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"Abusive, Racist": WHO's "China-Centric" Regional Head Hit By Allegations

01/28/22 3:20 AM

The World Health Organization vowed to take action Thursday following a slew of allegations from staff past and present against its Western Pacific regional director, including racist, abusive and...

'A resort of ghosts': on the Ukraine frontline waiting for war again - video

01/26/22 10:56 AM

The Guardian's Luke Harding travels to the eastern Ukraine coastal city of Mariupol to see how preparations are being made for a potential Russian attack. With tensions in the region high and Russian troops gathering on the border, Ukrainian soldiers remain defiant, despite their depleted firepower. And while the world's attention has returned to the region for the first time since Russia took Crimea in 2014, for Ukrainians the war has been ongoing Continue reading...

'Every indication' Putin plans force by mid-February: US

01/26/22 4:44 PM

The United States believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin remains poised to use force against Ukraine by mid-February despite a pressure campaign to stop him, a top diplomat said Wednesday."I have no idea whether he's made the ultimate decision, but we certainly see every indication that he is going to use military force sometime perhaps (between) now and the middle of February," Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told a forum.Sherman, who met with her Russian counterpart earlier this month in Vienna in an attempt to warn Moscow against invading its neighbor, said that Putin's planning may be affected by the Winter Games in Beijing, which the United States and several allies are boycotting due to human rights concerns."We all are aware that the Beijing Olympics begin on February 4, the opening ceremony, and President Putin expects to be there," Sherman told the Yalta European Strategy forum."I think that probably President Xi Jinping would not be ecstatic if Putin chose that moment to invade Ukraine, so that may affect his timing and his thinking."Sherman said that the United States was "pushing for diplomacy" but also "preparing for the worst."She reiterated that "even one Russian troop further invading Ukraine is a very serious matter" -- a continued message from Washington after President Joe Biden raised eyebrows by speaking of a different European response to a "minor" incursion.But she said the United States was "preparing for all kinds of scenarios," from a "full-on invasion" to "hybrid attacks or subversion or sabotage or coercion."Any invasion "has tremendous consequences for Ukraine and Europe, but also sends a message to the entire world that other autocrats can act with such impunity and go past long-held international principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity and an ability of a country to choose its own alliances."Russia late last year amassed tens of thousands of troops near the border with Ukraine, where a pro-Moscow insurgency has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.Russia, while denying plans for an invasion, has demanded concessions from the United States including a guarantee that Ukraine will never enter NATO.© 2022 AFP

'We look forward to confronting him': Virginia Giuffre's lawyers fire a warning shot at Prince Andrew

01/26/22 10:17 PM

The legal team representing a woman who accused the UK's Prince Andrew of sexual abuse when she was a teenager is hitting back after Andrew appeared to blame her for the abuse she allegedly suffered, The Independent reports. Virginia Giuffre alleges in a civil lawsuit that she suffered emotional harm and battery after she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and made to have sex with Andrew on three occasions back in 2001.This Wednesday, Andrew denied all of the allegations and said that Giuffrie's own “wrongful conduct” would be the theme of his defense. READ MORE: Cowboy hat-wearing MAGA rioter charged with assaulting police with chemical spray“Prince Andrew’s answer continues his approach of denying any knowledge or information concerning the claims against him, and purporting to blame the victim of the abuse for somehow bringing it on herself," Giuffre’s attorney David Boies told The Independent. “We look forward to confronting Prince Andrew with his denials and attempts to blame Ms Giuffre for her own abuse at his deposition and at trial.”Read more at The Independent.

'You Took Away My Mom': Singer's Son Slams Anti-Vaxxers After Her COVID-19 Death

01/20/22 6:15 PM

Czech folk singer Hana Horka deliberately allowed herself to be exposed to the coronavirus and refused to get vaccinated, her son said.

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08/29/21 10:33 PM

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1st Asian country decriminalizes marijuana

01/25/22 6:00 PM

Thailand has become the first country in Asia to decriminalize the use of marijuana, with the health minister calling the move good news Read Full Article at RT.com

27 drug smugglers killed at Jordan-Syria border, Jordanian army says

01/27/22 8:40 PM

Jordanian soldiers killed 27 armed drug smugglers as they tried to enter the country from Syria on Thursday, an army spokesman said.

5 Days After Volcano Erupts, First Aid Flights Arrive In Tonga

01/20/22 4:16 AM

New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes that were carrying water containers, kits for temporary shelters and generators.

6 dead, 30 missing after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

01/27/22 2:19 PM

Tunisia's official news agency says at least six people have died and an estimated 30 are missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia as they sought to migrate from Africa to Europe

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