middle east November 6, 2021
Tonga goes into lockdown after repatriation flight brings first case of Covid-19. Egypt lifts state of emergency but new laws give more powers to the president and military. Japan’s new leader Fumio Kishida secures election win.
middle east August 14, 2021
Fiji seeks to vaccinate 12 to to 17 year olds to quell Covid-19 outbreak. The Taliban capture more regions of Afghanistan as US troops leave. Lebanon’s economic collapse leads to fuel shortages, power cuts and soaring food costs.
middle east July 31, 2021
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa finally takes office in Samoa. Tunisia’s prime minister ousted after mass protests. Cardinal charged over London property deals.
middle east July 10, 2021
The Taliban are on the rise as Bagram base is left under Afghan control. Indonesia imports oxygen in battle against Delta variant. Canada appoints its first Indigenous governor-general.
africa July 3, 2021
New Zealand is trying to hold on to its SunGold kiwifruit market. The Chinese Communist Party celebrates its centenary. Britain is looking to adapt Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers to Rwanda site.
middle east June 19, 2021
Jacinda Ardern joins critics of the proposed film about Christchurch’s massacre. The International Criminal Court condemns Philippine state policy of attacking civilians in anti-drugs war. Naftali Bennett takes over as Israeli PM.
middle east June 5, 2021
Fiji responds to worsening Covid-19 outbreak with faster vaccine rollout. China introduces three-child policy to boost falling population. Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett make deal to share Israel PM role.
africa May 29, 2021
The United States and European Union condemn plane ‘hijack’ and arrest of dissident Belarusian journalist. The Israel–Hamas ceasefire is holding as opposition leader Yair Lapid tries to form a coalition to lead Israel.
middle east May 15, 2021
The worst fighting recorded in Israel and Gaza since 2014 is proving an early test for Joe Biden's presidency. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has held emergency meetings this week to broker a de-escalation.