India to receive first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on May 1

India will receive a first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 on May 1, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, said on Monday. He did not say how many vaccines would be in the first batch or where they would be made. India, in the grip of a second… Read More India to receive first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on May 1

U.S. slams sanctions on Guatemalan officials for corruption

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a member of Guatemala’s Congress and a former presidential chief of staff in the country over alleged corruption, as Washington presses a number of Central American governments to crack down on graft. The move was announced hours before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris was due to meet… Read More U.S. slams sanctions on Guatemalan officials for corruption

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urges U.S. President Joe Biden to reverse Armenian massacres declaration

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged U.S. President Joe Biden to swiftly reverse his declaration that 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, an action he said was upsetting and diminished bilateral ties. Biden’s historic declaration on Saturday infuriated its NATO ally Turkey, which has said the announcement had opened a “deep wound”… Read More Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urges U.S. President Joe Biden to reverse Armenian massacres declaration

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says nation to enter full lockdown from April 29

Turks will be required to stay mostly at home under a nationwide “full lockdown” starting on Thursday and lasting until May 17 to curb a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, President Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday. Turkey logged 37,312 new COVID-19 infections and 353 deaths in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed,… Read More Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says nation to enter full lockdown from April 29

Nigerian bandits execute two more student captives

Nigerian criminals have killed two more student captives abducted from a northern university last week, said a state official on Monday, bringing the total number of executed hostages to five. On Tuesday, armed men stormed Greenfield University in Kaduna state, killing one person and abducting an unknown number of students, the latest in a series… Read More Nigerian bandits execute two more student captives

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case on carrying handguns in public

The U.S. Supreme Court stepped back into the heated debate over gun rights on Monday, agreeing to hear a challenge backed by the National Rifle Association to New York state’s restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns in public. The justices will take up an appeal by two gun owners and the New York affiliate of… Read More U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case on carrying handguns in public

French President Emmanuel Macron says restaurants to reopen in irregular fashion

French restaurants will reopen in a staggered fashion and on a regional basis, depending on the extent to which the COVID-19 epidemic is brought under control, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. French bars and restaurants have been closed since the end of October, when France started a second month-long nationwide lockdown, and did not… Read More French President Emmanuel Macron says restaurants to reopen in irregular fashion

European Union rejects redrawing borders in Western Balkans

The European Union is “absolutely not in favour” of redrawing borders in Western Balkans, a spokesman of the bloc’s executive said on Monday in response to an unofficial diplomatic note proposing to break up Bosnia and merge Kosovo with Albania. The document, which has been circulating among EU officials, proposes incorporating parts of Bosnia into… Read More European Union rejects redrawing borders in Western Balkans