UK G7 presidency will try to unite post-Covid world: PM Sep 17, 2020 0 716 12345 AFPLondonBritain will use its presidency of the G7 next year to heal divisions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.“One of the things the UK is going to do with the G7 (presidency) is to try to bring the world back together after Covid,” he told a parliamentary committee. “It’s been depressing -- the fights in the airports over PPE (personal protective equipment), the borders that have sprung up, the sequestering of stocks of drugs.“We have seen a return to nationalist priorities in a way that’s been very depressing for those who believe in globalisation and internationalism.”Britain takes over the rotating presidency of the group of major industrialised nations next year, just as it embarks on a new path after leaving the European Union.Johnson has been keen to promote “Global Britain”, even as he is criticised at home for his approach to trying to secure a tricky post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. He pointed to a conference Britain hosted in June which saw $8.8 billion pledged for global vaccines alliance Gavi to help immunisation programmes disrupted by the pandemic.Johnson, who called the current state of international relations “totally fissiparous”, also praised the WHO for its work during the outbreak. RELATED ARTICLES Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s new PM Sep 17, 2020 0 367 EU chief pledges to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff Sep 17, 2020 0 696 Belarusian protest leader charged with endangering country’s national security Sep 17, 2020 0 717 Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state ST JOHN’S: Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic by November next year, as the Caribbean island nation seeks to move fully beyond its colonial past. The .. Taiwanese FM calls for global defence against China ‘threat’ AFP Paris Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community on Wednesday to help defend his country and region against “expansionist” Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to .. Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe GENEVA: Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday. In their .. Hurricane Sally slams into US Gulf Coast AFP Mobile, US Sluggish Hurricane Sally was dumping torrential amounts of rain on the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday and threatening “historic and catastrophic” flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida. The slow-moving .. US announces charges against Chinese, Malaysian hackers AFP Washington The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game .. Trump posts faked video of Biden playing anti-police song AFP Washington US President Donald Trump, who is trying to persuade voters that his challenger Joe Biden will encourage violent crime, retweeted a faked video on Wednesday purporting to show the Democrat playing a ..