UAE signs agreement to purchase F-35 jets, armed drones from U.S.

The United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement with the United States to purchase 50 F-35 jets and up to 18 armed drones, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. Although the UAE and the United States were working to ink a deal before President Joseph Biden took office on Wednesday, the new president… Read More UAE signs agreement to purchase F-35 jets, armed drones from U.S.

U.S. swears in Joe Biden, Kamala Harris as president and vice-president

Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday, assuming the helm of a country reeling from deep political divides, a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans. With his hand on a five-inch thick heirloom Bible that has been in his family… Read More U.S. swears in Joe Biden, Kamala Harris as president and vice-president

Russian forces kill Chechen militant commander Aslan Byutukayev linked to 2011 Moscow airport bombing

Russian forces have killed a Chechen separatist guerrilla commander believed to have been involved in a deadly bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport in 2011, authorities said on Wednesday. Aslan Byutukayev was one of six militants killed during a special operation in the village of Katyr-Yurt, about 1,500 km (930 miles) south of Moscow, Chechen regional… Read More Russian forces kill Chechen militant commander Aslan Byutukayev linked to 2011 Moscow airport bombing

Three dead, six injured as building collapses following explosion in central Madrid

At least three people died and six were injured on Wednesday when a building in central Madrid belonging to the Catholic Church was blown apart by an explosion, local authorities said. Initial investigations suggested that the blast in Calle Toledo, a street leading out from the city centre, was caused by a gas leak, Mayor… Read More Three dead, six injured as building collapses following explosion in central Madrid

Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged more nations to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, saying their prohibition is badly needed to promote peace today. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect on Friday and has been signed by 86 states, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which… Read More Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

U.S President Donald Trump ends term, leaves Washington

President Donald Trump leaves the presidency on Wednesday under a dark cloud of his own making, ending his single four-year term stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions and his handling of a pandemic that has caused 400,000 U.S. deaths. Trump, 74, will bid farewell to the White House hours before President-elect Joe Biden is… Read More U.S President Donald Trump ends term, leaves Washington

Egypt, Qatar agree to resume diplomatic relations

Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The move follows an agreement between Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt earlier this month to end their boycott of Qatar – a move taken in 2017 over allegations it supported terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.… Read More Egypt, Qatar agree to resume diplomatic relations