At least 103 people killed in central Nigeria boat mishap

       

ABUJA – At least 103 people were killed and about 100 others were rescued after a boat capsized on Monday in the country's central state of Kwara, police said on Tuesday. The accident occurred on Monday morning in a river in the Patigi local government area of the state, as the passengers were returning home from the neighboring Niger state in the central region, Ajayi …

Britain’s COVID inquiry hears government was under-prepared

       

Family members write a message to two sisters who died of COVID on the National Covid Memorial wall in London, March 29, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) LONDON – Britain's government was under-prepared and failed to anticipate measures needed to protect the vulnerable, an official inquiry heard on Tuesday, as its chair pledged to put the bereaved at the heart of her work. Former Prime Minister …

UN chief supports creation of AI watchdog body

       

UN secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the media during a visit to the UN office in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, May 3, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday expressed support for establishing an AI watchdog body akin to the International Atomic Energy Agency. "It's my intention to create a high-level advisory body on artificial intelligence to seriously prepare …

Mexico City mayor to step down for historic bid for presidency

       

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum speaks during a press conference in Mexico City on June 12, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) MEXICO CITY – Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said she will step down on Friday to pursue the ruling party's candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, bidding to become the country's first female leader. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's leftist National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) on …

UK police arrest suspect after three found dead in Nottingham

       

A police officer stands by a cordon outside the Theatre Royal on Upper Parliament Street in Nottingham, central England, during a 'major incident' in which three people have been found dead on June 13, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) LONDON — British police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of murder after three people were found dead on the street in the central English …

Russia’s Pacific Fleet ships destroy mock submarine in drills

       

This grab taken from a footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry on March 28, 2023 shows a missile boat of the Pacific Fleet firing a Moskit cruise missile at a mock enemy sea target in the Sea of Japan during military exercises. (RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / HANDOUT VIA AFP) VLADIVOSTOK – A group of Russian Pacific Fleet ships successfully detected and attacked a mock …

Italy prepares to bid farewell to Berlusconi with grand funeral

       

A giant tank-you poster is set up at the Mediaset media conglomerate headquarters in Cologno Monzese, near Milan after media mogul and former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi died in Milan, Monday June 12, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) MILAN – Italy was preparing on Tuesday to bid farewell to former premier Silvio Berlusconi, a scandal-prone billionaire who dominated the country's politics, business and soccer world for …

NATO begins its biggest ever air exercise

       

Two Airbus A400M of the German Air Force fly over Wunstorf Air Base in Wunstorf, Germany, June 12, 2023, during the Air Defender 2023 exercise. (PHOTO / AP) BERLIN – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Monday started Air Defender 2023, its largest ever air force deployment exercise. Major airports in Germany are planning for unscheduled late-night takeoffs during the exercise as a precautionary …

Brazil voices concern over added EU demands to Mercosur deal

       

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (right), and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen give a joint statement after meeting at Planalto palace in Brasilia, Brazil, June 12, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) BRASILIA – Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday he has expressed concern over additional demands made by the European Union regarding its trade agreement with the Southern Common …

Romanian PM resigns in agreed power swap

       

Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, the leader of the Liberal party, announces his resignation at the Victoria palace, the Romanian government headquarters, in Bucharest, Romania, June 12, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) BUCHAREST – Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca announced his resignation on Monday and said he expected the country's new government to be inaugurated "by the end of the week." "Today has come the moment when …

Majority in US poll rate moral values as ‘poor’

       

A gun-free zone signage is seen near Times Square in New York, the United States, Sept 1, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA) Multiple factors of instability in the United States could further intensify the social divide, experts said after a recent Gallup poll found that 54 percent of US adults surveyed consider the overall state of moral values in the country to be "poor". That marked …

IAEA concerned over Ukrainian nuke plant after dam breach

       

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is seen in the background of the shallow Kakhovka Reservoir after the dam collapse, in Energodar, Ukraine, June 9, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) MOSCOW/KYIV — The UN atomic watchdog said on Sunday it needs wider access around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to check "a significant discrepancy "in water level data at the breached Kakhovka dam used for cooling the plant's …

SIPRI: Global security risks rising as geopolitical ties worsen

       

In this image released by the US Air Force shows an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile being launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, on September 7, 2022. (US AIR FORCE / AFP) STOCKHOLM – Global geopolitical relations have deteriorated in the past year and security risks have continued to rise, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report on …

Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi dies at 86

       

In this file photo dated Aug 28, 2019, President of the Forza Italia party Silvio Berlusconi leaves following a meeting with the Italian President as part of a second round of consultations with political parties at the Quirinal presidential palace in Rome. Italian ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi died at age 86. (PHOTO / AFP) Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi died Monday at the age …

UK’s Heathrow Airport sees busiest month in May since virus

       

Passengers arrive at the Heathrow Airport, in London Saturday, May 27, 2023. Passengers flying into the UK are facing delays at passport controls due to the e-gates are not working. (PHOTO / AP) LONDON – Britain's Heathrow said 6.73 million passengers passed through the hub in May, making it the airport's busiest month since the pandemic as travel demand continues to bounce back. May passenger …

Tunisian president meets EU leaders on ties, illegal migration

       

Tunisian President Kais Saied (second right) meets the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (second left), Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni (first right) and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the the Carthage Palace in Tunis, Tunisia, on June 11, 2023. (TUNISIAN PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT VIA XINHUA) TUNIS – Tunisian President Kais Saied on Sunday received three European leaders to discuss relations between Tunisia …

Fighting rages in Sudan’s capital after 24-hour truce expires

       

Smoke rises over Khartoum, Sudan, June 7, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) KHARTOUM – Heavy clashes and artillery fire erupted across Sudan's capital Khartoum on Sunday and residents reported air strikes soon after the end of a 24-hour ceasefire that had brought a brief lull to eight weeks of fighting between rival military factions. Witnesses said the fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support …

UN: Gender biases not improved over past decade

       

A woman walks up decorated stairs in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 7, 2023, on the occasion of the International Women's Day. (PHOTO / AP) Gender inequality has remained stagnant for a decade, according to research by the United Nations released on Monday, as cultural biases and pressures continue to hinder women's empowerment and leave the world unlikely to meet the UN's goal of gender parity …

SNP funding probe: Scotland’s Sturgeon says ‘I am innocent’

       

Police officers drive their car past the home of Peter Murrell, former chief executive of the Scottish National Party (SNP), and his wife, Scotland's former First Minister and former leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, in Glasgow on June 11, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) LONDON – Former Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday she was innocent after being arrested and held for more …

BioNTech faces first German lawsuit over COVID vaccine

       

A view of the logo of the BioNTech biotechnology building where production of the COVID-19 vaccine has started, in Marburg, Germany, February 13, 2021. BioNTech, which teamed with Pfizer to develop a powerful COVID-19 vaccine, has reported that third-quarter earnings are close to half what they were a year earlier. (PHOTO / AP) HAMBURG – BioNTech will go to court on Monday to defend itself …