Category: World
World 15:51

Trump and Melania answer Christmas Eve calls from children looking for Santa Claus

Before attending Christmas Eve services at Washington National Cathedral, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump took calls from children anxious to find out where Santa is on his gift-giving journey, the Washington Times reported. In one conversation, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman,...

World 14:17

5 killed in China as hijacked bus crashes into pedestrians

Five people were killed and more than 20 injured on Tuesday when a man with a knife hijacked a bus and drove it into traffic in a southeastern Chinese city, according to state media reports. The attack happened around 3 p.m. in the city of Longyan in Fujian Province. The Beijing News, a government-run...

World 13:02

Mexican governor, senator husband killed in helicopter crash

A Mexican governor and her senator husband were killed on Monday in a helicopter crash near the city of Puebla in central Mexico, the government said, just days after she had taken office following a bitterly contested election, Reuters reports. Martha Erika Alonso, a senior opposition figure and governor...

World 11:03

Suicide bomber, gunmen attack government building in Kabul

A suicide bomber exploded his car outside a building housing the government’s department for martyrs and disabled persons before gunmen stormed the building Monday armed with automatic rifles and explosive devises, Kabul police chief spokesman Basir Mujahid said. Four people have been reported injured...

World 09:50

Italy’s Mount Etna erupts amid dozens of tremors

Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, erupted on Monday, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the closure of Catania airport on Sicily’s eastern coast, Reuters reports. A chain of around 130 earth tremors have rocked the volcano since around 0800 GMT on...

World 09:46

Pope urges more ‘sharing and giving’ in Christmas mass

Pope Francis on Monday assailed the “insatiable greed” of today’s consumerism, calling on people in his Christmas homily to make “sharing and giving” more a part of their lives, AFP reports. “Mankind became greedy and voracious,” the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics said in...

World 15:07

Christmas festivities begin in Bethlehem

Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, AP reported. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem on Monday ahead of midnight...

World 14:20

State Department warns of possible holiday terrorist attack in Barcelona

The US State Department has issued a warning to tourists planning to travel to Barcelona, Spain over the holiday season of an increased chance of a terrorist attack around Christmas and the New Year, RT reported. The State department tweeted its travel warning on Sunday, suggesting that visitors to...

World 13:45

Sydney Opal Tower apartment building evacuated after reports of cracking noises

Residents in a newly opened apartment building saw and heard a loud crack before thousands were evacuated from the tower in Sydney’s west. Police confirmed the 34-storey Opal Tower had moved “1 millimetre to 2 millimetres”. About 3,000 people were evacuated from the Sydney Olympic Park...

World 11:15

Indonesia tsunami: Fears of new wave as Anak Krakatau volcano seethes

Coastal residents near Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami, BBC reports. On Saturday, giant waves crashed into coastal towns on the islands of Sumatra and Java, killing at least 281 people and injuring 1,016. It is thought...

World 09:19

Paddy Ashdown, former Bosnia high representative, dead at 77

Paddy Ashdown, a former leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats who served as the international high representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2002 until 2006, has died at the age of 77, RFE/RL reports. The Liberal Democratic Party made the announcement on December 22. In November, Ashdown revealed...

World 08:46

Patrick Shanahan to take over as acting US defence secretary

US defence secretary Jim Mattis will now leave his post on January 1, with deputy Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan taking over as acting secretary to cover the accelerated departure. The move comes just three days after Mr Mattis resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s decision to pull all...

World 22:44

Angered by his resignation letter, Trump order Mattis out of the Pentagon by the end of the year

US President Donald Trump reversed his earlier decision to have Defence Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis remain in his post until February, and ordered him out of the Pentagon by the end of the year. Deputy Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan, 56, will take over the role. Mr Trump has lauded...

World 22:39

France in shock after police officer draws gun on the “Yellow Vests”

A French police officer drew his gun and pointed it at the “Yellow vest” protesters who were throwing stones and even scooters at him and badly outnumbered fellow officers. In a major escalation of the weeks long protests in Paris, police used aggressive tactics to beat down the protesters...

World 16:43

At least 222 dead, 843 injured following tsunami in Indonesia

A tsunami hit the Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday night, leaving over 200 dead and many more injured. At least 222 people have died and around 843 injured by the tsunami, according to the Associated Press (AP). Hundreds of homes were heavily damaged as the wall of water swept away anything in its...

World 11:10

Reformist Saudi prince Talal bin Abdulaziz dies aged 87

Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, a vocal supporter of reform in Saudi Arabia, has died aged 87, the royal court said on Saturday, Reuters reported. The senior member of the al-Saud family, father of billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, had been ill for several years. Prince Talal lived in exile abroad...

World 22:05

Trump’s withdrawal from Syria allows Turkey to remain part of NATO

Last Friday President Trump had another long phone call with the Turkish President Erdogan. Thereafter he overruled all his advisers and decided to remove the U.S. boots from Syria and to also end the air war. It was this decision, and that he stuck to it, which finally made him presidential. Trump’s...

World 11:06

Vladimir Putin fields questions for over 4 hours in his annual spectacle of press conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his annual end-of-year press conference Thursday, a marathon event in which he fielded questions for hours from hundreds of journalists on topics ranging from Donald Trump to the war in Syria to his marriage prospects. This year, the Kremlin said it had accredited...

World 10:45

Thirteen dead after fire in Czech mine

Thirteen miners died and 10 were injured after a fire caused by burning methane erupted in a black coal mine in the east of the Czech Republic, a spokesman said Friday, AFP reports. “In total we have 13 dead miners, 11 Polish and two Czech,” Ivo Celechovsky, spokesman for the OKD mining company,...

World 10:43

Mattis resigning as Pentagon chief after clashes with Trump

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America’s role in the world, AP reports. Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in Trump’s...

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