28 Jan 2022

Italy fails to elect president in 5th vote as rightist blitz flops

Italy’s parliament failed at a fifth consecutive ballot to elect a new head of state on Friday. The center-right made an attempt to force through its own candidate and fell short. The alliance included Forza Italia, the League and the Brothers of Italy had its lawmakers vote for Senate speaker

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28 Jan 2022

Ukraine: Biden, Zelenskyy talk de-escalation with no end to tension in sight

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared a phone call with US President Joe Biden on Thursday to discuss de-escalation efforts in Ukraine. In the meeting, the two presidents discussed joint action and de-escalation diplomatic efforts along with possibilities for financial support to Ukraine. The US reaffirmed readiness to act decisively along

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28 Jan 2022

Kazakh president becomes party chair after sidelining Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has replaced his mentor and former head of state Nursultan Nazarbayev as chairman of the governing party. He was unanimously elected by the XXI Party Congress as the Chairman of the Nur Otan Party. This move occurred after unprecedented unrest in the country that left 225

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28 Jan 2022

Israeli settlers rage through Palestinian town, marking the latest ‘nationalistically motivated’ attack in the region

Israeli setters raged through a Palestinian town in the West Bank near Nablus in a convoy of cars. This marked the latest in a series of violence involving Israeli settlers in the past months. The settlers’ behavior was condemned by Israel’s Defense Minister and the Defense Minister promised to take

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28 Jan 2022

Xiomara Castro becomes Honduras’ first female president

Honduras’ first female president, Xiomara Castro was sworn in on Thursday in Tegucigalpa. Castro is a democratic socialist and won a landslide victory in the presidential election last year. Castro’s platform focused on countering years of governance involved with corruption and scandal. Castro’s party, the Freedom and Refoundation Party won

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27 Jan 2022

Hong Kong Dials Back One of World’s Longest Covid-19 Quarantines

Officials in Hong Kong have shortened one of the world’s longest remaining quarantine requirements for travelers arriving in the city from three weeks to two. The decision may have been a result of pressure from international business groups over the city’s harsh policies. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam reported

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27 Jan 2022

Japanese youth sue over cancer diagnoses following Fukushima nuclear disaster

Six young Japanese individuals are suing the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant after receiving cancer diagnoses in the years following the 2011 nuclear disaster. The individuals are suffering from thyroid cancer and were aged between six and sixteen at the time of the incident. The cancer was developed as

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27 Jan 2022

Ukrainian soldier kills 5 in shooting rampage at military factory

On Thursday, Ukraine’s interior ministry confirmed that five people were shot dead and another five injured after a Ukrainian soldier opened fire at a military plant. The perpetrator was a Ukrainian National Guard service-member and was detained following the attack. The incident occurred at a state-owned machine building factory in

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27 Jan 2022

U.S.-Backed Forces Retake Syrian Prison From Islamic State

On Wednesday, US backed Syrian forces reported that they were able to retake full control of the al-Sina’a prison in Hasakah after a weeklong battle with Islamic State Fighters. The conflict at the facility marks one of the worst assaults in the country in three years, with more than 100

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27 Jan 2022

North Korea Loses Internet in Suspected Cyber-Attack

North Korea has reportedly suffered from an internet outage that may have been caused by a cyberattack. According to cybersecurity researcher Junade Ali, the country lost internet access for approximately six hours on Wednesday morning. This marks the second internet outage to strike North Korea over the past two weeks.

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