The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB)  will cooperate  to protect the oceans and support the sustainable blue economy. On January 15, 2021,EIB and the ADB signed an agreement for a new partnership to support clean and sustainable ocean initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region, and ultimately to contribute to achieving theContinue Reading

Despite facing a threat of jail, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny who currently is in Germany where he was recovering from a poisoning attack, on January 13, said that he planned to return to the country on January 17. Taking it to the social media, the 44-year-old Kremlin critic wroteContinue Reading

As deaths hit record highs and hospitals ran out of oxygen, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on January 11 said that Britain was in “a race against time” to roll out COVID-19 vaccines. Also his top medical adviser has said that the pandemic’s worst weeks were imminent. During his visitContinue Reading

The European Investment Bank has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen financial and technical support for sustainable agriculture, clean energy, water, infrastructure and microfinance to create jobs and resilience in 11 Sahel countries  “Communities across the Sahel are threatened by climate change, increasingly frequent droughts and floods, and unreliable and limited access to energy, waterContinue Reading

Saying that an investment agreement between the European Union and China will deliver benefits to both the sides, Chinese embassy in Paris has warned that those seeking to derail the accord are driven by “anti-Chinese paranoia”. In a move to counter criticism, as the European Parliament prepares to assess the termsContinue Reading

The European Commission has  proposed to the European Union  (EU)Member States to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.   According to a press statement,  “ This would enable the EU to purchase up to 600 million doses of this vaccine, whichContinue Reading

As the United Kingdom races against time to vaccinate as many people as possible and bear down on the new COVID-19 variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to vaccinate every care home resident in the country this month. For this move, a full deployment plan will be published on January 11.Continue Reading

The European Union has criticised the  mass arrest of people involved in the July 2020 pro-democracy demonstrations. In a statement, the  EU said: “ The authorities in Hong Kong arrested over 50 people on 6 January 2021 on charges pursuant to the National Security Law (NSL). The charges in question relate to the holding in July 2020 of pro-democracy primaryContinue Reading

South Korea has decided to extend the suspension of direct flights from Britain for two more weeks over concerns of a new Coronavirus strain.   “The ban on flights from Britain has been extended for two weeks until Jan. 21,” the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.   The flight ban wasContinue Reading

Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland., announced in the Parliament that the country will return to a full lockdown.   She said: “I can confirm now, in summary, that we decided to introduce from tomorrow, for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home except forContinue Reading