Category: World
World 10:42

Powerful earthquake strikes off Russia’s far east, no tsunami threat

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off Russia’s sparsely populated far east on Thursday, but officials said the threat of a tsunami had passed and no damage was reported. The quake off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, which was initially measured at magnitude 7.8 by the United States...

World 10:11

Hungary signs deal to buy dozens of tanks worth more than USD 565 million

As part of efforts to modernize the country’s land forces and replace Soviet-designed gear, the Hungarian Ministry of Defence has awarded a deal for 44 Leopard 2 A7+ tanks and 24 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. As Janes magazine reported, the contract, signed...

World 09:11

UN report finds women migrants in Libya often face gang rape

The “overwhelming majority” of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or having witnessed others taken away to be sexually abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews. The Office of the High Commissioner...

World 14:26

In response to Trump, Britain says Islamic State remains a threat

Britain said on Wednesday that Islamic State remained a threat even though it held no territory, commenting after U.S. President Donald Trump said the militant group had been defeated in Syria, Reuters reports. “Much remains to be done and we must not lose sight of the threat they pose. Even without...

World 13:01

US announces withdrawal of troops from Syria

The White House has confirmed US troops are being withdrawn from Syria, after President Donald Trump said the Islamic State (IS) group had been “defeated” there. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the US troops had already begun to return home, the BBC reports. Some 2,000 troops have helped rid much...

World 12:09

European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

Plastic knives just won’t cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer Wednesday to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament said they’re following recommendations by its...

World 09:24

Financial Times names George Soros ‘Person of the Year’

The British newspaper Financial Times on Wednesday announced that it was naming billionaire philanthropist George Soros its “Person of the Year.” “The Financial Times’s choice of Person of the Year is usually a reflection of their achievements. In the case of Mr Soros this year, his selection...

World 15:27

Teen activist from Sweden scolds world leaders on climate

Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student from Sweden, captured the attention of the world recently when she shamed climate change negotiators at a United Nations climate summit in Poland, CNN reported. “You are not mature enough to tell it like is,” she said at the COP24 summit, which ended...

World 13:56

Putin claims Russia’s new weapons have no foreign equivalent

Vladimir Putin says Russia’s new weapons have no foreign equivalents and will help ensure the country’s security for decades to come. The Russian president, speaking during a meeting with military chiefs in Moscow, specifically mentioned the new Kinzhal hypersonic missile and the Avangard hypersonic...