Belarus election: President Lukashenko faces toughest test in years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Polls have opened in Belarus, although many votes were cast early Voters have begun casting their ballots in Belarus in a choice between five-term President Alexander Lukashenko and a political novice who represents his toughest challenge in many years. Mr Lukashenko is still tipped to win, but he faces a […]

Coronavirus updates: Dozens of fraternity members test positive for COVID-19, officials say

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 673,000 people worldwide. Over 17.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed […]

Deaths hit 42,288 as vaccine is stockpiled and test and trace app launch delayed – The Sun

A DRUG company has started manufacturing a potential vaccine created by scientists at Oxford University – even though it’s not yet been approved. Big pharma business AstraZeneca is helping the Government build a stockpile in case the new creation is a success. It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the NHS tracing app trialled […]

Gen. Jack Keane on Russian bombers intercepted by US fighter jets: ‘They routinely test our defenses’

Retired Army Gen. Jack Keane appeared on “America’s News HQ” Saturday and commented on the Russian nuclear-capable bombers that were intercepted and escorted by U.S. fighter jets during a flight over neutral waters near Alaska, saying Moscow was testing U.S. defenses as the nation deals with the coronavirus and racial unrest. “When it comes to Russia, […]

UK coronavirus live: test and trace gets under way in England and Scotland | World news

10.09am BST10:09 The number of passengers arriving in the UK by air fell from around 7.1 million in January to 3.8 million in March, according to a Home Office report. Numbers fell “sharply” since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, dropping to some 112,300 arrivals in April. This is 99% lower than the number of […]

A clear divide will put the EU to the test, writes Lahodynsky in ‘Our World’

In an article for Our World magazine, Otmar Lahodynsky discussed the brewing schism between the so-called old EU countries of Western Europe and the new EU countries of Eastern Europe, and what has been creating a new division within the continental bloc.   Lahodynsky, President of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) and European editor of Austrian […]

Brexit bill passes first EP test, gets signed by von der Leyen, Michel

Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission’s chief and Charles Michel, EU Council President formally signed on Friday the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) that paves the way for UK’s divorce from the EU on 31 January. “Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain. We start a new chapter as partners and allies,” tweeted Michel on […]

Boeing’s Starliner astronaut capsule fails key test to reach space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N) new astronaut capsule failed after liftoff on Friday to climb high enough in orbit to reach the International Space Station, cutting short a critical unmanned test mission in the embattled aerospace giant’s race to send humans to the orbital outpost. The CST-100 Starliner astronaut capsule was successfully […]

North Korea conducts new test at rocket site, aims to ‘overpower U.S. nuclear threats’

SEOUL — North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at “restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.,” state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday. The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, […]

North Korea conducts second test at satellite site, to ‘bolster nuclear deterrent’

The test lasted from 22:41 to 22:48 local time, the statement said, in what NK News, an online news service based in Seoul, said could be a reference to a rocket-engine test, similar to the one that experts concluded had been carried out six days before. “The research successes being registered by us in defense […]