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Petr Fiala

Czech center-right government takes office amid price rises and a Covid wave

Story by Reuters Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala’s new center-right government took office on Friday facing soaring inflation and energy costs, record budget deficits and the dragging Covid-19 pandemic. The 57-year-old former university professor leads a coalition of five parties spanning his fiscally conservative Civic Democrats to the more liberal Pirates party which is entering… Continue Reading

Nawaz Sharif Fast Facts

CNN Editorial Research Here is a look at the life of Pakistan‘s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Personal Birth date: December 25, 1949 Birth place: Lahore, Pakistan Birth name: Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Father: Muhammad Sharif Mother: Shamim Akhtar Marriage: Kulsoom Sharif (until September 11, 2018, her death) Children: two sons and two daughters Education:… Continue Reading
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz finds himself confronting an increasingly radical anti-vaccination movement that

Murder plots and threats from anti-vaxxers pose challenge for Germany’s new chancellor

By Frederik Pleitgen, Claudia Otto and Joshua Berlinger, CNN Just a week into the job, new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz finds himself confronting an increasingly radical anti-vaccination movement that, according to police, has plotted to murder elected officials and is actively threatening others. Authorities arrested six suspects and raided several properties in Dresden on Wednesday… Continue Reading

Khaled Meshaal Fast Facts

CNN Editorial Research Here is a look at the life of Khaled Meshaal, former political leader of Hamas. Personal Birth date: 1956 Birth place: Silwad, West Bank Birth name: Khaled Meshaal Father: Imam, name unknown publicly Mother: Name unknown publicly Marriage: Name unknown publicly, (1981-present) Children: Seven Education: Kuwait University, Bachelor of Science in Physics,… Continue Reading

Omar al-Bashir Fast Facts

CNN Editorial Research Here’s a look at the life of Sudan’s former leader, Omar al-Bashir. Personal Birth date: January 1, 1944 Birth place: Hosh Bannaga, Sudan Birth name: Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir Father: Name unavailable publicly Mother: Name unavailable publicly Marriages: Fatima Khalid; Widad Babiker Omer Education: Sudan Military Academy, 1966 Military service: Sudanese Armed… Continue Reading

Ayad Allawi Fast Facts

CNN Editorial Research Here’s a look at the life of Ayad Allawi, the former interim Prime Minister of Iraq. Personal Birth date: 1945 Birth place: Iraq Marriage: Thana Allawi (1987-present) Children: Three Education: Studied medicine/neurology in Baghdad and London. Religion: Shia Muslim Timeline 1960s – Joins the Baath Party while in medical school in Baghdad.… Continue Reading

Emmanuel Macron Fast Facts

CNN Editorial Research Here is a look at the life of France’s President Emmanuel Macron. Personal Birth date: December 21, 1977 Birth place: Amiens, France Birth name: Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron Father: Jean-Michel Macron, professor of neurology Mother: Françoise Noguès-Macron, physician Marriage: Brigitte Trogneux (2007-present) Education: Université Paris Nanterre; Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (“Sciences… Continue Reading
The United Arab Emirates has suspended a multi-billion dollar deal to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets

UAE suspends multi-billion dollar weapons deal in sign of growing frustration with US-China showdown

By Mostafa Salem, Jennifer Hansler and Celine Alkhaldi, CNN The United Arab Emirates has suspended a multi-billion dollar deal to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets, in a sign of Abu Dhabi’s growing frustration with Washington’s attempts to limit Chinese technology sales to the oil-rich Gulf state. “The UAE has informed the US that it will… Continue Reading
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya fled to Lithuania after the 2020 election in Belarus.

Belarusian opposition figure sentenced to 18 years at high-security penal colony

By Allegra Goodwin and Joshua Berlinger, CNN Sergey Tikhanovsky, the husband of Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison at a high-security penal colony, Belarusian state media BelTA reported on Tuesday. After a trial that took place largely behind closed doors, Tikhanovsky was convicted on charges including “organizing mass… Continue Reading
A demonstrator holds a placard reading 'No to compulsory vaccination' during an anti-vaccination protest at the Ballhausplatz in Vienna

Why Europe’s fight against the pandemic is about to get much more dangerous

By Melissa Bell, Dalal Mawad and Richard Allen Greene, CNN “Despite months of persuasion, despite intensive media campaigns, despite discussions in various media we have not succeeded in convincing enough people to get vaccinated.” Those were the words of former Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg last month as he announced the first nationwide vaccine mandate in… Continue Reading
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms

By David McKenzie, CNN South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild Covid-19 symptoms after testing positive on Sunday, the office of the presidency said in a statement. He has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week. Ramaphosa “started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in… Continue Reading
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