Solomon Islands says won’t sign White House summit declaration

       

Ships are docked offshore in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Nov 24, 2018. (MARK SCHIEFELBEIN / AP) SYDNEY/WASHINGTON – The Solomon Islands has told Pacific nations invited to a White House meeting with US President Joe Biden it won't sign the summit declaration, according to a note seen by Reuters. Leaders from the Pacific Island Forum bloc have been invited to the two-day …

41st ICAO discuss net-zero emissions, post-COVID resilience

       

A commercial plane takes off after sunset from Geneva Airport in Geneva on July 18, 2019. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) MONTREAL, Canada – Some 2,000 delegates from 167 countries gathered in-person and virtually on Tuesday at the Montreal headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization for its 41st assembly which highlights net-zero emissions, post-COVID resilience and the critical role of innovation. On the topic of …

Nord Stream leaks: EU scrambles to protect energy infrastructure

       

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen arrives for the second day meeting of the European Union special summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct 2, 2020. (EUROPEAN UNION / HANDOUT VIA XINHUA) BRUSSELS / COPENHAGEN – The EU on Wednesday rushed to ramp up security safeguarding the bloc's energy infrastructure in response to what it called acts of sabotage on the Nord Stream pipelines, while warning of …

Zelensky meets French foreign minister on support for Ukraine

       

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, and French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna pose for a photograph during their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sept 27, 2022. (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE VIA AP) KYIV – Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday met with visiting French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna to discuss support for Ukraine, according to the …

Some UK civil servants now fear for jobs under Truss

       

A view of the door of 10 Downing Street in London, Feb 22, 2022. (DAVID CLIFF / AP) LIVERPOOL – "Speaking truth unto power" has long been the motto of Britain's civil service, but now some government workers charged with offering ministers impartial advice whatever their party are fearful of their political bosses and are keeping quiet. Some say it's been a long and slow …

Partnership on pandas hailed at San Diego Zoo

       

Giant panda cub Xiao Liwu (right) and its mother Bai Yun stay together during his first birthday celebration at the San Diego Zoo, California, the United States, July 29, 2013. (PHOTO / XINHUA) Researchers at the San Diego Zoo understand the powerful role that partnerships can play in conservation. "The relationship that our organization has with our partners in China has been extraordinary," San Diego …

Danish PM: Nord Stream pipeline leaks ‘deliberate actions’

       

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen arrives for the second day meeting of the European Union special summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct 2, 2020. (EUROPEAN UNION / HANDOUT VIA XINHUA) COPENHAGEN – The government of Denmark considers the Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks "deliberate actions," Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in Copenhagen on Tuesday. "It is the clear assessment by authorities that these are deliberate …

Millions in Florida urged to evacuate as Hurricane Ian nears

       

Workers board up the windows of a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Ybor City district in preparation for Hurricane Ian approaches the western side of the state, Sept 27, 2022, in Tampa, Florida. (PHELAN M. EBENHACK / AP) SARASOTA, Florida – Residents of Florida's Gulf Coast on Tuesday boarded up homes, packed up their vehicles and headed for higher ground as Hurricane Ian drew near, …

Britain warns of difficult winter with flu, COVID-19

       

Medical staff wears PPE on a ward for COVID-19 patients at King's College Hospital in south east London on Dec 21, 2021. (VICTORIA JONES / PA VIA AP) LONDON / MOSCOW / MAPUTO / LJUBLJANA – British health officials on Wednesday warned that increased circulation of flu and a resurgence in COVID-19 could lead to a difficult winter that increases pressure on the already stretched National Health Service …

‘US admits running bio research on low-income Ukrainians’

       

This March 18, 2022 file photo shows a Security Council meeting on the biological security issue in Ukraine at the UN headquarters in New York. (XIE E / XINHUA) MOSCOW – The US delegation in Geneva has admitted that Washington had been conducting biological research on low-income citizens from Ukraine at a meeting of the states parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, Russia's …

Italy election victors target era of political stability

       

Leader of Italian far-right party "Fratelli d'Italia" (Brothers of Italy), Giorgia Meloni acknowledges the audience after she delivered an address at her party's campaign headquarters overnight on Sept 26, 2022 in Rome, after the country voted in a legislative election. ROME – The right-wing alliance that won Italy's national election will usher in a rare era of political stability to tackle an array of problems …

Ukraine plant key issue for nuke agency

       

Photo taken on Aug 22, 2022 shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. (PHOTO / XINHUA) The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, on Monday called the safety of a shelled nuclear power plant in Ukraine a top priority as the nuclear watchdog's 175 member states gathered for talks in Vienna this week. Director-General Rafael Grossi was referring to the Zaporizhzhia power plant …

Biden to host France’s Macron in White House on Dec 1

       

In this file photo dated Oct 29, 2021, US President Joe Biden (left) and French President Emmanuel Macron wave prior to a meeting at La Villa Bonaparte in Rome. (EVAN VUCCI / AP) WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden will host French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House for a state visit on Dec 1, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. ALSO READ: Biden admits to …

NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully hits target asteroid

       

This screengrab made from NASA live feed on Sept 26, 2022, shows Dimorphos just before the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) made impact with the asteroid, as watched by the NASA team (bottom left) at DART headquarters in Laurel, Maryland. (NASA / AFP) NASA's DART spacecraft successfully slammed into a distant asteroid at hypersonic speed on Monday in a test of the world's first planetary …

Hurricane Ian begins to lash Cuba with heavy winds, rain

       

Jesus Rodrigues takes wood to his vehicle outside a Home Depot store in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian on Sept 26, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. (PHELAN M. EBENHACK / AP) BATABANO, Cuba – The first strong winds ahead of Hurricane Ian began to pound Cuban coastal villages late on Monday as officials rushed to evacuate residents, secure boats and batten down homes amid …

Canada to remove all COVID-19 travel restrictions from Oct 1

       

People board a Boeing 737 MAX plane operated by Air Canada at Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada, on July 27, 2022. (TED SHAFFREY / AP) OTTAWA / MOSCOW / NEW YORK – Canada will drop all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers from Oct 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains, the government said on Monday. The move is likely to boost the Canadian travel …

Edward Snowden granted Russian citizenship

       

Edward Snowden is seen on the screen during a live remote interview at CeBIT 2015 in Hanover, Germany, on March 18, 2015. (ZHANG FAN / XINHUA) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday granting Russian citizenship to former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden, who revealed in 2013 that the US government had been spying on the email and …

NASA asteroid-deflecting spacecraft nears impact with target

       

In this Sept 12, 2022 file photo, a placard hangs on the wall during the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Technology Media Workshop Telecon Briefing and tour at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, ahead of the Sept 26 project test mission. (JIM WATSON / AFP) Ten months after launch, NASA's asteroid-deflecting DART spacecraft neared a planned impact with its target on …

Gunman kills nine in Russian school shooting

       

In this file photo on May 13, 2021, police investigators work at the scene after a shooting in Kazan, Russia. (DMITRI LOVETSKY / AP) MOSCOW – A gunman killed nine people, including five children, at a school in Russia on Monday before committing suicide, investigators said. The motive for the shooting in Izhevsk, capital of the Udmurtia region about 970 km (600 miles) east of …

Report: German chancellor Scholz tests positive for COVID

       

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during the Global Fund's Seventh Replenishment Conference on Sept 21, 2022, in New York. (EVAN VUCCI / AP) MADRID / MOSCOW / PARIS / BERLIN – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has tested positive for coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms, the TV news channel ntv reported on Monday. The chancellor is isolating, ntv said, citing Scholz's spokesperson. People wait to undergo …