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Feb 23 2021

Spain: Real Madrid President Florentino Perez wishes players luck after recovering from COVID-19

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez went to Valdebebas, on Tuesday, to wish his players luck before their Champions League match. Perez visited the Los Blancos training centre after he overcame COVID-19, although he will not travel to Bergamo for the game against Atalanta. The Real Madrid president tested negative in the two PCR tests that he underwent in the last 48 hours, after having tested positive on February 2nd. Real Madrid will face Atalanta on Wednesday, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. FORUM

Feb 23 2021

Germany: Berlin hostel becomes coronavirus gargle test centre

A hostel in Berlin is offering gargle PCR coronavirus tests, alongside the traditional nose-throat swab, after being temporarily reconverted into a corona test station as seen on Tuesday. According to the hostel and testing station manager Christian Ewert, the centre is running nearly 150 tests per day, with the gargle test getting a higher demand as patients find it less uncomfortable than regular PCR swab test. “On some days, we have more PCR gargle tests than PCR swab tests. And it is because some people find it rather uncomfortable when somebody else puts a swab inside of their throat or …

Feb 23 2021

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

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 21, several ISIS members including an ISIS mufti and glthe governor of the Taramiyah area were killed in a PMU operation in the Taramiyah area north of Baghdad On February 22, Turkish warplanes struck PKK positions north of Gare mountain On February 22, Netherlands sent 150 new soldiers to Erbil to join the US-led coalition On February 22, two rockets hit the Baghdad Green zone without causing casualties MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Feb 23 2021

Ex-VP Pence snubs annual conservative conference where his former boss Trump is due to speak, prompting speculations

While ex-president Donald Trump will be speaking at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he will not be joined by Mike Pence, a fact that has both sides of the political aisle talking theories as to why. Matt Schlapp, one of the main organizers for the event, has said Pence’s refusal to speak at the conference is a “mistake.”  “His conservative record is well respected, and conservatives want to hear his take on the current threats posed by socialism and this radicalized Democrat party,” he said. Trump’s speech will, meanwhile, be his most public event since leaving office. While …

Feb 23 2021

‘Speak for yourself’: Boris Johnson skewered after telling school kids journalists find themselves ‘abusing people’

Boris Johnson is facing swift backlash after he claimed – to a group of school children – that journalists always find themselves “abusing people” and the job made him feel so guilty he left for a more honest career in politics. During a school visit in London on Tuesday, Johnson – a former Telegraph columnist and editor of the Spectator – told the gathered children that although journalism is a great job, you “always find yourself abusing people” and “attacking people.” “Not that you want to abuse them or attack them,” he explained as journalists’ cameras clicked. “You’re being critical …

Feb 23 2021

Iron girl: 10-year-old weightlifter raising the bar in England

This determined 10-year-old, Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson, has stunned the internet with her weightlifting skills in Telford, United Kingdom. Unlike children her age, her daily routine starts around 5.30 AM, when she wakes up before school to do her training sets. This young girl has been training since the age of seven, supervised by her dad, Craig. What started with deadlifts to avoid any potential injuries, developed into all forms of weightlifting, including dumbbells, kettlebells, pressing squats, and pull-ups. When asked how she got into weightlifting, she said, “so I watched this video of some people called Tia-Claire Toomey, the Dottirs, Mat …

Feb 23 2021

Mexico: AMLO welcomes Argentine counterpart Fernandez to National Palace

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador held a welcoming ceremony for his Argentine counterpart, President Alberto Fernandez, at the National Palace in Mexico City, on Tuesday. Fernandez, who arrived in Mexico on Monday for an official visit, invited by Obrador to strengthen ties and to take part in the commemorative events related to National Flag Day on February 24. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced Fernandez’ visit in a tweet earlier in February, saying ‘Argentina and Mexico together’ to underline the close ties between the countries. On Wednesday, Fernandez will be heading to the state of Guerrero as a special …

Feb 23 2021

‘Gone way too young’: Ex-Atalanta prodigy and Ivory Coast youth captain Willy Braciano dies from liver cancer at the age of 21

Willy Braciano, a highly promising youth prospect who had been at Champions League contenders Atalanta and represented the Ivory Coast, has died at the age of 21 after a year-long battle with liver cancer, according to reports. Defensive midfielder Braciano was forced to curtail his career as he battled cancer, with well-wishers inundating his social media posts with messages after he took time out of the game. Koaci said that the youngster had died in Italy on Tuesday, describing the youngster as a “great hope of Ivorian football” and adding: “Fate is often cruel.” As a teenager, Braciano captained his …

Feb 23 2021

Germany: Vehicle for hire drivers stage Berlin protest against touted transport reforms

Vehicle for hire drivers on Tuesday protested against parts of Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer’s proposed changes to passenger transportation laws in Berlin. The protest by Uber drivers among others is due to potential demands for a so-called pre-order period. This would require Uber and Lyft drivers to wait for a certain amount of time between a booking being made, and the driver picking the person up. The traditional taxi industry wants to level out the playing field with companies like Uber and Lyft, who are being blamed for pushing taxi drivers out of business due to the fact they have …

Feb 23 2021

Suspect pleads guilty in court to assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017

One of three men on trial in Malta for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia has admitted to his part in the assassination of the journalist and activist in a car bombing near her home in October 2017. On Tuesday, Vincent Muscat pleaded guilty to the murder of the Maltese anti-corruption journalist. Muscat along with two others, George Degiorgio and his brother Alfred Degiorgio, are accused of planning and carrying out the assassination of Caruana Galizia. A fourth man, multimillionaire businessman Yorgen Fenech, has been charged with being an accomplice to the killing, but denies any involvement. Muscat’s confession was …

Feb 23 2021

Greece: Thousands of students rally in Thessaloniki against new campus security law

Around 5,000 students protested outside a courthouse in Thessaloniki on Tuesday against a new campus security law. Footage shows demonstrators chanting slogans and singing in front of the building despite a COVID-related ban on demonstrations. On Monday, 31 activists were arrested after violent protests. The demonstrations were triggered by the recently approved bill which overturned a previous law banning police from operating on university grounds. Opposition parties and student unions condemned the new law saying it goes against democratic practices in campuses. The government argues the measure would stop criminal activity and violent protests. FORUM

Feb 23 2021

‘It’s irresponsible to turn vaccines into political issue,’ Hungary’s Orban says of Sputnik V amid EU’s vaccination delay

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said he is not afraid of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine because saving lives during the Covid-19 pandemic is more important than geopolitics. “The pandemic must be fought with as much vaccine as possible – that we can acquire as quickly as possible,” Orban told Germany’s Focus magazine. There is no Eastern or Western vaccine – there are only the good ones and bad ones. The Hungarian health authorities have run their tests and guarantee the effectiveness of the vaccine. Orban said that he does not care where the vaccine comes from or who …

Feb 23 2021

Tourists with valid Covid passport may soon be allowed to holiday in Thailand, PM suggests

Thailand is looking at scrapping its mandatory two-week Covid-19 quarantine for foreigners who can show they have been vaccinated against the virus, the country’s PM said in a bid to revive the nation’s hard-hit tourism industry. Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thailand would look at allowing tourists who can produce vaccine certificates – so-called Covid passports – to skip the nation’s two-week quarantine program. Ocha said authorities will devise a scheme to keep track of the visitors. Tourists are currently allowed to enter Thailand, but they need to prove they are free of …

Feb 23 2021

Turkey claims Greek fighter jets shot flare near its research vessel in Aegean Sea amid maritime zones dispute

Four Greek fighter jets flew close to a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Tuesday as the two nations seek to reconcile their differences over the disputed waters with a new round of talks. Athens has reportedly denied that it had sent F-16s to approach the Cesme research boat, which last week was deployed on a scientific mission in the area by the Turkish Navy – a move that drew protests from Greece. Ankara said the Greek jets dropped a chaff flare – used to distract heat-seeking missiles – two nautical miles (3.7 nautical …

Feb 23 2021

Will latest drop stop bitcoin’s fevered rally? RT’s Boom Bust finds out

After nearly doubling in value this year alone, bitcoin took a hit this week, falling around 10 percent to under $50,000 over the last 24 hours. RT’s Boom Bust is joined by Ben Swann to discuss what’s next for the cryptocurrency whose market value increased nearly 400 percent in 2020. Although bitcoin’s price was significantly boosted by Tesla’s decision to buy $1.5 billion worth of the asset, the surge of the world’s most valued digital currency was impacted by a wide range of additional factors, according to Swann. Also on rt.com Bitcoin’s HUGE daily drop sends cryptocurrency market crashing “That …

Feb 23 2021

‘Publish your emails instead’: Hillary Clinton’s plans to pen ‘political thriller’ met with groans on social media

An announcement that former presidential candidate and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is planning to write a “political thriller” with author Louise Penny has been met with groans and eyerolls on social media. Axios reported on Tuesday that the book, to be titled ‘State of Terror’, will be published in October by Simon & Schuster and St. Martin’s Press. The story will follow a “novice Secretary of State” who “joins the administration of her rival” a president who was inaugurated “after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage” – perhaps a not-so-thinly-veiled reference to the Trump administration, …

Feb 23 2021

‘We were hit 300 times overnight’: UK mum’s fight against trolls who targeted her epileptic son, 9, with strobe videos and GIFs

By Chris Sweeney, an author and columnist who has written for newspapers such as The Times, Daily Express, The Sun and Daily Record, along with several international-selling magazines. Follow him on Twitter @Writes_Sweeney The targeting of Zach Eagling has thrown a spotlight on the issue of epilepsy sufferers being attacked online, with the young boy now set to have a law named after him in Britain, aimed at protecting them. RT spoke to his mother. A disturbing trend is sweeping social media, deliberately endangering the lives of epileptics. Vile trolls are intentionally deluging sufferers with flashing videos, hoping to induce a seizure. …

Feb 23 2021

They see me rolling – Guangdong skater girl goes viral with amazing freeline skating skills

Peifen Chen, who also goes by June, has risen to fame on Chinese social media through her impressive freeline skating skills. Chen can be seen skating around obstacles and performing other tricks at a Jieyang skate park in footage from Saturday. Born in Jieyang, Guangdong Province in 1994, Chen has been practising freeline skating since 2009. She began to post regular videos showcasing her amazing freeline skating tricks online, and has quickly amassed over 870,000 followers on Douyin, the Chinese version of Tiktok. Despite her experience, Chen says she sometimes struggles to perform difficult tricks: “When a guy practices a …

Feb 23 2021

Turkey Claims Its Research Vessel Was Harassed By Greek Fighter Jets While Carrying Out Illegal Survey Work

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 23rd, Ankara complained that four Greek F-16 fighter jets harassed the Turkish TCG Çeşme research vessel. The vessel is conducting allegedly illegal research in the Aegean Sea, condemned by Greece, Cyprus and others. TCG Çeşme is attempting to carry out research in the Aegean Sea after a NAVTEX, the international maritime navigational telex/notification system, was issued by the coastal station of Smyrna (Izmir in Turkish). Greece said that the Smyrna-based NAVTEX notification is an illegal act since Turkey has no authority to issue a NAVTEX to seafarers for hydrographic work in this …

Feb 23 2021

Boko Haram Clashes With ISIS In West Africa For Superiority Around Lake Chad

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 22, the Boko Haram group reportedly beheaded 5 people near a IDP camp in Damboa On February 22, ISIS targeted the Nigerian Army in Goniri area, allegedly killing and wounding 20 people On February 20, Boko Haram attacked an ISWAP post in Sunawa village at Nigeria-Niger border. 40 ISWAP fighters were allegedly killed and wounded in the attack On February 18, at least 7 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush by Boko Haram in the Marte area MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Feb 23 2021

‘Support him’: NHL star Artemi Panarin’s model wife reacts after ex-coach’s allegation that he ‘punched 18yo woman to hotel floor’

Artemi Panarin’s wife has updated fans after the Russian hockey star paused his NHL career following an extraordinary claim from a former coach that he punched a female teenager to the floor in a hotel bar almost ten years ago. The three-time World Championships medalist with his country has an $81.5 million, seven-year contract at the New York Rangers, who described the account by Andrei Nazarov, his former boss in the Kontinental Hockey League, as “fabricated” and “unfounded”. Panarin “unequivocally and vehemently” refuted Nazarov’s words, as well as an allegation that Latvian officials had been “bought off” for $40,000 after a criminal …

Feb 23 2021

Short and sweet: Musk sends eggplant emoji in response to Peter Schiff’s Twitter jab over bitcoin

Elon Musk certainly has a weak spot for emojis when it comes to expressing himself. On Tuesday, he responded to a critical Twitter post by investor Peter Schiff in a veggie way, using only one emoji: an eggplant. Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff, who’s known as a bitcoin detractor and a gold bug, took to Twitter this week to share that Tesla has actually been losing its share price after purchasing bitcoin – a downslide some have blamed on the carmaker’s chief, Elon Musk. “Two weeks after @elonmusk announced that he spent $1.5 billion of shareholder money buying bitcoin, …

Feb 23 2021

Saudi-backed Forces Launch Counter-Attack Near Yemeni City Of Marib (Videos, Map)

Donate Click to see the full-size image Saudi-backed forces have launched a counter-attack near the central Yemeni city of Marib. Over the past weeks, the city has been under a permanent threat from the advancing forces of the Houthis (Ansar Allah). The Houthis even briefly captured Marib Dam and reached the vicinity of Marib city itself. Nonetheless, in recent days, their advance slowed down. Saudi-backed forces used this situation to launch a counter-attack. Nonetheless, as of now, they have achieved no breakthrough due to this effort. [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Feb 23 2021

As Australian government caves, Facebook announces first proposed deal with media after lifting own news content ban

Social media giant Facebook has announced its first proposed deal with an Australian news organization after the tech company lifted its journalism ban on the site over the government’s proposed media code legislation. Hours after Facebook reversed its controversial decision to prohibit Australians from accessing news content on the platform, the company announced its first proposed deal with one of the nation’s media organizations, Seven West Media. Alongside the statement on the discussions with Seven West Media, Facebook also revealed it is working to secure similar deals with other national and local news organizations in Australia. “As a result of …

Feb 23 2021

New Zealand: 40 beached pilot whales cared for by volunteers but concerns remain

A pod of long-finned pilot whales were rescued on Monday by volunteers at Farewell Spit, a remote beach on New Zealand’s South Island. The whales had washed up and ashore and were beached when found. According to the Department of Conservation (DOC), the pod originally contained 49 of the whales, but nine have died. The remaining 40 were kept alive by a team of over 60 volunteers. The volunteers have been using buckets of water to keep the whales hydrated as well as preventing them from turning over and putting pressure on their fins. They waited until high tide returned, …

Feb 23 2021

Russia Showcases Operations Of Its Combat Drones In Syria. Time To Push Idlib?

Donate [embedded content] 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 Russia released a video showing its Orion combat drone carrying out strikes on targets in Syria. This marked the very first time such footage was being released. It shows the drone’s operation, lock-on and launching of a payload on a militant target. The Orion is a long-flight duration attack-reconnaissance UAV, that can also carry out airstrikes. According to the report, this type of UAV has …

Feb 23 2021

UK unemployment hits 5.1%, the highest in almost 5 years, as young workers bear brunt of Covid-19 restrictions

Official data released on Tuesday shows that UK unemployment reached a five-year high of 5.1 percent in the last quarter of 2020 as the government introduced its second Covid-19 induced lockdown. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 1.74 million people were unemployed in the October to December period, an increase of 454,000 from the same quarter in 2019.  Tuesday’s data also show that 726,000 fewer people are currently employed than there were before the start of the pandemic and that young people have disproportionately borne the brunt of the losses. Approximately three-fifths of the job losses have hit …

Feb 23 2021

Mexico: First batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccine lands in Mexico City

A plane with the first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 landed in Mexico City, on Monday. The plane, coming from Moscow, was carrying 200,000 doses of the vaccine and landed around 23:00 local time (05:00 GMT). Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Russian Ambassador to Mexico Viktor Koronelli welcomed the plane on the runway. Marcelo Ebrard said the Mexican Government had promised “this vaccine would be available in Mexico, which is a vaccine that had very positive results.” As of Monday, Mexico has administered 1,733,404 doses of the vaccines developed by Pfizer and AstraZeneca, according to …

Feb 23 2021

‘Could have just got Haaland’: Fans joke about ace after footage emerges of Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich’s new $605MN superyacht

Fans have joked about Chelsea’s chances of making a mega-money raid for wonderkid Erling Haaland after seeing footage of Roman Abramovich’s reported newest investment – a staggering “superyacht” that is near completion in Germany. Russian businessman Abramovich is already said to own the Eclipse, a behemoth which is thought to have cost $669 million. That extravagance could now be eclipsed by the 460ft Solaris, touted as the most powerful yacht in the world and said to have been built in a facility larger than UK royal residency Buckingham Palace to include eight decks and a helicopter pad. The Solaris is reportedly almost ready …

Feb 23 2021

Syrian song flourishes by Shady Jamil voice at Opera House

Damascus, SANA-Syrian song has flourished, with its old and modern type at the Opera House theater with the voice of singer Shadi Jamil, during a concert in which the terza rima ( Mwashahat )and Qudud Halabiya were mixed with contemporary works by Syrian poets and composers that carried the flavor of the past and the fragrance of the heritage. Singer Jamil, in statement to journalists, expressed happiness and pride in reviving this concert at the Opera House which represents a great value in the cultural and artistic world, adding that it is a duty for the signer to present qualitative …

Feb 23 2021

WATCH Georgian police detain opposition leader & clash with his supporters during raid on party HQ

Georgian police have stormed the main office of the opposition United National Movement (UNM) and detained its leader Nikanor (Nika) Melia. The politician is being accused of inciting riots in the capital two years ago. A crowd of supporters tried to prevent Melia’s arrest on Tuesday. The officers broke into the UNM’s office in the country’s capital Tbilisi and seized him. Overall, 21 people were detained in clashes with police, the First Channel TV station reported, citing the Interior Ministry. The country’s prison service confirmed to the channel that Melia has been taken into custody. UNM was founded by Mikheil …

Feb 23 2021

Nurses for jabs? Philippines offers to lift cap on health workers traveling abroad…if UK & Germany donate vaccines

The Philippines has offered to lift the cap stopping nurses and other healthcare workers from leaving the country if the United Kingdom and Germany send Covid-19 vaccines in exchange. Though the country currently has a 5,000 person per year limit for healthcare workers leaving the country, International Labour Affairs Bureau Director Alice Visperas told Reuters the government was “considering the request to lift the deployment cap” – but only if an agreement for at least 600,000 Covid-19 vaccines can be made. The vaccines would be used “to inoculate outbound workers and hundreds of thousands of Filipino repatriates.” The concept of …

Feb 23 2021

‘The containers offer privacy!’ Biden under fire for opening child detainment center, but some liberals jump to defend him

The first child immigration detainment facility under President Joe Biden opened this week, prompting Democrats who had attacked former President Donald Trump for maintaining similar facilities to go on the defensive. A former oil field worker camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas, it was briefly used as a detainment facility by the Trump administration in 2019 before being closed down, but is now back in operation to hold “up to 700 children,” with the Biden administration saying it was needed since capacity has been cut at other facilities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Immigration activists were saddened to hear of the …

Feb 23 2021

Germany: Trial of former civil servant accused of being Egyptian secret service spy begins

The trial of a former German Government Press Office (BPA) employee who has been accused of working as a spy for the Egyptian foreign secret service (GIS) began on Tuesday in Berlin. The 66-year-old, referred to as Amin K was allegedly recruited by the Egyptian secret service. “The defendant is German, but is of Egyptian descent, and he had allegedly been promised with benefits for himself and his family members in Egypt,” explained Tiergarten Courthouse press spokesperson Lisa Jani. “Among other things he is said to have carried out a general media observation, he allegedly supplied the Egyptian foreign secret …

Feb 23 2021

Don’t have a cow, man! The Indian harvest festival taking the bull by the horns

The fourth edition of Coimbatore Jallikattu, organised by the district administration and Kovai Jallikattu Sangam was held in Coimbatore on Sunday in India’s southern state Tamil Nadu. The event, which is held annually, is an adrenaline-fuelled spectacle of bull-taming. The bull-taming sport is highly popular in the state and is central part of the harvest festival. During Jallikattu, a Zebu (Bos indicus bull) is released into a crowd of men who are trying to stop and hold on to it. Bos indicus bulls are usually bred specially for the event in the area. “Because of events like this, our kids …

Feb 23 2021

Scotland begins DRONE delivery of Covid tests & medicines for remote islands

In a first for the UK, drones are being used to ship Covid-19 tests, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies between hospitals and health facilities in Scotland and islands off its coast. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has given permission to drone operator Skyports for the use of the drone flights following a test trial last year — and the mini aircraft this week began shipping supplies between National Health Service (NHS) facilities in Argyll and the island of Bute. Initially, five remote NHS facilities will be linked by the drones. It takes up to 36 hours for …

Feb 23 2021

Janet Yellen’s policies have caused the greatest wealth inequality in history, investor tells Keiser Report

Max Keiser talks to Mitch Feierstein of PlanetPonzi.com about the non-stop money printing in the United States and the new “financial type” of oligarchy. “We’ve got a disorganized government. We’ve got Janet Yellen, who’s a life-time Federal Reserve employee – almost 20 years at Fed,” Feierstein says, adding: “Now she is the treasury secretary. She was given almost $8 million in funds from biggest banks and corporations in ‘speaking fees,’ which were nothing more than legalized kick-backs.” He goes on, explaining that all of those banks put Yellen into this position. She is there “for the banks, for the corporations, …

Feb 23 2021

Nazi-saluting historian with far-right ties resigns as regional director of Polish institute tasked with probing Holocaust crimes

After weeks of public pressure, a former member of a Polish far-right group has lost his job as regional head of a powerful government agency tasked with – among other things – investigating Nazi crimes against Poland. Tomasz Greniuch, a historian by training, has resigned his position as regional director of Poland’s influential Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). It came on Monday after weeks of pressure from politicians, activists and public figures, who saw him as an extremely inappropriate choice to hold the position given his past ties to the far-right. Until 2013, Greniuch was a prominent organizer in the …

Feb 23 2021

Bitcoin’s HUGE daily drop sends cryptocurrency market crashing

The world’s highest-valued digital currency, bitcoin, has seen its biggest drop ever, plummeting below $46,000 per coin from the weekend record of over $58,000 in a span of just 19 hours. Despite the nearly 16-percent drop, the cryptocurrency is still up around 500 percent in the past year. The decline triggered a major sell-off across cryptocurrency markets due to growing concerns over volatility, jeopardizing the jaw-dropping rally. Also on rt.com Meteoric growth: Bitcoin keeps beating its own best, shooting past $57,000 The second-biggest cryptocurrency by market value, ether, also plunged by more than 20 percent to around $1,400, down nearly …

Feb 23 2021

2nd French region set for new Covid-19 restrictions as PM worried by ‘sharp deterioration of health indicators’ in Dunkirk

The French prime minister has called for “additional braking measures” in the northern city of Dunkirk amid a rapidly deteriorating situation with case rates soaring to almost five times above the national average. On Tuesday, the prime minister’s office announced that further measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 would be introduced in Dunkirk, a day after new restrictions were announced in Alpes-Maritimes, and the coastal city of Nice.  The authorities have noticed a “sharp deterioration of health indicators in recent hours,” the office told AFP, after a meeting between Prime Minister Jean Castex and the mayor of Dunkirk, Patrice …

Feb 23 2021

1st batch of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine arrives in Mexico (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The first shipment of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Mexico, as the country seeks to acquire as many jabs as possible from different suppliers. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon said that the Russian vaccine has shown “very good results” and is “one of the best-evaluated in the world.” He added that more deliveries will come in the future. Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which funded the development of Sputnik V, praised the cooperation between the two countries as “a great example of pooling efforts to jointly fight the pandemic and save …

Feb 23 2021

Open garms: Woke hero Gary Lineker wades in to back BBC paymasters in row over Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s migrant boat support

Social justice warrior Gary Lineker has applauded Pep Guardiola and told the English Football Association (FA) not to intervene amid a row over the Manchester City boss using his touchline attire to further back a migrant project. Two-time Champions League winner Guardiola was again spotted wearing a hoodie branded with the logo of Open Arms on Sunday, showing his support for the operation behind a migrant-carrying boat during the game and in his post-match interviews as City beat Arsenal 1-0 in an English Premier League win watched by millions worldwide. Guardiola is said to have donated around $158,000 of his $20 million annual …

Feb 23 2021

Ecuador: Indigenous communities march to Quito in ‘March of democracy’

Ecuadorian presidential candidate and indigenous leader, Carlos ‘Yaku’ Perez, were seen marching to the beat of Andean music through the streets of Latacunga on Tuesday. Alongside hundreds of his supporters they marched all the way from Loja, arriving in Quito on Tuesday, on a trip totalling almost 800 kilometres (497 miles). Supporters were seen peacefully marching, performing traditional dances, and holding the multi-coloured flag that symbolises indigenous identity in the Andes. The ‘National March for Democracy,’ as it was named, initiated as a stand against the electoral results that pushed ‘Yaku’ Perez out of the runoff voting in April. Perez …

Feb 23 2021

Afghanistan saw violence against civilians rise despite peace negotiations – UN report

A UN report has laid out the “terrible suffering endured by Afghan citizens” throughout 2020, despite peace talks taking place, leaving the country as one of the “deadliest places in the world” for a civilian. While figures state that the total number of civilian casualties in 2020 (8,820) was 15 percent lower than the previous year, the data shows that there was a significant spike in civilian casualties in the final three months of the year, after peace talks began in the country. The international body sees the continued violence as the devastating consequence of “parties refusing to consider a …

Feb 23 2021

Mexico: Anger and dismay as UN website issues hamper process for migrants to enter US

Migrants on the US border dealt with great confusion on Monday as they continued to battle with registration problems on the UN website for their asylum. Migrants who have been waiting for up to two years in the Matamoros camp in Tamaulipas who were supposed to be able to begin the legal process to enter the United States were still unable to do so. ACNUR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) set up a web page a few days ago so that refugees could register and begin their process to leave Mexico. The delays come after the Joe Biden administration …

Feb 23 2021

The PMU operation in the north of the Iraqi capital

On February 20, the Hashd al-Sha’abi (PMU) forces and the Iraqi army, after receiving information about the ISIS meeting in the village of al-Tabi in the Taramiyah area in northern Baghdad, raided and clashed with terrorists in the area and killed five ISIS operatives, including ISIS Mufti and governor for the Taramiyah area. Also several ISIS operatives were wounded and taken prisoner by the PMU forces. Three members of the PMU were martyred and two others were wounded.However, ISIS media claimed that 11 members of PMU were martyred in the clashes. According to information, the ISIS meeting was to discuss …

Feb 23 2021

Europe’s rare earth dependency dilemma

Europe is basing its future on high-tech products and applications, but while it requires vast amounts of rare earth metals to do so, it produces next to none of these critical elements. Solar panels. Wind turbines. Electric vehicle batteries and motors. These are just four of the things that need one or more of a group of minerals known as rare earths. Incidentally, these are also four of the things the EU is basing its future on. And it produces next to none of these critical rare earths. Like lithium, rare earths are abundant. Deposits large enough to make economic …

Feb 23 2021

USA: Big Dog Ranch Rescue offers a big hand to shelters hit by Texas snowstorm

Big Dog Ranch Rescue lent a helping hand and brought supplies to Texas animal shelters on Monday. Shelters were struggling throughout the state after the historic snowstorm led to an energy crisis in Texas. The non-profit sent trucks packed with food, water, blankets and medical supplies to families and animal shelters that were impacted by the freezing temperatures. Big Dog Ranch Rescue also sent crates to take dogs who were struggling to survive after they were out in the cold all the way to Florida We got donations, big dog ranch was able to answer the call and we were …

Feb 23 2021

Australia’s Facebook fight a ‘proxy battle’ for world seeking to regulate tech companies – federal treasurer

Josh Frydenberg has warned that Australia’s conflict with Facebook in recent weeks is a “proxy battle” for the rest of the world, as other countries look to join Canberra in introducing regulation for social media companies. The Australian treasurer made the remark after Facebook reversed its decision to ban all news content from its pages in the country over a row about the new media bargaining code which is set to become law there in the next few days. Also on rt.com Facebook to lift ban on Australia’s news after standoff as Canberra agrees to amend law forcing Big Tech …

Feb 23 2021

‘It’s on all of us’: UK health secretary warns Covid-19 restrictions rollback may be slower than PM’s roadmap

The UK health secretary has warned that the government’s roadmap out of the Covid-induced lockdown is dependent on data as he urged people in England to follow the rules in place in order to avoid the plan being slowed down. “We want to be able to hit those milestones, but we will be vigilant and watch what’s happening to make sure it’s safe to make each move,” Matt Hancock told Sky News on Tuesday, referencing PM Boris Johnson’s long-awaited roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Hancock said the government wants to relax restrictions on the dates it announced on Monday …