Anti-government protesters block bridges, roads in Serbia
Skirmishes have erupted in Serbia between police and anti-government demonstrators who briefly blocked roads and bridges in the Balkan country in protest against new laws they say favor interests of foreign investors who are devastating the environment.
Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review, has renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defense Force to protect the country amid growing threats from China and North Korea.
Widow of SKorean dictator issues apology over brutal rule
The widow of South Korea’s last military dictator has issued a brief apology over the “pains and scars” caused by her husband’s brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital to pay their final respects to Chun Doo-hwan.
Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban
The Biden administration has recommended an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water.
Solomon Islands violence recedes but not underlying tension
Violence has receded in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government has shown no signs of attempting to address the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns of the country’s increasing links with China.
'Get up!' Pope prays that Lebanon can get back on its feet
Pope Francis says he's praying that God will help Lebanon “get up” and get back on its feet following an unprecedented economic crisis that has thrown three quarters of the country’s 6 million people including a million Syrian refugees into poverty.
Protesters defy government lockdown order in Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands prime minister has blamed foreign interference for anti-government protests, arson and looting that have ravaged the capital in recent days following his government’s decision to switch alliances from Taiwan to Beijing.
Scholz seals deal to crown career as German chancellor
Olaf Scholz is set to become post-World War II Germany’s ninth chancellor, crowning a career that has seen him serve in a string of top government posts, after leading his party to an election comeback that appeared hugely unlikely just a few months ago.
U.S. will make large firms give paid time off for vaccinations
The federal government will require companies with at least 100 workers to give paid time off for employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a Biden administration official. They will also get paid sick leave so they can recover from possible effects of the shots.news.yahoo.com
US ambassador to UN urges Mali to hold February elections
The United States representative to the United Nations stressed the importance of Mali’s return to civilian rule through democratic elections in February after she visited the West African nation as part of a U.N. Security Council missionwashingtonpost.com