Serbian anti-mining activists block bridges, roads

Environmental groups are angry over a recent referendum reform and oppose a new expropriation law, which allows the acquisition of private land. Skirmishes have erupted in Serbia between police and demonstrators who blocked roads and bridges to protest against new laws they say favour the interests of foreign investors damaging the environment. The government has … Read more

UK, Germany, Italy Detect Cases Of New Covid Variant

New Covid strain: Several nations have imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa. (File) London/Berlin/Amsterdam: Britain, Germany and Italy detected cases of the new ‘Omicron’ coronavirus variant on Saturday and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new steps to contain the virus, while more nations imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa. The discovery of … Read more

COVID-19: Face mask rules tightened, PCR tests for travellers and jabbed have to isolate if in contact with an Omicron case

Boris Johnson has announced a tightening of coronavirus restrictions during a Downing Street press conference following the detection of the Omicron variant in the UK. The prime minister warned the Omicron variant could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines over time after two infections of the new strain were identified in Nottingham and Brentwood, in Essex, … Read more

Czech President leaves hospital, to name new prime minister on Sunday

Czech President Milos Zeman left hospital on Saturday and will name a new prime minister on Sunday, his spokesman has confirmed. Jiri Ovcacek told the AFP news agency that “the president left the University Military Hospital (UVN) for Lany Castle,” his official residence. “He plans to appoint (centre-right leader) Petr Fiala as head of government … Read more

Activists hail Tanzania move to lift ban on pregnant schoolgirls

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – Tanzania announced this week the lifting of a controversial ban prohibiting pregnant girls from returning to school, a decision that came after years of sustained pressure from activists urging the government to abandon what they termed a discriminatory policy. On Wednesday, Education Minister Joyce Ndalichako said the government would remove … Read more

UK Confirms First Two Cases Of New Covid Strain ‘Omicron’

Both cases were linked to travel from southern Africa. (Representational) London: Britain on Saturday confirmed its first two cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19, both linked to travel from southern Africa. “We have moved rapidly and the individuals are self-isolating while contact tracing is ongoing,” Health Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement. … Read more

COVID-19: Two cases of Omicron variant detected in UK – with targeted testing to be rolled out in affected areas

Two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK, the health secretary has said. Sajid Javid also said there would be targeted testing in the areas where the cases were found – in Brentwood, Essex, and in Nottingham. It had previously been reported that one of the cases was in Chelmsford, … Read more

Calm returns to Solomon Islands after deadly protests and riots

Solomon Islands police found three bodies in a burned-out building and arrested more than 100 people in violence sparked by concerns about the Pacific nation”s increasing links with China. Australian media reported the bodies were recovered late on Friday after riots and protests subsided. No other details were given. Authorities imposed a curfew in the … Read more

2 Dead, Thousands Of Homes Without Power As Powerful Storm Batters UK

A car, crushed by a fallen tree and lamppost in Birkenhead, north west England. London: Two people were killed, thousands of homes cut off from power and drivers stuck on freezing roads overnight as a powerful storm hit the northern UK, authorities said Saturday. One woman tweeted a video of her flight from Paris struggling … Read more