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Feb 23 2021

Tiger Woods suffers ‘serious injuries’ to BOTH legs in car crash, but ‘jaws of life’ weren’t used – sheriff

Los Angeles, California authorities said there was no evidence golf legend Tiger Woods was impaired at the time of the car crash that left him seriously hurt. The ‘‘jaws of life’ were not used to extract the golfer, they noted. Woods was “calm and lucid” when Deputy Carlos Gonzalez found him in the overturned vehicle on Tuesday morning, the responding officer told reporters at a press conference later in the day.  He was not able to stand on his own power, and was extracted from the car by a LA County Fire crew, Gonzalez added.  Fire Chief Daryl Osby said …

Feb 23 2021

Canada: Niagara Falls partially freezes as winter storm brings bitter cold

Niagara Falls could be seen partially frozen on Tuesday as the winter storm that has recently battered the US also made itself felt over the Canadian border, in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Some of the once free flowing torrents of the waterfall were left locked in place, although the flow continued beneath the surface, with snow covering the surrounding area. Members of public could also be seen photographing the uncommon sight. FORUM

Feb 23 2021

Armenia: Protesters block traffic in Yerevan street at rally against PM Pashinyan

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Yerevan on Tuesday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Thousands could be seen marching through the central streets of the Armenian capital while blocking traffic in one of the lanes. During the day’s demonstration, protesters gathered around one of the government buildings where they attempted to block Pashinyan from entering. Later, hundreds of protesters joined evening protests which took place in many of the capital’s streets. Protests in Yerevan broke out after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-brokered deal to end the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh on November 9. As per …

Feb 23 2021

🔴 Live: Madison Square Garden welcomes first visitors since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic

New York City’s Madison Square Garden reopens to visitors on Tuesday, February 23 for the first time since its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The stadium will be operating at 10 percent capacity with social distancing protocols in place to ensure fans safety. The first games to be played in front of a live audience will be the New York Knicks on Tuesday and the New York Rangers several days later. The Knicks reported that tickets to their first game with in-person fans allowed were sold within 30 minutes after the release. The reopening of MSG …

Feb 23 2021

USA: Protesters urge Biden to grant TPS recipients permanent residency at DC march

Hundreds of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and their families marched through Washington DC, on Tuesday, to urge President Joe Biden to grant them permanent residency and a path towards US citizenship. Members of the National TPS Alliance and their allies marched through the streets of the Nation’s Capital towards the White House calling on both the Biden administration and Congress to take action to guarantee a path to US citizenship for over 400,000 TPS beneficiaries. Like many other children of TPS recipients who came from across the country today, Virginia Reina-Landaverde came to rally for her parents out of …

Feb 23 2021

It’s not ‘kids in cages,’ Biden White House insists, saying it uses ‘facilities’ with ‘Covid-safe’ standards to lock up children

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has recast the reopening of one of ex-president Trump’s infamous migrant detention centers as a temporary fix for the pandemic, arguing that not locking kids up would be “inhumane.” Psaki was skewered by reporters on Tuesday after the Biden administration reopened a migrant detention facility that had been closed in 2019 under former president Donald Trump. The press secretary floundered as she attempted to defend Biden’s stated policy “not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border” by putting those children back in the “cages” – actually shipping containers – he had so …

Feb 23 2021

Four board members of Texas grid operator RESIGN over blackouts during deadly winter storm

The Texas electric utility is shedding board members ahead of the state probe into the blackouts that left more than four million people without power during a severe winter storm, which claimed an estimated 80 lives and counting. Chairwoman Sally Talberg, vice chair Peter Cramton, finance and audit chair Terry Bulger and human resources and governance chair Raymond Hepper have tendered their resignations to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), effective Wednesday.  They did so “to allow state leaders a free hand with future direction and to eliminate distractions,” according to the letter made public by local media on Tuesday …

Feb 23 2021

‘I had no clue’: Olivier Giroud admits disbelief after giving Chelsea Champions League win at Atletico Madrid via spectacular goal

Olivier Giroud scored a superb second-half winner to end Chelsea’s wretched run in the Champions League knockout stages in style – then admitted that he had been as uncertain as anyone over whether the goal would be allowed. Chelsea held their own in a typical European contest involving the current Liga leaders, with Diego Simeone’s wily contenders intent on defending resolutely and pouncing on the break through the likes of deadly top scorer Luis Suarez in the round of 16 first leg. New manager Thomas Tuchel would likely have been content to have continued his unbeaten start as Blues boss before …

Feb 23 2021

USA: Tiger Woods taken to hospital after car crash in LA County

Golf legend Tiger Woods was taken to hospital on Tuesday after being injured in a car crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, in Los Angelese County on Tuesday. A police car as well as media crews could be seen on the road near the site of the single-vehicle accident. *MORE TO FOLLOW* FORUM

Feb 23 2021

‘Blacklist’ site asks people to report everyone who voted for Trump to ‘unmask’ them

Conservatives are up in arms over a website that is asking people to report any acquaintance who voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. “This is insane. The Founders are rolling over in their graves,” RealClearPolitics cofounder Tim Bevan tweeted on Tuesday, including a link to the site in a subsequent tweet. According to screenshots posted of the site, it is run by an anonymous and “diverse group of patriots and People of Color looking to make a positive difference in America by unmasking Donald Trump voters.”  Another section of the site asks people to give the name …

Feb 23 2021

Ukraine: Clashes erupt between nationalist protesters and police outside president’s office in Kiev

Clashes broke out between supporters of the association ‘Resistance to Surrender Movement’ and riot police took place during a demonstration around the Ukrainian President’s office in Kiev on Tuesday. Thousands of protesters were seen attempting to break through the cordon into the office building as they lit flares and set off smoke bombs. According to Kiev National Police, around 24 protesters were detained during the protest, however, they were interrogated and released as reported. During the demonstration, 27 police officers were injured, while the number of injured numbers was unclear. The police estimated that there were around 2,000 people at …

Feb 23 2021

Belgium: VDL joins star-studded launch of COVID global recovery campaign

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and actor Hugh Jackman joined world leaders in a virtual panel on Tuesday to launch international advocacy organisation Global Citizen’s campaign to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, in Brussels. ”Let’s overcome the pandemic with a global vaccination campaign. Let’s stop the hunger crisis, bring children back to their classrooms, fight rising inequalities, and engage in a green recovery, treating our planet with care and respect. Yes, we have to fight the pandemic right now, but we also have to address its broader impact on the most vulnerable, and …

Feb 23 2021

USA: Interior Secretary nominee Haaland faces criticism at confirmation hearing

US President Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland faced criticism from Republican Senator John Barrasso during her confirmation hearing in Washington DC on Tuesday. Speaking to the committee Barrasso stated, “I am troubled by many of representative Haaland’s views, views that many in my home state of Wyoming would consider as radical.” He then called her up on a tweet from October 2020 which said that Republicans don’t believe in science. He said, “I think one of the concerns we have is that there are three senators on this committee who are medical doctors.” “Well we are Republicans as …

Feb 23 2021

‘Stripped NAKED and left in cell with lights on’: Trans woman charged in Capitol riot alleges mistreatment in jail

A transgender woman charged in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol says she was held naked in a constantly lit jail cell for four days, asking the court to be placed under house arrest instead. Jail officials denied mistreatment. Jessica Watkins is one of the nine “Oath Keepers” charged over the events on January 6, when supporters of President Donald Trump barged into the US Capitol amid the joint session of Congress meeting to certify Joe Biden’s election.  Woman arrested for unlawful entry and destruction of gov property during the Jan. 6 riot was allegedly denied medical attention …

Feb 23 2021

Mexico: ‘I hope they report more’ – AMLO on arrest of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s wife in US

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador commented on the arrest of Emma Coronel, the wife of imprisoned drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, in the US, speaking at a news conference in Mexico City on Tuesday. “She is detained, her husband, as is known, is also detained; also add that the man who was the Secretary of Public Security during the Calderon government is also detained, accused of receiving bribes from Mr Guzman Loera, maybe that is also the reason for the detention, that they want to have more information about what that relationship was about,” said Lopez Obrador. “I …

Feb 23 2021

For want of a jacket, British MP gets dressed down and bumped from Parliament call (VIDEO)

A British MP lost his speaking slot during a House of Commons video call on Tuesday over his failure to wear a jacket – a fashion faux pas for any MP wishing not to fall afoul of parliamentary dress code in the Chamber. Deputy Speaker of the House Eleanor Laing was about to introduce Jonathan Gullis, the Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, to speak in a video call debate on supporting businesses during the pandemic. Laing swiftly changed course when she noted the offending sartorial sin.  Conservative MP Jonathan Gullis snubbed from making a virtual contribution to Parliament after being …

Feb 23 2021

Thailand: Protesters decry alleged police corruption at Bangkok rally

Thousands of protesters marched towards the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok on Tuesday in protest against a recently uncovered corruption scheme. The system known as the Elephant Ticket allegedly allows individuals to be promoted within the hierarchy of law enforcement bypassing official selection. Protesters were seen holding banners and pictures of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, chanting and banging pots and drums as they asked ‘honest’ police officers to join their protest. The corruption scheme was exposed last week during debates ahead of the no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha which he survived. FORUM

Feb 23 2021

#FireFauci trends as he tells vaccinated people to remain under lockdown, blames Trump’s ‘denial’ for massive death count

Calls for White House adviser Anthony Fauci to be fired have intensified as he continues pushing lockdown restrictions and criticizing former President Donald Trump over Covid-19 deaths. After cautioning vaccinated individuals from resuming normal activities like dining out or attending large group events, Fauci tried clarifying his stance in a Tuesday interview with CNN, saying more relaxed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be coming “soon.” The agency, Fauci said, needs to “sit down, talk about it, look at the data and then come out with a recommendation based on the science.” “Common sense tells …

Feb 23 2021

Iraqi Forces Destroy ISIS Camp In Country’s North (Photos)

Donate Iraqi security forces have found an eliminated a camp of ISIS militants in the area of Wadi al-Sham in Kirkuk province. First, warplanes of the US-led coalition carried out a series of strikes on detected ISIS targets. Then, the joint force from the 45th Brigade of the 8th Division of the Iraqi army accompanied by a unit of the Iraqi National Intelligence Service deployed to eliminate the camp and comb the area. At least 7 ISIS members were eliminated in the operation. Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size image Click to see the full-size …

Feb 23 2021

Bill Gates admits his ‘large carbon footprint’ makes him a ‘strange person’ to pressure others – as he plugs climate-change book

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has admitted his private jet and billionaire lifestyle make him a “strange person” to advocate against climate change, but insists he’s doing his part bankrolling obscure tech years away from adoption. While Gates acknowledged his critics had good reason to question why a man with “the biggest carbon footprint west of the Mississippi” was “preaching” to them about climate change, the software magnate-turned climate crusader insisted he was sincere about trying to shrink even his own massive consumption levels. In a chummy discussion with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Tuesday, Gates was asked warm and fuzzy versions …

Feb 23 2021

Tiger Woods injured in car crash in Los Angeles as fire crews are forced to use ‘jaws of life’ to cut golf icon from car – reports

Widespread reports say that Tiger Woods is in hospital after emergency services were forced to cut the golf legend out of his car following an accident in Los Angeles, with local officials confirming that firefighters attended. The accident is said to have happened between Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes on Tuesday morning, with the LA County Sheriff’s Department confirming Woods’ involvement. “The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods,” the department announced. This morning @LMTLASD responded to a roll-over collision in which @TigerWoods was injured. Please see our statement… pic.twitter.com/cSWOxKZC1w — LA County …

Feb 23 2021

Watch out, LeBron – Corgi becomes unexpected basketball star on Chinese social media

Little 8, a three-year-old corgi from Dazhou, in China’s Sichuan province, has become an online sensation after he was filmed in December stealing a basketball mid-game. In footage from Monday, Little 8 can be seen chasing after a basketball as his owner, Gan Xuejiao, shoots hoops, before feeding him water and snacks. “When he sees a basketball, he gets very happy and excited,” said Gan. According to Gan, Little 8 has long shown an interest in basketball. “In May 2019, we went out to walk as normal, and entered a basketball court, like the one you see behind me. When …

Feb 23 2021

IAEA report confirms Iran’s 20 percent uranium enrichment, says no explanation given for undeclared nuclear particles

Iran has still not offered explanations for uranium material found at two of its nuclear plants last year, according to a new report by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, potentially derailing renewed efforts to revive the nuclear deal. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also says that Iran has produced 17.6 kg of uranium enriched to the 20 percent level – as the country had already announced – matching its target of 10 kg a month, according to Reuters. Iran’s hardline-led parliament passed a bill in December forcing the country to “produce and store 120kg per year of …

Feb 23 2021

Germany: Berlin zoo welcomes first baby gorilla in 16 years

Berlin’s Zoo welcomed their first newborn gorilla in 16 years last weekend, February 15, as seen in footage from Saturday released by the zoo. Bibi, the 24 year old mother, can be seen cradling and feeding her newborn. The baby gorilla’s sex is not yet known and it is yet to be named. In the next few months depends on its mothers care. The mother has taken to her role well, according to Berlin Zoo director Dr Andreas Knieriem, who said on Tuesday, “Bibi is doing this for the first time as if she is a very experienced mother and …

Feb 23 2021

‘I pray he somehow finds help’: Troubled NFL ace who was shamed by Covid breaches & car crash is savaged after quitting on Twitter

Isaiah Wilson has been blasted as one of the worst first-round picks in NFL history after swiftly deleting a tweet claiming he was “done” with Tennessee Titans, coming after a series of run-ins with the law and two Covid breaches. Despite being the 29th overall pick at the start of the 2020 season, troubled Wilson had a campaign to forget and was put on the Non-Football Injury list in December after finding himself on the Covid-19 list twice for breaching safety rules. The 22-year-old offensive tackle was involved in a bizarre incident when Tennessee State University police found him at an …

Feb 23 2021

Guatemalan football player takes simulation to new level faking he was hit by object

Football player Rosbin Ramos is likely to face a disciplinary action after he faked being hit by an object during Guatemala’s third division game in Zanjon San Lorenzo on Sunday. As the match was interrupted due to an injury, fans threw an object onto the pitch which the player then used to pretend he was injured. The match officials refused to punish the opposing team or the fans as they didn’t see the ‘incident’. FORUM

Feb 23 2021

Amnesty International says it will not call Navalny ‘prisoner of conscience’ anymore over his HATE SPEECH

Amnesty International, a human rights NGO, has withdrawn its designation of the recently jailed Russian activist and blogger Alexey Navalny as a “prisoner of conscience” due to past xenophobic statements he never retracted. The group said it “is no longer able to consider” Navalny a prisoner of conscience because he “advocated violence and discrimination” and has never retracted any of such statements he made in the past. It maintained, however, that it still believes that his latest imprisonment was linked to his anti-government activism and demanded his “immediate release,” a letter published by Grayzone journalist Aaron Mate shows. New: @AmnestyUK …

Feb 23 2021

Number of neo-Nazis in German Army who reject post-WWII state almost DOUBLED in 2020 – parliamentary commissioner

The number of far-right extremists in the German Armed Forces has grown by almost a third, while the number of military personnel rejecting the post-WWII German state has almost doubled, a commissioner told Germany’s parliament. German military counterintelligence has found a total of 477 suspected right-wing extremists within the ranks of the country’s army last year, Bundestag Armed Forces Commissioner Eva Hoegl told MPs, citing data provided by the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD). The number of such cases has grown by 114, up from 363 in 2019, Hoegl said. Also on rt.com German Special Forces soldiers training in Arizona mistaken …

Feb 23 2021

Myanmar: Shops and restaurants display signs banning sales to police, military

Posters were seen on shop and restaurant fronts announcing a ban on sales to police and military personnel in Yangon on Tuesday in the wake of the military coup and subsequent protests. “Nobody accepts the police and soldiers because of the situation here. I, as well as other civilians who live in Myanmar, can’t accept what they are doing. So I don’t sell them and I don’t want to do business with them,” said Daw Win Aye, a worker at a stall. In addition, many shops have stopped selling brands with purported links to the military. “We stopped selling military …

Feb 23 2021

Al-Masna’a and Aboudyah borders points open tomorrow to Lebanese people who want to return from Syria

Beirut, SANA- General Directorate of the Lebanese Security announced that it decided to open two border points al-Masna’a and Aboudyah on Wednesday in front of the Lebanese people who wish to return from Syria, provided that they have a negative PCR test. The statement by Lebanese General security said that the return of the Lebanese will start from nine o’clock until 6 p.m. on the condition that they have a PCR test, which has a negative result. Manar Salameh/ Mazen FORUM

Feb 23 2021

Amazon mysteriously pulls book critical of transgender movements, gets accused of ‘digital book burning’

Author Ryan T. Anderson has blasted Amazon for removing his latest book on the rise of the transgender movement without explanation, a move that has many criticizing the company for playing politics and accusing it of censorship. “I hope you’ve already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book ‘When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment’ from their cyber shelves…. my other four books are still available (for now),” Anderson tweeted about the removal. ‘When Harry Became Sally’ had previously made best-seller lists on the retail site. The work aims to expose “the contrast between the media’s …

Feb 23 2021

Spain: Vaccinations begin at Isabel Zendal ‘pandemic hospital’ in Madrid

The Nurse Isabel Zendal hospital in Madrid began to act as a coronavirus vaccination centre on Tuesday morning. The medical staff working at the centre began vaccinating health personnel, health sciences students and veterinarians, among other high-risk groups, with doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Isabel Diaz Ayuso, president of the community of Madrid, confirmed that vaccination “will begin today with 400 public health professionals summoned by SMS” who will “receive this first dose in the infirmary, in the morning and in the afternoon.” The Nurse Isabel Zendal hospital, built for the coronavirus pandemic, was inaugurated in December, amid strong criticism …

Feb 23 2021

Government to provide loans for low-income citizens

Damascus, SANA- The cabinet decided on Tuesday to grant Syrian Trade establishment 10 billion SYP in advance to secure the basic needs for citizens. The Cabinet, during a weekly session, chaired by prime minister, Hussein Arnous, asked Ministry of Finance and Central Bank of Syria to find a mechanism to provide suitable and affordable loans to citizens low-income to secure their basic needs and help them face current livelihood conditions. It called for taking what is necessary to address the phenomenon of overcrowding on bakeries and to secure bread material easily for citizens. Bushra Dabin/ Mazen Eyon FORUM

Feb 23 2021

Iran: ‘Cooperation with the IAEA will continue’ – Zarif on reducing access to nuclear watchdog

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and high profile military figures spoke at a conference in Tehran, on Tuesday, commenting on a new deal between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which grants the nuclear watchdog less access to inspect the country’s nuclear activities. “Tapes recorded from our [nuclear] programs, which were never sent to the IAEA live, but were sent daily and weekly, will be kept in Iran and will not be sent to the IAEA,” Zarif said, adding, “Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA will continue, but this cooperation will not go beyond the safeguard contract, and we …

Feb 23 2021

Healthy Ministry: An increase in the number of patients suspected of having Corona

Damascus, SANA-Ministry of Health announced that it had monitored an increase during this week in the number of patients visiting emergency departments at hospitals in all provinces suffering from respiratory symptoms suspected of having infection with the Coronavirus “Through the ongoing response to the Corona pandemic and investigating any developments in this matter, an increase in the number of cases admitted to hospitals with suspected respiratory symptoms has been recorded,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that it deals with the suspected cases according to the approved protocol and follow- up on their laboratory results. It added that it …

Feb 23 2021

Belgium: EU Commission calls on six members to stick to bloc’s rules on free movement

The European Commission sent letters to six member states asking them to stick to the bloc’s rules on free movement, spokesperson Christian Wigand confirmed at a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday. He said that EU was risking ‘fragmentation and disruptions to free movement and supply chain’ if the travel restrictions imposed by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden remain in place. “In the letters, we underline the need for free movement restrictions to be non-discriminatory and proportionate and we urge member states to align their provisions more closely with the Council recommendations that we have jointly agreed and …

Feb 23 2021

UAE: STREIT Group unveils electric armoured vehicle at Abu Dhabi arms expo

Emirates-based STREIT Group unveiled the Storm, the first of its kind all-terrain electric multi-purpose armoured vehicle (MPV) at the IDEX-2021 arms expo which is currently underway in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday. The Storm MPV was designed and developed in the UAE for the military sector, special and police forces, civil defence, rescue operations as well as private customers. It’s an all-terrain armoured vehicle on rubber tracks that can drive on sand, snow, rocks in the mountains as well as in water. It has a maximum speed of 30 kilometres per hour (18.6 mph) in water and 140 kilometres per hour …

Feb 23 2021

US occupation brings in military vehicles, logistic materials to Hasaka countryside

Hasaka, SANA-To support their illegitimate bases, US occupation forces brought in on Tuesday military armored vehicles and logistic materials to Rmeilan in Hasaka countryside, coming from northern Iraq. Local sources in Assweidyah village in the northeast countryside of Hasaka told SANA reporter that a convey of 40 tankers and vehicles entered at 12 p.m. today from north of Iraq with 20 military armored vehicles, logistic materials and equipment and headed for  the illegitimate base in Rmeilan. In the context of its plot in the region, Washington continues to support armed organizations that carry out their agendas and steal the oil …

Feb 23 2021

Greece: Student activists released as thousands rally outside Thessaloniki court

Thousands of students marched through Thessaloniki on Tuesday to a courthouse as it released activists detained during violent demonstrations a day earlier. 31 protesters were arrested on Monday after a rally against a new campus security bill turned violent. “I was attacked personally by 4-5 policemen, they beat me and threw me on the floor, while I did not resist, then I was also handcuffed,” said Lefteris Stergiou, one of released protesters. “This repression will not pass, we believe that our struggle is fair, our fight for our universities to reopen without having police presence inside,” he added. The demonstrations …

Feb 23 2021

Attacks against QSD continue… 13 teachers kidnapped by the militia

Deir Ezzor, Hasaka, SANA- A militant of US occupation -backed QSD militia was shot to death in al-Bseirah city in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside. Local sources told SANA that attacks on the gatherings of QSD militants in areas of Syrian al-Jazeera have continued as a militant was killed in al-Bseirah city. A number of teachers kidnapped by QSD Meanwhile, the militia kidnapped a number of teachers from al-Shaddadi city and took them to coercive recruitment camps. Local sources said that militants of QSD militia stormed into neighborhoods in al-Shaddadi city in Hasaka southern countryside, kidnapping 13 teachers and taking them …

Feb 23 2021

Ministers Sarah and Mikdad offer condolence over demise of Arab intellectual al-Naqqash

Damascus, SANA- Minister of Information, Imad Sarah and Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Faysal Mikad, offered condolence to family of late Arab intellectual and resistant, Anis al-Naqqash, who passed away on Monday in Damascus. Minister Sarah, in a telephone call with family of the deceased, expressed his heartfelt condolences over the demise of that patriotic Arab figure who was one of the first defenders of Syria since the beginning of the terrorist war on the country. For his part, Minister Mikdad sent a cable of condolence to the family of the deceased, in which he appreciated his resistance and principled stances …

Feb 23 2021

The Back-And-Forth Of Yemen’s Marib Stronghold

Donate To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK: Donation Alerts (PayPal, Visa, Master Card etc): https://www.donationalerts.com/r/southfront Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/southfront Or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ,  BCH ABC: qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq,  ETH: 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 The fighting in Yemen, similarly to other battlefields in the Middle East is heating up in 2021. The Ansar Allah, or the Houthis, as they are colloquially known, have began pushing towards Marib city. The province and the settlement itself are the last Saudi-led coalition stronghold in the relatively …

Feb 23 2021

Sturgeon announces Scotland’s roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown, with hospitality set to return in late April

Scotland’s first minister has announced her government’s plans to reopen the country from lockdown, with the previous tiered system of restrictions due to take effect again in April. Speaking a day after UK PM Boris Johnson unveiled his lockdown exit plan for England, Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland would embark on a period of “progressive easing,” with the current stay-at-home order lifted on April 5.  From March 15, four people, or two households, will be able to meet outside, and all primary and secondary school students should be returned to classroom learning by that date. The plan also sees hospitality, including …

Feb 23 2021

‘He was sent by god’: Novak Djokovic’s dad accuses media of ignoring Serbian superstar and says he is ‘loved by all normal people’

Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic’s father says “97 percent” of Serbian people support the tennis world number one, adding that he deserves more praise and was “sent by god” at “the worst time” for the people of his homeland. Srdjan Djokovic, 60, has predicted that dominant Djokovic will collect the three major titles required to beat arch-rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s total of 20 “in the next year and a half”, adding that he would then be the best male player of all time.  He said that the 33-year-old was a “deity” in China, India, Russia, Brazil and Africa and claimed …

Feb 23 2021

Crawling sands – desertification threatens Yemeni village

Desertification has been taking its toll on pastures and land around the south-western Yemeni village of al-Wara, Lahj province, as filmed on Monday. Sand dunes could be seen encroaching land normally reserved for dwellings and pastures. “I had to leave three houses because of the sand’s encroachment,” said villager Obaid Ghawarah. “TV channels and many organisations visited us, and we did not benefit with anything from them. Even the government did nothing for us but monitor the situation and go.” “The sand has caused us a lot of suffering, especially during windy seasons,” said villager Hassan Jafar Atef. “When household …

Feb 23 2021

UAE: ADASI showcases new armed robotic vehicle at Abu Dhabi IDEX 2021 expo

The Emirati-based ADASI company, specialising in autonomous defence systems, presented its new products including the AJBAN armed robotic vehicle (ARV), SCORPIO-S and -M Unmanned Ground Vehicle as well as a family of Smart Loitering Munitions at the IDEX 2021 arms exposition in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. In cooperation with NIMR, its sister company within the EDGE Group, ADASI converted the AJBAN 440A armoured four-door vehicle into an unmanned system called the AJBAN armed robotic vehicle (ARV). In case of a situation which poses a threat to the lives of the crew, the vehicle can be operated remotely via a ground …

Feb 23 2021

EU Commission wants 6 members to ease Covid-related border restrictions as Germany defends curbs

The EU Commission has told six nations that their Covid border restrictions have “gone too far” and must be relaxed after a German minister defended the country’s measures aimed at fighting the spread of new strains of the virus. The EC’s justice commissioner, Didier Reynders, has said Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, and Sweden have 10 days to provide a justification for the restrictions along their borders or to relax the measures, in favor of taking a more “coordinated approach.” It is a necessity to go back to a coordinated approach to all the measures taken in relations with the …

Feb 23 2021

World Bank’s emergency cash for Lebanon may stop amid reports MPs queue-jumping for Covid vaccine, regional chief warns

Millions of dollars in World Bank funding for Lebanon’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout could be halted due to alleged queue-jumping for the jab by the country’s MPs, the financial institution’s regional director said on Tuesday. According to local media, Lebanese MPs and parliamentary staff over age 75 were to be vaccinated on Tuesday without needing to register in advance, although journalists were not to be allowed to observe. “This is not in line with the national plan agreed with [the] World Bank,” the organization’s Middle East chief, Saroj Kumar Jha, said on Twitter. “Upon confirmation of violation, [the] World Bank may …

Feb 23 2021

Military Situation In Syria On February 23, 2021 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 22, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 35 times: 2 – in Idlib province, 15 – in Latakia province, 1 – in Hama province, 14 – in Aleppo province On February 22, the US military carried out a patrol near the city of Malekiyah On February 22, clashes between the Turkish-backed forces and SDF were reported near Ain Issa. 3 members of Turkish-backed groups reportedly were killed On February 22, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions west of Tal Abyadh On February 22, the SDF …

Feb 23 2021

WATCH: Huge EXPLOSION in Texas after train collides with 18-wheeler truck

First responders in Cameron, Texas are battling a huge blaze caused by an explosion after a train and an 18-wheeler truck collided. Eyewitness footage captured the moment a huge fireball rose over the site. Local reports indicate both the train conductor and truck driver escaped the crash, which occurred at a grade crossing. Footage from the scene shows train cars flipped and aflame. Milam County Sheriff Chris White has said the fire was mostly fueled by petroleum and there are “no reports of chemical hazards.” Evacuations around the area are underway, however, as authorities battle the blaze. Businesses and homes …