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Russian official warns Moscow may intervene if fighting escalates further in eastern Ukraine

Russian-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian troops have been clashing in the east of the country. Russia has also been building up troops on the border with Ukraine. The official, Dmitry Kozak, said that Russian forces could intervene to “defend” its citizens. “Everything depends on the scale of the conflagration,” he said. He also warned that […]

Doctor at trial of Derek Chauvin said George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen

George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen as he was pinned “in a vice” against the street during his arrest, a doctor at the trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has said. Dr Martin Tobin said Mr Floyd did not die from fentanyl found in his system, contradicting the defence’s argument. Mr […]

Pakistan Prime Minister an former international cricketer accused of victim blaming in rape cases

Human rights groups in Pakistan have accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of being a “rape apologist” after he blamed a rise in sexual assault cases on how women dress. During a live television interview, he advised women to cover up to prevent temptation. Mr Khan added “in any society where vulgarity is prevalent, there are […]

Blood clot very rare side effects of AstraZeneca says European regulators

The EU’s medicines regulator says unusual blood clots should be listed as a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. After a study looking at 86 such cases in the EU, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risk. There was no definite causal link, and […]

A giant ship, the length of four football fields, block Sues Canal

A giant container ship the length of four football pitches has become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking traffic in one of the world’s busiest trade routes. Dozens of vessels are stuck, waiting for rescue boats to free the 400m-long (1,312ft) ship, which was knocked off course by strong winds. Egypt has reopened the canal’s […]

Former French president Sarkozy sentenced to three years for corruption

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail, two of them suspended, for corruption. He was convicted of trying to bribe a judge in 2014 – after he’d left office – by suggesting he could secure a prestigious job for him in return for information about a separate case. Sarkozy, 66, […]

Facebook about turn sees Australian news content being shared on its platform

Facebook has announced it will restore news content to its users in Australia. The tech giant has blocked news to Australians on its platform since last Thursday amid a dispute over a proposed law which would force it and Google to pay news publishers for content. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg […]

Oxford research which shows slowing of the Coronavirus by the AstraZeneca vaccine hailed by Mat Hancock

Results that show the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine might reduce the spread of coronavirus have been hailed as “absolutely superb” by the health secretary. Matt Hancock said the study shows “vaccines are the way out of this pandemic”. It is the first time a vaccine has been shown to reduce transmission of the virus. The UK has […]

Efforts to impeach President Trump gathers momentum

The US House of Representatives is expected to hold a vote to impeach President Donald Trump over his role in last week’s storming of Congress. Democrats accuse the president of encouraging his supporters to attack the Capitol building. Five people died. Members of Mr Trump’s Republican party say they will join Democrats to impeach him […]

Argentina’s Senators set to vote on the legalization of abortion

Argentina will for the second time in two years vote on whether or not abortion is to be legalised. If it passes, the bill would be groundbreaking for Latin America, a region which has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. The bill has cleared the first hurdle when it was passed by the […]