Three cases linked to Australia Open carry highly virulent COVID-19 variant
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Three cases linked to Australia Open carry highly virulent COVID-19 variant

MELBOURNE – Three people in hotel quarantine associated with the Australian Open tennis tournament have tested positive for the highly transmissible coronavirus variant linked to the United Kingdom, officials said on Saturday. The three quarantined in Melbourne are not players, said the state agency responsible for quarantining overseas travellers. All have been in hard lockdown…

Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says
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Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

The Senate will begin former President Trump’s impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor. The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday. Why it matters:…

Ugandan army says it has killed 189 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia
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Ugandan army says it has killed 189 al Shabaab fighters in Somalia

KAMPALA – Ugandan soldiers working as part of a peacekeeping force in Somalia have killed 189 al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab fighters in an attack on one of their camps, the Ugandan army said. Ugandan troops are part of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, whose aim is to support the central government and stop…

‘Choose – I kill you or rape you’: abuse accusations surge in Ethiopia’s war
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‘Choose – I kill you or rape you’: abuse accusations surge in Ethiopia’s war

HAMDAYET, Sudan – The young coffee seller said she was split from family and friends by an Ethiopian soldier at the Tekeze river, taken down a path, and given a harrowing choice. “He said: ‘Choose, either I kill you or rape you’,” the 25-year-old told Reuters at the Hamdayet refugee camp in Sudan where she…

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge
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Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image with drone, vows revenge

DUBAI – The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over last year’s killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. drone attack. The image first appeared on a Persian-language Twitter feed…

Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny take to the streets despite warnings
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Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Navalny take to the streets despite warnings

MOSCOW – Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny took to the streets in Russia’s Far East on Saturday to demand his release on a day of nationwide protests that authorities have declared illegal and vowed to break up. Navalny called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend when he returned to…

Swiss court to rule in Steinmetz trial over Guinea mining deal
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Swiss court to rule in Steinmetz trial over Guinea mining deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – A Swiss criminal court will rule on Friday whether Israeli businessman Beny Steinmetz is guilty of corruption and forgery charges in one of the mining world’s most high-profile legal disputes. The battle for control of the world’s richest untapped deposits of iron ore, buried in the remote Simandou mountain range of Guinea,…

Egypt and Qatar agree to resume diplomatic ties, Cairo says
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Egypt and Qatar agree to resume diplomatic ties, Cairo says

CAIRO – Egypt and Qatar have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Wednesday, making Cairo the first country to officially do so under an Arab deal to end a long-running dispute with Doha. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed earlier this month to restore diplomatic, trade…

In poor districts, young Tunisians with nothing to lose clash with police
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In poor districts, young Tunisians with nothing to lose clash with police

TUNIS – The 19-year-old smoking with friends in a poor district of Tunisia’s capital had a simple explanation for night-time clashes between youths and police that have shaken the country – he has nothing to lose.A decade after mass protests toppled Tunisia’s long-time president and sparked uprisings across the Middle East, anger is boiling over…