U.S. President Joe Biden announces return to global climate pact

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced America’s return to the international Paris Agreement to fight climate change, the centerpiece of a raft of day-one executive orders aimed at restoring U.S. leadership in combating global warming. The announcements also included a sweeping order to review all of former President Donald Trump’s actions weakening climate change… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden announces return to global climate pact

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

EU calls on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to form new transatlantic pact

The European Union called on incoming U.S. President Joe Biden to form a “new founding pact” with Europe working on issues such as peace, security, prosperity, freedom and human rights. “Today is more than a transition. Today is an opportunity to rejuvenate our transatlantic relationship, which has greatly suffered in the last four years. In… Read More EU calls on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to form new transatlantic pact

Russian judge orders 30-day remand of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

A Russian judge remanded Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in pre-trial detention for 30 days on Monday for violating the terms of a suspended jail sentence, ignoring calls from Western countries to free the opposition politician immediately. The ruling, a day after police detained him at the airport as he returned home for the first time… Read More Russian judge orders 30-day remand of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Brazil approves emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines

Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave. Minutes after Anvisa’s board voted unanimously to approve both vaccines, Monica Calazans, a 54-year-old nurse in Sao Paulo, became the first person… Read More Brazil approves emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines