Mass pro-Navalny protests planned as Putin addresses Russia
The longtime Russian leader's annual speech to lawmakers and regional governors sets the political agenda and last year saw Putin lay out a plan that eventually gave him the power to stay in office until 2036. This year's address comes with Moscow locked in diplomatic disputes with the United States and Europe over a Russian troop build-up on Ukraine's borders and a series of espionage scandals.
Japan PM sends offering to controversial shrine honouring war dead
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering Wednesday to the controversial Yasukuni shrine, a move likely to anger China and South Korea as it honours war dead, including perpetrators of Japan's World War II atrocities on its neighbours.
New Zealand to consolidate healthcare into national service
New Zealand announced Wednesday it will consolidate its fragmented healthcare system into a national service similar to the one revered by many in Britain. New Zealand's government-run system is currently divided into 20 district health boards, each with their own budget. Some describe the system as a "postcode lottery" of different treatment depending on where people live.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wishes Manmohan Singh speedy recovery from COVID-19
Asia|: Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday wished a speedy recovery to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh who tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Singh, 88, was admitted to the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi, which is a dedicated COVID facility, with a mild fever on Monday. Mr. Singh had taken two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 4 and April 3. "Wishing ex Indian PM Manmohan Singh a speedy recovery from Covid 19,' Khan, who recently recovered from COVID-19, said in a tweet. Khan's message comes amid some signs of easing of tensions in bilateral ties. In February, the militaries of the two countries announced a ceasefire agreement.
U.S. Senate panel mulls revoking Big Tech immunity citing COVID scams online
Internet: In March, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called for a Section 230 reform that would give publishers immunity only if they follow best practices for removing damagingmaterial from their platforms