New Zealand announces review of its handling of COVID-19 pandemic

WELLINGTON — The New Zealand government said on Monday it would launch an inquiry into the country’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic so future governments could learn from the experience.

‘We are not your enemy’, say S.Korean truckers striking for minimum wage protections

UIWANG, South Korea - Inside five white tents outside the Uiwang container depot near Seoul, about 200 striking truckers huddle around gas heaters, trying to fight the bitter cold and the government...

In Australia and South Africa, construction has started on the biggest radio observatory in...

Construction of the world’s biggest radio astronomy facility, the SKA Observatory, begins today. The observatory is a global project 30 years in the making. With two huge two telescopes, one in Australia and the other...

UK parliament defence chair says to look at more military help for Taiwan

TAIPEI - The chair of the British parliament's defense select committee said there is "much to explore" in boosting military help for Taiwan and that he had discussed the island's submarine program while visiting Taipei...

Blinken says US to work with Israel, and support two state solution

WASHINGTON - The US plans to work closely with Israel's new government, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a left-leaning Jewish group in Washington on Sunday, and continues to support a two-state solution to end the decades-long conflict with Palestinians. The US administration expects "the new Israeli...

OPEC+ keeps steady policy amid weakening economy, Russian oil cap

LONDON/DUBAI - OPEC+ agreed to stick to its oil output targets at a meeting on Sunday as the oil markets struggle to assess the impact of a slowing Chinese economy on demand...

China’s Xi unwilling to accept vaccines despite threat from protests — US intel

WASHINGTON — Chinese leader Xi Jinping is unwilling to accept Western vaccines despite the challenges China is facing with COVID-19, and while recent protests there are not a threat to Communist Party rule, they could affect his personal standing, US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said on Saturday.

Putin insincere about peace talks — diplomat

KYIV — Russian President Vladimir Putin is not sincere about peace talks with Ukraine while he is taking the war to a new level of “barbarism” by trying to turn off the lights of civilians, a top US diplomat said on Saturday.

Italy’s Catholic Church reintroduces handshakes for the ‘sign of peace’

ROME — Italy’s Catholic Church is reintroducing handshakes for the “sign of peace” during Mass as part of a wider relaxation of anti-COVID-19 measures.

Germans spending less as soaring power, food costs gnaw finances

BERLIN — For 25 years, Theo Jost served the German Christmas dish of goose in his restaurant near the Black Forest. The birds were fresh, reared by farmers in northern Germany. But this year he took the dish off the menu because rising costs all along the supply chain would have doubled its price compared to last year.

UK crime agency arrests ‘wealthy Russian’ over money laundering

LONDON — Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Saturday it had arrested a “wealthy Russian businessman” on suspicion of money laundering and other offenses as part of a crackdown on corrupt oligarchs.

World Bank chief says poorest countries owe $62B on bilateral debt

WASHINGTON — The world’s poorest countries now owe $62 billion in annual debt service to official bilateral creditors, an increase of 35% over the...
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