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In Minsk, in front of the government building, the man poured flammable liquid and set himself on fire.
Lithuania, Klaipeda Seaport handled 47.8 million tons of cargo last year and achieved the best result in the entire history of the port.
2020 a record low number of counterfeit euro banknotes was seized, with 20 and 50 euro counterfeits being the most common.
Lithuanian KTU researchers have developed a non-invasive method of monitoring electrolyte imbalance in the blood: it can protect against dangerous arrhythmias.
In a new study, German researchers restored the ability to walk in mice that were paralyzed after a complete spinal cord injury.
Central African Republic, two-thirds controlled by rebels.
French arms supplier Thales will have to face charges in South Africa over allegedly corrupt payments made to former President Jacob Zuma, a court has ruled.
The UN refugee agency says more than two million people have been displaced within their own countries by what it called the unrelenting violence in the Sahel region in Africa.
The confiscation of alcohol during raids conducted by Mozambique's police to enforce Covid-19 restriction measures has been condemned by the main opposition party Renamo.
The country agreed to buy $ 200bn worth of US goods in a trade agreement signed one year ago.
Honduras plans 'shield against abortion', congress has passed legislation which would make it nearly impossible to legalize abortion.
IS says it was behind twin Baghdad suicide blasts.
Brazil runs out of oxygen in a deadly second Covid wave.
The arrest of Putin critic Alexei Navalny increases European pressure on Germany to stop Nord Stream 2.
Gaming firms fined nearly £ 7m for restricting sales, Valve and five other gaming publishers broke competition law by geo-blocking games in Europe.
South Sudan’s army has sent a team to investigate the killings of civilians in Paloch, a town close to many oil fields in the Upper Nile State.
French students promised one euro lockdown meals, it follows nationwide protests in which students called for more help and support in the pandemic.
The Egyptian cabinet has approved the toughening of a law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) by raising the maximum penalty to 20 years in prison. A survey in 2016 found that almost 90% of Egyptian women between 15 and 49 had undergone FGM, despite a ban that was imposed in 2008.
Fifteen dead as fire guts Ukraine home for elderly.
Ethiopian TV journalist 'shot dead'.
A senior official in Somalia has been killed in the capital, Mogadishu, hours after returning from Turkey where he had been receiving medical treatment for injections sustained in a bomb blast.
Fire at the world's largest vaccine producer kills five, the company says production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has not been affected.
Joe Biden's swearing-in and first day as the 46th US President.
Hungary first in EU to approve Russian vaccine, its health authorities give preliminary approval to the Russian-developed Sputnik V coronavirus jab.
People behind an alleged baby-harvesting and child-trafficking syndicate operating at health facilities in Ghana have been arrested. According to the Ghanaian authorities, some of the mothers may have been told their babies had died after delivery, or those who could not take care of their new-borns were encouraged to sell them. The suspects include two medical doctors, four nurses, two mothers, two social welfare officers and a traditional birth attendant. Two babies were sold to investigators for about $ 5,000 (£ 3,640) and $ 4,800 each, according to the investigation.
US President Joe Biden has begun to undo some of Donald Trump's key policies, hours after being sworn in, including ending the travel ban on some majority-Muslim countries and other African nations.
Deadly blast rocks in the center of Madrid, at least three people have died in a suspected gas blast that destroyed four floors of a building.
Kamala Harris becomes first female, first black VP, makes history as she is sworn in as US Vice President.
Mali's authorities have banned a protest in the capital Bamako against the presence of the French anti-jihadist force in the country.
France rules out apology for Algeria's colonial past, the office of the French President Emmanuel Macron has said they will not repent or apologize for France's colonial past in Algeria.
Alexei Navaln, who returned to Russia and was immediately detained at Moscow airport.
The EU aims to vaccinate at least 70% of the population by the summer, promising to agree on vaccine passports.
At the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Migration Department included the Russian performer Filip Kirkorov in the list of undesirable persons in Lithuania for five years.
Lithuanian Railways will upgrade the radio communication system for 16 million euros.
Microsoft has filed a patent for a way to "communicate" with the artificial intelligence of a bot version of a dead loved one.
The introduction of an animated film for children in Denmark about a man with a special superpower - capable of extending the penis indefinitely - has aroused mixed passions among parents and politicians.
It took just three test shots to reach a new U.S. artillery record and accurately hit the target.
Archaeologists at Dicle University (Turkey) in the province of Diyarbakir (Asia Minor) have discovered the tomb of the ruler of the Seljuk Rult Sultanate, Kılıç Arslan I - and his daughters, who defeated the first Crusader armies to come to Turkey.
Stolen's 500-year-old painting found in a cupboard, the artwork has been returned to an Italian museum - whose staff were unaware it was missing.
Snowstorm causes 130-car pile-up in Japan, one person died and 10 were injured when a huge snowstorm struck the Tohoku Expressway, in the north of the country.
British skier killed in avalanche in the Swiss Alps.
Communication with 12 men trapped in Chinese gold mine sparks hope of rescue, but 10 remain missing.
The Amazon Prime drama sparks controversy in India, Tandav, starring Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, was accused of 'deliberately mocking Hindu gods'.
Four soldiers were killed in Niger and eight others seriously injured after an explosion at an artisanal mine in the south-eastern part of the country near the border with Nigeria.
Police in Tunisia say they have arrested more than 600 people as a fourth night of violent protests saw protesters return to the streets. Crowds of mainly young demonstrators gathered in the center of the capital, Tunis, throwing stones and petrol bombs at police. Security forces responded with tear gas and water cannon. Tunisia faces severe economic problems and a third of its young people are unemployed.
Somalia's Information Minister, Osman Abukar Dubbe, has dismissed reports that Somali soldiers took part in the conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.
A Donald Trump supporter suspected of stealing a laptop or hard drive from Democrat Nancy Pelosi's office during the US Capitol riots has been arrested. Riley June Williams, 22, was detained in Pennsylvania on charges of violently and illegally entering the building, and disorderly conduct. A former romantic partner had said in an affidavit Ms Williams intended to sell the data to Russian intelligence. Five people died after a pro-Trump mob stormed Congress on 6 January.
Truck crushes 15 migrant workers to death in India, they were sleeping on the pavement next to a motorway when a truck ran them over in Gujarat state.
Ugandan soldiers blocked the US ambassador from visiting the home of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine, a pop star whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, in the capital, Kampala.
The Hong Kong migrants fleeing to the UK, a new visa will give 5.4m Hong Kong residents the right to resettle in Britain.
Saudi Arabia reports sharp reduction in executions, the Saudi Human Rights Commission says it documented 27 last year - an 85% drop compared to 2019.
US President-elect Joe Biden is to cancel the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office, North American media report. The pipeline is projected to carry oil nearly 1,200 miles (1,900km) from the Canadian province of Alberta down to Nebraska, to join an existing pipeline. Mr Trump overturned a decision by his predecessor, Barack Obama, who vetoed a bill approving construction in 2015. The privately financed pipeline is expected to cost about $ 8bn (£ 5.8bn; CAD $ 10bn).
New species of orange bat found in Guinea.
Cape Verde are forced to withdraw from the Men's Handball World Championship in Egypt after the squad is decimated by Covid-19.
The Constitutional Court in the Central African Republic has confirmed the outright victory of Faustin-Archange Touadéra in the elections, with 53.16% of the votes cast against nearest challenger Anicet Georges Dologuélé's 21.69%.
Schools reopen across Nigeria despite virus fears.
The number of people killed in clashes between different ethnic groups in Sudan's West Darfur state has risen to 83, a medical body has said. The fighting in the state capital, El Geneina, began after a row in which a man was stabbed to death. A state-wide curfew has been imposed and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has sent a delegation to investigate. A conflict in Darfur that began in 2003 forced millions to flee and, despite a peace process, tensions remain.
The Nigerian police say four officers were killed and one is still missing after they clashed with an armed criminal gang in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna state.
The internet shutdown in Uganda that had entered its fifth day on Monday has ended. However, social media is still blocked and only accessible through VPN.
Migrants beaten back with truncheons in Guatemala, thousands of US-bound migrants are met by security guards at the Guatamala border with Honduras.
Archaeologists have been giving more details about a significant find at Saqqara, an ancient Egyptian site south of the capital, Cairo. News of the discovery of a temple broke on Saturday, and now the experts have been talking about the contents of more than 50 coffins that were unearthed. One of the coffins belonged to a soldier, and included his weapon - an ax. Other objects found included masks, wooden boats and a length of papyrus. Written on it was a chapter from what was described as a "book of the dead".
Samsung heir gets prison term for bribery scandal, a South Korean court sentenced Lee Jae Yong to two and a half years in prison.
Trump baby balloon finds final resting place, the huge blimp is acquired by the Museum of London for its protest collection.
Annual growth of 2.3% puts China on course to be the only major economy to have expanded in 2020.
This doctor saw Covid hospital empty after a fake death text, one doctor tells her story of battling the pandemic alone in Yemen after her colleagues fled.
Greek sport official resigns after sex abuse claim.
More than € 1m (£ 890,000) in cash has been seized during search operations by the Gardaí (Irish police) in Dublin. A search was carried out by the garda specialist drugs unit, assisted by the police dog unit. Two properties were searched during the operation, and a number of vehicles were seized. The € 1m cash find was discovered concealed inside of one of the vehicles which was searched, with an examination of its contents continuing. Gardaí have said the figure for the cash finding is provisional.
Nigeria's army chief of staff, Gen Tukur Buratai, has praised his forces for recapturing a military base in the far north-east of the country that had been seized by militant jihadists.
Female judges shot dead in Kabul, the two women were killed on their way to work, amid an upsurge in violence and a US troop drawdown.
When white supremacists overthrew a U.S. government, in 1898 a white mob stormed Wilmington, North Carolina and forced locally elected leaders to resign.
Volcano spews ash above Indonesia's Java island.
Two migrant boats intercepted in the Channel, French authorities have stopped a further 27 people from making the crossing.
Republic of Ireland to lose 15% of fishing quota, Ireland's fishing fleet will be one of the worst affected under the UK / EU trade deal.
Poland proposes social media 'free speech' law, the law would see social networks fined if they ban a Polish user who has not broken local laws.
Health officials in Nigeria say they're worried that fake coronavirus vaccines are being sold in the country.
Algeria says it will share some of the doses of coronavirus vaccine it has ordered with neighboring Tunisia.
The UN refugee agency has reported a sharp increase in refugees fleeing the violence in the Central African Republic. Some 60,000 people have left the country in the past week according to UN data - that's twice as many as the previous week.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has said the 2021 World Championship will not be held in Minsk this year for safety and security reasons. The men's tournament was scheduled to be staged in Minsk - and Latvia's capital Riga - from 21 May to 6 June. The governing body supported with experts and stakeholders about how the event could take place in Belarus in light of political unrest and Covid-19.
An outbreak of cruelty in Estonia: shouting, "You brought me to it yourself!", The pensioner shot the mother of two children, seeing her offspring, the motive was the noise made by the children.
A member of the Lithuanian Seimas explained why he took the salary of his assistant: the woman had the weakness to spend money quickly.
Northern Ireland has greeted Brexit with empty store shelves: warns that the situation will only get worse.
The vaccination passport is gaining more and more support in Europe: it would open the travel.
A spokesman for the European Commission (EC) said there was no trade in electricity from the Belarusian Astrava nuclear power plant (NPP) in the European Union.
The German company Sypra will have to pay a fine of 27.1 thousand euros for a cartel between the participants of the auction announced by the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP), the court ruled.
China's Tesla has introduced an impressive autonomous electric car: Nvidia Orin chips, a huge battery and a range of more than 1,000 km.
In a corn field in Poland, archaeologists have managed to find an incredible 12th-century treasure that belonged to a princess. Archaeologists have been able to find this nearly 900-year-old treasure near the town of Kalisz only thanks to a priest who was well acquainted with local legends.
In Ohio, USA, two new variations of coronavirus have been discovered that appear to have originated in the US itself.
Anyone can use it: Researchers at the University of Finland have developed a portable X-ray machine.
North Korea unveils new submarine-launched missile, Leader Kim Jong Un watched a military display including a new submarine missile.
The families going hungry in Madagascar, over a million people are struggling to find their next meal.
Local officials in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo now say the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia were behind the killing of 46 people from the Mbuti forest community.
German sports doctor jailed over blood doping, masterminded an international doping ring exposed by police in "Operation Aderlass".
Biden starts with a brand new Potus Twitter account, Joe Biden's presidential Twitter account launches with no followers transferred from President Trump.
Fines for a 50-mile burger trip in an Irish lockdown
Burger, three people were stopped as they tried to make the journey to Dublin to collect takeaway burgers.
Dozens have been killed and hundreds injected in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake on the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Almost all US troops are scheduled to leave Somalia by the end of Friday 15 January. The US military would not comment on the redeployment of the 700-strong contingent, but said its commitment to Somalia would remain undiminished and it would continue to monitor the activities of the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.
Dutch PM's parliament coffee spill, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, mopped up the mess while cleaners cheered him on.
'Brexit port delays mean our seafood is rotting', a Scottish shellfish firm owner says he is on the brink of bankruptcy as EU customers desert his business.
Malawi leader appeals for $ 220m to combat Covid.
Brazil hospitals 'lack oxygen' for virus patients.
Mexico clears ex-minister over US drugs link claim.
French baker saves Guinean apprentice from deportation, a French baker who went on hunger strike for more than a week to protest against the planned deportation of his immigrant apprentice has won his case.
A senior provincial official in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo says 46 civilians have been reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants.
Thailand allows visitors to play golf in quarantine, at six resorts, visitors will be able to play golf, rather than just having to isolate in their rooms.
Australia rebukes Google for blocking local content, the tech giants are fighting the Australian government over plans to make them pay for news content.
Many intrigues and scandals have gripped Spain in recent years, from alleged royal corruption to ministerial dirty tricks against political rivals, yet in all that complexity one character seems to have been ever-present. José Manuel Villarejo's name, and to a lesser extent his face - due to his obsession with disguise - are now known by millions in Spain. It is an ironic fate for an undercover policeman whose true identity was meant to remain his best-kept secret. Mr Villarejo on Friday faces the first of what could be a series of criminal trials, as Spanish courts unravel his dealings through more than 25 separate investigations. The 69-year-old former police commissioner has spent the last three years on remand in custody, after judicial authorities arrested him in his house near Madrid.
Police in Uganda's capital, Kampala, have arrested 26 people from a civil society grouping for allegedly manning an illegal vote-tallying center in a hotel.
Between 2015 and 2018 the price of lithium carbonate, the source of one of the most important elements in electronics, more than tripled. It was a nasty shock for the electronics industry as lithium is the key ingredient in rechargeable batteries that power everything from smartphones, toothbrushes, to electric cars. “This was the most extreme price spike in the history of lithium and underlined the fundamental challenges facing the market,” says Andrew Miller, product director at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a price reporting agency. Demand from electric car makers helped push the price of lithium carbonate to a peak of $ 20,694 per tonne in 2018, up from $ 5,312 in early 2015. The price then backtracked and was recently trading at around $ 6,700 per tonne. Producers have scrambled to raise production, but critics say traditional production techniques are damaging to the environment. Conventional ore mining of hard rock deposits, predominantly in countries like Australia and China, has been criticized for the amount of fossil fuels used in the processing of the metal.
A senior UN official says he is concerned about "grave and distressing" allegations of human rights abuses in Ethiopia's Tigray region, including killings, targeted abductions and the forced return of refugees to Eritrea.
More than two million people have now died with Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
Spacecraft manufacturer SSTL ships its final navigation payloads for the Galileo sat-nav program.
Prosecutors in Egypt are now investigating two TikTok influencers for human trafficking after prison sentences against them on charges of debauchery were dropped.
Bullets sent in mail to Huawei executive, under house arrest in Canada on bank fraud charges, Ms Meng has reportedly received death threats.
Thousands of Hindus arrive for the bathing festival despite warnings to stay away during the pandemic.
Italy's political crisis erupts over Covid spending.
Mealworms, the insect, are safe for humans to eat according to the EU food safety agency.
A fourth United Nations peacekeeper has died of his injuries following an attack by suspected jihadists in Mali.
Nintendo's first theme park, modeled on the levels of its Mario games, was due to open on February 4th.
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested 10,000 people over the week for failing to wear face masks in public and 16,000 others for flouting lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine has spoken to journalists about feeling "accomplishment" when they saw his face on the ballot paper.
Australia to kill a US pigeon that crossed the Pacific, officials say the bird, which is thought to have traveled on a cargo ship, is a biosecurity risk.
US pet food recalled after 70 dogs die, tests on the pet food have shown potentially unsafe levels of aflatoxins, a by-product of mold.
Trump 'rebellion incitement charge' heads for trial, ten members of his own party voted against the president over his role in the deadly riots at the US Capitol.
A court in Guinea's capital, Conakry, has sentenced two activists to one year in prison after they were arrested during pre-election demonstrations, and were also fined 20m Guinean French ($ 1900: £ 1300) each.
Pussy Riot activist and blogger held in South Sudan, a day in detention over drone mix-up. A group of several high-profile Russian tourists spent an uncomfortable day in detention in the town of Kapoeta in South Sudan.
At least 18 people, including four mothers and their babies, have been abducted in a raid by gunmen on their village in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna.
S Korea court upholds ex-leader's 20-year jail term, a final Supreme Court ruling upheld a reduced sentence for disgraced former President Park Geun-hye.
World's oldest animal cave painting found in Indonesia, the life-sized picture of a wild pig found in a remote cave is thought to be 45,000 years old.
The Kenyan government has exempted South Sudan from a list of 100 countries whose citizens must make an online visa application.
Three Ivorian peacekeepers from the UN's mission in Mali were killed during an attack by an armed group about 95km (59 miles) south of Timbuktu, six other peacekeepers were wounded.
Amazon challenged Prime cancellation policy, consumer watchdogs say the manipulative "dark pattern" design makes it hard for people to end membership.
Uganda hit by internet blackout on eve of election.
Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington DC ahead of the inauguration.
The rappers taking on Thailand's leaders, the Thai group Rap Against Dictatorship is known for its outspoken comments against the military and monarchy.
Africa secures 270m Covid-19 vaccine doses.
Belgian king caught in clashes over custody death, violence breaks out as hundreds gather at a police station over the death of a 23-year-old in custody.
Ethiopia’s army has announced that it has killed former Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, one of the founding members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Dealer's last Nazi-looted work returned to owners, the last of 14 works identified as looted from Jewish collectors is returned to the owner's heirs.
Fifteen women and six children kidnapped by Islamist militants in the gas-rich northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado have been rescued by the army.
US executes only woman on federal death row, Lisa Montgomery, who killed a pregnant woman and took her baby, died by lethal injection in Indiana.
Suspected Israeli strikes in Syria 'kill dozens', Israeli aircraft reportedly attacked a series of Iran-linked targets in eastern Syria overnight.
Poisoned opposition leader plans return to Russia, Alexei Navalny says he will fly back on January 17, months after he was sent to Germany for treatment.
The cash-strapped government in Liberia has introduced the use of personalized number plates for vehicles. Dubbed "vanity" or "luxury" plates, they will cost between $ 1,000 (£ 731) and $ 1,500 annually. The annual fee for regular plates is usually around $ 100, depending on the vehicle.
Russian 'Nazi circus monkey' prompts investigation, images appear to show a monkey wearing a Nazi uniform performing at a state circus.
Biggest mafia trial in decades opens in Italy, hundreds of people will face a judge following a major inquiry into the 'Ndrangheta criminal group.
Brazil data shows the China covid vaccine 50.4% effective.
Huawei patent mentions the use of Uighur-spotting tech, the company denies selling technology that can identify the ethnic group and plans to reword the patent.
Thousands of migrants trapped in freezing conditions in Bosnia, approximately 200 of the refugees are surviving in the woods outside of camps without any shelter or food.
The United Nations and the government in the Central African Republic (CAR) say rebels have carried out two attacks near the capital, Bangui.
Close to 5,000 Central African Republic (CAR) refugees have fled to eastern Cameroon following clashes between the army and rebel groups in the country.
Equatorial Guinea has asked the US to help in the fight against piracy attacks. More than 80% of Equatorial Guinea's GDP depends on oil and gas resources originating in the Gulf of Guinea. The country's oil and gas infrastructures suffered at least four kidnappings in 2020, which could do enormous damage to the economy.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has accused social media giant Facebook of arrogance and bias as he confirmed ordering the shutdown of social media and messaging apps ahead.
Tesla moves a step closer to launching in India, the electric car maker has registered a company in the country.
Coon Cheese rebrands to shrug off racist claims, the 86-year-old name will disappear in Australia from July, after a campaign by Aboriginal groups.
A vocal anti-‘drug war ’Catholic priest in the Philippines is to stand trial on charges of sedition.
Iran is al-Qaeda's 'new home base', the US secretary of state says jihadists "operate under the hard shell of the regime's protection".
In Lithuania, 100 thousand euros remained from 11 million euros for ecological transport compensations. Residents have already submitted more than 12,000 applications for the destruction of an old polluting car by purchasing an electric scooter, two-wheeled moped or motorcycle, or public transport ticket.
Researchers have found a way to charge air-breathable batteries: the advantages are that they surpass even the most common lithium-ion batteries. The University of Münster team has developed a new zinc-air chemistry that makes this type of battery more efficient and rechargeable.
The teeth of ancient sharks, the bones of hairy rhinos, mammoths and other extinct animals - such artifacts lure Russian paleontologists from the ice-covered Tobol River, about two thousand kilometers east of Moscow.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has used a Syrian airline under US sanctions to transport humanitarian aid to Libya. Cham Wings aircraft was used to ferry 16 tonnes of medicines and supplies from its warehouses in Dubai to Libya's second city Benghazi.
Spain records temperatures of -25C after a snowstorm and leads to deaths and injuries.
Kenyans on Twitter have lashed out at the tourism ministry for appointing British model Naomi Campbell, instead of a Kenyan, as the ambassador for the Kenyan tourism board.
Tanzania to auction 30 wildlife hunting blocks.
Thousands of Eritrean refugees 'abandoned' in Tigray, four refugee camps have been cut off for weeks - with people having to scavenge for food and use untreated water from the rivers.
Florida manatee found with 'Trump' etched on back, an investigation is launched after the marine mammal was found with the president's name on its body.
On January 20 in the US, Joe Biden will officially become president, and Kamala Harris will become vice president.
Wood wins £ 88m Chinese refinery expansion deal, the Aberdeen-based company will help boost Chinese production of ethylene derivatives and refined oil.
Execution halted of only woman on US death row, the judge orders a mental competency hearing to be held - just hours before the scheduled execution.
Nigeria’s police chief has said 21,296 suspects allegedly involved in “violent crimes”, including kidnapping and armed robbery, were arrested in the country last year.
Belinda Janson hopes she won't be the only woman driving garbage trucks in Ipswich, Australia, for long.
India is set to begin inoculations on 16 January to protect its 1.3 billion people against Covid-19.
Cuba placed back on the US terrorism sponsor list, Donald Trump made the decision days before Joe Biden, who wants friendlier US-Cuban ties, takes office.
Ford ends decades of Brazilian manufacturing, the US car giant is closing its last three Brazilian factories, with a loss of 5,000 jobs.
The Dutch TV network has filmed border officials confiscating ham sandwiches and other foods from drivers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK, under post-Brexit rules. The officials were shown explaining import regulations imposed since the UK formalized its separation from the EU. Under EU rules, travelers from outside the bloc are banned from bringing in meat and dairy products.
The billionaire French-Israeli diamond magnate, Beny Steinmetz, has appeared in court in Switzerland to face trial over alleged corruption linked to a major mining deal in Guinea. He has always denied his company, BSGR, paid multi-million dollar bribes to obtain iron ore mining exploration permits in southern Guinea in 2008. If convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison. Steinmetz, 64, was previously sentenced in absentia to five years in prison by a court in Romania for money laundering. Swiss prosecutors say Steinmetz paid about $ 10m (£ 7.4m) in bribes, in part through Swiss bank accounts, to gain the rights to Guinea's iron ore deposits in the Simandou mountains.
Irish Covid infection rate 'is highest in the world'.
Civil servants in Chad began a nationwide strike to press for the restoration of their salaries which were cut four years ago, as well as the payment of various allowances.
The Nigerian military says 13 soldiers died in an ambush at the weekend by jihadist fighters from a group linked to the Islamic State.
Pope Francis welcomes women performing Catholic rites, although they cannot become priests.
US President Donald Trump banned from Twitter and Facebook and now that has been extended beyond the US to Africa. Facebook has shut a slew of accounts belonging to Ugandan government officials, accusing them of “co-ordinated inauthentic behavior”.
Six California inmates on run after prison break, the "armed and dangerous" men used an improvised rope made of braided sheets to escape.
Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has concluded a one-day state visit to Tanzania where bolstering bilateral cooperation and security between the two neighboring countries were top of the agenda.
Japarov wins Kyrgyzstan presidency with landslide, frontrunner Sadyr Japarov will have sweeping new powers after voters backed a presidential system.
A Sierra Leonean technologist has developed a mobile messaging app called Supfrica aimed at connecting users across the continent.
Ugandans warned not to eat dead fish washed ashore, this comes after a large-scale death of fish was reported on Lake Victoria and the River Nile.
Snow storms bring deadly chaos to Japan.
More than 150 migrants enter the UK on small boats, Sunday saw 57 people arrive after 103 others tried to cross the Channel on Saturday.
Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has dismissed Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya, who was arrested in June for corruption but was later cleared.
Efforts by Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to try to resolve a long running dispute over a giant dam on the River Nile have once again broken down.
Six rangers killed in DR Congo park attack, Mai-Mai militia group is being blamed for the ambush at a famous park where endangered gorillas live.
Mr Ouyahia along with other senior officials who served under ousted president Abdelaiz Bouteflika have been prosecuted and jailed for corruption, money laundering and misappropriation of public funds. But he's currently appealing a charge of corruption and misappropriation of public funds in relation to a scandal involving a car assembling group.
WW2 'Spitfire Women' pilot dies aged 103, Eleanor Wadsworth flew hundreds of aircraft, including Spitfires and Hurricanes, to the front line in WW2.
Pakistan power cut plunges the country into darkness, electricity is gradually being restored after a huge outage triggered by a power station fault.
Children across the UK are raising awareness about the Indian farmers protests on social media.
US lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan.
The defiant 'nail houses' refusing to sell up, a block of luxury flats in Singapore is being built around two homes whose owners refuse to move.
Boeing 737 plane crashed in Indonesia, the passenger plane carrying 62 people plunged into the sea minutes after take-off.
Hezbollah denies any role in global drugs trade, the Lebanese militant group was accused of being behind a massive seizure of amphetamines in Italy.
Philippines: Thousands attend Manila mass people told to avoid. Normally millions of people would line the streets for the feast of Black Nazarene but this year due to Covid, things looked different.
Ten babies killed in India hospital fire, seven infants are rescued by staff as the blaze engulfs a ward at a facility in Maharashtra state.
Kim vows to expand North Korea's nuclear arsenal
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the eighth congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong-un calls the US his "biggest enemy" and says plans for a nuclear submarine are nearly complete.
Chocolates and beer: Buying from Belgium after Brexit, companies that trade with the UK say higher prices and less choice are on the way.
Malta has the strictest abortion ban - but pressure is growing to ease it.
Irish police seized € 1m after a van stopped on the M7, Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau intercepted a van on the motorway in County Kildare.
The Zambian FA has banned a local coach from its activities after he was convicted of raping and infecting a juvenile with syphilis and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Two Lithuanian citizens are accused of spying for Russia.
A big step for a small state: Lithuanian scientists are already working with 6G connection.
Tanzania's president has thanked a visiting Chinese minister for not wearing a mask, claiming it proves there's no coronavirus in the country.
The US military says it has killed five al-Shabab fighters - including a senior commander - in an air strike in Somalia.
With a week to go before the election, a military court in Uganda has charged 49 staff of presidential challenger Bobi Wine with being in illegal possession of four rounds of ammunition.
Pakistan jails suspected Mumbai attack leader is sentenced to five years for terror financing.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 24 prisoners who were accused of being behind the assassination of former President Laurent Kabila have been released after spending nearly two decades behind bars.
Huge sinkhole appears in a hospital car park, it's around 50 meters wide and caused a power outage in the Ospedale del Mare in Naples, Italy.
Boko Haram militants kill 14 civilians in Cameroon.
New Zealand woman dies in rare suspected shark attack, shark attacks are rare in the country and it is thought to be the first such death since 2013.
Senegal battles bird flu outbreak.
Striking almost 500 healthcare workers fired in Kenya.
A team of scientists say they have found the first cases of "dwarf" giraffes in Africa - who are half the average size.
Trump to break custom and snub Biden's inauguration, the move comes as a Democrats call for the president's removal for inciting the invasion of the US Capitol. The US Congress has certified Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election, hours after supporters of Donald Trump stormed the building in an attack that saw four people die.
Tunisia considers conscripting women, making military service mandatory for both sexes to promote gender equality.
Ethiopian troops have killed top officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in an operation.
Zambia's leader wants more local control over mines.
The Australian city begins a three-day lockdown after a cleaner contracted the covid19 virus.
A further 1,325 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive Covid test - a new daily record since the pandemic began. There have now been just a short of 80,000 deaths by the measure.
UAE to restore Qatar trade links 'within a week', but the Gulf state warns that some issues with its neighbor will take a "longer time" to fix.
Police in Uganda say they have rescued dozens of people from a church in the capital, Kampala, where the pastor said they were being treated for their mental illnesses through prayer. The police found nine of them in chains tied to metal poles.
One dead in frozen waterfall collapse in Russia, three others are injected after ice falls from a waterfall at a popular tourist site in the far east.
The Zambian MP has compared a nationwide distribution of condoms and sterile gloves despite the products failing safety tests as "genocide".
China places 11m under lockdown after 120 cases.
Some 115 illegal firearms have been seized in the past two months, by Mozambique's police and the National Criminal Investigation Service.
Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in for a second term as Ghana's president, hours after scuffles between rival politicians broke out in parliament. Soldiers were briefly deployed after the unusual scenes in one of Africa's most stable democracies.
South Africa's health ministry has said the country will receive the first one million coronavirus vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) in January and an additional 500,000 doses in February.
SA reports the deadliest day with 844 Covid deaths.
A strange coalition of former enemies has joined forces to oust the Central African Republic's newly re-elected leader.
Four soldiers and a government official have been killed in Cameroon's North-West region after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
They were the family from hell. For years, until last summer, the Kani brothers held a small Libyan town in their murderous grip, massacring men, women and children to maintain their authority. Now their crimes are slowly being uncovered. For seven months, workers in white chemical protection suits have been returning to the small agricultural town of Tarhuna, about an hour's drive south-east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. They have marked out neat rectangles with red-and-white tape, across the fields of reddish-brown earth, and from these plots they have lifted 120 dead bodies, although large areas still remain untouched. Some appear to be the bodies of young fighters killed in battles around Tarhuna last summer, in the ninth year of Libya's on-off civil war. But many are of civilians - including women, and children as young as five - some bearing signs of torture. The graves are the gruesome legacy of a reign of terror, lasting nearly eight years, imposed on the town by a local family, the Kanis, and the militia they created. Three of the original seven Kani brothers are now dead, and the others were made to flee in June 2020 by forces loyal to Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), but even now many residents of Tarhuna are afraid to speak out about their crimes. Some say they are still being threatened from afar by the Kanis' supporters. Piecing together the story of the brothers - Abdul-Khaliq, Mohammed, Muammar, Abdul-Rahim, Mohsen, Ali and Abdul-Adhim isn't easy. But what emerges from conversations with those who knew them is a terrifying tale of how a poor family took advantage of the chaos that engulfed Libya after its 2011 revolution against the dictator, Col Muammar Gaddafi - and came to rule their community through sheer ruthlessness.
The US has agreed to give Sudan a bridge, or short-term, loan of $ 1.2bn (£ 880m) to help it clear it's arrears with the World Bank.
South Africa's Police Minister Bheki Cele has accused mostly European tourists of defying a ban on going to beaches along the famous Garden Route.
The European Union medicines regulator has recommended the vaccine made by the US company, Moderna, for use in the bloc's 27 states.
Nicaraguan zoo shows off its white tiger cub.
WHO Covid investigators denied entry to China.
Jailed Tanzanian human rights lawyer, Tito Magoti, has been freed after a year of calls for his release. Mr Magoti was fined 17.3 million Tanzanian shillings ($ 7,500; £ 5,500).
A court in Cape Verde has ruled that a Colombian businessman, who was a special envoy of the Venezuelan government, can be extradited to the United States. Alex Saab is facing money laundering charges for allegedly helping the government of President Nicolas Maduro transfer around $ 350m (£ 257m) out of Venezuela. He denies the charges.
Trump bans Alipay and seven other Chinese apps, the latest executive order by the US president will only take effect after he has left office.
The death penalty handed out to a former Chinese finance chief found guilty of corruption has been heavily criticized by human rights groups. Lai Xiaomin was arrested in 2018 on charges of taking 1.8bn yuan (£ 200m, $ 280m) in bribes over a 10-year period. It is one of the most severe sentences to stem from President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Human Rights Watch said "China is clearly taking a major step backwards."
The palm cockatoo is thought to be the only bird to use tools musically to attract a mate.
Maduro allies took control of the Venezuela parliament, the National Assembly had until now been the only institution not controlled by the Maduro government.
An Irish fishing vessel has been blocked from entering waters around Rockall in the North Atlantic. The Northern Celt, from County Donegal, was boarded by a Marine Scotland patrol boat. Its captain Adrian McClenaghan was told he can no longer fish within 12 nautical miles of the eroded volcano as a result of Brexit.
Nigerian police arrest dozens in nightclub Covid crackdown.
In 2020, for the first time in Lithuania, the average temperature of all months was positive.
In Norway, a living dog found at the site of a mudslide fuels the hope of rescuers. Officials had warned not to build houses in the area. Rescuers are still searching for the three missing people, and so far the bodies of seven people have been found at the scene of the disaster.
As of January 1, 12 women joined the Moscow metro train drivers. This became possible after the Russian Ministry of Employment made changes to the country’s laws and allowed women to drive subway trains. As a result of the changes, the list of jobs that women are unable to work for so-called health reasons has been reduced from 456 to 98.
Norway 2020 has become the first country in the world where more than half of new cars are powered by electricity.
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has not appeared in public for months, after criticizing China's public finance system and advocating for reforms.
Scientists already know how to convert CO2 into jet fuel that could be used by airplanes.
SpaceX has signed a $ 150 million deal with the Pentagon to launch 20 satellites this year alone.
India, which makes most of the world's vaccines, will begin exporting Covid doses by the end of January.
Iran says it seized the South Korean-flagged tanker and detained its crew over pollution violations.
Secondary school students in Malawi are finally sitting exams which were canceled in November after exam papers were leaked.
Bolivia: Flash floods wash away market stalls, police say at least four people have died after heavy rain and hail hit Sucre.
Many countries go into the second covid19 virus lockdown.
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell was tracked down by the FBI using data from her cell phone, a court document reveals. Ms Maxwell was arrested on 2 July during a raid on her secluded mansion in New Hampshire. She was located using a global-positioning-system (GPS) data from a phone that had made calls to her lawyer, sister and husband. Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking minors.
Cancer doctor forgives $ 650,000 in medical bills, the Arkansas oncologist said the pandemic had left many of his patients struggling to pay.
An association of manufacturers and distributors of alcoholic beverages in South Africa has warned of possible circulation of counterfeit alcohol after armed robbers stormed a production facility and stole thousands of bottle caps.
Pakistan court outlaws 'virginity tests', a Lahore court rules that "two-finger" tests in rape cases are "humiliating" and unscientific.
The Tunisian ambassador to the United Nations has called for a Security Council resolution that would send monitors to support Libya's ceasefire.
France has opened investigations into former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel leader Roger Lumbala. He is accused of "complicity in crimes against humanity" for his actions during Congo's civil war in 2002.
Seychelles has recorded its first death from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. The patient was a 57-year-old Seychellois man who was hospitalized on New Year's Eve, according to a statement from the health authorities.
Al-Qaeda's branch in Mali, Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), says it was behind a roadside blast that killed two French soldiers in the eastern Menaka region.
Niger has announced three days of national mourning after Saturday's attacks by suspected Islamist militants that killed around 100 people. The attacks were staged in two villages, Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye, both located near Niger's western border with Mali.
Iran in the biggest breach of nuclear deal to date, the country resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity in defiance of a 2015 international agreement.
Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed three people in the Far North region of Cameroon.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled. The judge blocked the request because of concerns over Mr Assange's mental health and risk of suicide in the US.
A court in Algeria has sentenced a man who posted satirical cartoons mocking the authorities on Facebook to three years in prison. Walid Kechida has been in detention for the past 10 months after he posted a cartoon criticizing the Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune.
Algeria's defense ministry has said three soldiers have so far been killed in an ongoing anti-terror operation in the northern Tipaza region.
Alarm as South Korea inside more deaths than births.
US congressional leaders' homes vandalized, vandals spray-paint House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's homes.
Pakistan coal miners killed in the IS attack, the miners who were members of a minority Shia community, were kidnapped by militants and killed.
Central African rebels 'seize south-eastern city', Bangassou is the latest city to be taken by rebels, the UN says, over allegations of election fraud.
Thousands break virus restrictions all over the world.
A US police officer who was called out to arrest a family suspected of shoplifting instead bought them some food so they could have a decent Christmas dinner.
Ex-Algerian president's brother cleared of charges, Said Bouteflika was accused of conspiracy against the state after his brother, the president, was ousted from office.
At 96, South Korea's Jegal Sam is the world's oldest pianist and hopes to play for many more years.
New era for the UK as it completes separation from the EU. The bongs of Big Ben at 11pm in London signal the UK's departure from the EU. Gibraltar gets UK-Spain deal to keep open border.
An Afghan journalist has been shot dead in an attack by gunmen in the central province of Ghor. Bismillah Aimaq, the editor-in-chief of a local radio station, is at least the fifth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan in the past two months.
More than 8,000 migrants crossed the Channel in 2020, despite freezing temperatures 33 migrants were the latest to reach the UK, in four boats.
Canadian minister resigns over Caribbean trip, the finance minister had visited the Caribbean while his province is under strict Covid lockdown.
New US government guidelines recommend no added sugar for children under age two.