Document dump allegedly links world leaders to secret wealth
A massive leak of financial documents was published by several major news organizations on Sunday that allegedly tie world leaders to secret stores of wealth, including King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
New Japanese government to be heavy with ex-PM Abe allies
Japan's incoming prime minister Fumio Kishida will formally take office on Monday, naming a government set to be heavy on allies of former prime minister Shinzo Abe and ensuring Abe's conservative base will retain influence over the new cabinet.
Two Koreas reopen hotlines as North urges South to mend ties
The two Koreas on Monday restored their hotlines that the North severed months ago, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up efforts to improve relations after criticising what it called double standards over weapons development.
German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor
Germany's Social Democrats narrowly won Sunday's national election, projected results showed, and claimed a "clear mandate" to lead a government for the first time since 2005 and to end 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel.
Erdogan says Turkey plans to buy more Russian defense systems
President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey still intended to buy a second batch of S-400 missile defense systems from Russia, a move that could deepen a rift with NATO ally Washington and trigger new U.S. sanctions.
San Marino votes to legalise abortion in historic referendum
The tiny republic of San Marino has voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalising abortion in a referendum, overturning a law dating back to 1865, official results showed on Sunday.
COVID-19 cases jump in Australia's Victoria as curbs ease in Sydney hotspots
Australia's Victoria state on Monday reported its biggest daily rise in COVID-19 cases this year, while some curbs were eased in Sydney despite persistent infections.
Russia's ruling pro-Putin party wins majority after crackdown but loses some ground
Russia's ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, retained its majority in parliament after a three-day election and a sweeping crackdown on its critics, despite losing around one fifth of its support, partial results on Monday showed.
World leaders return to U.N. with focus on pandemic, climate
World leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week with a focus on boosting efforts to fight both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which last year forced them to send video statements for the annual gathering.
UK PM Johnson to hold talks with Biden this month - The Times
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will attempt to patch up Britain’s frayed relationship with U.S. President Joe Biden's administration at a White House meeting between the two leaders this month, The Times newspaper reported on Monday, citing sources on both sides.