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World - 2021-01-13
Kuwait's cabinet submits resignation in standoff with parliament
Middle East

Kuwait's cabinet submits resignation in standoff with parliament

  • It complicates government efforts to tackle the OPEC state's deepest economic crisis in decades, caused by low oil prices and the coronavirus crisis.
  • It was not immediately clear if the emir, who has the final say in matters of state, would accept the cabinet's resignation.
Updated 13 Jan, 2021 11:18pm
Israel launches major air strikes on Iran-linked targets in Syria
South Asia

Israel launches major air strikes on Iran-linked targets in Syria

  • Two residents in the regional capital Deir al Zor City told Reuters they could hear the distant sound of huge explosions.
  • Israel's Defence Force Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said last month that missile strikes had "slowed down Iran's entrenchment in Syria" adding they had hit more than 500 targets in 2020.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 09:20pm
Brazil's Bolsonaro says he was right to question Chinese COVID-19 vaccine
USA

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he was right to question Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

  • This 50% is good, is it? All the (criticism) I got for my comments, and now they are seeing the truth. Four months of being lambasted because of the vaccine.
  • Brazil's government closed a deal with the Butantan Institute to buy up to 100 million doses of the Chinese vaccine.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 08:41pm
Brazilian clinics to buy India's COVAXIN vaccine pending approval
USA

Brazilian clinics to buy India's COVAXIN vaccine pending approval

  • Private sector talks to acquire Bharat's COVAXIN vaccine would not interfere with the Brazilian government's efforts to acquire vaccines for the public sector.
  • Bharat Biotech said on Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with a Brazil-based pharmaceutical seller, Precisa Medicamentos, to supply the vaccine even though it has yet to be approved.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 08:24pm
Tech giants hope for US data privacy law
USA

Tech giants hope for US data privacy law

  • The European Union's GDPR has largely contributed to making consumers aware of the issues related to the data that they submit to large digital platforms.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 08:01pm
Brazil services sector grows 2.6pc in Nov, sixth rise in a row
USA

Brazil services sector grows 2.6pc in Nov, sixth rise in a row

  • Activities such as restaurants, hotels, family services and transport ... are recovering, but the need for social distancing means the sector has not yet returned to pre-pandemic (levels).
  • Services account for around two-thirds of Brazilian economic activity.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 07:59pm
Indian farmers burn legislation in show of defiance
South Asia

Indian farmers burn legislation in show of defiance

  • Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of the capital, New Delhi, for almost two months.
  • The government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi denies this, saying the legislation is required to reform an agricultural sector beset by waste.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 07:55pm
India wants Pfizer to do local study for approval
South Asia

India wants Pfizer to do local study for approval

  • As of now, the pre-condition for any vaccine to be implemented in India is that you have to do a bridging trial.
  • Paul also said Russia's Sputnik V, a shot undergoing last-stage trials in India, will soon apply for emergency-use approval in the country.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 07:36pm
Polish parliament approves offshore wind energy legislation
Europe

Polish parliament approves offshore wind energy legislation

  • The regulation is designed to make it easier for investors to seek public support over the next decade as they build wind farms in the Baltic Sea.
  • Enabling investments worth around 130 billion zlotys will help level the negative impact of the slowdown in investment brought on by the pandemic.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 07:09pm
Uber appeals $59mn California fine over sexual assault data request
USA

Uber appeals $59mn California fine over sexual assault data request

  • The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) fined Uber in December after the company refused to share the information.
  • An anti-sexual abuse group also appealed the decision and supported Uber's "transparency and commitment to protecting survivors."
Published 13 Jan, 2021 07:04pm
Swiss boost coronavirus restrictions, shy away from full lockdown
Europe

Swiss boost coronavirus restrictions, shy away from full lockdown

  • The country also eased rules on allowing pandemic-hit businesses to apply for state financial aid in hardship cases.
  • Switzerland, which has so far taken a lighter touch to restricting business and public life, said it will close shops selling non-essential supplies from Monday.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 06:52pm
Google backs Biden immigration efforts, covers fees in threatened 'Dreamer' program
USA

Google backs Biden immigration efforts, covers fees in threatened 'Dreamer' program

  • Google said on Wednesday it would pay for the application fees of about 500 young immigrants seeking employment under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
  • A court ruling expected soon threatens to pause renewals and applications for those permits, Walker said. Recipients are often called "Dreamers."
Published 13 Jan, 2021 06:37pm
1.4mn in Madagascar need food aid due to drought, WFP says
Africa

1.4mn in Madagascar need food aid due to drought, WFP says

  • WFP said 1.35 million people, or just over a third of the south's population, will require such aid, almost twice the number that needed it in 2020.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the hardship, causing seasonal employment to dry up. Many families relied on this income to get through the lean season,
Published 13 Jan, 2021 06:35pm
US must reverse Trump course, make human rights central
USA

US must reverse Trump course, make human rights central

  • Biden, due to take office on Jan. 20, should make human rights a cornerstone of US foreign policy, said Roth.
  • Trump has denied responsibility for the violence and previous allegations of violating human rights.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 06:25pm
Singapore says ramping up COVID-19 vaccination drive
South Asia

Singapore says ramping up COVID-19 vaccination drive

  • Singapore started vaccinating healthcare workers on Dec. 30, becoming one of the first Asian countries to start its coronavirus inoculation programme.
  • The nation of 5.7 million people has been reporting relatively very few local cases in recent months and fatalities are among the world's lowest
Published 13 Jan, 2021 06:08pm
Watchdogs across EU should be allowed to challenge Facebook, EU court adviser says
Europe

Watchdogs across EU should be allowed to challenge Facebook, EU court adviser says

  • The adviser to the EU’s top court has issued a recommendation to allow data protection agencies in any EU country to take legal action against Facebook or any other tech firm even if their regional headquarters are in a different EU state.
  • If the recommendation is followed, it could prompt action by national agencies in the 27-member EU against other U.S. tech companies, such as Google, Twitter and Apple, which also have their EU headquarters in Ireland.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 03:45pm
U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition
China

U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition

  • The U.S. State Department’s cancellation of all travel this week includes a planned visit to Taiwan by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, a State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that all travel this week had been canceled, including his own trip to Europe, as part of the transition to the incoming Biden administration.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 03:22pm
Israeli strikes on Syria kill 23: monitor

Israeli strikes on Syria kill 23: monitor

  • Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since civil war broke out in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as Syrian government troops.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 12:56pm
US FTC's antitrust case against Facebook gets new judge

US FTC's antitrust case against Facebook gets new judge

  • The state attorneys general requested last month that the cases be consolidated. Facebook objected to the consolidation, saying it was "premature and unnecessary" but did not object to the same judge hearing both cases.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 12:27pm
With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote
USA

With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote

  • With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office.
  • That would trigger a trial in the still Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether enough time or political appetite remained to expel Trump.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 12:20pm