World News Roundup: Iran Says Rocket Sends Three “Research Payloads” into Space; Suspect in Japan clinic fire that killed 25 dead, NHK says and more
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Iran says rocket sends three ‘research payloads’ into space
Iran used a satellite launch rocket to send three search devices into space, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said Thursday, as indirect US-Iran talks take place in Austria in an attempt to save a 2015 nuclear deal. He did not say whether the devices had reached orbit.
25 people dead in Japan clinic fire, NHK says
A 61-year-old man suspected of setting fire to a mental health clinic in the Japanese city of Osaka this month that killed 25 people died in hospital on Thursday, state broadcaster NHK reported. The man was previously in critical condition. Police said the fire started when the man, said to be a patient, brought a bag of flammable liquid into the clinic and put it in front of a radiator and kicked it over.
The new Dutch government is due to be installed on January 10
The new Dutch government is expected to be installed on January 10, almost 10 months after the last election, a statement released by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s office said on Thursday.
Earlier this month, the political parties agreed on the details of their governing pact, after the longest such negotiations in Dutch history.
Turkey says seven European countries have banned Turkish passengers as Omicron skyrockets
Seven European countries, including the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, have banned Turkish passengers from entering their countries as the Omicron variant spreads, according to travel advice from the Aviation Authority Turkish Civilian (SHGM). Daily cases of the coronavirus in Turkey reached their highest level since April this week, reaching nearly 37,000, but the number is still significantly lower than the figures reported in parts of Europe.
COVID-19 casts dark shadow over New Year’s celebrations, yet again
COVID-19 will stifle New Year’s celebrations around the world for the second year in a row on Friday, with governments in many countries rushing down the festivities in a bid to contain the rampant contagion. Global coronavirus infections hit an all-time high in the past seven days, with nearly one million cases detected on average each day globally between December 23 and December 29, 100,000 more than the previous peak posted Wednesday, according to Reuters data.
Hong Kong court denies bail of former Stand News editors accused of sedition
A Hong Kong court denied bail to two former editors accused of conspiring to publish seditious material a day after police raided the pro-democracy media organization Stand News, causing it to shut down. About 200 agents raided the online publication’s office on Wednesday, froze its assets and arrested seven current editors and former and former board members, in the city’s latest press crackdown.
Burmese court jails celebrities who supported democracy protests
A military-controlled Myanmar court on Thursday jailed three entertainment figures for three years each for participating in protests against the February coup, media reported. The military toppled an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, sparking protests and unrest that still unfold.
Senior officials to lead Russian-US security talks in Geneva on January 10
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will lead bilateral security talks in Geneva on January 10, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday, amid tensions over the ‘Ukraine. Ahead of the talks, which Russia hopes will eventually give it new security guarantees, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden are due to discuss Ukraine and other topics by phone later Thursday.
Mourners pay tribute to South African anti-apartheid hero Tutu
Hundreds of mourners lined up on Thursday to pay tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu whose body was laid in St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town where the anti-apartheid hero preached against racial injustice. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate widely revered across racial and cultural divisions for his moral rectitude and principled fight against white minority domination, died at the age of 90 on Sunday.
Iraqi President convenes new parliament for January 9 – decree
Iraq’s new parliament will meet on January 9, according to an executive order issued Thursday by President Barham Salih, clearing the way for lawmakers to put in place a new government. Lawmakers will elect a speaker of parliament and two deputies in their first session. They will later elect a new president who will task the leader of the largest bloc with forming a government as prime minister.
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