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16 killed as flash floods, landslides hit Indonesia

16 killed as flash floods, landslides hit Indonesia

March 10, 2024, 12:30 pm

PADANG, West Sumatra – At least 16 people died as flash floods and landslides hit South Sumatra's Pesisir Selatan District on Saturday, the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency said. "Our current data today showed the number of casualties has increased from 10 to 16, while another seven residents… Read More

Bandits kidnap over 280 students in northwestern Nigeria

Bandits kidnap over 280 students in northwestern Nigeria

March 10, 2024, 11:26 am

KANO, Nigeria – Over 280 primary school students and their teachers have been abducted by gunmen in northwestern Nigeria, authorities said. The attackers, locally known as bandits, stormed the Local Education Authority Primary School in Kuriga, a town in the Chikun local government area, on… Read More

UN: Over 9K women killed in 5-month conflict in Gaza

UN: Over 9K women killed in 5-month conflict in Gaza

March 10, 2024, 11:04 am

NEW YORK – More than 9,000 women have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the five-month-old conflict between Israel and Palestinian group Hamas, and "this must stop," the executive director of UN Women said Friday. At an event marking International Women's Day at the UN's New York headquarters,… Read More

 Canada to resume funding for UN agency for Palestine refugees

Canada to resume funding for UN agency for Palestine refugees

March 9, 2024, 12:09 pm

TORONTO – Canada announced Friday it is resuming support to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) after a decision to pause funding because of Israeli allegations. Several countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Canada have… Read More

China discovers 100M tons of oil reserve in South China Sea

China discovers 100M tons of oil reserve in South China Sea

March 9, 2024, 11:57 am

BEIJING – China's national oil giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) made an oilfield discovery with a volume of 100 million tons in the eastern South China Sea, the company announced on Friday. The new reserve was found in the Kaiping South Oilfield, 300 kilometers off the coast… Read More

Nurses to expand role in emergency units as trainee doctors walk out

Nurses to expand role in emergency units as trainee doctors walk out

March 9, 2024, 2:58 am

SEOUL – Nurses were authorized to expand their role in the emergency rooms of major hospitals Friday to cope with a shortage of medical staff, as a mass walkout by more than 11,000 trainee doctors entered its 18th day and caused disruptions in health care services. About 92 percent of 13,000… Read More

TikTok faces shutdown threat amid Biden campaign

TikTok faces shutdown threat amid Biden campaign

March 8, 2024, 8:59 pm

ISTANBUL – A House of Representatives bill that aims to ban TikTok in the US drew flak on Thursday, a month after US President Joe Biden’s campaign joined the popular platform in a bid to woo younger voters. “TikTok is at risk of being shut down in the US. Call your representative now,”… Read More

Biden makes case for 2nd presidential term in State of the Union

Biden makes case for 2nd presidential term in State of the Union

March 8, 2024, 7:47 pm

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden sought to draw stark contrasts between his policies and those of his Republican predecessor and likely election opponent, ex-President Donald Trump, during his State of the Union address on Thursday evening. With just eight months to go until Election Day,… Read More

Sweden officially becomes 32nd member of NATO

Sweden officially becomes 32nd member of NATO

March 8, 2024, 2:28 pm

WASHINGTON – Sweden officially became NATO's 32nd member as the US received accession instruments Thursday. It came almost two years after Sweden applied to join the military alliance following the start of the Russian war on Ukraine in February 2022. “Good things come to those who wait,”… Read More

Biden determined not to use US troops in Ukraine

Biden determined not to use US troops in Ukraine

March 8, 2024, 1:58 pm

WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden said he is determined not to use US troops in Ukraine in his State of the Union address. "They are not asking for American soldiers. In fact, there are no American soldiers at war in Ukraine. And I am determined to keep it that way," he said. The US… Read More

Trump challenges Biden to debate

Trump challenges Biden to debate

March 7, 2024, 6:45 pm

WASHINGTON – Former US President Donald Trump challenged Wednesday President Joe Biden to a debate, saying he is ready to face off against him “anytime.” "It is important, for the good of our country, that Joe Biden and I debate issues that are so vital to America, and the American People.… Read More

Haley exits race; top US Republican senator endorses Trump

Haley exits race; top US Republican senator endorses Trump

March 7, 2024, 3:18 pm

WASHINGTON – Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the US Senate, announced Wednesday that he is endorsing former president Donald Trump for the White House, setting aside their long contentious relationship. The decision to back Trump came after former UN envoy Nikki Haley, Trump's remaining… Read More

Sofia University triumphs at human rights competition in Dublin

Sofia University triumphs at human rights competition in Dublin

March 7, 2024, 8:50 am

DUBLIN, Ireland – Sofia University won the best team award at the Regional Round of the Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition in Dublin on Feb. 23-25, the University said. The competition is organized annually by the European Law Student Association in cooperation with the Council of Europe,… Read More

Rural women in poor countries hit harder by climate shocks, says study

Rural women in poor countries hit harder by climate shocks, says study

March 6, 2024, 6:52 pm

ROME – Women farmers and female-headed households in low- and middle-income countries suffer larger losses due to climatic shocks, such as heat and flooding, than those by male-headed households, according to a new study Tuesday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Unjust… Read More

Children dying of starvation in Gaza, WHO chief warns

Children dying of starvation in Gaza, WHO chief warns

March 5, 2024, 8:05 pm

TEHRAN – Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that children in Gaza are at risk of death due to lack of food. "Grim findings during @WHO visits to Al-Awda and Kamal Adwan hospitals in northern #Gaza: severe levels of malnutrition,… Read More

Families of MH370 victims mark 10 years since flight disappearance

Families of MH370 victims mark 10 years since flight disappearance

March 4, 2024, 9:02 pm

KUALA LUMPUR – Family members of those aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 marked the 10th year since the disappearance of the aircraft here on Sunday. With speeches, presentations, and poems, the next-of-kin marked the milestone, with Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook being in… Read More

South Korea gov't to suspend licenses of 7K defiant trainee doctors

South Korea gov't to suspend licenses of 7K defiant trainee doctors

March 4, 2024, 8:58 pm

SEOUL – The health ministry said Monday it started taking procedures to suspend the licenses of around 7,000 trainee doctors who have defied the government's order to go back to work, warning that such punishment would be "irreversible." About 9,000 trainee doctors remained off their jobs at… Read More

Haley notches 1st win over Trump in DC primary

Haley notches 1st win over Trump in DC primary

March 4, 2024, 3:55 pm

HOUSTON – Nikki Haley notched her first win over Donald Trump on Sunday in the Washington, D.C. primary election, marking an historic victory. The former South Carolina governor became the first woman to win a Republican presidential primary or caucus by beating the former president 63 percent… Read More

Palestinians killed, injured as Israel bombs aid truck in central Gaza

Palestinians killed, injured as Israel bombs aid truck in central Gaza

March 4, 2024, 3:23 pm

GAZA CITY, Palestine – At least nine people were killed and several others injured when Israeli forces shelled a Palestinian crowd collecting humanitarian aid from a truck in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Sunday, according to medical sources. Sunday’s attack was the second in the… Read More

Vote count in Iran election continues as many seats go to runoff

Vote count in Iran election continues as many seats go to runoff

March 4, 2024, 3:06 pm

TEHRAN – Vote count continued on Sunday, two days after elections for Iran’s parliament and the top clerical assembly. Mohsen Eslami, the spokesperson for Iran’s election headquarters, told reporters on Sunday the results of 231 seats in parliament and 72 seats in the Assembly of Experts had… Read More