S. Korea, Japan guarded over Trump’s foreign policy plans

S. Korea, Japan guarded over Trump’s foreign policy plans

Seoul, South Korea | AFP |   – South Korea and Japan offered muted reactions Monday to Donald Trump’s suggestion that, as president, he would withdraw troops from both countries and allow them to develop their own nuclear arsenal. There are nearly 30,000 US troops permanently stationed in South Korea and 47,000 in Japan, with little appetite for nuclear weapons […]

30.03.2016 · Filled under: World News ·

S. Korea, Japan guarded over Trump’s foreign policy plans

Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Monday 3/28/2016 – South Korea and Japan offered muted reactions Monday to Donald Trump’s suggestion that, as president, he would withdraw troops from both countries and allow them to develop their own nuclear arsenal. There are nearly 30,000 US troops permanently stationed in South Korea and 47,000 in Japan, with little appetite for nuclear […]

28.03.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
Bangladesh central bank ‘complicit’ in heist: minister

Bangladesh central bank ‘complicit’ in heist: minister

By Sam Jahan Dhaka, Bangladesh | AFP |   – The Bangladesh finance minister has accused central bank officials of being complicit in an audacious $81 million theft from an overseas account, in an interview with a leading Bengali newspaper published Friday. Hackers stole the money from the Bangladesh Bank’s account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on […]

22.03.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases

Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases

Colombia has seen more than 47,700 cases of Zika, including thousands of pregnant women infected with the mosquito-borne virus, the country’s National Health Institute reported Saturday. A total of 8,890 pregnant women have come down with the disease, which has been tentatively linked to a serious birth defect known as microcephaly affecting babies born to […]

09.03.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
N. Korea threatens nuclear strikes over South-US military drills

N. Korea threatens nuclear strikes over South-US military drills

By Hwang Sung-Hee Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Monday 3/7/2016 – North Korea threatened pre-emptive and “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States on Monday, as the two allies kicked off their annual, large-scale military exercises. The drills always raise tensions on the divided Korean peninsula and the situation is particularly volatile this year, given the […]

07.03.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
‘We don’t want your dirty money’, pope tells patrons

‘We don’t want your dirty money’, pope tells patrons

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  – Pope Francis Wednesday issued a stinging rebuke to rich patrons who offer the Church dirty money gained through exploitation, telling them to take back their cheques and burn them. “I think of some benefactors of the Church that say ‘take this offer for the Church’, and it […]

06.03.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
China to secure ‘de facto’ control of S. China Sea: US admiral

China to secure ‘de facto’ control of S. China Sea: US admiral

By Thomas Watkins Washington, United States | AFP |  – China is on its way to securing “de facto” control of the South China Sea, a top US admiral warned Thursday, amid growing unease over Beijing’s continued military build up in the contested waterway. By building air bases and hardened bunkers on tiny islands, some of which are reclaimed […]

02.03.2016 · Filled under: World News ·

John Paul II had ‘intense’ friendship with married woman: BBC

By James Pheby London, United Kingdom | AFP |   – Pope John Paul II had a close relationship with a married woman which lasted over 30 years according to letters which feature in a documentary being shown by the BBC on Monday. The documentary does not claim he broke his vow of celibacy with Polish-born philosopher and writer Anna-Teresa […]

18.02.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
Pope unleashes ‘super confessors’ to tackle special sins

Pope unleashes ‘super confessors’ to tackle special sins

By Ella Ide Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |   − Dubbed ‘super confessors’,  for one year only they can absolve sins usually only pardoned by the pope himself. And on Wednesday over 1,000 of these “missionaries of mercy”, handpicked by Pope Francis, were sent forth to win back the hearts of those who have left the Catholic Church […]

15.02.2016 · Filled under: World News ·

Pope warns gossiping priests, nuns to ‘bite your tongue’

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP  – Pope Francis told gossip-loving priests and nuns to bite their tongues on Monday, and warned those breaking their vow of obedience to fall into line sharpish. “If you get an urge to say something against a brother or a sister, to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue! Hard!” the pontiff […]

02.02.2016 · Filled under: World News ·

Growing numbers of children in migrant sea crossings: UN

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Tuesday 2/2/2016 – Children now make up more than one third of the migrants and refugees making the perilous sea journey from Turkey to Greece, marking a sharp increase in recent months, the UN said Tuesday. “Children currently account for 36 percent of those risking the treacherous sea crossing between Greece and Turkey,” the UN […]

02.02.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
WHO declares global health emergency over Zika situation

WHO declares global health emergency over Zika situation

(AFP) – The World Health Organization on Monday declared that a surge in serious birth defects in South America was “strongly suspected” of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency. “We need to take action,” WHO chief Margaret Chan told reporters in Geneva. The UN health body said that a […]

02.02.2016 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
£150-ticket street party for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th

£150-ticket street party for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th

(London-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday with a street party for 10,000 people outside Buckingham Palace, her grandson said Friday — although tickets will not come cheap at £150 ($215, 200 euros). Peter Phillips, the queen’s eldest grandchild and son of Princess Anne, is organising the Patron’s Lunch, which he said […]

17.01.2016 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, International Stars, World News ·
Prince William’s wife Kate to guest-edit Huffington Post UK

Prince William’s wife Kate to guest-edit Huffington Post UK

(London-AFP) – Prince William’s wife Kate is to guest-edit the UK section of The Huffington Post to highlight child mental health issues, Kensington Palace announced Friday. The Duchess of Cambridge will sit in the news website’s hot seat for a day in mid-February, their official residence said. Kate will use the opportunity to highlight the […]

15.01.2016 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, World News ·

Vietnam issues second warning to China over island flights

Hanoi, Vietnam | AFP |   – Vietnam has issued its second rebuke in a week to Beijing, accusing its northern neighbour of “threatening peace” after more Chinese aircraft landed on a contested reef in the South China Sea. Chinese state media on Wednesday said two civilian planes landed on one of the islands in the Fiery Cross reef in […]

12.01.2016 · Filled under: World News ·
‘Our queen still Miss Universe’: Colombian president

‘Our queen still Miss Universe’: Colombian president

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Monday 12/21/2015 – Colombia’s president said Monday he was shocked when Miss Colombia won and then immediately lost the Miss Universe crown, and said as far as he was concerned she remained the winner. “I was watching Miss Universe with my family. We started a huge celebration when they said Colombia had won the Miss […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, World News ·
Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mix-up

Miss Philippines crowned Miss Universe after live TV mix-up

(Las Vegas-AFP) – Miss Colombia was wrongly named Miss Universe in a dramatic mix-up in front of a global television audience of millions on Sunday, before the rightful winner Miss Philippines was finally handed the glittering crown. The pageant’s host, US comedian Steve Harvey, misread his cue card and initially announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, […]

21.12.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, World News ·

Canada’s first transgender judge breaks a ‘glass ceiling’

Ottawa, Canada | AFP | Saturday 12/19/2015 – A transgender magistrate was named this week to the Manitoba provincial court, becoming the first transgender judge in Canada. Kael McKenzie, a lawyer and then a crown prosecutor in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, was named late in the week by an independent judicial nominating committee. The daily newspaper The Globe and […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: World News ·

Urgent aid needed to fight ‘super’ El Nino: Oxfam

Sydney, Australia | AFP   – Droughts, erratic rains and frosts brought by a super-charged El Nino are severely impacting the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea worst hit, aid group Oxfam said in a report Monday. Calling for an urgent up-scaling in relief to save lives, the charity said 4.7 million people faced hunger, poverty and disease in the […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·
Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Le Bourget, France | AFP |   – If mankind fails to curtail global warming, we will have to deal with fallout ranging from massive refugee crises and submerged cities to scorching heatwaves and drought, scientists say. Starting Monday, 195 nations are huddled in Paris to negotiate a climate rescue pact to rein in the […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·