Germany’s SPD votes to back ‘traffic light’ coalition with Greens, FPD – DW News

Germany’s Social Democrats have voted to back a coalition agreement with the Greens and the Free Democrats. The coalition is expected to be led by the SPD’s Olaf Scholz. The Greens and the FDP still need the final seal of approval from their members. Scholz could be sworn in as chancellor as early as nextContinue reading “Germany’s SPD votes to back ‘traffic light’ coalition with Greens, FPD – DW News”

COVID surge in Germany: Is a lockdown inevitable? – DW News

As Germany faces record-breaking infection numbers and fears of the omicron variant abound, Angela Merkel’s designated successor Olaf Scholz is calling for a general vaccine mandate. Talking to Germany’s Bild television on Tuesday, the chancellor-in-waiting said he would like to see mandatory vaccinations “not too far away in the future, so I suggest beginning ofContinue reading “COVID surge in Germany: Is a lockdown inevitable? – DW News”

What is behind Russia’s build-up of troops behind the Ukrainian border? – DW News

“We’re the ones that keep other people awake at night”: That’s the impact US Marine Corps Brigadier General Simon Doran hopes this massive show of NATO power has on Russian military planners plotting their next moves. Doran is the senior American representative serving with the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21), the largest fifth-generation carrierContinue reading “What is behind Russia’s build-up of troops behind the Ukrainian border? – DW News”

Solomon Islands: Rioting over China leaves Honiara in ruins – DW News

More than 100 people have been arrested following days of rioting in the Solomon Islands. Police also found three bodies in a burned out building. Much of the violence has been in the Chinatown district of the capital. Tensions over links with China are largely behind the anger directed against the government.

Omicron: What we know so far about the new COVID-19 variant – DW News

There’s growing global alarm over Omicron – the new coronavirus variant that first emerged in South Africa. Researchers say it could be the most infectious form of the virus so far, and it might even beat current vaccines. The international response has been swift. Many countries have shut down air travel from southern Africa. TheContinue reading “Omicron: What we know so far about the new COVID-19 variant – DW News”

New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News

Scientists in South Africa are warning of a new strain of COVID-19. The variant, which is yet to be named, appears to have a high number of mutations, and there’s a possibility it could be able to evade our immune response and be even more transmissible. At first, health officials thought they were seeing aContinue reading “New COVID-19 variant: How dangerous is B.1.1.529? – DW News”

NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News

Aerial images shared by the United States have sparked concerns of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. In recent weeks evidence has emerged of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops building up on Russia’s western border. Ukraine says that Moscow is preparing a sea and ground attack from Russian-annexed Crimea and the Donbass region. Kyiv hasContinue reading “NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News”

Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW

Germany has rejected calls from Minsk for the European Union to take in migrants stranded at the Belarus-Poland border. EU member states have also made it clear they won’t be blackmailed by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. He is demanding they take in thousands of migrants. They’re facing harsh winter conditions out in the forests alongContinue reading “Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW”

Polish volunteers help migrants in border crisis – DW News

The humanitarian crisis on Europe’s eastern flank shows no signs of easing. Poland is pushing back multiple groups of migrants trying to get over the border from Belarus. Those who make it across – mostly young families from Iraq – are left to face harsh winter conditions out in the open. Now local Polish residentsContinue reading “Polish volunteers help migrants in border crisis – DW News”

India to repeal controversial farming laws following persistent protests – DW News

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Friday in an address to the nation that he will be repealing three controversial farm laws. Farmers in the northern part of the country have been protesting against the laws for over a year. The announcement came on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti, a celebration of the birthdayContinue reading “India to repeal controversial farming laws following persistent protests – DW News”

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