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18 migrants dead and 76 injured after two-hour skirmish as 2,000 adult men stormed the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave Melilla, 130 people breached the border and are evaluated at a local migrant center, 140 Moroccan security officers injured

Swimming's world governing body Fina votes to stop transgender athletes from competing in women's elite races if they have gone through any part of male puberty, requires that the sex change is finished by the age of 12, aims to establish an open category for swimmers who do not identify with their sex

Travel mayhem predicted for the summer, extreme airport lines and canceled flights in Ireland, the Netherlands, UK and US among other countries, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has commented that the UK should bring in the army to help ease the chaos

WHO comments that monkeypox is not a gay disease just because the cases have mainly been identified among men who have sex with men, explains that the overrepresentation can be explained by the community's tendence to contact health services regarding sexual health concerns

G7 finance ministers announce commitment of USD 19.8 billion in financial support to Ukraine, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner says they stand by Ukraine during this war and after that and are ready to do more, rules out EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans' idea of a borrowing scheme similar to EU's Covid-19 recovery fund Next Generation EU as that was a one-off opportunity

Finland to apply for Nato membership after the approval by the legislature during week 20, President Sauli Niinistö says the country is entering a new era

Bill Gates: The risk of a new more transmissive and fatal Covid-19 variant way above 5 %, still considers himself optimistic as the pandemic may be our last

Joe Biden asks Congress for USD 33 billion in funds for Ukraine, includes USD 20 billion in additional security and military assistance, $9 billion in economic assistance and $3 billion in humanitarian assistance, also wants to sell yachts and apartments seized from Russians and donate the money to Ukraine

Joe Biden tells US troops in Poland that they will witness Ukrainians' bravery "when you're there", White House official quickly clarifies that Biden is not changing his stance on deploying military into Ukraine, officials also clarify that US has no intention of using chemical weapons under any circumstances after Biden's remark in Belgium that the US will respond in kind to such attacks

Russia invades Ukraine after speech by Putin where he says the country will conduct a special military operation to denazify Ukraine, Russian tanks roll over the border from Belarus, Crimea and Russia, aerial attacks reported on strategic locations throughout Ukraine

Bill Gates says that omicron has sadly done a better job than vaccines in spreading immunity, urges health officials around the globe to respond more quickly to the next pandemic, hopes sufficient funding leads to a new generation of vaccines eradicating entire families of respiratory viruses including influenza and coronaviruses within a decade

76-year-old French modeling agency manager Jean-Luc Brunel found hanging in his cell in Paris, was suspected of procuring over a thousand women and girls for Jeffrey Epstein and was charged with raping a minor over 15 years old and harassing two other women, the cell was not under video surveillance but an investigating source says early evidence points to suicide

The Canadian Freedom Convoy protests spread across the world, demonstrations held in US, UK, New Zealand and the Netherlands, Paris and Brussels have banned the protests, more than 120 people arrested outside Wellington's parliament

Israel asks Amnesty UK not to release a report accusing Israel of apartheid, calls the report false, biased, and antisemitic, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says that the country absolutely rejects all allegations and that the formerly respected organization is now just another radical organization which echoes propaganda

Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation from Australia after the Federal Court upholds the government's decision to cancel his visa, Chief Justice James Allsop stresses that the court is only ruling on the lawfulness and legality rather than the wisdom of the decision

WHO says more than half of Europeans are on track to contract the Omicron coronavirus variant in the next two months if infections continue at current rates, says it's too early to treat the disease as endemic despite reports of a higher degree of asymptomatic cases and lower proportion of hospitalisations for Omicron cases

Eight countries including Iran, Venezuela and Sudan lose UN voting rights due to unpaid membership dues

Vladimir Putin reiterates demand Nato deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries and roll back alliance’s military deployments, saying West is to be blamed for tensions building up in Europe and that Russia has been forced to respond at every step, adding that Russia needs more than verbal assurances and promises that Moscow can't trust

Dr Angelique Coetzee who is also board chair of the South African Medical Association says all Covid-19 Omicron variant symptoms so far in the country have been mild and that no patients have needed hospital admission, says that things might change but that there currently is no need for panic

US Justice Department stonewalls Spanish authority probe into CIA's role in aggressive and potentially illegal surveillance of Julian Assange by local security firm UC Global, investigating judge Santiago Pedraz says weeks after report that CIA in 2017 launched plans to abduct Assange in a snatch operation and a plot to assassinate him

EU temporarily halts funding to WHO in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an independent investigation identified more than 80 alleged cases of sexual abuse implicating 20 staff members in the country since 2018, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus apologizes to the victims and promises a profound transformation with zero-tolerance plan against sexual exploitation and abuse in crisis zones

Donald Trump slammed for stating that the late Colin Powell was a republican in name only and that he made many big mistakes including Iraq, critics say that he dances on Powell's grave and is just jealous, respect has been paid to Powell by current and former government officials and every other living president across the political spectrum

Newly declassified papers show role of British black propaganda campaign in eliminating up to three million Indonesian communists between 1965 and 1966, both a newsletter and a radio station were supplied calling for elimination of the PKI party and all communist organisations, stating procrastination and half-hearted measures could only lead to the nation's ultimate and complete destruction

Record cold season at South Pole from April to September, minus-61 Celsius is lowest temperature ever noted at Amundsen-Scott station, 4.4 degrees lower than second lowest measurement in 40 years, average temperature during September also lowest ever, ice levels around Antarctica grow to fifth highest on record

Hunter Biden offered to unfreeze Libyan assets in exchange for a USD 2 million retainer fee plus success fees, according to leaked 2015 email conversation between Libyan government and Democratic donors Sam Jauhari and Sheikh Mohammed al-Rahbani

UK High Court justices grant US government permission to challenge January court decision not to extradite Julian Assange, as psychiatric expert witness Professor Michael Kopelman is found to have misled the court about the existence of Assange's children

Ecuador revokes the citizenship of Julian Assange, citing multiple inconsistencies in the naturalisation letter, different signatures, the possible alteration of documents and unpaid fees, Assange’s lawyer will file appeals, saying the decision was made without due process and Assange was not allowed to appear in the case

Lufthansa stops using "ladies and gentlemen" to greet passengers, replacing it with "dear guests" or "good morning", saying they respond to a discussion that is rightly being held, comes after EasyJet, Air Canada and Japan Airlines modified their greetings during the last couple of years

Julian Assange could be permitted to serve any custodial sentence he receives in an Australian prison if convicted in the US and would not be held in its strictest maximum-security jails, according to new assurances made by the US government, seen as concessions in attempt to extradite the 50-year-old from the UK

Vladimir Putin says US threats are done within the context of its domestic political process, with assumptions that the US has such might it can get away with it and can make some mistakes, adding that problems accumulate and a moment comes when they cannot be solved anymore, a mistake which led to the downfall of the Soviet Union

Simple drones and balloons explain large part of US military UFO observations, most likely Russia or China is exploiting UFO stigmatization to conduct extensive and exceptionally successful espionage operations, according to team of military analysts who have spent years analyzing the available data

Britain to sail a Type 45 destroyer and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate to the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, aiming to show solidarity with Ukraine and Britain's Nato allies, the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will stand ready to support with RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters

US State Department announces new guidelines encouraging engagement between US and Taiwan government officials in federal buildings or Taiwan’s de facto embassy in New York, following the Trump administration’s elimination of old hampering guidelines

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pledges to work on global corporate minimum tax rate among more than 140 countries, with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz now hoping to put an end to worldwide race to the bottom in taxation and the Biden administration wants to raise minimum corporate tax from 10.5% to 21%

Russia bewildered after US Secretary of State unveiles an export ban on defense articles and defense services to the country, despite Moscow not receiving any US arms since the lend-lease program during World War II in 1945

Denmark first European nation to tell Syrian migrants to return home after deeming Damascus and surrounding area safe, stripping 94 Syrians of residency permits and sending them to deportation camps, saying country has been clear from the start that the residence permit is temporary

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says US must pay if it wants to keep the two-decade-old troop deployment agreement, when speaking to military troops, adding that it is a shared responsibility, but the US share of responsibility does not come free

The UK will introduce a new visa for eligible Hong Kong residents at the end of January granting them the right to come and live in the UK, and eventually become citizens, 5.4 million Hong Kong residents are eligible, Britain estimates that about 300,000 will take up the visa offer over the next five years

6,500 Honduran migrants in caravans trying to cross the border into Guatemala heading north to the US, less than a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, whose aides have expressed concerns about growing numbers of migrants seeking to enter the country in the early days of his administration

The number of US troops in Afghanistan reduced to 2,500 in accordance with President Donald Trump’s plan presented in November, the lowest level of American forces in the country since 2001 according to Pentagon

Number of galaxies in universe far lower than previously thought, say NASA astronomers after studying data from space probe New Horizons, Milky Way has hundreds of billions of cousins rather than thousands of billions

Julian Assange denied bail by judge at Westminster Magistrates Court, citing risk of him trying to flee while US officials appeal UK judge's extradition ban, meaning Assange will continue to be held at Belmarsh high-security prison for at least two weeks

Australia changes National Anthem wording from "for we are young and free" to "for we are one and free" in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement to recognise the Aborigines as the oldest continued civilization in the world

Boeing 737 Max makes first US commercial flight since jet was grounded in March 2019 after two deadly crashes, approved by FAA following flight control updates, maintenance work and fresh pilot training, first worldwide passenger flight with revamped Max took place this month in Brazil

Ryanair buys 75 Boeing 737 Max aircrafts after regulators lifts 20-month safety ban, budget airline believed to have received a big discount in return for a headline-grabbing relaunch of the Max and compensation for the 18-month delay to first delivery of the jet

Iran has a longstanding campaign to amass foreign - particularly US and European — hostages so they can be used as pawns in future diplomatic deals with their countries, a European intelligence official described the agreement to release Kylie Moore-Gilbert as a way for the Iranians to reduce tensions with the US and Europe

China’s Coast Guard will be empowered to fire on foreign vessels that intrude into territorial waters and to protect the safety of “important islands and reefs, the exclusive economic zone as well as manmade islands and facilities constructed on the continental shelf” according to new draft legislation posted online

New narco-submarines capable of long-distance travel from South America to Europe have been discovered, designed to evade detection rather than outrun pursuers the subs are camouflaged and when filled only the small cockpit is visible above the water making them very difficult to pick up on radar

Malaysia's former Prime minister Mahathir Mohamad tweets Muslims have a right to kill millions of French people, following the terror attack in Nice, says freedom of speech does not include insulting other people and that French should teach their people to respect other people's feelings

People having the freedom to express what is in their thoughts stops when it comes to offending the feelings of more than 1.5 billion people, according to Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Muslims also have rights, they have the right for their feelings not to be hurt and for their values not to be hurt

France urges Arab countries to stop calls for boycotts of French products over the publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad after French President Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and vowed not to "give up cartoons" depicting the Prophet Mohammed

Taiwan indicts a Chinese captain of a Taiwanese fishing vessel for ordering the killing of four suspected Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, pirates shot at his boat and three other boats fishing in the area, before one of the fishing boats managed to knock the men into the sea, the captain then ordered his Pakistani security guards to shoot them to protect himself and his vessel, the killings were exposed after a mobile phone containing footage of the incident was left in a taxi in Fiji, and found by someone who posted the video on YouTube in 2014

French officials plan to expel 231 radicalized foreign nationals after the brutal slaying of Samuel Paty, Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had planned to expel the people already, having traveled to Morocco the previous week to ask the government to accept nine of its radicalized nationals, he plans to meet with officials in Algeria and Tunisia to discuss similar deals

Russian-brokered ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh under severe strain with both Azerbaijan and Armenia accusing each other of serious violations, ceasefire clinched in Moscow advocated by President Vladimir Putin meant to allow ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces to swap prisoners and war dead

Vladimir Putin makes a positive resemblance between Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and Soviet communists in a wide-ranging interview with the Rossiya TV channel, Putin also reminisced on the Soviet Union's rhetorical support for African-American civil rights struggle

UK secures agreement with Japan on first major post-Brexit trade deal after only three months of talks, trade minister Liz Truss says agreement goes far beyond the existing EU deal with 99% of Britain's exports to Japan tariff-free

2019 Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole in first ever use of the penalty in New Zealand, Tarrant choose not to speak at his own sentencing despite opting to represent himself and did not oppose the sentence

New Zealand's High Court rules country's lockdown from March 26 to April 3 was unlawful, as directives to stay at home under threat of punishment breached section 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, but judges agree measures were a necessary, reasonable and proportionate response to pandemic

1.116 million barrels of Iranian oil bound for Venezuela on four Liberian flagged, Greek owned tankers confiscated as the countries defied US sanctions, the fuel is transferred to other ships and taken to Houston, Texas

Russia and China speed up de-dollarization as share of the dollar in trade between the countries fell to 46% during first quarter of 2020 from 90% four years ago, the remaining 54% made up of 17% Chinese yuan, 30% euro, and 7% Russian ruble

China orders US to close its consulate in Chengdu in Sichuan Province after Beijing had promised to retaliate for Houston shutdown order, says it’s a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the US

US tells Chinese consulate in Houston to shut down in three days citing a need to protect American intellectual property and information, after which staff are seen burning documents in a container within the courtyard of the consulate facility

Red Bull fires two US top executives for leaking letter critical of public silence on Black Lives Matter signed by more than 300 employees and pushing for more diversity and inclusion, a third executive, Florian Klaass, also terminated for using a slide featuring supposedly racist stereotypes, billionaire owner and CEO Dietrich Mateschitz has previously spoken out against political correctness

EU Court of Justice rules EU-US Privacy Shield user data exchange agreement as invalid due to GDPR since the US law enforcement and national security issues have primacy meaning it does not afford an adequate level of protection of personal data

Senior officials in the Trump administration are said to discuss banning travel to the US by all members of the Chinese Communist Party and their families which would affect more than 90 million Chinese

Boris Johnson's government bans Huawei from Britain's 5G network by ordering telecoms companies to remove its equipment by 2027 after a significantly changed security assessment of Huawei by the National Cyber Security Centre

Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant decides to represent himself at sentencing hearing set to begin August 24, the Australian pleaded guilty earlier this year to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act

Trump administration announces additional duties of 25% on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports valued at USD 1.3 billion in response to France’s digital services tax, but delays implementing for up to 180 days to allow further time to resolve the issue

Russian billionaire Andrey Filatov offers to buy two statues BLM protesters want removed from US cities, Theodore Roosevelt outside American Museum of Natural History in New York City and first governor of Russian colonies in Alaska, Alexander Baranov

WHO alters Covid-19 timeline to disclose it initially learned of novel virus outbreak from the Internet and not from Chinese officials as it has long insisted, adding fuel to accusation the Chinese leadership tried with the help of WHO to cover up the new virus

European Aviation Safety Agency bars state-run carrier Pakistan International Airlines from the European Union for six months after 262 of Pakistan's 860 active pilots were found holding fake licenses or having cheated on exams, Prime Minister Imran Khan says reforming PIA and other government institutions is inevitable

Boris Johnson says that up to three million Hong Kong residents are eligible to come to the UK for five years and be able to apply for citizenship, calls China's passing of a new security law a clear and serious breach of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration

Italy seizes 14 tonnes of amphetamine tablets worth allegedly made by the IS terrorists in Syria, the tablets that were found in the port of Salerno is said to be the world's largest amphetamine seizure and carry a EUR 1 billion dollar value

UN expresses support for Antifa on Twitter saying US describing it as a domestic terrorist organization undermines the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly in the country, accompanied by photo of Antifa banner, prompting calls to defund UN

Highest ever atmospheric carbon dioxide seasonal peak of 417.1 ppm during May despite worldwide Covid-19 shutdowns, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego using Mauna Loa Observatory measurements

NHK removes promotional video depicting Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US for its children’s program "This Makes Me Understand! The World Now" from Twitter after criticism it portrayed black people in an offensive and insensitive way

Japan and United Kingdom agree to start negotiations for swift agreement on economic partnership to secure business continuity for both nations, Japan’s foreign ministry says, welcoming British interests to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

US Department of Justice demands Prince Andrew be handed over to US police to be questioned about his links to Jeffrey Epstein

Turkey says that the US designing Antifa as a terrorist organisation means that it must show solidarity with its NATO ally when PKK/YPG trained Antifa militants attack Turkish soldiers in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says it follows logically for US to declare YPG a terrorist organisation

Bell Canada and Telefonica Deutschland choose Ericsson to be their 5G network equipment supplier at a time when Huawei future in the countries is uncertain, while Germany’s three main operators are removing Huawei from their network cores

Julian Assange suffers from breathing problems in Belmarsh prison and fails to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court hearing via video link on Monday according to his lawyer, location for resumption of hearing on September 7 still not confirmed

President Trump postpones G7 summit until at least September and hopes to expand list of participating countries to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India, saying it's a very outdated group of countries in its current format

SpaceX launches Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on mission to the International Space Station in first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private company and first launch from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011

President Trump orders his administration to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment in response to China’s plans to impose new security legislation in the territory, says China has replaced One Country, Two Systems with One Country, One System

First of five Iranian tankers carrying gasoline and alkylate to Venezuela enters the former prominent fuel exporter's exclusive economic zone on Saturday, despite US official’s warning that Washington was considering a response to the shipment

US considers doing first nuclear test since 1992 to strengthen negotiating position against Russia and China who are suspected of conducting secret tests, according to anonymous White House sources

Military entrepreneur Erik Prince sues The Intercept over accusations of offering services to Russian mercenary company Wagner Group in violation of US sanctions

NASA proposes Artemis Accords for regulating exploitation of the Moon, opens way for mining and establishes minimum distance between moon bases, Russia says project follows same principles as US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan

EU should impose ban on Chinese takeovers of companies cheap to acquire or with economic difficulties because of Covid-19, head of EPP grouping in EU Parliament Manfred Weber says, EU has to protect itself against Chinese companies partly supported of state funds

Spanish police arrests deeply radicalised Moroccan man in Barcelona with links to ISIS terrorists who was planning a militant attack, police says he made public pledges of allegiance to ISIS while declaring his hatred of the West on social media

London court rules Julian Assange's US extradition case hearings will resume in September after being postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Assange was not able to attend via media link because his lawyers said he was not well enough to appear

Donald Trump orders US Navy to "shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea", 11 vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy came dangerously close to US ships in the Persian Gulf last week

Donald Trump says he will temporarily suspend all immigration through executive order to combat the pandemic and protect American citizens' jobs, US has close to 800,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last month

Fugitive Brazilian cocaine trafficker Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos arrested this week in a luxury hotel in Mozambique after 20 years on the run from a Brazilian prison is expelled for having entered the country illegally and is sent back to Brazil

EU launches yearlong Mediterranean mission Irini to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya through using aerial, satellite and maritime assets to carry out vessel inspections, Italy blocked the former Sophia mission as the warships attracted migrants, the mission will also build up and train the Libyan coast guard as well as gather information about illegal fuel and oil smuggling

US indicts Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of conspiring "to flood the United States with cocaine" together with a dissident faction of the FARC guerilla, offers reward of up to USD 15 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Maduro

WHO declares Covid-19 a pandemic, Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says several countries have demonstrated that the outbreak can be suppressed and controlled but that other countries have showed alarming levels of inaction, 121,564 cases with at least 4,373 deaths as of Wednesday morning according to Johns Hopkins University

After testing more than 140,000 for covid-19 South Korea has over 6,000 confirmed cases but only about 40 deceased, case fatality rate at 0.6% is significantly lower than previous estimates and based on more comprehensive and reliable data

Turkey prepares a case in the European Court of Human Rights over Greece’s treatment of migrants, says that 135,000 people have crossed into Greece and that the EU has made no concrete offer to deal with the situation, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin calls it a double standard that the EU can mobilize hundreds of millions of euros to Greece within days but blames bureaucracy when it comes to Turkey

Greece releases video of Turkish riot police firing tear gas canisters at border crossing, Greek security official says gas was used to help migrants breach border and provoke, Turkish security official says purpose was to protect migrants from Greek police firing bullets, Greece denies shooting at migrants and brands Turkish claims that four migrants have been killed in past days "fake news"