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    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — UAE announces longtime ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died, country to begin 40-days of mourning. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    VIDEO2:1502:15Marcos Jr. has harnessed the power of TikTok to rehabilitate his imageSquawk Box Asia Ferdinand Marcos Jr. appears poised to be the next president of the Philippines as millions began voting on Monday, under the watchful eyes of thousands of security forces after violence claimed four lives over the weekend.  According to one of the latest opinion polls, the 64-year-old namesake son of a deposed dictator, will win more than half the votes to become the first presidential candidate to secure an absolute majority in decades. The survey, released last Monday, showed that he polled at 56% — way ahead of his main rival incumbent Vice-President Leni Robredo who was at a distant 23%. Popularly known as Bongbong, Marcos Jr. is the son of former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who ruled the country with an iron fist for two decades until he was overthrown in 1986 following mass protests. During the campaign, Marcos has tried to recast his father's legacy as comparable to former U.S. president John F. Kennedy's family in its glamor. Robredo, a 57-year-old lawyer and economist, will need...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A delegation from the European Union election observers on Monday wrapped up a six-day visit to Lebanon during which they discussed the deployment of observers ahead of the upcoming May 15 parliamentary elections in the crisis-hit country. The observer mission said it will start deploying 30 observers throughout Lebanon later this week, with their numbers reaching more than 150 from 27 EU member states, Switzerland and Norway on the day of the vote. During the visit, Gyorgy Holvenyi, head of the mission, discussed its work with top Lebanese officials, politicians and religious leaders. The May 15 elections will be the first in Lebanon since the country’s economic meltdown began in October 2019. A massive Aug. 4, 2020 explosion in Beirut’s port that killed more than 200 people, injured over 6,000 and caused wide damage in the Lebanese capital, precipitated the country’s crisis. The militant Hezbollah group and its allies control the majority of seats in the current parliament. Their opponents are hoping to deprive them of this majority in the next month’s vote....
    The socialist government of Spain has introduced new laws allowing for the supermarkets to ration food and other items as a part of its “Response Plan” to the economic fallout from the war in Ukraine. Amid soaring inflation, which hit nearly 10 per cent in March, the Spanish government, controlled by the leftist Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has opened up a legal loophole for supermarkets to begin rationing to customers. Published on Wednesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE) news bulletin website of the government, an amendment was inserted to the Regulation of Retail Trade law of 1996, which previously prohibited businesses from rationing. The new amendment reads: “Exceptionally, when there are extraordinary circumstances or force majeure that justify it, commercial establishments may temporarily suspend the prohibition… of limiting the number of items that can be purchased by each buyer.” The government stressed that rationing must be justified, such as in order to prevent shortages, prior to limits being implemented. Despite the worrying signal from the struggling state, the government’s Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda Raquel Sánchez...
    OLEKSANDR USYK has left Ukraine to start training for his rematch against Anthony Joshua. The world heavyweight champion has been fighting on the front line as he helps his country defend themselves against the Russian invasion. 2Usyk has been fighting for his country in UkraineCredit: Instagram @andrii_nebytov 2Joshua is hoping to reclaim the world heavyweight titlesCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk Usyk joined fellow boxers Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko and Vasyl Lomachenko in the Ukrainian military fight as they nobally chose to put their lives on the line for their country. Now Usyk has left Ukraine in order to begin training camp as he eyes a second victory over Joshua. He sensationally beat AJ by unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in September - claiming the IBF, WBA and WBO belts. A date of March or April was originally muted as the likely time for the rematch to take place. READ MORE IN BOXINGNEAT FOOTWORK Watch Joshua's majestic training move before winning game of football tennisPUNCH IT IN YOUR DIARY Boxing schedule 2022: Upcoming fights including Whyte...
    (CNN)When Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer leaves the bench this summer, he'll likely be doing so just as the Court releases its ruling on Mississippi's abortion ban, one that could potentially threaten decades of precedents on abortion that Justice Breyer himself authored. The impact of this potential reversal of Roe v. Wade would be felt by people across the country -- particularly Black women, many of whom have led the charge against attempts by state lawmakers to control their bodies, lives and futures. Fatima Goss GravesPresident Joe Biden said Thursday he's going to keep his campaign promise of nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. By doing so, he will help correct generations of bias and under-representation that have kept Black women from interpreting the laws whose worst impacts we are most likely to face. Black women's impact on the laws of this country is too often unvalued and unheard, whether it's Ida B. Wells' crusade against lynching to the foundational civil rights work of Pauli Murray, which was built upon by household names like Thurgood Marshall...
    The UK will begin resettling up to 20,000 Afghans, many directly from Afghanistan, from January as part of the country’s ‘Warm Welcome’ scheme. Up to 20,000 Afghan citizens are to be resettled in the UK starting in January as part of Operation Warm Welcome. The announcement comes after the UK received a record level of asylum applications this year, partly driven by over 27,000 migrants illegally crossing the English Channel from France this year. According to the UK’s official government website, Operation Warm Welcome will provide “safe and legal” resettlement routes into the UK for up to 20,000 eligible Afghans. The scheme represents “one of the largest commitments to [Afghan] resettlement of any country,” the site claims. “The Afghan citizens resettlement scheme provides a safe and legal way for the most vulnerable and at-risk people from Afghanistan to come to the United Kingdom and rebuild their lives, as part of the New Plan for Immigration,” said the UK’s Minister for Afghan Resettlement, Victoria Atkins. “Operation Warm Welcome is a huge national effort which could not succeed without the compassion and determination...
    Covid cases in South Africa have soared by a massive 289 per cent in just one week while deaths dropped from six to one across the same time period, according to the latest figures. The country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases recorded another 11,125 cases in the last 24 hours - with the vast majority in epicentre Gauteng province. This was a 289 per cent increase from last Sunday, when just 2,858 new infections were registered across the previous 24 hours. It is not known which variant the new cases recorded were. The Omicron-stricken country also recorded one death on Sunday, down from last week when six deaths were announced. NICD data is based on lateral flow and PCR tests done across South Africa every day.  It showed that in the country's nine provinces most new infections were recorded in Gauteng with 7,929 new cases. The latest figures bring the total number of cases in South Africa up to 3,031,694, while the number of deaths have increased to a total of 89,966. It comes as the outbreak of the new...
    China is lowering the minimum age of vaccination yet again, this time mandating that toddlers take the shot. China announced in recent days it will begin vaccinating children age 3 and up against COVID-19. Local city- and provincial-level governments in at least five Chinese provinces issued notices announcing children age 3-11 are required to get vaccinated, according to Associated Press. CHINESE LEADER VOWS 'NO ROOM' FOR COMPROMISE ON TAIWAN AFTER BIDEN PLEDGES DEFENSE China’s most widely used vaccines, Sinopharm and Sinovac, were approved in June 2021, and both have shown to be efficient in preventing severe disease and the transmission of COVID-19. Sinovac was approved for use in children age 3 to 17, but up until now has only been used for children 12 and older, the outlet reported. A study by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech found their version of the COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective in children age 5-11. The two companies are seeking an emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for use in this age demographic. CLICK HERE...
    Aug 26 (.) – Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Thursday it will begin a large study of its experimental vaccine against COVID-19, after it received authorization from Brazil’s regulatory agency. Earlier this year, Inovio decided to conduct the efficacy segment of its mid-to-late-stage trial outside the United States, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended a portion of the study in the country to learn more about the vaccine delivery device. The FDA’s decision was followed by the US government, which withdrew funding for the last stage of the study because vaccines were already available in the country. Inovio will carry out the global efficacy trial in partnership with China’s Advaccine Biopharmaceuticals in areas of the world in need of COVID-19 vaccines, the company said in a statement. Inovio, which does not have any approved drugs on the market, has so far received about $ 85 million in combined funding from the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Department of Defense for the advancement and manufacture of INO-4800. (Report by...
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) — About a dozen local firefighters are about to embark on a long journey to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “We got 42 days until 9/11,” said Batt. Chief Buck Buchanan, a retired LA County firefighter. “I’d really like to see a groundswell of patriotism come back.” READ MORE: COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise In LA County Buchanan helped organize the cross country bike ride that got underway Sunday at the Santa Monica Pier and was expected to take 40 days to reach New York. In all, eleven firefighters were taking part in the memorial tribute. “We’re going to pay our respects for those that were lost on 9/11 and to try to bring awareness to the American people about how important a date this is,” said  Buchanan. “A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that we are coming up on more people dying, firefighters dying in the aftermath of 9/11 from working the pile, recovery, from 9/11 related cancers and illnesses.” Tom Sowards, a firefighter in Renton, Washington, is among the...
    When President Joe Biden worked as a senator in the 1980’s, he reportedly gave “a very impassioned speech” where he backed Israel defending itself at all costs – even if it meant killing women and children. The president has been a long, firm supporter of Israel and made the comments during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting with former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in June 1982, according to the Times of Israel. Begin recalled the story to reporters after the meeting, saying the current president’s previous speech was “impassioned” and calling him “a talented speaker.” Biden, according to Begin, backed Operation Peace for the Galilee – the Lebanon War – which had begun just a few days earlier, the Times of Israel reported. During this speech, the current president said he’d do more than Israel to protect his country, Begin noted. “The senator — Biden — said he would go even further than Israel, adding that he’d forcefully fend off anyone who sought to invade his country, even if that meant killing women or children,” the Times of Israel...
    The head of NATO, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, confirmed Thursday that the coalition would begin withdrawing from Afghanistan on May 1, the original deadline set in a deal brokered by the administration of President Donald Trump, but extended this week under successor Joe Biden. Biden announced Wednesday that American troops would leave Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Cooperation between the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda led President George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan in the quest to find terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in October 2001. Biden has branded his extension of the 19-year-old war to its 20th birthday a political statement that the war had gone on too long. “I’ve concluded that it’s time to end America’s longest war,” Biden said in his announcement prolonging the war. Trump administration Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brokered a deal with the Taliban late last year that required the group to stop cooperating with foreign terrorist organizations and stop attacking American soldiers in exchange for the United States withdrawing from the country...
    The British government announced on Friday that travelers arriving into the country from areas designated as coronavirus hotspots will be required to quarantine for 10 days at a hotel beginning on Feb. 15, a move designed to stop new coronavirus variants from entering the country. The new plan would require all residents and citizens to quarantine at specified hotels located near seaports and airports when they return from hotspots. Each traveler will be billed for their stay and security guards will patrol the hotels, according to the Associated Press. Government officials have faced recent backlash for the lag in implementing the policy. It was first announced in late January, AP reported. The country's Labour Party criticized the plan, calling it  “beyond comprehension” that the government would take action nearly 50 days after the new strain of the virus from South Africa was first identified, the news outlet reported. The UK has already banned international travel from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in an effort to stop the spread of...
    Thursday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson warned elements on the American left were using last week’s incident at the U.S. Capitol to justify threats and fear to gain control over the country. According to Carlson, that included tying race to the incident. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: What happened at the Capitol last Wednesday was wrong. We’ve said that very clearly at the time. We’ve said it very clearly everyday sense since and we will continue to say it. We are opposed to political violence. We hate mobs. No matter who they claim to represent. Period. But that’s not all we’re against. We’re also against lying. Political propaganda is its own form of violence it. Destroys people’s minds. In the end, it enslaves them. You can judge for yourself what happened last Wednesday in Washington. Rarely has an event been filmed from more angles than that was. You know what that was, and you also know what it wasn’t. It was not an act of racism. It was not an insurrection. It wasn’t an armed invasion by a...
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government announced Saturday that it will begin vaccinating thousands of frontline health care workers as soon as possible to ease pressure on hospitals hit by coronavirus-related staffing shortages. The announcement marked an abrupt change to a policy of beginning vaccinations on Jan. 8 that had drawn criticism for leaving the Netherlands lagging behind other countries that have already begun. “The worrying situation in acute care is in part due to the illness of care workers, often corona-related,” the government said in a statement. “Acute care staff will, therefore, be part of the first group that is eligible for vaccination.” The Netherlands is in the midst of a five-week tough lockdown imposed when infection rates were spiking across the country. In recent days, infection rates have been edging lower; on Friday, 8,215 people tested positive for COVID-19. However, health officials have warned that the peak in new hospital and intensive care unit admissions has not yet been reached in the latest surge and capacity problems have been compounded by staff illness. The government said that it...
    (CNN)US forces that had been positioned in Somalia have begun their withdrawal from the country and redirected to other bases in East Africa."I directed the activation of a joint task force, JTF-Quartz, built around the headquarters of Special Operations Command-Africa, to oversee Operation Octave Quartz, the directed re-positioning of U.S. forces from Somalia to other bases in East Africa," said Gen. Stephen Townsed, the commander of US Africa Command, in a statement Saturday.Earlier this month, President Donald Trump ordered the majority of US troops to leave Somalia "by early 2021," in just one of the major military policy decisions being taken in the final days of his administration."The President of the United States has ordered the Department of Defense and the United States Africa Command to reposition the majority of personnel and assets out of Somalia by early 2021," the Pentagon said in a statement at the time.US troops in Somalia primarily train and advise local Somali forces as they battle al Qaeda's largest affiliate, Al-Shabaab. The US military also carries out airstrikes against Al-Shabaab and the local ISIS affiliate...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has four new local coronavirus infections, health officials said on Friday, just as the country has started reopening for tourists after months of keeping the virus at bay. A 67-year-old woman who sells shrimp in the Samut Sakhon province was confirmed to have the infection, senior health official Sopon Iamsirithaworn told a news conference, adding that three of her family members later also tested positive. She did not have a history of travelling outside the country, the official said, adding they were waiting for the results of the tests of 165 other people who had been in close contact with the woman. "We are collecting information to find the origins of this infection," said Disease Control Department director-general, Opas Karnkawinpong at the same news conference. Local cases have been in the single-digits in recent months, with most of them found in people observing quarantine after having been in close contact with an infected person. Most of Thailand's recent cases have been imported. Thailand has managed to keeping infections relatively low, reporting a total of 4,297 cases...
    Germany is set to receive 11 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine by March, as countries across the globe prepare mass vaccination campaigns. Hanno Kautz, a health ministry spokesman, announced during a press briefing on Monday that 3 to 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered in January and 11 million will be available by March. Cartoons on the CoronavirusView All 461 ImagesKautz added Germany expects the European Medicines Agency to approve Pfizer's vaccine by the end of the month. Once it is confirmed by the European Commission, he said, vaccinations will begin "immediately." Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine has already been approved for emergency use in several countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, which has already vaccinated residents, and the U.S., which expects to begin vaccinations on Monday. Health officials report more than 1.35 million cases of COVID-19 in Germany, with more than 22,100 deaths. The country is dealing with a deadly surge in the pandemic, with 16,362 new cases and 188 new deaths reported on Monday, according to the Robert Koch...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Edinburgh on Monday at the start of a nationwide train tour of Britain to meet and thank frontline workers, care home staff and teachers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. William, Queen Elizabeth's grandson and second-in-line to the throne, and Kate are travelling 1,250 miles across England, Scotland and Wales on board the Royal Train as part of their three-day trip. They kicked off the tour at London's Euston Station on Sunday evening where they were serenaded by Welsh pop star Shakin' Stevens singing his 1980s hit "Merry Christmas Everyone" before leaving for Scotland. "Thank you to all transport workers everywhere for keeping the country moving throughout this difficult year," they wrote on a train information board before they set off. Britain has been the hardest hit country in Europe by COVID-19, with more than 60,000 deaths. "The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to shining a spotlight on the incredible work that has been done across the country throughout this difficult year," Kensington Palace said...
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