Biden announces sweeping new vaccine mandates

US President Joe Biden on Thursday (Sept.9) announced policies requiring most federal employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations and pushed businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are either vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis. If businesses don’t comply, the government will “take enforcement actions,” which could include “substantial fines up to nearly $14,000 per violation, according to a senior Biden

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Pashinyan re-appointed as Armenia’s Prime Minister

Nikol Pashinyan, the acting prime minister of Armenia, has been officially appointed to the post by the country’s president, Armen Sarkissian, after Pashinyan’s party won a snap parliamentary election in June. Pashinyan, leader of the Civil Contract Party, had called the snap poll in an effort to defuse a political crisis following a disastrous war with neighboring Azerbaijan. In line with Armenian law,

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Jailing of former SA President Zuma descended into violence

Crowds clashed with police, looted shops and set alight shopping malls across South Africa on Tuesday (July 13) with dozens reported killed as grievances unleashed by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst unrest in the country since the end of apartheid. Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on June 29. The sentence came after

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Putin signs law to end Russia’s participation in Open Skies

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday (June 7) to formalize Russia’s exit from the Treaty on Open Skies, a pact that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries. Last month, Russia’s lower house of parliament unanimously adopted the bill. The Russian parliament’s upper chamber, the Federation Council, followed suit on June 2, also backing the measure unanimously. Of note, the U.S.

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Alabama Gov. signs legislation banning vaccine passports

The 54th Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, on Monday (May 25) signed a bill into law banning public entities and businesses from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports to access services. The bill passed the Senate 30 to 0 on April 8 and the House 76 to 16 on May 17. “I’ve signed SB 267! Since the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, both Dr. Scott

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Boris Johnson’s Conservatives secure landmark victory

Millions of voters in Britain went to polling stations for local elections on Thursday (May 6) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservatives scored a stunning victory against the country’s main opposition Labour Party. Keir Starmer’s Labour Party lost a parliamentary by-election in the northern town of Hartlepool to the Conservatives for the first time in the constituency’s 57-year history. The

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Conservative Ayuso secures major victory in Madrid’s election

Isabel Díaz Ayuso, of Spain’s conservative Popular Party (PP), won Madrid regional election by a landslide on Tuesday (May 4), after she refused to shut down the capital’s bars, restaurants and other businesses. The conservative president of the Madrid region won 44.7% of the vote, taking 65 seats in Madrid’s 136-seat assembly. Turnout for the election was high at 75.9% – compared to 64.27% in

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