Dallas, January 16 (RHC)-- Four people who were held hostage at a synagogue in the U.S. state of Texas have been safely released, more than 10 hours after aa man disrupted a religious service and began a tense stand-off with the police.... More

Mexico City, January 16 (RHC)-- Mexico's Health Ministry reports that during the last 24 hours 44,293 Covid-19 infections were confirmed, for a new record of maximum infections of the disease in one day.... More

London, January 16 (RHC)-- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is working on a plan to help him survive as head of government following a probe into parties his office allegedly held in breach of COVID-19 rules, The Independent has reported.... More

Caracas, January 16 (RHC)-- Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, in the framework of his annual message before the National Assembly, highlighted that the country is on the road to economic recovery in the midst of the illegal unilateral and coercive sanctions imposed by the White House.... More

Paris, January 16 (RHC)-- Protesters have taken to the streets in cities across France to reject a law that would see the implementation of tighter restrictions on people not vaccinated against COVID-19, as Parliament continues to debate the draft bill.... More

Chicago, January 16 (RHC)-- Students throughout the United States have walked out of classes to protest inadequate anti-COVID-19 health measures, demanding a return to remote learning amid the persisting surges of the Omicron variant across the nation.... More

Geneva, January 15 (RHC)-- The World Health Organization (WHO) has added two more drugs to its guidelines for recommended treatments for COVID-19, as the more infectious Omicron variant of the coronavirus triggers an unprecedented surge in cases around the world.... More

Albuquerque, January 15 (RHC)-- In New Mexico, Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe has called for the abolition of nuclear weapons arsenals around the globe.  ... More

Melbourne, January 15 (RHC)-- The Australian state of Victoria is exempting more workers from quarantine requirements for being close contacts.  The decision came amid pressure on supply chains and will apply to staff in emergency services, education, and transport.... More

Washington, January 15 (RHC)-- In the U.S., the FBI arrested the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia Thursday, charging him and 10 others with seditious conspiracy over the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. ... More

Washington, January 15 (RHC)-- The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Biden administration’s requirement that workers at large private companies get vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly. ... More

Ramallah, January 15 (RHC)-- Clashes have erupted between anti-settlement protesters and Israeli forces in several areas across the occupied West Bank, leaving a number of Palestinians injured.  On Friday, Israeli forces attacked weekly anti-settlement protests in the town of Beita, south of Nablus, using tear gas. There were no immediate reports of casualties among the protesters.... More

New Delhi, January 15 (RHC)-- In the midst of a third wave of the pandemic in India aggravated by the presence of the Omicron variant, the country recorded more than 264,000 coronavirus infections in 24 hours.... More

United Nations, January 15 (RHC)-- The UN secretary-general has warned that millions of Afghans are on the “verge of death” -- urging the international community to fund the UN’s $5 billion humanitarian appeal, release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and jump-start its banking system to avert economic and social collapse.... More

New York, January 15 (RHC)-- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose in the first week of January amid raging COVID-19 infections, but that number still remains low by historical standards.... More