Hundreds evacuated, some by chopper, from New Zealand floods

May 31, 2021

Several hundred people in New Zealand have been evacuated from their homes after heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the Canterbury region…

UNICEF says malnutrition spikes for Haiti kids amid pandemic

May 31, 2021

A UNICEF report says severe acute childhood malnutrition is expected to more than double this year in Haiti as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, a spike in violence and dwindling resources…

Lebanon receives French report regarding Beirut port blast

May 31, 2021

Lebanese judicial officials say Lebanon has received a “preliminary report” from France regarding last year’s massive port blast in Beirut that killed and wounded many…

UN envoy says he’s frustrated as Yemen truce talks derailed

May 31, 2021

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen has expressed frustration that his efforts to achieve a cease-fire in the war-torn country have been derailed by warring parties seeking gains on the battlefield…

UK magnate’s daughter-in-law charged in killing in Belize

May 31, 2021

The daughter-in-law of a politically influential British magnate has been charged in Belize with manslaughter by negligence in the shooting death of a police superintendent…

Protesters slam choice of Syria for board of UN health body

May 31, 2021

Dozens of medical workers in rebel-held northwest Syria have protested a decision to grant President Bashar Assad’s government a seat on the executive board of the World Health Organization…

Pakistani TV bans host of talk show after he criticized army

May 31, 2021

A Pakistani television station has taken a prominent journalist off air, removing him as host of a popular talk show after he criticized the country’s powerful military…

Israel’s Netanyahu fights to block opposition parties from taking power

May 31, 2021

The prime minister and allies denounce conservatives as “traitors” for joining in power-sharing deal with centrists and liberals.…

Netanyahu’s opponents hashing out deal as deadline looms

May 31, 2021

A constellation of Israeli political parties seeking to unseat longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are negotiating coalition agreements two days before a deadline…

Police arrest 11 suspected militants in Indonesia’s Papua

May 31, 2021

Indonesian police say they have arrested 11 suspected Islamic militants accused of plotting attacks at several churches in easternmost Papua province…

Belarus’s plane interception has exiled dissidents looking over their shoulders

May 31, 2021

The arrest of an opposition journalist may have been a warning that Belarusians should not feel safe anywhere.…

Thailand reports record virus cases; delays Bangkok easing

May 31, 2021

Thailand is redoubling efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus in labor camps, factories and markets as the number of new cases surges to record levels…

After detecting new hybrid coronavirus variant, Vietnam races to increase testing and restrictions

May 31, 2021

Vietnam’s Health Ministry on Saturday said that its recent outbreaks were fueled by a new highly contagious variant of the virus causing covid-19.…

Hamas says Gaza calm depends on Israeli actions in Jerusalem

May 31, 2021

A senior Hamas official says Israel must halt its “aggression” in both Gaza and Jerusalem if it wants calm following an 11-day war earlier this month…

With recent surge, Uruguay battles to contain coronavirus

May 31, 2021

When Eduardo Rey celebrated his 69th birthday with 10 family members in Uruguay’s capital, he didn’t suspect it would start a mortal race to find medical care amid a surging pandemic…

Germany, Slovakia arrest 2 in raids on trafficking ring

May 31, 2021

Authorities say two suspects have been arrested in Germany and Slovakia in raids on a group accused of smuggling Vietnamese people into Germany and other European countries for large fees that they had to work off in massage parlors and brothels…

Budapest unveils memorial to Danube tourist boat victims

May 31, 2021

Hungarian and South Korean officials have inaugurated a memorial in Budapest that commemorates the 28 people who died in a tourist boat accident on the Danube River two years ago…

Greek, Turkish leaders to meet in June in bid to mend ties

May 31, 2021

The Greek and Turkish leaders will meet next month, the two countries’ foreign ministers agreed on Monday, as the sides seek to mend  frayed ties that had led to a sharp escalation in tension last year…

French magistrates question fugitive auto magnate in Beirut

May 31, 2021

Lebanese judicial officials say a team of French investigators has begun questioning fugitive former auto magnate Carlos Ghosn in Beirut over suspicions of misconducts…

Facing a demographic crisis, China to allow three children per family

May 31, 2021

China further relaxes decades-old family-planning restrictions amid fears of an aging population.…

Nations begin 3 weeks of grueling climate talks online

May 31, 2021

Officials from around the globe are beginning three weeks of grueling climate talks…

Christie’s to sell Isaac Newton’s notes for greatest work

May 31, 2021

Handwritten notes that show one of history’s greatest scientific minds in action are going up for auction at  Christie’s in London…

China’s ‘three-child’ policy and the new age of demographic anxiety

May 31, 2021

Beijing has further relaxed its once-draconian family planning rules as China’s birth rate keeps dipping dramatically. But many other countries also face a similar demographic crunch.…

Israeli official rolls back army chief comments on AP Gaza

May 31, 2021

Israel’s defense minister has distanced himself from comments made by his military chief after Israel bombed a Gaza Strip high-rise housing an Associated Press office and other news outlets…

Pakistan army: Militants in twin attacks kill 4 troops in SW

May 31, 2021

Pakistan’s military says suspected militants have attacked a security post and hours later targeted a vehicle carrying troops in the country’s southwest, killing four soldiers and four insurgents…

2nd tropical storm of east Pacific season forms off Mexico

May 31, 2021

The second named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off Mexico’s southern coast…

UN says bodies of 3 migrant children wash ashore in Libya

May 31, 2021

The U.N. children agency says the bodies of three children who apparently were among Europe-bound migrants have washed ashore in western Libya…

China easing birth limits further to cope with aging society

May 31, 2021

China’s ruling Communist Party says it will ease birth limits to allow all couples to have three children instead of two in hopes of slowing the rapid aging of its population, which is adding to strains on the economy and society…

Macron says wiretapping ‘not acceptable between allies’ after report adds details about old NSA program

May 31, 2021

The practice, current and former U.S. officials say, should not come as a surprise because even allies routinely spy on each other.…

Bosnian ex-security minister jailed for corruption

May 31, 2021

A Bosnian court has sentenced the Balkan country’s former security minister to six months in prison for corruption…

Mexico raids building project next to Teotihuacán pyramids

May 31, 2021

Mexico has sent in 250 National Guard troops and 60 police officers to seize a plot of land next to the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacan where authorities say bulldozers were destroying outlying parts of the archeological site…

Doctors prepare to ration care as covid surge leaves Malaysia in ‘total lockdown’

May 31, 2021

A top health official warned of a lack of intensive-care beds as the number of new coronavirus infections per million people overtakes that of India.…

Canada: Bodies at Indigenous school not isolated incident

May 31, 2021

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s not an isolated incident that over 200 children were found buried at a former Indigenous residential school…

Head of defunct Russian opposition group pulled off flight

May 31, 2021

The head of a Russian opposition organization that announced its shutdown last week says he has been pulled off an airliner and detained by police…

My whole family was infected in India’s devastating coronavirus surge. Not all survived.

May 31, 2021

An unpredictable virus trounced a complacent government whose response has been slammed by critics and supporters.…

Mexico report suggests child sex abuse ring at some schools

May 31, 2021

A study published by a children’s rights group in Mexico Monday suggests there has been a disturbing pattern at as many as 18 schools and childcare centers where multiple adult employees allegedly collaborated among themselves and used eerily similar tactics and practices to sexually abuse pupils between the ages of three and seven…

In post-pandemic Europe, migrants will face digital fortress

May 31, 2021

The European Union is installing a high-tech surveillance system at a migration flashpoint along Greece’s border with Turkey during a lull in movement due to the coronavirus pandemic…

Josep Almudéver Mateu, last-known survivor of the International Brigades who fought Franco, dies at 101

May 31, 2021

“We went to the front without bullets,” Mr. Almudéver recalled. “After five kilometers, a column from the Spanish Communist Party gave me five, then a colonel gave me five more. Ten bullets to fight a war!”…

Ryanair plane diverted to Berlin over ‘potential threat’

May 31, 2021

Ryanair says a flight from Ireland to Poland diverted to Berlin after the crew were warned of a “potential security threat” on the plane…

US Sen Cruz: Biden showed ‘weakness,’ emboldened Hamas

May 31, 2021

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says President Joe Biden is being soft on Israel’s foes and inviting more violence…

Man urges Chinese judge to reject torture-tainted evidence

May 31, 2021

A Chinese Australian writer tried in Beijing for alleged espionage says he pleaded to a judge to reject evidence of what he had said while being tortured by interrogators…

New data in Peru show COVID-19 death toll is over 180,000

May 31, 2021

Peru has announced a sharp increase in its COVID-19 death toll, saying there have been more than 180,000 fatalities since the pandemic hit the country early last year…

Down Under leaders minimize China spilt, urge virus probe

May 31, 2021

The leaders of New Zealand and Australia minimized their differences over China and urged more investigation into the origins of the coronavirus after their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year…

North Korea rebukes U.S. for allowing Seoul to build up missile capability

May 31, 2021

The United States and South Korea recently agreed to end guidelines that had restricted Seoul’s development of missiles.…

Chaos in African parliament after ‘I’ll kill you’ threat

May 31, 2021

There was mayhem at a meeting of the African Union’s parliament on Monday as lawmakers scuffled over a ballot box and a man appeared to aim a head-high kick at a female colleague…

Boris Johnson says ‘I do’ in private wedding that outfoxes Britain’s media

May 30, 2021

Johnson is the first British prime minister to marry in office in 199 years.…

Iran central bank governor removed after run for president

May 30, 2021

Iranian state TV says that the Cabinet has dismissed the governor of the central bank after he decided to run for the June 18 presidential election…

Israel, Egypt talk truce with Hamas, rebuilding Gaza Strip

May 30, 2021

Egypt and Israel are holding high-level talks in both countries to shore up a fragile truce between Israel and the Hamas militant group and rebuild the Gaza Strip after a punishing 11-day war…

China re-imposes travel curbs on province after virus cases

May 30, 2021

China has re-imposed anti-coronavirus travel controls on its populous southern province of Guangdong, announcing anyone leaving must be tested for the virus following a spike in infections that has alarmed authorities…

Kenyan arrested in Qatar first targeted by phishing attack

May 30, 2021

A Kenyan security guard now facing charges in Qatar after writing compelling accounts of being a low-paid worker there found himself targeted by a phishing attack just before his arrest…