North Korea continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs during the past year and cyberattacks on cryptocurrency exchanges were an important revenue source for Pyongyang, according to an excerpt of a confidential United Nations report seen on Saturday (Feb 5) by Reuters. The annual report by independent sanctions monitors was submitted on Friday evening to the UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee. Although no nuclear tests or launches of ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) were reported, DPRK continued to develop its capability for production of nuclear fissile materials,” the experts wrote. North Korea is formally known as the Democratic … Continue reading North Korea continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday (Feb 5) hired a new chief of staff as he rebuilds his top team following a series of scandals that have left him fighting to shore up his authority. Cabinet minister Steve Barclay, formerly Brexit minister under Theresa May’s administration, will head Johnson’s staff, Downing Street said. The changes I’m announcing to my senior team today will improve how No 10 operates, strengthen the role of my Cabinet and backbench colleagues, and accelerate our defining mission to level up the country,” Johnson said in a statement. Johnson, who in 2019 won the biggest … Continue reading Boris Johnson on Saturday (Feb 5) hired a new chief of staff as he rebuilds his top team following a series of scandals.
New bookings for the World Dream cruise operating in Singapore will remain suspended until further notice, cruise operator Dream Cruises said on Friday (Feb 4). Dream Cruises’ World Dream is one of two vessels running cruises to nowhere in Singapore. The other is Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas. The company had said earlier on Jan 23 that it would suspend bookings for an initial period of two weeks after its beleaguered parent company, Genting Hong Kong, applied to be wound up, TODAY reported. Genting Hong Kong owns the Star Cruises and Dream Cruises lines which serve the Asia Pacific region, as well as the luxury Crystal … Continue reading Bookings for the World Dream cruise operating in Singapore will remain suspended until further notice,
The first US troops reinforcing NATO allies in Eastern Europe amid a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s border arrived on Saturday (Feb 5) at Rzeszow military base in southeastern Poland. A small plane carrying what a Polish military source said were US chain of command personnel landed in the morning at Rzeszow-Jasionka airport as preparations continued at the base, which is near Poland’s border with Ukraine. TV footage showed temporary accommodation being prepared at the G2A Arena in the nearby town of Jasionka, while workers could be seen building a fence around the venue. “As announced, the first elements of the brigade … Continue reading United States Army have arrived in Poland,” a Polish military spokesman said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Saturday (Feb 5) it was fraud for GoFundMe to “commandeer” US$9 million in donations sent to support protesting truckdrivers in Canada and that he will investigate what he called deceptive practices by the website. GoFundMe took down the so-called Freedom Convoy’s page on Friday, saying it violated its terms of service. It said donors had two weeks to request a refund, then remaining funds would be disbursed to credible and established charities. DeSantis, a Republican, said on Twitter it was fraud for GoFundMe to give the money “to causes of their own choosing, and … Continue reading Ron DeSantis Florida governor to investigate US$9 million meant for truckers protest.
Russia will ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions from Sunday (Feb 6), the consumer health watchdog announced on Saturday, despite reporting a record daily number of cases as the Omicron variant spreads across the country. The number of daily infections has been surging since January. But the highly transmissible Omicron variant has not led to a significant increase in deaths, and the Kremlin has recently dismissed concerns about the risk of new lockdowns. According to the latest order from the consumer health watchdog, from Sunday people will no longer need to self-isolate after contacting those infected with COVID-19. In Moscow, … Continue reading Russia to relax Covid-19 restrictions from Sunday 6th Feb.
Iran is ready for more talks with Saudi Arabia if Riyadh is willing to hold the talks in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect, the semi-official news agency Fars quoted Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi as saying on Saturday (Feb 5). Regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, which severed diplomatic ties in 2016, launched direct talks hosted by Iraq last year at a time when global powers are trying to salvage a 2015 nuclear pact with Tehran, and as UN-led efforts to end a war in Yemen stall. Iran is ready to continue these negotiations until reaching an outcome, provided … Continue reading Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that Iran is ready for talks with Saudi Arabia.
Joe Rogan, the popular U.S. podcaster, issued an apology for the second time in a week, this time for using racial slurs after a montage video surfaced showing him repeatedly saying the N-word. In an apology video posted on Instagram on Saturday, Rogan said it was the “most regretful and shameful thing that I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.” During the video, Rogan said footage that emerged of him using the epithet had been taken out of context, but looked “horrible, even to me. Rogan’s apology came after Grammy award winning singer-songwriter India Arie pulled her music from the … Continue reading U.S. podcaster Joe Rogan, issued an apology for the second time in a week.
Authorities in Iceland have found a small plane at the bottom of a lake two days after the aircraft went missing with three tourists and a pilot on board, police said on Saturday (Feb 5). The three tourists on the Cessna 172N plane – who departed for a sightseeing tour on Thursday – were from Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States, Iceland’s Morgunbladid newspaper reported. Iceland’s coastguard said in a statement the plane crashed into Lake Thingvallavatn some 40km east of the capital, Reykjavik, and was located with the help of an unmanned submarine. The plane has not been … Continue reading Iceland have found a small plane at the bottom of a lake two days after the aircraft went missing.