Category: World
World 10:37

Partial building collapse kills 6 in India’s capital

Police say at least six people have been killed after a cooking gas cylinder blast triggered a partial collapse of a building in the Indian capital, AP reports. Police officer Monika Bhardwaj says eight people have been rescued from the debris of the first floor and ground floor of the building. Rescuers...

World 10:23

New York murder rate lowest in almost 70 years

New York’s murder rate in 2018 hit its lowest level in almost 70 years, according to figures released Thursday by the city’s police department, AFP reports. The largest US city recorded 289 homicides in 2018, a drop of one percent from the preceding year. That was the lowest rate since the early...

World 10:03

‘The wall is coming,’ Donald Trump says in ‘Game of Thrones’-style post

Donald Trump has thrown out a teaser for the construction of his cherished wall at a time when Democrats and Republicans are divided over his proposed border deal. The POTUS has shared a poster showing himself and the “big, beautiful wall” he wants to build on the US-Mexico border to stop...

World 09:32

U.S. House elects Democrat Pelosi to be speaker for 2019-2020

Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected on Thursday to be the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as her party took majority control of the chamber following its election victory last Nov. 6, Reuters reports. This marks Pelosi’s second stint as speaker. She was the first woman ever to hold the...

World 15:28

Nuns in India speak of enduring abuse in Catholic Church

The stories spill out in the sitting rooms of Catholic convents, where portraits of Jesus keep watch and fans spin quietly overhead. They spill out in church meeting halls bathed in fluorescent lights, and over cups of cheap instant coffee in convent kitchens. Always, the stories come haltingly, quietly....

World 12:59

Tourists may be forced to pay a 10 euro fee to enter Venice

Tourists visiting Venice may be forced to pay a 10 euro entry fee to gain access to the city, Daily Mail reported. Authorities in the Italian holiday hot spot have been given the power to introduce the entry charge, which will replace the current tourist tax that is only paid by visitors spending a night...

World 10:55

Donald Trump says Afghanistan made Soviet Union into Russia

President Donald Trump has called for Russia and others to take a more active role in the conflict in Afghanistan after claiming that involvement there was responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union. During a press conference Wednesday at the White House, Trump blasted the United States’s...

World 10:49

Italian security van torn by criminals; 2 million euros stolen

Thieves used mechanical diggers on Wednesday to prise open an armored van on a highway in southern Italy and made off with more than 2 million euros ($2.3 million) in cash, police said, Reuters reports. The blue security van had left the city of Bari and was carrying pensions to be distributed in post...

World 10:33

‘Yellow Vest’ leader arrested

One of the leaders of the “yellow vest” anti-government demonstrations, Eric Drouet, was detained by French police and placed in custody on Wednesday for organizing a central Paris protest without declaring it, according to a source at the prosecutors office. Drouet — who already faces...

World 10:27

Needles found in supermarket grapes in Australia

An Australian couple found two needles hidden inside grapes, sparking fears of a return of fruit sabotage following the strawberry scandal last year. Police are investigating after Shams Alsubaiy and her partner Mr Skender Hasa told 9News in Melbourne that Ms Alsubaiy had pricked herself whilst picking...

World 10:19

Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro uses sign language in first speech

New Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro addressed his nation after being sworn – but it was his wife, Michelle, who stole the show. The 38-year-old gave her first speech as First Lady in sign language, with a great reaction from the thousands in the crowd. Mr Bolsonaro meanwhile plans to realign Brazil...

World 09:35

Death toll jumps to 37 in Russian apartment block collapse

Thirty-seven bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a Russian apartment building that partially collapsed this week after an apparent gas explosion, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, cited by Reuters. The blast in the early hours of December 31 damaged 48 apartments in a 10-storey building...

World 15:55

Two migrants were discovered inside mattresses trying to cross the Spanish border

Desperate to reach Europe from North Africa, two African migrants were discovered by police attempting to cross the Spanish border hidden inside a pair of mattresses. A video shot by a mobile phone of the move Sunday went viral in Spain. It showed agents of Spain’s Civil Guard taking two mattresses...

World 14:31

Japan’s Emperor Akihito gives last New Year’s address

Japan’s Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year’s address on Wednesday before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers that he was praying for peace. The Imperial Palace said more than 114,600 people had flocked to the royal residence by early Wednesday...

World 13:09

Death toll from Russian building collapse rises as speculation swirls

Nineteen people are confirmed dead from the New Year’s Eve collapse of an apartment building in the Urals city of Magnitogorsk, as rescuers continue to pull bodies from the rubble in frigid conditions and speculation about the cause of the disaster swirls. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry...

World 11:04

Germany adopts intersex identity into law

Intersex people in Germany can now legally identify themselves as such under a new law adopted in December, BBC reports. People who do not fit the biological definition of male or female can now choose the category “diverse” on official documents. Those choosing the option will need a doctor’s...

World 10:49

Six people reported killed in Denmark train crash

Six people have been killed in a train accident on a bridge in Denmark, train operator DSB said. A severe storm in Denmark was making it difficult for emergency services to reach the train, which was halted on the Great Belt fixed link between Zealand and Fyn, Denmark’s two major islands. The...

World 10:07

Mexican mayor gunned down after being sworn in

The governor of Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca is condemning the slaying of a local mayor shortly after he took office, AP reports. Gov. Alejandro Murat confirmed the killing of Tlaxiaco Mayor Alejandro Aparicio Santiago via his Twitter account Tuesday. He promised a thorough investigation and said...

World 18:04

Romania takes over EU helm

Romania has taken over the rotating European Union Presidency as the bloc faces the prospect of Britain’s impending departure and rising nationalism in many member states. Romania’s six-month term began on January 1 under the motto: “Cohesion, a common European value.” It is the first time that...

World 13:38

Australia rings in New Year early with first round of fireworks

New firework designs including from a schoolgirl have lit up Sydney Harbour with families across eastern Australia treated to early New Year’s Eve pyrotechnics. Hundreds of thousands of people lined Sydney Harbour to watch the 9pm show with South Australian schoolgirl Dhrithi’s blue and white...

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