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Birmingham has been chosen by the Carter Centre as 1 of 12 international cities to participate in its Inform Women, Transform Lives campaign, which aims to ensure women can access information. Birmingham is the only UK city to be included in this global campaign, led by the US-based organisation, which aims to educate and enable women to play an active part in the public sphere as well as in their local communities.

The eyes of the world will be on Kaunas, Lithuania, as it marks the start of its year as the European Capital of Culture 2022 with a celebratory grand opening weekend The grand opening weekend of Kaunas 2022 begins on January 22nd and will feature an intense schedule of over 100 artistic and cultural events including concerts, dance performances and the opening of exhibitions from world famous artists such as Yoko Ono.

Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin says Pakistan has stood in the top three in the Economist normalcy index for the third consecutive time. The global normalcy index of the Economist has ranked Pakistan second in the world that measured recovery and opening up of society and economy post-COVID-19.                                                             

Members of the Armed Forces who were deployed in August 2021 to support the evacuation from Afghanistan will receive medallic recognition for their contribution. This was the largest humanitarian aid operation in over 70 years.

Personnel from across the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force will receive the Operational Service Medal (OSM) Afghanistan, with its own distinctive clasp, for their involvement in Operation Pitting – an evacuation effort to airlift thousands of Afghans and British nationals from Afghanistan as the Taliban seized control of the country.

The first foreign aid planes have arrived in Tonga, bearing much-needed supplies for the Pacific nation which was left devastated by the recent volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami. New Zealand said its military plane landed at Tonga's main airport after workers cleared ash from the runway.

Australia also confirmed the first of its relief planes had arrived. Aid efforts had initially been hampered by ash from the volcano.

The story of an Indian princess and suffragette has been immortalised in a children's book.

Sophia Duleep Singh was a daughter of the last Sikh ruler of the Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh, and grew up in Elveden, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. The young princess made history in the early 1900s by risking her royal status to campaign for women's rights.

Due to the current global context, in which the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect in-person events and people's ability to move around, Habanos, S.A. has decided to cancel the 23rd edition of the Habano Festival -scheduled for February 2022-, the world's leading premium cigar event that has been bringing together experts, connoisseurs and aficionados from all over the world since 1999 to live a unique experience around a common passion: Habanos.

Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that UK-based sports and hobbies retailer Fishing Tackle & Bait has successfully transformed its international fulfillment capabilities with Descartes’ cloud-based ecommerce warehouse management solution (WMS).

With Descartes, the multi-channel merchant scaled order processing capacity by 250% without adding labour.

Entre Ríos (Between Rivers) finds the origin of its name in the fact that, logically, it’s a location bounded by rivers (among which the Paraná and the Uruguay stand out). No wonder, then, that water is part of its identity and offers an unbeatable tourism offer: fishing, beach days, sports and a whole lot more.  

A province that delights those who decide to visit it with plans that is as adrenaline-filled as they are also calm.

The superstar, British born Nigerian athlete – who won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London as an amateur, before going on to become one of the world’s most successful and recognizable professional boxers.

Two-time World Champion heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua, 32 said he would love to take part in a boxing match in Dubai and set up a training camp in the city, during a public Q&A session held at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Al Wasl Plaza. 

It has been announced that Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win a best actor Oscar, has died. The Hollywood star's death was confirmed by the office of Fred Mitchell, the Bahamas' minister of foreign affairs.

Poitier was a trailblazing actor and a respected humanitarian and diplomat. He won the Academy Award for best actor for Lilies of the Field in 1963.