UK PM Johnson fights back after defection

Wednesday's defection of Conservative Christian Wakeford to Labour served as a reminder of the high stakes at play, with the opposition party surging in opinion polls.

Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews confront #MeToo claims

"Lo Tishtok" — Hebrew for "You will not be silent" — is a phrase gaining momentum among haredim, who are being forced to reckon with claims of serious crimes, including sexual abuse of children, against several of their cultural icons.

Capitol assault probe wants testimony from top Republican lawmaker McCarthy

The congressional committee is examining if former president Donald Trump and his advisers encouraged or even plotted the violence.

Putin says Russia has two weeks to prepare for Omicron wave

Russia has lifted nearly all the restrictions designed to limit new cases, despite an increasing caseload and growing Omicron infections

UK’s Johnson faces parliament over party scandal

The embattled leader has been silent since an email was leaked late Monday that appeared to show a senior official inviting more than 100 colleagues to an outdoor event in May 2020 and encouraging them to 'bring your own booze'

UK PM Johnson faces fresh scandal over lockdown party breach

The British PM had hoped to start the new year with a reset of his embattled government, leaving behind the so-called "partygate" scandals that ratcheted up the pressure on his position, after a series of other claims of corruption.

Maya Angelou becomes first Black woman to appear on US coin

The quarter has for the last 90 years shown the nation's first president, George Washington, on one side and an eagle on the other.

WHO warns of ‘very high’ Omicron risk as Covid surges worldwide

Europe was again one of the hotspots for the pandemic, which is known to have claimed more than 5.4-million lives around the world.

Hong Kong police raid local media outlet, arrest six for ‘seditious publication’

Hong Kong has long served as a regional media hub, though it has tumbled down press freedom rankings in recent years as Beijing asserts greater control over the city.

Public shaming of alleged Covid rule breakers sparks backlash in China

Four masked suspects in hazmat suits — carrying placards displaying their photos and names — were paraded Tuesday in front of a large crowd in Guangxi region's Jingxi city.

Europe’s bizarre rules for Covid vaccine passes

Here are some of the more puzzling rules as Europeans settle for another winter holiday season overshadowed by the pandemic threat

Dutch prosecutors call for life terms for MH17 suspects

The four suspects on trial are Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko, accused of launching the BUK missile that hit the plane over war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Brigitte Macron targeted by transphobic fake news

For several months, messages have multiplied on social networks claiming that Brigitte Macron, born as Brigitte Trogneux, is a transgender woman whose first name at birth was Jean-Michel.

German state sells off €100mn seized crypto stash

The seized assets were sold off this month through a partnership with local bank Scheich, with the proceeds flowing into the accounts of the regional government of Hesse.

US life expectancy saw huge drop in 2020 due to Covid

Overall, Covid-19 was the third-leading cause of death, accounting for 350 000 fatalities, just over a tenth of all registered deaths, said a CDC report.

World Economic Forum ‘will defer’ Davos meeting over Omicron fears

The high-powered meeting scheduled for January 17-21 will instead be held in "early summer", the organisers said.

Understanding Biden’s dilemma in Ukraine

Flanked by divided NATO allies, the US walks a tightrope over a potential third world war

Soil and trials: South Africans embroiled in US farm worker visa debate

The Mississippi court case is unique; usually the grievances are against Mexicans accused of taking work from Americans

The architect trying to finish the Sagrada Familia after 138 years

Jordi Fauli is the seventh chief architect of Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia since Antoni Gaudi began work on the basilica in 1883