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 ·

690 million children at risk from climate change: UNICEF

United Nations, United States | AFP |  – Nearly 690 million of the world’s 2.3 billion children live in areas most exposed to climate change, facing higher rates of death, poverty and disease from global warming, the UN children’s agency said Tuesday. Almost 530 million children live in countries hardest-hit by high floods and tropical storms, mostly in Asia. […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Eiffel Tower reopens three days after Paris attacks

Eiffel Tower reopens three days after Paris attacks

(Paris, France-AFP) – The Eiffel Tower reopened on Monday, three days after closing because of the wave of terror attacks on Paris. The iconic tower — like monuments the world over following the deadly jihadist attacks on Paris — will be lit up in the French national colours blue, red and white from sundown, its […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Hollande vows to destroy IS after Paris attacks

Hollande vows to destroy IS after Paris attacks

By Eric Randolph and Clare Byrne Paris, France | AFP |   – French President Francois Hollande vowed to destroy the Islamic State group on Monday after its atrocities in Paris, promising tough new anti-terror measures at home and intensified bombing of Syria. France and Belgium staged dozens of raids on suspected extremists as the […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Eiffel Tower closed indefinitely after Paris attacks

Eiffel Tower closed indefinitely after Paris attacks

(Paris-AFP) – The Eiffel Tower will be closed indefinitely following the wave of deadly attacks in Paris, the iconic landmark’s operator said on Saturday. The company decided to close the monument — normally visited by up to 20,000 people a day — after Friday’s attacks which claimed at least 128 lives, a spokeswoman told AFP. […]

16.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Obama set to challenge China at Asia-Pacific summit

Obama set to challenge China at Asia-Pacific summit

By Karl Malakunas AFP |   – US President Barack Obama is set to challenge China when Asia-Pacific leaders gather in the Philippines this week, speaking out on a territorial row and lobbying to set pro-American trade rules. Chinese President Xi Jinping will also be in Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, an […]

16.11.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in figures

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in figures

(London, Sept 7, 2015 (AFP)-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II will on Wednesday pass the landmark for longest-reigning monarch set by Queen Victoria. Here are some figures about her reign, which has lasted more than 63 years: – 33,446,430 minutes or 23,226 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes is the amount of time the queen will […]

07.09.2015 · Filled under: International Stars, World News ·
Djokovic new UNICEF goodwill ambassador

Djokovic new UNICEF goodwill ambassador

By Mariano Andrade New York, United States | AFP |  – Reigning world tennis champion Novak Djokovic became a new goodwill ambassador for the UN Fund for Children on Wednesday, joining a roster of athletes and celebrities to hold the post. The 28-year-old Serbian, who grew up during the Balkans war, has already worked to […]

30.08.2015 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Australia, N. Zealand firefighters head to US to battle blazes

Australia, N. Zealand firefighters head to US to battle blazes

Sydney, Australia | AFP |  –Dozens of firefighters from Australia and New Zealand departed for the United States Sunday to help crews battle deadly blazes that have scorched the country’s drought-ravaged west. Seventy-one firefighters, including 15 from New Zealand, were flying to the worst-hit state of Idaho and are also being deployed to the affected states […]

24.08.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Pope says never again, recalling ‘horrific’ WWII atomic bombings

Pope says never again, recalling ‘horrific’ WWII atomic bombings

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |   – Pope Francis said Sunday that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings still evoked “horror and revulsion” 70 years on and called for a ban on nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction. An American plane dropped a bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, in one of […]

11.08.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad

Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad

Vatican City, Holy See (AFP)   – Pope Francis on Sunday became the first person registered for next year’s World Youth Day festivities, using an iPad to sign up while addressing thousands of pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter’s Square. “Thanks to this electronic device, I signed up as a simple pilgrim,” Francis said, declaring […]

27.07.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Basra seeking more investments from PHL

Basra seeking more investments from PHL

Basra – After a Filipino company poured in $130 million to develop Iraq’s largest port, the governor of this oil-rich southern province wants the Philippines to seriously consider sending in more investments. “We want more investments from the Philippines,” Governor ​Majid ​Al-Nasrawi said during a recent courtesy call by Chargé d’Affaires Elmer Cato of the Philippine Embassy in […]

27.07.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Pope laments corruption as ‘gangrene of a people’

Pope laments corruption as ‘gangrene of a people’

By Paula Bustamante / Kelly Velasquez Asuncion, Paraguay (AFP)  – Pope Francis decried the scourge of corruption as the “gangrene of a people” on Saturday in Paraguay, one of the poorest countries in South America and where graft is rampant. The 78-year-old pope – in Paraguay on the last stop of a three-nation tour of […]

20.07.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
US-Cuba thaw ends continent’s polarization: Vatican

US-Cuba thaw ends continent’s polarization: Vatican

Vatican City, Holy See (AFP) – The re-establishment of US-Cuban diplomatic ties ends the Cold War on the American continent and lifts an “ideological barrier,” the Vatican’s chief diplomat said Friday. In an interview with the Roman Catholic Italian daily Avvenire, Paul Gallagher, a British archbishop who is the Vatican’s de facto foreign minister, said […]

10.07.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
China needs long-range strategic bomber: state media

China needs long-range strategic bomber: state media

Beijing, China (AFP)   – China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts. Beijing has been steadily beefing up its military through years of double-digit increases in defense spending, rapidly expanding its naval power, commissioning […]

10.07.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
WHO needs urgent change to tackle health crises: experts

WHO needs urgent change to tackle health crises: experts

London, United Kingdom (AFP)    – The World Health Organization (WHO) is unprepared to deal with crises like the Ebola outbreak and requires fundamental change, supported by an increase in funding, experts warned Tuesday. More than 11,000 people have died from the highly infectious Ebola virus in the past 18 months, most of them in […]

10.07.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

by Glenda KWEK Sydney, Australia (AFP)   – The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills. The two-week “Talisman Sabre” exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state involves […]

07.07.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
US gay marriage ruling unleashes debate in Russia

US gay marriage ruling unleashes debate in Russia

By Anna Smolchenko Moscow, Russia  – The US Supreme Court’s move to legalize gay marriages triggered heated debate in Russia on Sunday, with one MP saying Facebook should be blocked while a senator urged the adoption of the US army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In a show of support for the US Supreme Court’s […]

30.06.2015 · Filled under: World News ·