Tuesday, January 18, 2022


North Korea fires more suspected missiles, flouts new sanctions

The launches come at a delicate time in the region, with North Korea's sole major ally China set to host the Winter Olympics next month and South Korea gearing up for a presidential election in March.

US aviation body clears 45% of commercial plane fleet after 5G deployed

The FAA has warned that potential interference could affect sensitive airplane instruments such as altimeters and make an impact on low-visibility operations.

FBI names Texas hostage-taker as British citizen

The four hostages were all released unharmed Saturday night, prompting relief in the US, where the Jewish community and president Joe Biden renewed calls to fight anti-Semitism.

Texas police in synagogue hostage standoff

The man is reportedly claiming to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui – who has been dubbed 'Lady Qaeda' by US tabloids – and is demanding to have his sister freed from prison.

North Korea fires railway-borne missiles in third test this year

The tests were held to 'check and judge the proficiency in the action procedures of the railway-borne regiment', Pyongyang's official news agency says.

North Korea fires missiles, warns of strong action over US sanctions push

North Korea has defended the missile tests as its legitimate right to self-defence and says the US is intentionally escalating the situation by imposing new sanctions.

North Korean hackers stole US$400 million in cryptocurrency in 2021, says report

A UN panel of experts that monitors sanctions on North Korea has accused Pyongyang of using stolen funds to support its nuclear and ballistic missile programs to circumvent sanctions.

US grants South Korea an Iran sanctions exemption

Seoul's foreign ministry says it received a 'specific licence' from the US Treasury Department allowing the South Korean government to pay compensation to Iran's Dayyani Group.

US criticises China over cancelled flights

The latest suspension affected two United Airlines flights from San Francisco to Shanghai and four China Southern Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Guangzhou.

US Covid deaths rising but likely due to Delta, not Omicron, says CDC chief

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, speaking on a media call, said US Covid-19 cases, driven by the fast spreading Omicron variant, are expected to peak in the coming weeks.

Reduced hospitalisation risk, shorter stays for Omicron patients, US study shows

People infected with Omicron were half as likely to be hospitalised, about 75% less likely to need intensive care, and around 90% less likely to die compared to those infected with Delta.

US govt to increase Covid-19 tests for schools by 10 million per month

The steps come as some school districts move to virtual classes again to escape the Omicron wave.

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