Vietnam elects new prime minister as Phuc becomes president
Mr Phuc, who was widely praised for the country’s successful handling of the coronavirus pandemic, became the first prime minister to be elected as president, according to the National Assembly. Communist Party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had been serving as president after the previous leader, Tran Dai Quang, died in office in 2018.
Maoists issue statement, say their fight not against security forces
The statement claimed that 28 Maoists have been killed in the last four months across the country and they have been able “to kill or injure nearly 100 policemen” during the same time. It cautioned Maoists over the newer technology being used by the state and urged them to be cautious while engaging with it. The Maoists have also called for a nationwide bandh on April 26 in support of farmers’ protest against three farm laws passed in September.
Czech Communists vote to withdraw support for PM Babis's government
Even if Communist lawmakers support any future vote of no-confidence, the coalition – comprising Babis’s ANO party and the Social Democrats – might still survive as opposition parties have spoken against toppling it so near to an election.
Maoist Centre strips four ministers who have sided with Oli of party membership
“Maoist Centre has registered its decision at the Parliament secretariat and the decision will be informed at the meeting of the Parliament,” a secretary of the Federal Parliament told the Post on condition of anonymity. “Once the Speaker informs the Parliament about the decision they will be relieved of their position as lawmakers.”
Israeli forces kill Palestinian man at West Bank flying checkpoint
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man and injured his wife in the early hours of Tuesday morning as the pair were on their way home to their village of Biddu, northwest of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. Osama Mansour, 42, and his wife Sumayya, 35, were on their way home around 2:30am when they were stopped at a flying checkpoint outside the neighbouring village al-Jib, where Israeli soldiers were conducting a search and arrest operation.
Iran hails ‘constructive’ nuclear deal talks but dismisses offer of $1bn asset release to halt uranium enrichment
Iran has rejected US proposals to suspend its 20% uranium enrichment in return for unfreezing $1 billion of its assets, Tehran’s chief negotiator has said, after a first round of talks to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal. Negotiator Abbas Araghchi, who is also Iran’s deputy foreign minister, revealed the development after negotiations in Vienna on Tuesday, which he said were “constructive,” according to Iranian state-run news network Press TV.
Municipality of Brazil asks Bolivia to help with Covid-19 tests
Authorities from the municipality of Guajara-Mirim, Brazil, in the state of Rondonia, asked their peers in Guayaramerin, Bolivia, to help their citizens access Covid-19 detection tests, as per reports of an official source.
France investigates secret restaurants for Paris elite
Champagne, lobster and no masks: That’s what a French TV documentary says is on the menu at one of multiple high-end “clandestine restaurants” catering to the Paris elite, in violation of nationwide pandemic restrictions. What’s even more shocking to the newly confined French public — and exhausted medical staff — is that one organizer claimed government ministers are among those who attend.
Rioters hurl PETROL BOMBS at police trucks, set roadblock amid post-Brexit unrest in Northern Ireland (VIDEO)
People are also outraged that authorities declined to prosecute politicians from the pro-EU republican Sinn Fein party for attending the funeral of Bobby Storey, a former Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) fighter. The event drew around 2,000 people in Belfast last June, despite the fact a maximum of 30 were allowed to attend funerals under Covid-19 regulations.
North Korea says it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics
North Korea became the first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus fears, a decision that underscores the challenges facing Japan as it struggles to stage a global sporting event amid a raging pandemic.