Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, four others dead following helicopter crash in Alaska

Petr Kellner, the Czech Republic’s richest man and founder of investment group PPF, was one of five people killed when their helicopter crashed on a skiing trip in Alaska. Kellner, 56, was among the passengers and pilot killed on Saturday in the crash near Knik Glacier northeast of Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers said. One survivor… Read More Czech billionaire Petr Kellner, four others dead following helicopter crash in Alaska

Belarus launches terrorism investigation into opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

The Belarus prosecutor’s office has opened a criminal case against opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on suspicion of preparing a terrorist act, the Belta news agency said on Monday, citing prosecutor general Andrei Shved. Tsikhanouskaya fled to neighbouring Lithuania shortly after a disputed August 9 election and called for President Alexander Lukashenko to leave power. Lukashenko,… Read More Belarus launches terrorism investigation into opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi tests positive for coronavirus

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Twitter on Monday, after receiving his first dose of a vaccine. “Had (first) dose of vaccine, but antibodies start developing after (second) dose that was due in a week. Please continue to be careful,” he said. Coronavirus cases are rising quickly in the… Read More Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi tests positive for coronavirus

Palestine receives 100,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine donated by China

Palestinians on Monday received 100,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to help broaden an initial campaign to vaccinate medical staff, the elderly and the chronically ill. Palestinian health authorities have been mounting a limited vaccination drive among the 5.2 million people living in the Israel-occupied West Bank and Gaza, using vaccines provided… Read More Palestine receives 100,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine donated by China

Tencent Music announces $1billion share repurchase plan

China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group announced a $1 billion share repurchase plan, its biggest, late on Sunday, days after the U.S. securities regulator adopted stricter measures for foreign companies listed on American stock exchanges. The Chinese music streaming company may buy back up to $1 billion of its Class A ordinary shares in the form… Read More Tencent Music announces $1billion share repurchase plan

British regulator clears Uber’s acquisition of Autocab

Britain’s competition watchdog said on Monday it had cleared Uber’s takeover of UK tech firm Autocab, after its initial probe found the deal would not affect competition in the country’s taxi booking and dispatch software market. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) began its investigation into the deal in January for possible effects on supply… Read More British regulator clears Uber’s acquisition of Autocab

China and Iran sign 25-year cooperation agreement

China and Iran, both subject to U.S. sanctions, signed a 25-year cooperation agreement on Saturday to strengthen their long-standing economic and political alliance. “Relations between the two countries have now reached the level of strategic partnership and China seeks to comprehensively improve relations with Iran,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Iran’s state… Read More China and Iran sign 25-year cooperation agreement

Shipping traffic resumes in Suez Canal following refloating of grounded ship

Shipping traffic through Egypt’s Suez Canal resumed on Monday after a giant container ship which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, the canal authority said. The 400-metre (430-yard) long Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early last Tuesday, halting traffic… Read More Shipping traffic resumes in Suez Canal following refloating of grounded ship