On January 2021...

The top U.S. intelligence officer for North Korea warned on Friday the country sees diplomacy only as a means to advance its nuclear weapons development, even as the new Biden administration says it will look for ways to bring Pyongyang back to talks. President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Tuesday the new administration planned a full review of the U.S…

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January 23, 2021...

U.S. President Joe Biden will seek a five-year extension to the New START arms control treaty with Russia, the White House said on Thursday, in one of the first major foreign policy decisions of the new administration ahead of the treaty’s expiration in early February. The President has long been clear that the New START treaty is in the national security interests of the United States…

For more details – https://www.japantimes.co.jp/

January 22, 2021...

President Biden’s plea for national unity in his Inaugural Address on Wednesday was rooted in a belief — born of decades working inside the fractious institutions of government — that America can return to an era where “enough of us have come together to carry all of us forward.” It was a call for the restoration of the ordinary discord of democracy, with a reminder that “politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path…”

For more details – https://www.nytimes.com/

January 21, 2021...

India’s series-clinching victory over Australia at the Gabba is one of their “greatest wins ever”, according to former batsman Mohammad Kaif. Injury-hit India chased 328, a Brisbane record, to hand Australia a first Test defeat at the Gabba since 1988 and win one of the all-time great series 2-1. This came after they were bowled out for 36 in losing the first Test. “The way they came back after defeat in Adelaide is just remarkable. There are too many heroes to name,” said Kaif…

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January 20, 2021...

Volcanoes in Java continue to show worrying signs, with authorities closely monitoring seismic activity as they spew lava and ash many kilometres into the atmosphere. At 3,676 metres (12,060 feet), Mount Semeru in East Java is one of the highest volcanoes in Indonesia. Mount Merapi in central Java is a 2,929-metre (9,610-foot) active volcano with a hiking trail to its summit and a surrounding national park. Both continue to trouble authorities…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

January 19, 2021...

US defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters…

For more details – https://www.politico.com/

January 18, 2021...

At least 56 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on Sunday, the latest in a string of disasters to hit the Southeast Asian country. More than 820 people were injured and about 15,000 left their homes after the 6.2 magnitude quake, the BNPB said. Some sought refuge in the mountains, while others went to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said…

For more details – https://in.reuters.com/

January 17, 2021...

A global coronavirus vaccine rollout suffered a major blow Friday as Pfizer said it would delay shipments of the jabs in the next three to four weeks due to works at its key plant in Belgium. Pfizer said the modifications at the Puurs factory were necessary in order to ramp up its production capacity from mid-February of the vaccine developed with Germany’s BioNTech. There will be “a significant increase” in deliveries in late February and March, the US group promised…

January 16, 2021...

At least three people have died and 24 been injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said on Friday. The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles)northeast of the city of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometres. Several thousand panicked residents fled their homes to seek safety after the quake, which did not trigger a tsunami warning but was felt strongly for about seven seconds…

For more details – https://www.hindustantimes.com/

January 15, 2021...

Amid a resurgence of COVID-19 in several cities nearby Beijing, a 10-member team of WHO experts will arrive from Singapore in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in December 2019, to probe the origins of the deadly virus. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian in a media briefing on Tuesday had said that they will fly from Singapore to Wuhan on January 14. He, however, did not mention whether the experts would have to undergo quarantine…

For more details – https://www.timesnownews.com/

January 14, 2021...

WWF report finds area six times the size of Tasmania has been cleared globally since 2004. Australia remains one of the world’s hotspots for deforestation according to a new report by WWF, which finds an area six times the size of Tasmania has been cleared globally since 2004. The analysis identifies 24 “deforestation fronts” worldwide where a total of 43 million hectares of forest was destroyed in the period from 2004 until 2017…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

January 13, 2021...

Indonesia has deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle to help divers search for the remains of victims and recover the flight recorders from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea three days ago soon after takeoff. The Boeing 737-500 plane with 62 people on board plunged into the Java Sea Saturday afternoon, four minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s main airport…

For more details – https://in.reuters.com/

January 12, 2021...

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was given a new title, “general secretary” of the ruling Workers’ Party, formerly held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported Monday, in what appears to a symbolic move aimed at bolstering his authority amid growing economic challenges. The party’s ongoing congress, the first of its kind in five years, announced Kim’s new title during its sixth-day session on Sunday…

For more details – https://www.nzherald.co.nz/

January 11, 2021...

Indonesian divers have located wreckage from a Boeing 737-500 in the Java Sea, a day after the aircraft with 62 people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, officials said. The wreckage was discovered on Sunday at a depth of 23 metres (75ft), and included pieces of fuselage with aircraft registration parts. Earlier in the day, rescuers had retrieved body parts, pieces of clothing and scraps of metal from the water’s surface. There was no sign yet of survivors…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

January 10, 2021...

The provocative handle was given birth by a New York real estate tycoon who used it to help him become the 45th US president. It began with a May 4, 2009, tweet promoting Donald Trump’s upcoming appearance on David Letterman’s show. @realDonaldTrump, the Twitter feed that grew from the random musings of a reality TV star into the cudgel of an American president, died Friday. It was not quite 12 years old…

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January 09, 2021...

The United States set a new grim milestone Thursday with more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded in a single day. The unsettling numbers come after Wednesday saw over 3,900 deaths in the country, according to The Washington Post. The deadly virus appeared in the US nearly one year ago and is crippling intensive care units across the country. Two vaccines have been developed and states have begun to inoculate frontline workers…

For more details – https://www.nypost.com/

January 08, 2021...

Slamming President Donald Trump for inciting violence at the US Capitol, his predecessor Barack Obama has said it is a moment of “great dishonour and shame” for the United States. The statement of the former popular president came hours after thousands of pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday stormed the US Capitol, interrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers were set to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win…

January 07, 2021...

Over 50 pro-democratic activists in Hong Kong were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of breaking the city’s national security law, local media reported, in the biggest crackdown yet against the democratic opposition under the new law. The arrests in the Asian financial hub included well known democratic figures and former lawmakers James To, Lam Cheuk-ting and Lester Shum, according to the Democratic Party’s Facebook page and public broadcaster RTHK…

For more details – https://in.reuters.com/

January 06, 2021...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters and detained its crew, Iranian media said on Monday, amid tensions between Tehran and Seoul over Iranian funds frozen in South Korean banks due to US sanctions. Seoul confirmed the seizure of a South Korean chemical tanker by Iranian authorities in the waters off Oman, and demanded its immediate release…

For more details – https://www.indianexpress.com/

January 05, 2021...

Bali’s beaches have been covered in tonnes of ugly rubbish as a result of the monsoon and chronic failings in Indonesia’s waste management system. Authorities say that between 30 and 60 tonnes of trash is being collected from the island’s most famous beaches each day. Rubbish regularly invades Bali’s beaches at this time of year when the monsoon season begins, but authorities say it is worse than previous years…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

January 04, 2021...

Bitcoin has passed $30,000 (£22,000) in value for the first time, continuing a recent sharp rise. The virtual cryptocurrency hit $30,823.30 at 13:13 GMT on Saturday, just weeks after soaring above $20,000 for the first time. In the past year Bitcoin has almost quadrupled in value thanks to interest from large investors looking for rapid profits. Some analysts think it could rise even further as the US dollar drops further…

For more details – https://www.bbc.com/

January 03, 2021...

The number of people killed in large commercial airplane crashes rose in 2020 to 299 worldwide, even as the number of crashes fell by more than 50%, a Dutch consulting firm said on Friday. Aviation consulting firm To70 said in 2020 there were 40 accidents involving large commercial passenger planes, five of which were fatal, resulting in 299 fatalities. In 2019 there were 86 accidents, eight of which were fatal, resulting in 257 fatalities…

For more details – https://www.hindustantimes.com/

January 02, 2021...

Around 50 countries around the world have already started vaccinating their people against Covid-19, barely a year after the first alert by China signalled the start of the epidemic. China, where the pandemic first emerged, was also the first to start vaccinations over the summer, without waiting for a vaccine to be formally authorised but targeting the most vulnerable. To date nearly five million Chinese people have been vaccinated…

January 01, 2021...

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