President Vladimir Putin said Russia has registered its first Covid-19 vaccine, calling it an effective protection against the deadly pathogen, and disclosed that one of his own daughters had already received it. “As far as I know, this morning the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection in the world was registered,” Putin said Tuesday at a televised government meeting.
Lebanon’s government has resigned amid mounting anger over the explosion on Tuesday that devastated parts of Beirut and left more than 200 people dead. The announcement was made in a national TV address by Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday evening. Mr Diab, who was appointed prime minister in January after months of deadlock, said his government had “gone to great lengths to lay out a road map to save the country”.
Donald Trump was abruptly escorted out of a televised press briefing by a Secret Service agent after a shooting outside the White House. The US president was just minutes into a statement to the media when he was rushed out of the room. He later returned and announced there had been a shooting outside the White House grounds and that the suspect had been shot by officers.
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya said on Tuesday she had fled abroad for the sake of her children, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko. Tikhanouskaya, a 37-year-old former English teacher, emerged from obscurity to mount the biggest challenge in years to Lukashenko, taking her husband’s place in the campaign after he was jailed.
An oil refinery worker who was sacked for creating a Hitler parody of his bosses has been awarded $200,000 in compensation. The employee, a technician on a BP refinery in Western Australia, was sacked after he used an oft-parodied scene from the 2004 film Downfall to depict his bosses during a tense wage negotiation. The man took BP to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for unfair dismissal.