka, Jan 10 (AP/UNB) – Almost 90 million people have been infected with coronavirus as COVID-19 cases hardly show any sign of slowing down, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Global Covid cases inch closer to 89 million
Dhaka, Jan 9 — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world, as cases approach 89 million. According to the latest data released by Johns Hopkins University, the total count of COVID cases reached 88, 821,629, while the…
Trump blocked by Twitter and Facebook
Donald Trump has been suspended from Twitter and Facebook after tweeting to supporters who attacked the US Capitol.
Warnock makes history with Senate win as Dems near majority
ATLANTA (AP/UNB) — Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the Democrats’ reach.
Republican-led US Senate overrides Trump veto for first time
The US Congress has dealt Donald Trump a humiliating blow in his last days in office with the Senate voting overwhelmingly to override his veto of a defense spending bill.
US election is over, but Trump’s attacks will linger
Washington, Dec 12 – The US presidential election 2020 is over. But it is clear that nothing – no fact, no piece of evidence and no court ruling – will dissuade Trump from trying to mislead Americans about Joe Biden’s…
Yunus’ petition for patent-free vaccines gets 1mn signatures
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus’ petition on putting people ahead of pharma patents has received nearly one million signatures.
World carbon dioxide emissions drop 7% in pandemic-hit 2020
A locked-down pandemic-struck world cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year by 7%, the biggest drop ever, new preliminary figures show.
Global coronavirus cases cross 67 mn mark, deaths 1.53 mn
Washington, AP/UNB, Dec 07 – The number of global coronavirus cases has crossed the 67 million, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU). According to the data compiled by JHU, the total caseload globally reached 67,009,962 while the death toll climbed…
About Covid-19 vaccine that raises hopes among scientists
Scientists developing COVID-19 vaccines are optimistic that by the end of next year, all people everywhere will have access to safe and effective treatments against a disease which has disrupted the entire planet.
Covid pandemic getting worse; global cases stand at 65.8 mln
Washington, AP/UNB, Dec 05 – The global number of confirmed coronavirus cases exceeded 65.8 million with 1.5 million fatalities on Saturday, according to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Global Covid-19 death toll exceeds 1.5 million, cases 6.51mn
The global death toll from Covid-19 pandemic surged past 1.5 million on Friday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
Green Climate Fund approves USD 1.1 billion for 16 projects
Delhi, 27 Nov (Indrajit Bose) — The Board of the UNFCCC’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved with conditions, USD 1.1 billion for 16 funding proposals at its 27th meeting held virtually from 9-13 November. Three funding proposals from Burundi, Sudan…
UN: Economic cost of Israeli occupation in Gaza is $16.7 bn
Geneva, 26 Nov (Kanaga Raja) – The cumulative economic cost of the Israeli occupation in Gaza on account of prolonged closure and economic and movement restrictions as well as military operations during the period from 2007-2018 is estimated at $16.7…
Trump signals he is prepared to leave White House
Donald Trump has said he will leave the White House if Joe Biden is formally confirmed as the next US president by the electoral college. The president has refused to accept defeat in the 3 November vote, and told reporters…
Coronavirus: Global cases hit 58.5 million, deaths 1.38mn
AP/UNB, Nov 23 – The number of global Covid-19 cases crossed 58.5 million on Monday with the death of 1,386,596 people , according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).