Geneva, January 26 (RHC)-- World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is all but guaranteed a second term after a procedural vote made him the sole nominee for a leadership election in May.... More

Sanaa, January 26 (RHC)-- Internet services have returned to Yemen after a four-day outage caused by deadly Saudi-led coalition air raids that marked a dramatic escalation in the seven-year war.  An attack by the Saudi-led coalition that targeted a telecoms facility in Hodeidah late on Thursday killed three children and was blamed for knocking out the internet nationwide.... More

Guatemala City, January 25 (RHC)-- In Guatemala, five former paramilitary soldiers have been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting dozens of Indigenous Achí women in the 1980s. ... More

New York, January 25 (RHC)-- Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin admits she has tested positive for coronavirus.  Palin’s announcement prompted a U.S. district judge in New York to delay the start of Palin’s defamation trial against The New York Times, which was set to begin on Monday. ... More

New York, January 25 (RHC)-- The United States reported more than 2,100 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, even as daily cases and hospitalizations continued to decline from record highs set earlier this month. ... More

Washington, January 25 (RHC)-- The Pentagon has placed 8,500 troops on heightened alert to potentially deploy to Eastern Europe over concerns Russia may soon invade Ukraine.   The U.S. and NATO allies have accused Russia of amassing 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, but Russia has denied it’s planning an invasion. ... More

United Nations, January 25 (RHC)-- The damage to children’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic is hard to offset, with many young people losing out on “basic numeracy and literacy skills” due to school closures, UNICEF said.  “Quite simply, we are looking at a nearly insurmountable scale of loss to children’s schooling,” said UNICEF Chief of Education Robert Jenkins in a statement issued at the United Nations.... More

London, January 25 (RHC)-- Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure after his office admitted to another Downing Street gathering, this time to mark his birthday in 2020.  The birthday celebration took place on the afternoon of June 19 and was organised by Johnson’s wife who brought in a cake, ITV News reported.... More

Sanna, January 25 (RHC)-- The Saudi-led coalition’s fighter jets have launched new airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sana’a and nearby cities, as Riyadh escalates its aggression against the war-ravaged country.... More

Guatemala City, January 25 (RHC)-- Truck drivers in Guatemala began this Monday an indefinite strike in the country to demand the government of Alejandro Giammattei repeal Agreement 17-2020 that establishes the mandatory contracting of insurance for damages to third parties.... More

Warsaw, January 25 (RHC)-- Regional police said a woman has been detained after performing a Nazi salute outside the iconic prison death camp.  According to the PAP news agency, the tourist was posing for a photo taken by her husband.  The woman pleaded guilty and was fined.... More

Ramallah, January 25 (RHC)-- The Palestinian Authority is calling for an international commission to investigate a massacre committed by Israeli forces in the Palestinian village of Tantura in 1948.  ... More

Washington, January 25 (RHC)-- In the U.S., the Joe Biden administration has ordered federal agencies to enact the new $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal employees by the end of the month.  The change will affect nearly 70,000 workers.  Biden signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal workers and contractors last April.... More

Brasilia, January 25 (RHC)-- Brazil has surpassed a record 24 million coronavirus infections since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Ministry of Health of the South American country indicated that in the last 24 hours 135,080 new infections of the coronavirus were reported, as well as 296 new deaths in one day.... More

San Juan, January 25 (RHC)-- The National Hostosian Independence Movement (MINH) of Puerto Rico has repudiated the King of Spain, Felipe VI, for validating colonial anachronism, annexationism and paying obeisance to the government of the United States.... More