Kazakhstan: ‘Growing suggestion violence linked to power struggle’
There are growing suggestions that violence in Kazakhstan is linked to a power struggle within the ruling elite, says the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg who is reporting from the capital, Nur-Sultan. The authorities say more than 5,000 people have been arrested as part of investigations into the unrest that has gripped the nation over the last […]
Novak Djokovic: Australia loses bid to delay tennis star’s visa appeal
While he awaits a final decision, Djokovic’s lawyers have asked he be moved from the immigration detention hotel that has often been criticised by refugees for its poor conditions where he is currently being held, to “a more suitable place of detention” that would allow him to train ahead of the Australian Open.
Sidney Poitier: Hollywood trailblazer dies aged 94
The actor was a regular on the big screen at a time of racial segregation in the US, appearing in a Patch of Blue in 1965, and then Heat of the Night the year after, followed by Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, playing a black man with a white fiancée.
Kazakhstan unrest: Fresh gunfire as president says order largely restored
There are big queues at petrol stations. Residents struggle to buy food because shopping malls, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants are all closed, only small shops are still open. The internet blockade continues, so people cannot withdraw money, or top up their phones.
Kazakhstan unrest: Dozens killed in crackdown
Much of the anger on the streets, however, seems to have been aimed at his predecessor, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has held a powerful national security role since stepping down. On Wednesday, he was fired in a bid to subdue the growing unrest and the entire government also resigned.
Covid: President Macron warns he will ‘hassle’ France’s unvaccinated
“I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison,” he said. “So we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer […]
The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes
Once hailed as the “female Steve Jobs,” Elizabeth Holmes has been found guilty of knowingly defrauding investors, but found not guilty of defrauding patients. The BBC’s James Clayton spoke to one former investor about the downfall of Theranos, Holmes’ Silicon Valley blood testing start-up once valued at $9bn (£7bn).
Sudan coup: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigns after mass protests
Under the agreement reached with Mr Hamdok in November, the reinstated prime minister was supposed to lead a cabinet of technocrats until elections were held. But it was unclear how much power the new civilian government would have, and protesters said they did not trust the military.
South Africa holds state funeral for Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Family, friends, clergy and politicians were among those who gathered at St George’s Cathedral for Saturday’s service, which had limited numbers because of coronavirus restrictions. Tutu’s widow Nomalizo Leah sat in a wheelchair at the front of the congregation wearing a purple shawl – the colour of her late husband’s clerical robes.
Covid-19: WHO chief optimistic disease will be beaten in 2022
“Narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding by some countries have undermined equity and created the ideal conditions for the emergence of the Omicron variant, and the longer inequity continues, the higher the risks of the virus evolving in ways we can’t prevent or predict,” he said.