Study: climate change will fuel humanitarian crises in 2023

       

Pollution rises from the BASF chemical plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Nov 7, 2022. (MICHAEL PROBST / AP) MEXICO CITY – Climate change will accelerate humanitarian crises around the world in 2023, adding to the issues created by armed conflict and economic downturns, according to a study by the NGO International Rescue Committee (IRC). The agency, based in New York and led by former UK politician …

PM: Russian economy effectively withstands Western pressure

       

People stroll on Red Square in downtown Moscow on June 20, 2022. (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP) MOSCOW — Western countries attempted to destroy the Russian economy but they underestimated its resilience, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Tuesday. "The measures implemented by the government on the instructions of the president to ensure economic development in the face of external pressure have shown their effectiveness, …

Report reveals sexual abuse of female inmates in US federal prisons

       

Inmates sew protective masks at Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility in Santee, California, on April 22, 2020. (SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP) WASHINGTON – The US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report on Tuesday to reveal sexual abuse of female inmates in federal prisons. The report uncovered that Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employees sexually abused female prisoners in at least two-thirds of federal …

IAEA to send permanent missions to all nuclear plants in Ukraine

       

Photo taken on Aug 22, 2022 shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. (PHOTO/XINHUA) MOSCOW/KYIV – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will send permanent technical missions to all nuclear power plants (NNPs) in Ukraine, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced on Tuesday. "Independent experts of the organization will work in Zaporizhzhia, Rivne, Khmelnytskyi, Pivdennoukrainsk, and Chernobyl NPPs," Shmyhal said on Telegram after his meeting with …

Lawsuit accuses Meta of enabling hateful posts in Ethiopia conflict

       

This May 16, 2012, file photo, shows the Facebook logo displayed on an iPad. (MATT ROURKE / AP PHOTO) A new lawsuit has accused Meta Platforms (META.O) of enabling violent and hateful posts from Ethiopia to flourish on Facebook, inflaming the country's bloody civil war. The lawsuit, filed in Kenya on Tuesday, was brought by two Ethiopian researchers and Kenyan rights group the Katiba Institute. …

Nigeria scraps COVID-19 tests for international travelers

       

Passengers gather as they check in their luggage at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria Sept 30, 2022. (TEMILADE ADELAJA / REUTERS) LAGOS / MOSCOW – Nigeria on Monday removed COVID-19 testing requirements for international travelers and it was no longer mandatory to wear masks on flights and inside airport buildings, the airlines regulator said. In a notice to airlines, the Nigerian Civil Aviation …

Peru’s armed forces to protect key infrastructure amid protests

       

Supporters of ousted president Pedro Castillo clash with police during a protest in Lima, Peru, Dec 8, 2022. (FERNANDO VERGARA / AP) LIMA – Peru's armed forces will take control of the "protection" of key infrastructure, its defense minister said Tuesday, as protests that have led to at least six deaths continue across the country following the ousting of its former president. Peru's new president, …

US Congress negotiators say government funding deal reached

       

Photo taken on Feb 28, 2022 shows the US Capitol building, seen through a barrier fence, in Washington, DC, the United States. (PHOTO / XINHUA) WASHINGTON – Negotiators in the US Congress on Tuesday said they had reached agreement on funding the government through the end of its current fiscal year, as lawmakers scampered to meet a midnight Friday deadline when existing funds expire. They …

Floods kill at least 120 in Congolese capital

       

In this file photo dated Feb 7, 2017, a man carries a young girl on his shoulders as he walks down a flooded street in the center of Kinshasa after several districts of the city were flooded as a result of an abrupt rise in water levels caused by a violent storm. (JUNIOR KANNAH / AFP) KINSHASA – At least 120 people have been killed …

S. Africa’s parliament votes against impeaching Ramaphosa

       

In this Nov 9, 2022 file photo, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks to the media at State House in Nairobi, Kenya. (KHALIL SENOSI / AP) CAPE TOWN – South Africa's parliament on Tuesday voted against starting an impeachment process against President Cyril Ramaphosa, the speaker of parliament said. Lawmakers voted to reject a report by a panel of experts that found preliminary evidence Ramaphosa …

EU parliament removes Kaili from post over graft charges

       

In this handout photograph taken and released by European Parliament on Dec 7, 2022, Greek politician and European Parliament vice-president Eva Kaili speaks during the European Book Prize award ceremony in Brussels. (ERIC VIDAL / EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT / AFP) STRASBOURG – The European Parliament stripped Greek lawmaker Eva Kaili of her senior assembly post on Tuesday over allegations that she had received bribes, charges she …

UK hit by worst month for strikes in 11 yrs as pay disputes escalate

       

Passengers wait at the concourse of Euston station, as rail workers strike over pay and terms, in London, Britain December 13, 2022. (TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS) LONDON — The United Kingdom recorded the highest number of working days lost to labor disputes in October for more than 10 years, official data showed on Tuesday, as employees went on strike to demand higher pay in the …

Children dying in Somalia as food catastrophe worsens

       

Buulaay Ibrahim (left), 75, an internally displaced person who fled her village due to an increase in violence, sits at Limaan Camp in Mogadishu on Dec 6, 2022 in front of her makeshift tent. (HASSAN ALI ELMI / AFP) MOGADISHU – More than 200,000 Somalis are suffering catastrophic food shortages and many are dying of hunger, with that number set to rise to over 700,000 …

Floods kill at least 50 in Congolese capital

       

In this file photo dated Feb 7, 2017, a man carries a young girl on his shoulders as he walks down a flooded street in the center of Kinshasa after several districts of the city were flooded as a result of an abrupt rise in water levels caused by a violent storm. (JUNIOR KANNAH / AFP) KINSHASA — At least 50 people have been killed …

UK with worst month by strikes in 11 years for pay disputes

       

Passengers wait at the concourse of Euston station, as rail workers strike over pay and terms, in London, Britain December 13, 2022. (TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS) LONDON — The United Kingdom recorded the highest number of working days lost to labour disputes in October for more than 10 years, official data showed on Tuesday, as employees went on strike to demand higher pay in the …

EU unity at stake as countries break gas price cap impasse

       

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 28, 2022. (YVES HERMAN / REUTERS) BRUSSELS — European Union countries will try on Tuesday to agree an EU-wide cap on gas prices, after months of talks that have so far failed to break the deadlock between governments at odds over whether the measure will ease Europe's energy crisis. Energy ministers from …

Supporters of Brazil’s defeated Bolsonaro attack police headquarters

       

Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro clash with police setting fire to several vehicles and allegedly trying to storm the headquarters of the Federal Police in Brasilia, Brazil on Dec 12, 2022. (ERALDO PERES / AP) BRASILIA – Supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday attempted to invade the federal police headquarters in the capital Brasilia, in a flash of post-election violence on …

EP corruption scandal prompts call for EU-wide ethics body

       

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol (unseen) give a press conference on REPowerEU: outlook on EU gas supply in 2023, at the European Council Building in Brussels, on Dec 21, 2022. (JOHN THYS / AFP) BRUSSELS – European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that her institution is pushing …

Peru’s new leader offers early election as seven die in protests

       

Peru's new President Dina Boluarte waves after making a statement at the government palace in Lima, Peru on Dec 8, 2022. (FERNANDO VERGARA / AP) LIMA – Peru's new president offered lawmakers a plan to bring elections forward by two years on Monday, after the ouster of her predecessor last week sparked protests that have left at least seven dead. President Dina Boluarte, previously the …

Key COVID-19 indicators surge again in US, straining hospitals

       

People wait outside a community center as long lines continue for individuals trying to be tested for COVID-19 during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Diego, California, US, Jan 10, 2022. (MIKE BLAKE / REUTERS) LOS ANGELES / ROME / MEXICO CITY / MOSCOW – Another COVID-19 winter surge is brewing in the Untied States as the key indicators are all rising, …