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Radio Personality Rush Limbaugh Dies from Cancer Aged 70

Radio talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh has died of lung cancer at age 70. Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, announced his passing on his radio show where he has been absent for almost two weeks. "Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is...

DOJ Charges North Korean Hackers Behind Cryptocurrency Heist

The US Justice Department (DOJ)  has charged three North Korean hacker spies accused of conspiring to steal and extort more than $1.3 billion in cash and cryptocurrency from international banks and businesses. The indictment was filed on December 8, 2020, in the United States District Court in Los Angeles against...

Saudi Arabia Will Require International Companies to Have Local HQ to Receive Contracts

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will stop contracting with companies with regional headquarters outside the Kingdom by 2024, state media reported. The move aims to “to incentivize the localization of businesses by foreign companies that deal with the Kingdom’s government or any of its agencies, institutions and funds,” Saudi...

UK and California COVID-19 Strains Merged

California's Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that they have discovered that UK and California COVID variants have merged into a mutated strain. The merging of the two strains was discovered in a virus sample in California and is currently being studied to determine if it would be more dangerous.  The new...

Gang of Armed Men Kidnap 27 Students in Nigeria

A group of unidentified armed men abducted dozens of students and teachers from a secondary school in Niger state, local officials confirmed on Wednesday. According to the local authorities and local witnesses, the gunmen that stormed the school were believed to belong to a criminal gang.  The gunmen abducted 42 people,...

Target Recalls Infant Rompers Due to Potential Safety Risk

Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., recalled about 299,000 Cloud Island infant rompers due to potential safety risk.The snaps can break or detach from the rompers, posing a choking, laceration and pinching hazards to children.The firm has received 16 reports of the snaps breaking, detaching, or missing from the rompers...

Ecuador Suspends Presidential Election Recount

The National Electoral Council in Ecuador has suspended the recount of the presidential election votes, formally requested by the left-wing indigenous candidate Yaku Perez alleging fraud.  The recount did not push through as the five-member council failed to reach a majority for Perez’s request. Council head Diana Atamaint commented, “This plenary...

Dubai Princess Alleges She Was Held Hostage by Her Father

The daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said she is held hostage by her father since her attempt to escape in 2018, in recorded videos sent to a friend.In videos released by BBC Panorama, the Princess Latifa Al Maktoum said that she was drugged...

Defying COVID-19 Ban, Thousands of People Take to the Streets in Algeria Protests

Algerians took to the streets of Kherrata, about 186 miles outside the capital Algiers on Tuesday, in a demonstration against President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.  The protests took place almost two years after the 2019 protests against former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Protesters held up Algerian and Berber flags while shouting slogans against the...

Copper Prices Soar Due to Strong Demand and Tight Supply

Copper prices have soared 5.3% last week on the London Metal Exchange (LME), reaching its highest level since September 2012 which was driven by expectations of stronger demand and tight supply. On the LME, it climbed as much as 0.9 percent to $8,406 a ton. Also, other industrial metals rose after...