UK to slash aid to poorest countries: Leaked report

The UK government is planning to cut its aid programs to some of the world’s poorest countries by as much as two thirds between 2021 and 2022, according to a leaked Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) report. Those hardest hit by the cuts include Lebanon, which could see a reduction in

What is Clubhouse and why is it suddenly so popular?

There's a new app making waves on social media. Part podcast, part group chat, part radio, Clubhouse is an audio-based social media platform that allows people to chat in theme rooms that disappear once the conversation is over. Anyone on the platform can start a room. The room's hosts lead and

Google data can help forecast coronavirus peak

Internet data on coronavirus-related symptom searches through Google could help to predict a peak in infections about 17 days in advance, researchers said. A team from University College London said that search data could complement public health surveillance tracking for the coronavirus and

UAE sharply reduces its support for UNRWA

The United Arab Emirates sharply reduced its funding for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in 2020, a spokesman revealed to AP. Spokesman of the international body, Sami Mshasha, said that the UAE donated $51.8 million to UNRWA in 2018 and again in 2019, but in 2020 it gave the ag

German firm to clear Beirut port of dangerous containers

BEIRUT: A German firm has treated 52 containers of hazardous material at Beirut port and will ship them out of Lebanon, the German ambassador said Saturday, months after a monster port blast.Andreas Kindl said on Twitter that the heavy lift transport company Combi Lift “has treated 52 contai

Somalia, Syria, Yemen most corrupt states in the world

The annual Corruption Perceptions Index survey released by Transparency International, which measures perceived public-sector corruption and highlights the impact of corruption on government responses to COVID-19, revealed that the three countries with the lowest perceived corruption levels are De

Who let the dogs in? Dogs return to White House after four years

Champ and Major Biden have arrived to their new home. The two German Shepherds have joined their parents Jill Biden and President Joe Biden at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Champ, the elder of the two, is no stranger to political life. He has been with the Bidens since 2008 and lived with them durin

Nearly 2m Israelis live below official poverty line

Almost two million Israeli citizens live below the official poverty line, the National Insurance Institute reported on Thursday. This represents 23 per cent of the total population. Around one-third of all Israel children are included in that figure. According to the institute, the poverty rate a

Biden’s first 17 presidential orders

Much of President Joe Biden’s first day in office was spent repealing many of the executive actions that his predecessor used to advance his agenda. Mr Biden issued 17 executive actions, which included the country's re-entry into the World Health Organisation and Paris climate accord. They

Group: Billion in Aid Needed to Help Afghan Kids in 2021

Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organization said Tuesday and called for $1.3 billion in new funds for aid. Just over 18 million Afghans, including 9.7 million children, are badly in need of lifesaving suppor

Families of victims of Flight PS752 gather one year after tragedy

  Family members of the 176 people killed on board Ukraine Flight PS752 gathered in central Toronto, Canada, to honour and remember their loved ones. PS752 took off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport at 6.12am local time on January 8, 2020. Minutes later it crashed.

World shocked by Trump supporters' attack on U.S. democracy

World leaders have expressed their shock after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, encouraged by him, stormed here the U.S. Capitol building as Congress met to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election, which he lost to Joe Biden. Among adversaries, China compared the violence to protests

Widow of late Palestine leader Arafat: 'Second Intifada was a mistake'

Suha Arafat, widow of the late Palestinian Authority (PA), Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Fatah leader Yasser Arafat, has stated that the second Intifada "was a mistake," Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth reported. In an interview, Mrs Arafat acquitted Israel of responsibi

Report: Majority of Arabs reject normalisation with Israel

The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) said Arab and Israeli indicators show that the majority of Arabs reject normalisation with Israel and view the Palestinian issue as the core of the conflict in the region, despite the recent deals concluded between Tel Aviv and a number of Arab cou

Factbox-Latest on worldwide spread of the coronavirus

The $2.3 trillion COVID-19 aid and spending package signed by U.S. President Donald Trump buoyed the stock and oil markets on Monday, while more countries detected their first cases of a new variant of the coronavirus. Medical worker prepres Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19?vaccine, as Latvia begins vacc

90% of Syria families in Lebanon living in extreme poverty, says UN

Nine of ten Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty, a United Nations (UN) report published on Friday said. The report warned nearly 89 per cent will be struggling to fulfil their most basic needs by the end of the year, up from 55 per cent in 2019. The UN High Commissio

Poor countries face long wait for coronavirus vaccines despite promises

With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many months. But for poorer countries, the road will be far longer and rougher.The ambitious initiative k

Victims of Windrush scandal could receive £100,000 in compensation

Victims of the Windrush scandal will receive as much as £100,000 ($134,056) in compensation after the government set out plans to dramatically increase the support and the speed at which it is given out. Home Secretary Priti Patel is expected to announce that the minimum amount those affect