Covid-19 vaccine mandates are divisive, but they can work. Europe is starting to show how

Up until then, governments around the world had rejected the idea of a universal coronavirus vaccine mandate, opting instead for incentives and other “nudges” to motivate people to get shots. Even in authoritarian states, like China, it is not mandatory policy. It is that irony that has drawn the ire of Europe’s leaders, who are … Read more

Iran nuclear talks resume with upbeat comments despite skepticism

Diplomats say time is running out to revive the deal that then-US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018, in a move that angered Iran and angered the other powers involved – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. The European Union, Iran and Russia delegates to the talks offered upbeat assessments after the new round began … Read more

Czech President appoints new Prime Minister from a glass box

Zeman tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week and is currently recovering after a long hospital stay for a serious illness unrelated to Covid at the presidential resort in Lani, west of the capital Prague. Fiala, like everyone else at the party, was on a respirator when he signed the official document in front … Read more

Ava White: Liverpool police launch murder inquiry after 12-year-old girl is killed

Merseyside police said the girl, named Ava White, was with friends at the time. The lights on the Christmas tree on Church Street, in the heart of the city’s main shopping district, had been lit up shortly before then. Four suspects, one 13-year-old, two 14-year-old and one 15-year-old, all from the city’s Toxteth neighborhood, have … Read more

Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky: President says coup was planned against him

The Kremlin rejected Zelensky’s claim that Russia was involved in plotting a coup in Ukraine. “Russia had no plans to participate. In general, Russia has never been involved in this kind of thing,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters on Friday. This is an urgent story, there is more to … Read more

Russian mining accident leaves at least 11 dead, dozens trapped

Coal dust caught fire in the ventilation shaft of the Listvaiznaya mine in the snow-covered Kemerovo region, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS news agency quoted local emergency services as saying. Regional Governor Sergei Tsivelev said 11 people had been found dead, and 46 people were still underground. Dozens more are receiving treatment in … Read more