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Pope Francis to go ahead with Iraq visit amid spike in terror attacks and coronavirus

A worker hangs a poster welcoming Pope Francis outside the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Baghdad – SABAH ARAR /AFP The Pope has said he will go ahead with a historic visit to Iraq this week as “the people cannot be let down for a second time”, despite concerns over a spate of recent terrorist … Read more

Merkel, German governors mull way ahead on lockdown

BERLIN (AP) — German leaders are looking for ways to ease the country out of a long-running coronavirus lockdown, which they are expected to extend on Wednesday while also opening the door to relaxing some restrictions. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany have the power to impose … Read more

Germany reopens hairdressers, considers way ahead on virus

The Daily Beast Team Biden About to Start Its First Talks With the Taliban GettyPresident Biden’s Afghanistan negotiator has begun a diplomatic trip that will include the first meeting of the new administration with the Taliban, sources familiar confirmed to The Daily Beast.The State Department did not immediately provide comment on the agenda Zalmay Khalilzad … Read more

UN warns of mass famine in Yemen ahead of donor conference

CAIRO (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian agency on Sunday warned that more than 16 million people in Yemen would go hungry this year, with already some half a million people in the war-torn country living in famine-like conditions. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, said the risk of large-scale famine … Read more

Biden attempts major Saudi reset ahead of Khashoggi report

The New York Times Cruz and Cuomo Face Scandal. Trump Can’t Save Them. Even by Washington standards, this has been a particularly shameless week. With millions of Texans freezing in their homes, Sen. Ted Cruz fled to a Mexican beach, offering his constituents little more than the political cliché of wanting to be a “good … Read more

U.S. and Israel to reconvene Iran working group ahead of potential nuclear talks

The New York Times What a Texas Plumber Faces Now: A State Full of Burst Pipes HOUSTON — Randy Calazans is one of the hottest commodities in Texas right now. He’s a plumber. The winter weather nightmare that swept through the state last week cut off power and heat to millions of homes that were … Read more

Six Nations 2021: France v Scotland set to go ahead despite Covid-19 outbreak

France captain Charles Ollivon is among those isolating and unavailable for Scotland’s visit Venue: Stade de France Date: Sunday, 28 February Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Scotland. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website & app. Scotland’s Six Nations match with France is set to … Read more

Iran warns Biden as it pushes ahead with plan to cut nuclear inspections

TEHRAN — President Joe Biden is pursuing the same policy against Iran as his predecessor, the country’s foreign minister said Sunday, two days before Tehran has threatened to cut back United Nations inspections of its nuclear facilities. Mohammad Javad Zarif said former President Donald Trump‘s policy of “maximum pressure” was still being applied to Iran … Read more