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A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.

A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.




A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.






Monday, January 25, 2021

*) Netherlands anti-curfew protests spark clashes with police, looting Anti-lockdown protests turned to riots in the Netherlands, prompting police to use tear gas, water cannons and dogs to disperse thousands. At least 55 were arrested after chaos erupted in the country's main cities against the implementation of a new daytime curfew, the first since World War II. It was the worst violence to hit the country since the pandemic began. The lockdown will be in effect until 10 February. *)...


Friday, January 22, 2021

*) Death toll climbs in twin suicide attack in Baghdad At least 32 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in two suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. It's believed that two assailants detonated their explosive vests in an outdoor market. It's the first such attack in the city's commercial area in several years. The bombings come amid heightened political tensions as Iraq looks to have early elections in October. *) Biden orders masks, travel clampdown in new war on...


Thursday, January 21, 2021

*) Newly sworn-in president takes US back to agreements revoked by Trump US President Joe Biden has returned the country to the international climate agreement, suspended a ban on Muslims entering the US, and issued a series of other executive orders on his first day in office. Within his first hours on the job, Biden made good on several campaign and post-election pledges. Some of the president’s decisions can be seen as modest, but experts warn there still could be legal challenges....


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

*) Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others We begin in the US, where President Donald Trump has pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon as part of a late flurry of clemency action benefitting over 140 people, including rap stars and former members of Congress. The pardons and commutations were announced in the final hours of Trump's White House term. The last-minute clemency follows separate waves of pardons over the last month for Trump associates convicted in the...


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

*) Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Argentina An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 has shaken western and central Argentina and parts of neighbouring Chile. The US Geological Survey reported that the epicentre was near the town of Pocito, in San Juan province, about 1,000 kilometres from capital Buenos Aires. The US Tsunami Warning System said no tsunami warning has been issued for the earthquake and no casualties or significant damage have been reported. *) Guatemala troops, police break up Honduran...


Monday, January 18, 2021

*) FBI screens troops ahead of US inauguration We start in the US where the FBI is screening National Guard members to make sure they do not pose a security risk during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. Security officials have raised alarms over rising threats since the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said the Guard members are also getting trained to identify potential insider threats. *) Trapped Chinese...


Friday, January 15, 2021

*) Quake hits Indonesia’s West Sulawesi At least seven people have died and hundreds more injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s province of West Sulawesi. Officials say more than 3,000 people were left displaced as the tremors damaged at least 60 homes and flattened some large buildings. Rescuers were searching for a dozen patients and staff who were trapped under the rubble of a collapsed hospital. *) Deadly attacks on civilians in eastern DRC At least 46 civilians...


Thursday, January 14, 2021

*) Trump impeached for a second time The US House of Representatives has voted 232-197 to impeach Donald Trump over last week’s Capitol riots. The articles of impeachment will now be sent on to the Senate for trial. The Senate, currently not in session, won’t hold a trial before January 20, when Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn in as president. Trump will, however, face a Senate trial after leaving office, and, if convicted, would be barred from seeking the presidency again in 2024. *)...


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

*) US House votes on resolution to remove Trump by 25th Amendment House Democrats in the US have voted to urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. But Pence has rejected it, telling the House Speaker he doesn't believe the resolution is in the best interests of the nation. The House is now looking to impeach Trump for a second time on Wednesday. *) Erdogan: Turkey hasn't given up on becoming EU member President Recep Tayyip...


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

*) US designates Cuba as state sponsor of terror We begin in the US where the Trump administration has announced it is returning Cuba to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. The designation is one of several last-minute foreign policy moves that Trump’s administration is making before leaving office on January 20th. On Saturday, the US also designated Yemen's Houthi rebels as a terrorist group. *) Twitter suspends thousands of QAnon accounts Staying with the US, Twitter says it has...


Monday, January 11, 2021

*) Democrats in Congress kick off efforts to drive Trump from office Democrats in Congress will begin their drive to force President Donald Trump from office in the aftermath of the deadly Capitol riots. The move kicks off a week of legislative action that could end with a vote that would make him the only president in US history to be impeached twice. Last week, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, where lawmakers were certifying President-elect Joe Biden's election win. *)...


Friday, January 8, 2021

*) Trump finally concedes to Biden US President Trump has finally conceded election defeat to Joe Biden and also condemned his supporters for their deadly raid on congress. It comes as chaos on Capitol Hill led to resignations in the Trump administration and calls for the president’s impeachment. The siege of the Capitol building left four protesters and one police officer dead. Now, an increasingly isolated Trump has promised to participate in a transition to the new administration on...


Thursday, January 7, 2021

*) Mob storms US Capitol as Trump accused of 'coup' We start in the US, where Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and accusations the president was attempting a coup. At least four people died in the ensuing violence as supporters gathered outside Capitol Hill with a demand to overturn the presidential election results. In surreal scenes, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, smashed windows and...


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

*) Gulf Arab leaders sign declaration to ease rift with Qatar Gulf Arab leaders have ended a three-year blockade against Qatar. In a symbolic sign of warming relations, the Saudi crown prince embraced Qatar's emir after he arrived for a regional summit. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar in 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being close to Iran, an accusation Doha denied. *) Ballot counting underway in Georgia ran-off election Democrats have claimed a...


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

*) Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain are reopening their airspace and land and sea borders to Qatar after three years. Riyadh and its allies launched the blockade in 2017, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups and having warm ties with Iran. A senior Trump administration official said that an agreement to end their dispute is to be signed in Saudi Arabia. *) UK judge refuses US extradition of Assange A British judge has rejected a US’ request...


Monday, January 4, 2021

*) Leaked call reveals Trump pressured Georgia election official US President Donald Trump has attempted to influence the results of the November 3 presidential election, according to a Washington Post report. The newspaper published a recording of a telephone call Trump had with election officials in the state of Georgia. Trump is heard pressuring Georgia's secretary of state to "find" enough votes in an attempt to overturn the state's election result. *) Gunmen kill 11 Shia Hazara coal...


Friday, January 1, 2021

*) New year, same dilemmas It is officially 2021 but 2020's problems are still looming. This year, Britain will learn to go it alone after ending nearly 50 years in the EU common market. And US President Donald Trump's first term is ending, paving the way for a Biden presidency and a raft of policy changes. This will all be under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic as rich countries begin vaccine rollouts but that relief remains elusive to most poor countries. *) Brexit comes into effect We...


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Daily News Brief for Thursday, December 31st: *) Brexit is finally real We begin in the UK where a Brexit deal with the EU has been granted the royal assent by the queen and support by Britain's parliament. The deal, which is now enshrined in British law, comes into effect at 11pm London time on the 31st when the UK finally leaves the EU's single market. The deal delivers control over UK law, money and borders and trade deals, but business and travel with Europe will involve more red tape....


Wednesday, December 30, 2020

*) First batch of China's Sinovac vaccines arrives in Turkey A plane carrying the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines made by China’s SinoVac has arrived in Turkey. The Turkish Airlines plane carrying three million doses of vaccines for 1.5 million people landed at Esenboga Airport in capital Ankara. Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said that the first 20 million doses of 50 million ordered from Sinovac will be delivered during December and January. *) Trump’s $2,000 checks stall in...


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Fate of President Donald Trump's $2,000 Covid-19 relief cheques now rests with GOP-led Senate, and drones could soon be making commercial delivery of packages in the US *) US House approves $2,000 Covid-19 relief bill The US House has voted overwhelmingly to increase Covid-19 relief cheques to $2,000, sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate. The new measure, long-backed by the Democrats, would provide more money to low-income Americans only. By sending the measure to the Senate,...