21 abducted school kids rescued in northwestern Nigeria

21 abducted school kids rescued in northwestern Nigeria

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 | AP | ABUJA, Nigeria

  At least 21 schoolchildren in Nigeria have been rescued hours after they were abducted by armed groups in West African country’s troubled northwestern region, police said. The schoolchildren were abducted on Friday while they were traveling with their teacher from Bakura area to an Islamic school in neighboring Katsina...

New Year’s eve muted by Omicron;  many hoping for better 2022

Saturday, 01 January 2022 | AP | WELLINGTON, New Zealand

Good riddance to 2021. Let 2022 bring fresh hope. That was a common sentiment as people around the world began welcoming in the new year. In many places, New Year’s Eve celebrations were muted or canceled for the second straight year due to a surge of coronavirus infections, this time driven...

Biden, Putin to hold call as Russia-Ukraine tension smolders

Friday, 31 December 2021 | AP | WILMINGTON, Del

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are set to discuss the Russian troop buildup near Ukraine during their second call in recent weeks amid little progress toward ending the smoldering crisis. Ahead of Thursday’s call, the White House indicated that Biden would make clear to Putin that a diplomatic path remains...

Ex-Afghan president says had no choice but to flee Kabul

Friday, 31 December 2021 | AP | ISLAMABAD

Afghanistan’s former president said he had no choice but to abruptly leave Kabul as the Taliban closed in and denied an agreement was in the works for a peaceful takeover, disputing the accounts of former Afghan and US officials. Former President Ashraf Ghani said in a BBC interview that aired Thursday...

Hong Kong editors charged with sedition, US criticises raid

Friday, 31 December 2021 | AP | HONG KONG

Two former editors from a Hong Kong online pro-democracy news outlet were charged with sedition and denied bail Thursday, a day after one of the last openly critical voices in the city said it would cease operations following a police raid on its office and seven arrests. Hong Kong leader Carrie...

Low-vaccinated Eastern Europe braces for Omicron surge

Friday, 31 December 2021 | AP | SIBIU, Romania

As the fast-spreading coronavirus variant omicron rages through Western Europe, officials and experts in low-vaccinated Eastern Europe anticipate a post-holiday explosion of COVID-19 cases in much of the region. Many countries in Eastern Europe only recently emerged from infection waves that put a catastrophic strain on health care systems, and at...

Myanmar military reverts to strategy of massacres, burnings

Friday, 31 December 2021 | AP | BANGKOK

When the young farmhand returned to his village in Myanmar, he found the still smoldering corpses in a circle in a burned-out hut, some with their limbs tied. The Myanmar military had stormed Done Taw at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, he told the AP, with about 50 soldiers hunting people...

World needs India to be at  horseshoe table permanently, says Amb Tirumurti

Friday, 31 December 2021 | PTI | United Nations

India's performance as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council indicates that the world needs India to be at the horseshoe table permanently, the country's envoy to the United Nations T S Tirumurti has said. "India took its place in the Security Council for the eighth time as an...

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