Google in August had said it would expect workers to come in about three days a week from Jan. 10 at the earliest, ending its voluntary work-from-home policy.

Google executives told employees that the company would put off the deadline beyond that date. Insider first reported the news.

Google said the update was in line with its earlier guidance that a return to workplaces would begin no earlier than Jan. 10 and depend on local conditions.

Children are killed or injured every month in Yemen’s conflict. They’re treated as collateral damage. They’re even targets of war. They’re recruited to fight at as young as 10 years old.

Since fighting started, 10,000 children have been killed or maimed. That’s the equivalent of four children every day.

Natural gas from Egypt may start flowing to Lebanon within two or three months, and hopefully “long before” the country’s elections in 2022, according to Amos Hochstein, the U.S. State Department’s senior advisor for global energy security.

The governments of four countries in September reached an agreement to pipe gas from Egypt, through Jordan and Syria, to ease the power crisis in Lebanon.

Lebanon has been facing an economic crisis that is among the worst in modern history, according to the World Bank. Power outages are a daily occurrence, including one that lasted 24 hours in October.

What do China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have in common? All three countries are accused of human rights violations, and all three are also playing host to some of the largest and most lucrative sporting events in the world.

Human rights organizations and others have been voicing concerns that behind this seemingly innocuous trend is a concerted effort by these and other nations to use sports as a way to cover up their poor human rights records. The human rights group even uses a recent term to describe this practice: “sportswashing.”

Syria’s sports federation has complained to Fiba after Kazakhstan welcomed its team with the Iranian national anthem, instead of the Syrian, to the game at the first leg of the Asian qualifiers for World Cup 2023.

Syrian players appeared perplexed when the song was played by the Kazakh hosts at the start of the game on Saturday in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. Still, they clapped after the anthem was finished. After a huddle and before the game started, the Syrians sang their own national anthem on the court.

Fighting between government and rebel forces, as well as roadblocks on key transport routes, has been preventing trucks carrying desperately needed food aid from entering Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

To give a scale of the urgency of the situation, the UN says 100 trucks a day need to cross into Tigray to meet the needs there.

The US international development agency (USAID) says the conflict is “now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.”

Fuel trucks that had received approval by the government to proceed to Tigray on 14 October were denied transit at a checkpoint in Afar, forcing them to return to Semera.

The movement of humanitarian workers has also been affected by the escalating fighting.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s defence of recent interest rate cuts and declaration of an “economic war of independence” has sent the lira plunging and left analysts wondering how much further he is willing to let the currency fall.

Analysts warn of increased dollarisation, hyperinflation and the rising cost of debt in Turkey.

Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament.

Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting rights by hiring former CIA officer turned private contractor Kevin Chalker to spy on rival bid teams and key soccer officials who picked the winner in 2010.


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