The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an increasing global coordination in the COVID-19  vaccination campaign. In a video statement he said that Our world has reached a heart-wrenching milestone:  #COVID19 has now claimed two million lives. Sadly, the impact of the pandemic has been made worse by the absence ofContinue Reading

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

Prime Minister of Laos,  Thongloun Sisoulith has been elected as the new Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. Laos based newspaper Vientiane Times reported: “ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith was elected on Friday as Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee – the top post in the Party replacing retiring Party Chief Bounnhang Vorachit.  The PMContinue Reading

Schools in Nigeria will open from Monday, January 18. Ben Goong, spokesperson for the Nigerian education ministry said: “Parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols, including the compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers, and workers in all schools, temperature checks, and handwashing facilities at strategic locationsContinue Reading

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed concerns at the inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccine and has given calls for a global summit to address the issue.  A CARICOM statement expressed deep concerns” at the current prospect of inequitable access to vaccines, especially for front line workers and vulnerable populations”,   “TheContinue Reading

On January 14, three top officials of the United Nations called on the United States to revoke its decision to blacklist Yemen’s Houthis a foreign terrorist organisation. The officials also warned that the US’ move would push the country into famine and chill peace efforts. During a UN Security CouncilContinue Reading

An Ethiopian minister has said that the long-standing Sino-China friendship and relationship has reached a new level. Ethiopia’s Trade and Industry Minister Melaku Alebel noted that the East African country, in the next 10 years, will be a prosperous and promising country, said, “Ethiopia and China have a long-standing friendship andContinue Reading

In its waning days, the Trump administration took another swipe at China and its biggest firms. The move came on January 14 when it imposed sanctions on officials and companies for alleged misdeeds in the South China Sea along with investment ban on nine other firms. However, the Biden transition teamContinue Reading

Some Afghan lawmakers and experts have said that a recent offer by Iran to Afghanistan to use Iran-backed Shiite militias in the fight against Islamic State (IS) can be a threat to Afghanistan’s volatile security. It must be noted that Iran, since the beginning of the Syria’s civil war inContinue Reading

Capping more than a week of political meetings, North Korea on January 14, showcased its new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) at a parade. The rows of marching soldiers, along with a range of military hardware including tanks and rocket launchers was featured in the parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il SungContinue Reading