Daily Monitor

July 30, 2021

Turkey wildfires: Death toll rises as blazes rage on

Firefighters are tackling blazes for a third day in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean region. It’s not known how the devastating fires started, but one official says he can’t rule out “sabotage.” […]
July 29, 2021

Blinken says Tunisian president promised ‘democratic path’

The US secretary of state says Kais Saied promised him he was committed to democracy, as he urged him to restore parliament. […]
July 28, 2021

Azerbaijan urges Armenia to stop provocative steps at border

Armenian side not following cease-fire requirements, says Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry […]
July 28, 2021

North, South Korea in talks over summit, reopening liaison office

North and South Korea are in talks to reopen a joint liaison office that Pyongyang demolished last year and hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations, three South Korean government sources with knowledge of the matter said. […]  
July 27, 2021

UNESCO adds four natural, three cultural sites to World Heritage List

Four natural sites and three cultural sites were added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List on Monday, Xinhua reports. […]
July 22, 2021

U.S.-China Talks Point to Effort to Manage Rising Tension

An agreement by the U.S. and China for their first face-to-face talks between senior diplomats in months represents the latest effort by both sides to keep a growing list of disputes from spiraling out of control. […]
July 22, 2021

China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

China rejected on Thursday a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus […]
July 21, 2021

Brexit and COVID combine to leave supermarket shelves empty in the UK

Brexit and the COVID pandemic are combining to leave some UK supermarket shelves empty, according to the Road Haulage Association […]
July 19, 2021

Politicians from across world call for ‘global green deal’ to tackle climate crisis

New alliance urges governments to work together to deliver a just transition to a green economy […]
July 19, 2021

A Pacific nation’s Covid-19 crisis has become a political power play between China and Australia

China and Australia have found another battleground for their deepening diplomatic standoff: the Pacific Islands’ pandemic response. […]
July 9, 2021

Spectators barred from Tokyo 2020 amid state of emergency to curb Covid surge

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be held without spectators due to the state of emergency that is to be enforced to curtail a surge in coronavirus cases, the Olympics minister Tamayo Marukawa confirmed Thursday. […]
July 9, 2021

US speeds Afghanistan withdrawal as Biden sets August deadline

President Biden says peace in Afghanistan can only come through renewed talks with Taliban even as fighting escalates. […]
July 7, 2021

Rising Oil and Gas Prices Add to U.S. Economic Challenges

Experts say a period of costlier fuel is likely to be brief. But if consumers start to assume otherwise, it could mean problems for Biden and the Fed. […]
July 7, 2021

Biden Elevates Ransomware Threat to National Security Priority

President Joe Biden, will take on the rapidly growing threat of ransomware against companies and localities by convening key officials to discuss administration strategy in the wake of a high-profile attack by hackers. […]
July 2, 2021

Covid: Europe risks new wave, WHO warns

Covid-19 infections have risen by 10% in a week in Europe after two months in decline and the risk of a new wave of cases is growing, says the World Health Organization. […]
July 2, 2021

OECD: 130 countries agree on minimum global corporate tax rate

A global corporate tax rate of at least 15% was agreed upon by 130 countries, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday. […]
June 30, 2021

“We have enough wisdom to resolve situation.” Japarov and Rahmon discuss border conflict

President Sadyr Japarov and President Emomali Rahmon  discussed Kyrgyz-Tajik border issues during talks in Dushanbe […]
June 29, 2021

Facebook hits $1 trillion value after judge rejects antitrust complaints

A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed federal and state antitrust complaints against Facebook Inc that sought to force the social media company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp, saying the federal complaint was “legally insufficient.” […]
June 28, 2021

Canal Istanbul opens ‘new page’ in Turkey’s development: President Erdogan

Canal Istanbul will turn a historic «new page» in Turkey’s development, said the nation’s president on Saturday, speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the mega-project’s first bridge called Sazlidere. […]
June 24, 2021

Delta plus variant: Can India prevent third Covid wave?

India is beginning to reopen after a second wave of Covid-19 infections devastated the country in April and May. But now experts warn that a third wave could strike in the next few months. […]