French President Emmanuel Macron confers nation’s highest honour on last survivor of D-Day commando unit

President Emmanuel Macron gave one of France’s highest honours on Friday to Leon Gautier, last surviving member of the French commando unit that waded onshore on D-Day alongside allied troops to begin the liberation of Europe. Gautier, 98, rose from his wheelchair to stand, leaning on two sticks, as Macron pinned the medal on his… Read More French President Emmanuel Macron confers nation’s highest honour on last survivor of D-Day commando unit

UK PM Boris Johnson suffers embarrassing defeat as party loses parliamentary by-election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered an embarrassing defeat when his Conservative Party lost a parliamentary by-election on the outskirts of London, just a few miles from his own seat. Since its creation in 1974, the Conservatives had comfortably held the leafy, affluent Chesham and Amersham constituency, capturing more than 50% of the vote on… Read More UK PM Boris Johnson suffers embarrassing defeat as party loses parliamentary by-election

Hong Kong police charges two Apple Daily executives with collusion with foreign country

Hong Kong police charged the chief editor and chief executive of pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily on Friday with collusion with a foreign country, a national security case that has sent chills through the city’s media. On Thursday, 500 police raided the media outlet and officers were seen sitting in front of computers in the newsroom… Read More Hong Kong police charges two Apple Daily executives with collusion with foreign country

Indian police summon Twitter India chief over viral video

Police in India have summoned Twitter’s top official in the country to answer allegations that the U.S. firm failed to stop the spread of a video that allegedly incited “hate and enmity” between Hindu and Muslim communities. An official police notice showed a case had been registered in Ghaziabad in northern Uttar Pradesh state over… Read More Indian police summon Twitter India chief over viral video

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern receives first shot of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received her first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, as the country steps up efforts to inoculate its population. The Pacific island nation shut its borders and used tough lockdown measures to become one of the few countries to have virtually eliminated COVID-19 in the community, but the government… Read More New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern receives first shot of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

Israel to give Palestine at least one million coronavirus vaccine doses in exchange deal

Israel will give at least 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under a deal to share shots, officials said on Friday, in a boost for the Palestinians’ vaccination campaign in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Under the terms of the deal, announced by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office, the… Read More Israel to give Palestine at least one million coronavirus vaccine doses in exchange deal

Hardline judge favourite as Iranians vote in presidential election

Iranians voted on Friday in a presidential election likely to be won by a hardline judge subject to U.S. sanctions, though many are expected to ignore the ballot amid economic hardship and calls for a boycott by liberals at home and abroad. With uncertainty surrounding Iran’s efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with six… Read More Hardline judge favourite as Iranians vote in presidential election