Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday announced a ban on COVID-19 vaccines originating from the United States and the United Kingdom. The Supreme Leader said that he has no iota of trust in the two countries. Notably though, Tehran says it is currently developing its own vaccine.
Top world leaders have strongly condemned the assault on the United States Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump Wednesday as the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential elections was being ratified. The leaders have called for a “peaceful” transition in the United States and have denounced “an unprecedented assault on American democracy.”
The Iran addressed the Coronavirus pandemic this weekend during the National Committee meeting. The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani said: “Coronavirus infection is not a common disease, but a historic test for the peoples and leaders of the world.”
On New Year’s Day, almost all parts of the world are quieter than in previous years, without large-scale celebrations or amazing fireworks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the atmosphere is very different from previous years. People will usher in 2021 with the desire to end the new coronavirus pandemic.
Self-care does not mean taking sweet foods and wearing protecting clothes like face masks, but it means setting aside enough time to put the focus, energy, and resources on yourself. This is important mostly for freelancers who do churn out eye-catching work and usually end up against unresponsive clients and low rates.
The head of the World Health Organization, President Tadros Adhanom believes that the world can be completely free from the danger of disease only when humanity becomes more sensitive to the urgent issues of the planet. Otherwise, he said, more pandemics await humanity.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been contemplating the idea to create the “Turk” military political block. The strategic decision has been made, after interference in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, which resulted in the gain for the Azerbaijan.
The French Ministry of Health on Friday announced that a first case of the new strain of the coronavirus that recently appeared in the United Kingdom has been detected in the country. The infected person, a Frenchman living in the United Kingdom, is asymptomatic and has been isolated at home.
The European Commission announced that after January 1st, the United Kingdom will be added to the EU’s third countries list. The list depicts travel restrictions from other countries to EU member nations due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The UK will no longer be part of the EU after December 31.
The British economy is experiencing challenging times. In 2021, it is plausible that the British economy will enter recession and could even lead to a depression. The majority of British nationals will have Christmas in isolation, and the British developed-Coronavirus vaccine is still pending.
The new travel ban between several European countries and the United Kingdom left thousands of trucks stuck in huge traffic jams at the port of Dover, on the south coast of England, on Tuesday. The traffic jam was particularly caused by France’s move to close its borders with the United Kingdom on Sunday.
The French Mayor Frederic Couvillier, of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, has threatened the UK with with a “Falklands War” pertaining the dispute over the fishing waters with the European Union. Furthermore, the mayor warned of the threat of an armed conflict in light of looming Brexit deadline.
Russia and China believe that Germany will not be able to upgrade to permanent member status on the United Nations Security Council. Furthermore, a Russian diplomat stated that Russia will not miss Germany when its term expires a the end of this month. The comments came on the heels of a scandal that broke out during the UN Security Council meeting.
Russia continues to strengthen its partnerships with Eurasian nations. The main organizations are the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The actual “Eurasian” direction of development is mainly manifested in the framework of the integration of the associations and international organizations in which Russia operates.
French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19. The 42 year-old president will consequently isolate himself for the next week, according to the Elysee Palace, in a statement released on Thursday morning. Having tested positive, Macron joins the list of top world leaders who have contracted the virus.
The German Ambassador, President-in-Office of the European Union, has been summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on behalf of the Union and has been informed of “the extent of the protest by the Assistant Secretary-General and Director General for Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
Over half of the 15 member states of the UN Security Council on Friday denounced in a joint statement the constant crimes against humanity that take place in North Korea as a result of “policies established from the highest level of the Kim Jong Un led administration.”
France announced a mandatory curfew starting on December 15 to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, there are over 70 million cases and over 1.5 million deaths around the globe. In France, a country of nearly 67 million, there are over 2.3 million infected and over 56,000 deaths.
Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), strongly criticized the release of a confidential report by the organization on Iran’s plan to install three new cascades of centrifuges in Natanz. The IAEA provided the information to the member nations pertaining to Iran’s decision to install the advanced IR-2M centrifuges.
Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died Wednesday, at the age of 94. President Giscard d’Estaing, who had been briefly hospitalized several times in recent months, died of COVID-19, according to his family. In accordance with his wishes, the former president’s funeral will take place in strict family privacy.
The French government has backed down on its proposal to the National Assembly regarding its “Global Security Bill,” and instead asked that it be revised with immediate effect. In particular, a controversial article of the bill, designed to protect the police force, should be changed, the government argued.
The police beatings of a black man in Paris, which left President Emmanuel Macron shocked, has rekindled debate on racism and police violence in the midst of controversy over a security bill. Disturbing footage showed four policemen mercilessly clobbering a black music producer on the doorstep of his Paris studio.
According to French officials, company executives, and consultants, a number of US technology companies, such as Facebook and Amazon, have recently received information from French tax authorities requesting them to pay millions of euros in digital taxes for 2020. This reportedly angered the US government.
Western Union, the world’s largest money transfer company, spent $200 million to acquire a 15% stake in the digital payment division of STC Group. Saudi Arabia’s largest telecommunications operator said in a statement on Saturday that the acquisition will provide the company with funds and support its long-term expansion plans.
The European Union warned that the UK has not taken enough action to overcome the three major obstacles facing a post-Brexit trade agreement. The leaders of Belgium, France, and the Netherlands urged greater efforts to prepare contingency plans in case an agreement is not reached.
The leaders of France and Belgium urged the EU to intensify its efforts to prepare for a no-deal Brexit by the end of the year, in case negotiations with the UK fail to achieve a breakthrough at the last minute. That’s according to two people familiar with the relevant discussions at the EU leaders video summit on Thursday.
A prominent Egyptian human rights organization said that security forces arrested a senior member on Wednesday. The arrest came three days after its administrative director was arrested on charges that include joining a terrorist group. The arrest on Monday came after senior diplomats visited the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
This year has been challenging shaping the trajectory around the world. The winner of the US presidential election will have vested interest in the US influence around the globe, including on the African continent. Currently, there is an attempt of the global geopolitical redistribution.
The French forces have claimed to have killed a militant who has been on the United Nations sanctions list. Bah Ag Moussa, was a top commander of the al-Qaeda linked militant group, Group to Support Islam and Muslim (GSIM). He is believed to be responsible for attacks on security forces in Mali.
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Top European leaders on Tuesday engaged US president-Elect Joe Biden via phone calls to congratulate him on his electoral victory and wish him well. Among them were British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed COVID-19 vaccines and other ways of ending the pandemic at a video conference with world leaders. The video conference was hosted by the Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, with the participation of the Prime Ministers of Austria, Norway, Denmark, Greece and the Czech Republic.
On November 3rd, American citizens voted to elect the new President of the United States. The winner is Democrat Joe Biden, who has a long history in politics. Many major changes are coming to the US’ national and foreign policies in the new year. Furthermore, for the European Union, it will be a welcome change.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed “the total rejection of terrorist acts in all their forms, and the refusal to link any religion to acts of violence and extremism, and not to prejudice religious symbols,” while French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that his country respects and appreciates all religions, stressing that French Muslims are a part of France.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday, November 5, 2020, that the number of France troops on it’s borders will be doubled to 4,800 people after a spate of Islamist attacks in France and Austria. In December, he will ask other EU leaders for an in-depth reform of the Schengen treaty.
Following the Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden’s resounding victory in the US presidential elections, a section of world leaders have already sent in their messages of goodwill while wishing him well as he assumes the reins of power of the world’s superpower.
The French government has announced a ban on and the disbanding of the Turkish nationalist group, the Gray Wolves, who are accused of hate speech and violence in France. Turkey’s response was swift, describing it as a “provocation.” Ankara furthermore promised a “firm response” to the moves by the French government.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron launched and “leaked” an offensive against the “Islamic order.” This offensive has a utilitarian and local character, and hardly at all pulled on a new “crusade” that the French public would not imagine. However, as usual, in such cases, the result gives way to pure politics.
Via the social media platform Twitter, Pope Francis expressed his “pain and dismay” over the Vienna terrorist attack, in which five lives were lost. He demanded an end to violence to build peace “together” in society, and to live without hatred. One of the suspects of the attack, a young man aged 20, was shot dead by police.
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, joined world leaders in offering his condolences to Austria, following a terrorist attack in the capital, Vienna. Four people were killed in the attacks. France, on its part, has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks in recent days.
Three suspects were arrested in connection with the Nice and Lyon assassinations. The main suspect in the Nice assassination was seriously injured and is yet to be questioned, but six people have been arrested in connection with the case. Another has been arrested in connection with an attack on a priest in Lyon.
U.S. stock technology stocks suffered “Black Friday”. On Friday, Eastern Time, the three major US stock indexes closed down collectively. The Dow once fell more than 500 points. The Nasdaq’s biggest intraday drop exceeded 3%, and the late decline narrowed.