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US diplomats lodge extraordinary protest against Trump


WASHINGTON: In a highly unusual move, American diplomats have drafted two cables condemning President Donald Trump’s incitement of the deadly assault on the Capitol on Wednesday and calling for administration officials to possibly support invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Using what is known as the State Department’s dissent channel, career foreign

Austrian minister quits over plagiarism charges

Austrian minister quits over plagiarism charges

ZURICH: Austria’s Labour Minister Christine Aschbacher has resigned after allegations that she plagiarised some of her university work, but denied any wrongdoing and said she was stepping down to protect her family. Aschbacher, a member of the conservative Austrian People’s Party which leads the coalition government, allegedly copied at least one fifth of her doctoral

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit social media

LONDON: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have quit social media after growing disillusioned by the “hate” they have found on sites like Facebook and Twitter, a UK newspaper reported on Sunday. The couple were rejecting social media in both a personal and professional capacity as part of their new “progressive role” in the United States,

S. Arabia to build zero carbon city

S. Arabia to build zero carbon city

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince on Sunday announced plans to build a zero carbon city at NEOM, a $500 billion flagship business zone aimed at diversifying the kingdom’s oil-based economy. Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in televised remarks that the city, which will be capable of housing one million residents, would comprise “carbon-positive urban developments

Spain shovels out of snowdrifts left by storm


MADRID: Emergency crews in central Spain cleared 500 roads and rescued over 1,500 people stranded in their vehicles, allowing Madrid and other areas on Sunday to slowly shovel out of the country’s worst snowstorm in recent memory. After recording 50 centimetres (20 inches) of snow in the Spanish capital between Friday night and Saturday, Madrid

Britain races to vaccine target, Germany warns hardest days ahead

Britain races to vaccine target, Germany warns hardest days ahead

LONDON: Britain on Sunday raced against the clock to vaccinate as many people as possible while Germany warned of the “hardest” days yet to come with Europe battling to contain soaring coronavirus infections. January 11 marks one year since China confirmed its first death from Covid-19, a 61-year-old man who was a regular at Wuhan

Kyrgyz nationalist wins landslide victory in presidential poll


BISHKEK: Populist Sadyr Japarov was on the path to an easy win on Sunday in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election, the first vote following recent political upheaval in the Central Asian country. Results published by the ex-Soviet country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) showed Japarov with close to 80 percent of the vote after an automated count. A

US ends curbs on official contacts with Taiwan


WASHINGTON: The United States has decided to end restrictions governing official contacts with Taiwan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday, a move hailed by Taipei as ending “decades of discrimination”. Pompeo said the “complex internal restrictions” on contacts with Taipei by diplomats, service members and others had been imposed “in an attempt to

UK helps raise $1bn in global vaccine donations

Uk Helps

LONDON: Britain said on Sunday it has helped raise $1 billion (818 million euros) from global donors towards the drive to help “vulnerable countries” access coronavirus vaccines, by match-funding contributions. The UK said, in addition, it has committed 548 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), after matching with 1 every $4 pledged by

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