5 govt critics jailed as political crisis in Nicaragua deepens

In this file photo taken on March 21, 2019, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks next to first lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo during the inauguration ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua. (ALFREDO ZUNIGA / AP) Nicaraguan police arrested and jailed five prominent opponents of President Daniel Ortega...

Swiss voters to decide on pesticides ban, terrorism law

A picture taken on June 6, 2021 shows electoral posters reading in French: "Massively increase the price of local food" and "Two times no to the extreme phytosanitary initiatives", in Vouvry, western Switzerland, ahead of a vote of two people's initiatives trying to ban the use of pesticides for the...

EMA: AstraZeneca shots should be halted for over-60s too

An illustration picture shows vials with COVID-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes, with the logo of the University of Oxford and its partner British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, on Nov 17, 2020. (JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) ADDIS ABABA / KAMPALA / HARARE / MOSCOW / RABAT / LONDON / WARSAW / HAVANA / BUENOS AIRES / LIMA / OTTAWA / RIO...

Putin says direct dialog main goal of Biden summit

This combo photo shows US President Joe Biden (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (PHOTO/AGENCIES) Russian President Vladimir Putin said the main goals of his summit meeting this week with US President Joe Biden will be establishing personal contacts and direct dialog, and creating a mechanism to foster further interaction, according...

Putin sees chance to work with Biden at low point in US ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in Saint Petersburg on June 4, 2021. (ANATOLY MALTSEV / POOL / AFP) WASHINGTON - Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with NBC News on Friday said that Russia-US relations...

Johnson kicks off G7 summit with plea to tackle inequality

(From left, front) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, (from left, rear) European Council President Charles Michel, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and European Commission President Ursula von der...

Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, UAE elected to UNSC

A delegate (center) casts her ballot for the election of five non-permanent members of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, on June 11, 2021. (EVAN SCHNEIDER / UN PHOTO / HANDOUT VIA XINHUA) UNITED NATIONS - Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates...

G7 mulls support for redirecting US$100b in IMF reserves

In this undated photo, the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is displayed out the headquarters in Washington, DC, US. (ANDREW HARRER / BLOOMBERG) The Group of Seven biggest advanced economies is considering putting its support behind a US$100 billion reallocation of potential new International Monetary Fund reserves from...