South Africa flies 30 white rhinos to Rwanda

South Africa flies 30 white rhinos to Rwanda

Thirty white rhinos were transferred from South Africa to Rwanda in a Boeing 747 on Monday, conversationists said. The animals traveled 3,400 kilometers from South Africa’s Phinda Private Game Reserve to Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda. They embarked on this 40-hour journey after months of preparation, said charity African Parks, which was involved in […]

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Iran strikes hard line as talks over nuclear deal resume

Iran strikes hard line as talks over nuclear deal resume

Iran struck a hard line Tuesday after just one day of restarted talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal, suggesting everything discussed in previous rounds of diplomacy could be renegotiated. Speaking to Iranian state television, Ali Bagheri, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, referred to everything discussed thus far as merely a “draft.” It remained unclear […]

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World Bank works to redirect frozen funds to Afghanistan for humanitarian aid only

The World Bank is finalizing a proposal to deliver up to $500 million from a frozen Afghanistan aid fund to humanitarian agencies, people familiar with the plans told Reuters, but it leaves out tens of thousands of public sector workers and remains complicated by U.S. sanctions. Board members will meet informally on Tuesday to discuss […]

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Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

A court in Myanmar postponed its verdict on Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow testimony from an additional witness, a senior member of her political party. The court agreed with a defense motion that it allow Zaw Myint Maung, who had previously been unable to come to court […]

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Lankan cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga quits United National Party

Lankan cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga quits United National Party

Former Sri Lankan minister and legendary cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga has resigned from the Opposition United National Party, citing dissatisfaction with the outfit’s workings. In a letter to UNP leader and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday, Ranatunga said the UNP has not managed to revive and rebrand itself after the recent electoral losses, which […]

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Covid-19 Omicron variant: Response from countries and vaccine makers

Covid-19 Omicron variant: Response from countries and vaccine makers

Days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the Omicron variant of Covid-19 as a variant of concern, countries across the world have reacted with travel curbs, booster shots and discussions on lockdowns. The concerning variant of the novel coronavirus emerged as many countries were cautiously opening up their borders to travellers. In the United […]

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Singapore quarantines SIA passenger from Johannesburg after two onward travellers test Omicron positive

Singapore quarantines SIA passenger from Johannesburg after two onward travellers test Omicron positive

Singapore has quarantined one traveller as a close contact of two passengers on Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) Johannesburg flight who had tested positive for coronavirus variant Omicron on arrival in Sydney, local media reported on Tuesday. The traveller, along with six others, had disembarked from SIA’s SQ481 which departed from Johannesburg on November 27 and arrived […]

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Barbados ditches Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to become a republic

Barbados ditches Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to become a republic

By: Reuters | Bridgetown (barbados) | November 30, 2021 11:34:32 am Barbados ditched Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state, forging a new republic on Tuesday with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island. At the strike of midnight, […]

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Bill Cosby prosecutors urge Supreme Court to restore conviction

Bill Cosby prosecutors urge Supreme Court to restore conviction

Prosecutors urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction, complaining in a petition released Monday the verdict was thrown out over a questionable agreement that the comic claimed gave him lifetime immunity. They said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in June to overturn Cosby’s conviction created a dangerous precedent by giving […]

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