Month: January 2022


  • North Korea missile tests: Photos from space released

    North Korea missile tests: Photos from space released

    They estimated it had flown a moderate distance for an IRBM, covering a distance of about 800km (497 miles) and reaching an altitude of 2,000km before it landed in waters off Japan. At full power and at a standard trajectory, the missile can travel as far as 4,000km.

  • Freedom Convoy: Why Canadian truckers are protesting in Ottawa

    Freedom Convoy: Why Canadian truckers are protesting in Ottawa

    “We want to be free, we want to have our choice again, and we want hope – and the government has taken that away,” Harold Jonker, a truck driver and trucking company owner, told the BBC as he drove through the town of Brockville, about 115km (72 miles) from Ottawa on Friday.

  • Why Germany isn’t sending weapons to Ukraine

    Why Germany isn’t sending weapons to Ukraine

    “I do not think it’s realistic to believe such weapons exports could turn around the military imbalance. The best protection is to prevent further aggression. The strongest weapon, if you want to use that word, is that we, united as Nato members, as EU states, as the G7, make clear every new aggression will have […]

  • Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical jigsaw

    Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical jigsaw

    “Putin believes the West exploited Russian weakness in the 1990s, that Russia wasn’t treated fairly and didn’t get what it deserved. He wants to change that,” believes Andrei Kortunov, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, a think-tank linked to the authorities.

  • Biden expected to nominate first black woman to Supreme Court

    Biden expected to nominate first black woman to Supreme Court

    The last Supreme Court vacancy came in 2020, when liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87. Former President Donald Trump was able to appoint her successor, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, less than two months before the US presidential election.

  • New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton leaves after 16 years as head coach

    New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton leaves after 16 years as head coach

    New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has announced his departure after 16 years in charge. Payton, 58, took over in New Orleans in 2006, just months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. He oversaw a remarkable turnaround, turning a losing side into Super Bowl champions in the 2009 season. The Saints narrowly missed out […]

  • Taylor Swift calls out Damon Albarn over songwriting comments

    Taylor Swift calls out Damon Albarn over songwriting comments

    When the interviewer said that Swift co-writes her music, Albarn responded: “That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing. I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes.”

  • Taliban begin talks with Western officials in Oslo

    Taliban begin talks with Western officials in Oslo

    On Monday, Afghanistan’s deputy minister for information and culture, Zabihullah Mujahid, said girls would be allowed to attend school from the end of March this year. He also denied that the Taliban are holding a number of women who had been protesting for their rights.

  • Jean-Jacques Savin: French adventurer dies crossing Atlantic Ocean

    Jean-Jacques Savin: French adventurer dies crossing Atlantic Ocean

    His family had not heard any news from him since, and “were hoping for a glimmer of hope, and even good news,” the Facebook statement said. But on Friday Savin’s canoe was found overturned off the Azores, an island chain in the North Atlantic Ocean, by Portuguese maritime officials.

  • Meat Loaf: Stars pay tribute to ‘one-off’ Bat Out Of Hell singer

    Meat Loaf: Stars pay tribute to ‘one-off’ Bat Out Of Hell singer

    The resulting tour was punishing. Meat Loaf ended up with exhaustion and his career stalled. Worse still, contractual problems meant he received no royalties from Bat Out Of Hell for years, eventually declaring bankruptcy. In one interview, he confessed he was so angered by the situation that he would pull copies of the CD off […]

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