Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko offers to hand over power after constitutional referendum

Alexander Lukashenko, the leader of Belarus, said on Monday he would be ready to hold new elections and hand over power after a constitutional referendum, an attempt to pacify mass protests and strikes that pose the biggest challenge yet to his rule. He made the offer, which he insisted would not be delivered on while… Read More Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko offers to hand over power after constitutional referendum

Israeli president invites UAE’s de facto leader to Jerusalem

Israel’s president on Monday invited the United Arab Emirates’ de facto leader to visit Jerusalem, praising his role in achieving a “noble and courageous” deal to normalise relations between Israel and the UAE. Both countries announced on Thursday they would forge formal ties under a U.S.-sponsored deal whose implementation could recast Middle East politics ranging… Read More Israeli president invites UAE’s de facto leader to Jerusalem

Soldier killed, two injured as two U.S. helicopters attack army checkpoint in Syria

Two U.S. helicopters on Monday attacked a Syrian army checkpoint in northeastern Syria near the Kurdish-held city of Qamishli, killing one soldier and injuring two others, state media said. The incident happened shortly after a U.S. patrol was prevented from passing by an army checkpoint in the area, state media said. Northeastern Syria is mainly… Read More Soldier killed, two injured as two U.S. helicopters attack army checkpoint in Syria

Taiwan to step up efforts to prevent infiltration of Chinese spies

Taiwan will step up scrutiny of mainland Chinese citizens who are residents of Hong Kong and seek to move to the island to ensure they do not engage in spying or other illegal acts, the government said on Monday. Taiwan has offered to welcome Hong Kong people who wish to leave the turmoil-hit Chinese-run city… Read More Taiwan to step up efforts to prevent infiltration of Chinese spies

Sanofi set to acquire Principia Biopharma in $3.7billion deal

Sanofi SA is to buy U.S.-based Principia Biopharma Inc for around $3.7 billion, the companies announced on Monday, marking the French healthcare company’s latest acquisition in the biotech sector. The deal will strengthen Sanofi’s research capabilities in areas such as autoimmune and allergic diseases, the companies said, and will see the French company buy the… Read More Sanofi set to acquire Principia Biopharma in $3.7billion deal

Three police officers killed as militants attack checkpoint in Kashmir

Militants killed three Indian policemen in Kashmir on Monday, as attacks on security forces and village leaders escalate in the disputed Muslim-majority region. Kashmir Police Chief Vijay Kumar said that militants attacked a security check-point north of the main city of Srinagar and killed one local policeman and two officers from the paramilitary Central Reserve… Read More Three police officers killed as militants attack checkpoint in Kashmir

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern postpones election as coronavirus cases resurge

New Zealand’s prime minister postponed the country’s general election on Monday by a month to October 17 as the city of Auckland remains in lockdown due to a new outbreak of the coronavirus. Jacinda Ardern has been under pressure to put off the polls as political parties said it was impossible to campaign in a… Read More New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern postpones election as coronavirus cases resurge