Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani proposes amendments to citizenship laws

Qatar’s ruling emir on Tuesday warned the Gulf state against excessive tribalism he said endangered national unity, proposing a plan to promote equal citizenship through changes to legislation that has inflamed tribal sensitivities. The emir, in a speech at the opening session of the advisory Shura Council, for which partial polls were held for the… Read More Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani proposes amendments to citizenship laws

African Union plans to buy up to 110 million doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

The African Union (AU) intends to buy up to 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc in an arrangement brokered in part by the White House, which will defer delivery of some doses intended for the United States to facilitate the deal, officials said. The AU’s doses will be delivered over the coming… Read More African Union plans to buy up to 110 million doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Dozens arrested in global crackdown on DarkNet traders

At least 150 people have been arrested by European and U.S. authorities after a joint crackdown on traders of drugs, weapons and other illicit goods on darknet e-commerce sites, Dutch media reported on Tuesday citing police agency Europol. The crackdown, called Operation Dark HunTor, was announced at a U.S. Justice Department news conference where Deputy… Read More Dozens arrested in global crackdown on DarkNet traders

Japan’s Princess Mako gives up royal title as she weds college sweetheart

Japan’s Princess Mako, the niece of the emperor, married college sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday, giving up her royal title and saying she was determined to build a happy life with her “irreplaceable” husband after a tumultuous engagement. In an unusually frank joint news conference with her new husband, Mako said “incorrect” news reports about… Read More Japan’s Princess Mako gives up royal title as she weds college sweetheart

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ends state of emergency in nation

Egypt’s state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday. Egypt imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after deadly bombings of churches and has since routinely extended it at three-month intervals, despite an improved security situation. “Egypt has become … an oasis of… Read More Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ends state of emergency in nation

Four injured as gas explosion destroys part of residential building in Russian city of Naberezhnye Chelny

Four people were wounded after a gas explosion destroyed part of a five-storey residential building in the Russian city of Naberezhnye Chelny 930 km (580 miles) east of Moscow. More than 30 people were evacuated from the site, the emergency service said in a report. Video footage showed the roof and part of two upper… Read More Four injured as gas explosion destroys part of residential building in Russian city of Naberezhnye Chelny

Mali expels ECOWAS representative

Mali’s transitional government has given the special representative from West Africa’s main regional bloc 72 hours to leave the country over “actions incompatible with his status”, the foreign ministry said on Monday. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been pressing Mali to respect its commitment to hold presidential and legislative elections next… Read More Mali expels ECOWAS representative

Three dead, dozens injured as military seize power in Sudan

Sudan’s military seized power from a transitional government on Monday and soldiers killed at least three people and wounded 80 as street protests broke out against the coup. The leader of the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council that had been established to guide the country to democracy following the overthrow… Read More Three dead, dozens injured as military seize power in Sudan