South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for coronavirus

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, is still showing mild symptoms and has had to delay a booster vaccine he was due to receive this week, his office said on Monday. A statement from the presidency added that he reiterated a call for everyone to be vaccinated so as… Read More South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for coronavirus

Swiss court approves U.S. extradition request of Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin

A Swiss court dismissed an appeal by a Kremlin-linked Russian businessman to block his extradition to the United States, rejecting his argument that he was a victim of a U.S. political campaign to snare him on trumped-up insider trading charges. The Federal Criminal Court said in a ruling released on Monday that it had no… Read More Swiss court approves U.S. extradition request of Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin

Australia signs $717million defence deal with South Korea

Australia signed a A$1 billion (an equivalent of $716.5 million) defence deal with South Korea on Monday, boosting Seoul’s efforts to grow its military exports. Under the terms of the deal, South Korean defence company Hanwha Corp will build 30 self-propelled howitzers and 15 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles for Australia. “It’s an important further chapter… Read More Australia signs $717million defence deal with South Korea

How did the fashion industry cope with the coronavirus pandemic?

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, many businesses either slowed down or failed to keep the lights on. Malls and departmental stores covering areas beyond a million square foot were abandoned and shut down. A few retail and discount trademarks prevailed, but other than that the significance of physical stores sharply declined. Given that the… Read More How did the fashion industry cope with the coronavirus pandemic?

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan hosted Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday in the first ever public meeting between the United Arab Emirates’ de facto ruler andan Israeli leader. Israel’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi said the issue of Iran was on the agenda for their talks, which follow the formalisation… Read More Israeli PM Naftali Bennett meets with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

Hong Kong court jails eight pro-democracy activists over June 4 assembly

Eight Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to up to 14 months in prison on Monday for organising, taking part in and inciting participation in a banned vigil last year for victims of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise of wide-ranging freedoms,… Read More Hong Kong court jails eight pro-democracy activists over June 4 assembly

Legendary Mexican ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez dies at 81

Legendary Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez, an emblematic figure of ranchera music, died on Sunday at the age of 81, according to a message posted on his official Instagram account. Fernandez died at 6:15 a.m. local time, the post said. He had been suffering medical complications after a fall at his home that injured his cervical… Read More Legendary Mexican ranchera singer Vicente Fernandez dies at 81

Two missing following collision of Danish and British boats in foggy Baltic Sea

Two Danish crew members of a capsized barge were missing in the freezing Baltic Sea on Monday after an overnight collision with a British vessel in a busy maritime route off Sweden. With the pair unlikely to survive long in water temperatures around 4 Celsius, rescue boats and a helicopter hunted for hours. There was… Read More Two missing following collision of Danish and British boats in foggy Baltic Sea