Oman has introduced a new law for parliament stipulating that state budget talks and the questioning of ministers should be carried out in secret, reducing transparency as the indebted state tries to tackle its creaking finances and shore up the economy. Since assuming power a year ago, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said has overhauled government and state entities and begun pushing through sensitive fiscal reforms such as reductions in subsidies and the introduction of a value-added tax, which had dragged down his predecessor the late Sultan Qaboos. Last week, the sultanate's ruler announced a constitutional shakeup that included the appointment of a crown prince for the first time and new rules on how the bicameral parliament, the Council of Oman, would work.
Local police and National Guard donned riot gear and surrounded the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing on January 17, in preparation for possible armed protests, local media reported.Lansing Mayor Andy Schor called on residents to avoid the downtown area. “In light of expected demonstrations at the Capitol Building this Sunday, I urge everyone to avoid coming to the Capitol and surrounding area,” he said.This footage was filmed by Brendan Gutenschwager. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful
Rangers extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 21 points, but saw their 15-match winning streak come to an end as Motherwell moved off the bottom thanks to a 1-1 draw at Fir Park.
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Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine's party said on Sunday that it was preparing to challenge President Yoweri Museveni's election victory and condemned what it called the house arrest of Wine and his wife. "We have evidence of ballot stuffing and other forms of election malpractice and after putting it together we are going to take all measures that the law permits to challenge this fraud," Maathias Mpuuga of Wine's National Unity Party (NUP) told a news conference. On Saturday the electoral commission declared Museveni the winner of Thursday's vote, with final counts showing the president won 59% of votes to Wine's 35%.
At least two people were arrested during a protest in Brooklyn on the night of January 16-17 as demonstrators called for the firing of an officer who allegedly drew a weapon on protesters a few days prior, local reports said, citing police.The protest began at the Barclay’s Center. This footage shows the scenes on Tillary Street. Credit: @thizzl_ via Storyful
President Trump’s permanent ban from Twitter helped eliminate clouds of misinformation from social media networks, according to new research. From Jan. 9-15, misinformation about election fraud on social networks plummeted around 73%, from 2.5 million posts to 688,000, according to data from social-analytics firm Zignal Labs, as cited by a Washington Post report. That came […]
Egypt on Sunday unveiled ancient treasures found at the Saqqara archaeological site near Cairo, including sarcophagi over 3,000 years old, a discovery that "rewrites history", according to famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass.
Actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are among the stars who will highlight a prime-time virtual celebration televised Wednesday night after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president. Miranda, who wrote and starred in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” will appear for a classical recitation. Musicians John Legend, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake, among others, will join Springsteen and Bon Jovi.
A British lawyer set to prosecute Hong Kong democracy campaigners has been slated by Dominic Raab for being "mercenary". It comes after it was recently revealed that David Perry QC is being brought in to handle the trial of Jimmy Lai, a publisher and high-profile critic of the Chinese state, and eight other campaigners accused of organising an illegal anti-government march. The Foreign Secretary said he did not understand how any British lawyer could in "good conscience" prosecute a case applying the controversial national security law in Hong Kong. Mr Raab said: "There's no doubt in my mind that under the bar code of ethics a case like this could be resisted and, frankly, I think people watching this would regard it as pretty mercenary to be taking up that kind of case." He said he did not understand how anyone in “good conscience, from the world-leading legal profession that we have, would take a case where they will have to apply the national security legislation at the behest of the authorities in Beijing, which is directly violating, undermining the freedom of the people of Hong Kong, and I understand, in the case of Mr Perry, in relation to the pro-democracy activists”. He added: "From Beijing's point of view, this would be a serious PR coup."
Lorenzo Insigne scored twice and set up another as Napoli thumped Fiorentina 6-0 on Sunday to move into third in Serie A.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny took off on a plane bound for Moscow on Sunday for the first time since he was poisoned last summer, despite Russian authorities' stated desire to arrest him and potentially jail him for years. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent domestic critics, was flown to Berlin in August for emergency medical treatment after being poisoned with what German tests showed was a Novichok nerve agent. He announced his decision to return from Germany on Wednesday, and a day later Moscow's prison service said it would do everything to arrest him once he returned, accusing him of flouting the terms of a suspended prison sentence for embezzlement, a 2014 case he says was trumped up.
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Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit aims to reach space for the first time on Sunday by launching a rocket from mid-air, a key attempt after aborting the rocket's first test launch last year. The rocket will then ignite its engine to pierce Earth's atmosphere and attempt to deliver 10 small satellites to orbit for NASA, as Virgin looks to prove its technology. The window for the launch test originating from the Mojave Air and Space Port in southern California begins on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST (0600 GMT).
Joan Bakewell has said the 1960s freedom mindset has been subverted, as the focus is now on what we 'mustn't do'. The Baroness disagrees with upcoming strict rules banning Oxford professors from having relationships with students. She said that the attitude is at odds with the "free" way she grew up, and that she finds it hard to understand. Baroness Bakewell told the Observer: "Obviously I don't believe in harassment and things like that, but we do risk a situation where anything you don't like, or you feel is inappropriate for your group, should in some way have a limitation on it which borders on legal. "I don't quite like that. I don't quite like the feeling that these regulations are being enforced on me. I mean, I lived through the 1960s, which was all about gaining more freedom - sexual freedom, language freedom. Religious freedom! Civil rights! Now it's about freedom, in a sense, but, we mustn't do th is, and we mustn't do that. It's quite a different mindset." However, the Labour politician said she is glad that sexual harassment has become more unacceptable in recent years, because when she grew up, dealing with unwanted attention was "how you lived your life". She herself was sexually assaulted by a government minister when she had to take a taxi with him many years ago, and said: "But that's how you lived your life, because men were making passes at you all the time. Grabbing. Pinching. Squeezing. You know? And there was no point in complaining because the men you complained to would be doing it, too. It was the water you swam in and you got used to avoiding the rocks and the sharks. You made your own way. "To see that go away, and to see that suddenly be so unacceptable is? how extraordinary. People are more assertive now. I sort of accepted the world as it was." The peer recently launched a legal challenge against the government for delaying the second covid-19 jab in order to innoculate more people with the first injection. She said there were grounds to show the decision taken by ministers to delay the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by up to 12 weeks was unlawful. Originally, those having the jab were told their doses would be given 21 days apart but the government stretched the timeline for the second dose to between three and 12 weeks.
Betty White turns 99 today, a life milestone that few people ever reach, let alone performers who are still in the public eye. In September, White reflected on her 70 years in television in an interview with Variety. She knew the medium was here to stay when she saw the impact of her first TV […]
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday dismissed a claim by France that Tehran was in the process of building up its nuclear weapons, calling it "absurd nonsense". French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche published on Saturday, said Iran was building up its nuclear weapons' capacity and it was urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement.