Proposal to cancel RTD’s security contract dismissed in lopsided vote

A proposal before an RTD committee that would have canceled the agency’s security contract was voted down Tuesday night by an overwhelming 14-1 margin. Director Shontel Lewis, who authored the proposal, which was before the operations and customer service committee, was the only member to vote yes. The resolution, if passed, would have set in motion the termination of Allied […]

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New clashes as opposition leader flees Belarus citing children's safety

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya said on Tuesday she had fled abroad for the sake of her children after strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko’s claim of victory in Sunday’s presidential election prompted bloody street protests. Tikhanouskaya, a 37-year-old former English teacher who took her husband’s place on the ballot after he was jailed, fled to neighbouring Lithuania. She […]

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Russia coronavirus vaccine: How far is the UK behind Russia?

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Russian President Vladimir Putin reveals his country has become the first to develop a working coronavirus vaccine. Making the announcement earlier today, Mr Putin said the Russian Health Ministry approved the vaccine for use. The news means […]

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Rome's first woman mayor to run for second term

ROME (Reuters) – Rome mayor Virginia Raggi, from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, has announced plans to run for a second term, hoping to steal a march on rivals in a long campaign for next year’s vote. Raggi, 42, became the Eternal City’s first woman mayor when elected in 2016, in a major breakthrough for 5-Star ahead of national polls two […]

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Pompeo kicks off central Europe tour, Huawei dominates agenda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Prague to begin a five-day visit to central Europe. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Prague to begin a five-day visit to central Europe with China’s role in 5G network construction dominating his agenda. Pompeo will spend two days in the Czech Republic before moving on to Slovenia, Austria […]

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Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanouskaya 'safe' in Lithuania after clashes

MINSK (Reuters) – Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya has joined her children in neighbouring Lithuania, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko. The 37-year-old Tikhanouskaya emerged from obscurity a few weeks ago to mount the biggest challenge in years to Lukashenko’s rule, standing for election after her blogger […]

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