A new U.N. report estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the number of international migrants by 2 million by the middle of 2020 because of border closings and a halt to travel worldwide — an estimated 27% decrease in expected growth. Clare Menozzi, principal author of the report by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division, told a news conference Friday that for the second half of 2020 “we have a sense that it will be probably comparable, if not more so.” Over the last two decades, growth in the number of international migrants has been robust.
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The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) in Western Australia issued ‘an emergency warning’ after a bushfire broke out east of Perth in the Shire of York on January 15.This clip, taken by Leanne Willoughby, shows large clouds of smoke and helicopters dropping water onto the fire.“Everyone is being told that nothing was lost, but our friends lost everything,” Willoughby told Storyful. “Their house, sheds, cottage, everything. It’s very sad.”Shire President Denese Smythe told local news that the fire was at a hobby farm just off the Great Southern Highway and that one home had been destroyed.The DFES downgraded the emergency warning to a ‘watch and act’ order later that day, as local news reported that the fire was contained but not yet controlled. Credit: Leanne Willoughby via Storyful
The Hong Kong government said it "strongly" objects to a U.S. congressional report critical of Beijing's handling of the city, calling the report "biased, politically motivated and not reflecting the truth". The annual report from the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China this week said that the "one country, two systems" framework in Hong Kong has been "dismantled", severely undermining the rule of law and respect for human rights that the city has long enjoyed. The report says a national security law that Beijing imposed over the summer on the former British colony directly threatens Hong Kong residents' right to due process and their freedoms of expression and association.
Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni held a commanding lead in Uganda's presidential election according to partial results on Saturday morning, with final results expected later in the day, although his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud. With ballots from 86% of polling stations counted following Thursday's election, Museveni had won 5.3 million, or 58.8%, while main opposition candidate Wine had 3.1 million votes (34.6%), the Electoral Commission said just after 9 a.m. (0600 GMT). Wine, 38, had galvanised young Ugandans with his calls for political change after 35 years of Museveni, 76, ruling the country.
Seventeen Premier League games into last season Manchester United were 24 points adrift of arch-rivals Liverpool but seemingly light years away from a title challenge. Remarkably, especially considering the way United began this campaign, they travel to Anfield leading Juergen Klopp's side at the top of the table by three points. It is the first time since Alex Ferguson's last season in charge in 2013 that the 20-time English champions have topped the table after New Year's Day.
A team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has arrived in Indonesia's capital to join the investigation into the crash of a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, the head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said Saturday. The team also comprises representatives from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and General Electric. The plane lost contact with air traffic controllers minutes after taking off from Jakarta during heavy rain on Jan. 9.
Pochettino's assistants Jesus Perez and Miguel D'Agostino are set to take charge of the squad for Saturday's league encounter. Pochettino, who was appointed earlier this month and replaced sacked German manager Thomas Tuchel, claimed his first piece of silverware in only his third game in charge when PSG won the French Super Cup on Wednesday.
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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], January 16 (ANI): Around 11 years ago, a striker from Ghana named Asamoah Gyan missed a crucial penalty in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay, but still went on to make history by being the highest international goalscorer from his country.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 24 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Saturday (16 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,083.
Azerbaijan will allow cafes and restaurants to open their doors to customers from Feb. 1 but other coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be extended until April, the government said on Saturday. As of Saturday, the country of about 10 million people in the South Caucasus had registered 226,549 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus and 2,983 deaths.
A January shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the Gulf state of Bahrain will not arrive on time, the ministry of health said on Saturday, but second doses of the jab already scheduled will not be affected. The small island state of Bahrain has the third highest rate of vaccinations per capita in the world so far, according to the Our World in Data website, which is run by an Oxford University research programme. "The delay ... will not affect citizens and residents receiving the second dose of the vaccine over the upcoming period, according to current scheduled dates and the availability of the needed quantity for them," the health ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency BNA.
Leaders United have 36 points from 17 games, three more than second-placed Liverpool before the blockbuster clash at Anfield and Solskjaer backed his team to extend their advantage with a victory on the back of their superb form. Solskjaer's side are unbeaten in 11 league games and have dropped only four points in that spell.
Melbourne [Australia], January 16 (ANI): Two positive Covid-19 cases were reported on a charter flight on Saturday carrying tennis players and officials to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “think twice before leaving the house this weekend” due to the coronavirus pandemic.Lockdowns are in place across the UK in an attempt to control the virus outbreak as the vaccination rollout continues.Speaking in a video posted on Friday, January 15, Johnson said: “It’s safest to assume you may have COVID. So please, really think twice before leaving the house this weekend and only do so if it’s absolutely necessary.” Credit: Boris Johnson via Storyful
A fed-up cafe owner in Belgium is sleeping in her premises with little food, in protest at the months-long shutdown of her sector to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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