UN investigator: Contemporary slavery extensive around globe

A U.N. investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labor for Uyghur minority, bonded labor for the lowest caste

Little talk of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon

In the Brazilian Amazon these days, it’s nearly impossible to run for office talking up the environment. More common is a scene like this: A

Article on ‘fat’ Arab women sparks uproar over body-shaming

To Enas Taleb, the headline felt like a spiteful punch line. “Why women are fatter than men in the Arab world,” it read in bold, above a photograph

UK inflation reaches 10.1% on soaring food, energy costs

Britain’s inflation rate rose to a new 40-year high of 10.1% in July, a faster pace than in the U.S. and Europe as climbing food prices in the United

US, South Korea to begin expanded military drills next week

The United States and South Korea will begin their biggest combined military training in years next week in the face of an increasingly aggressive North

Putin blasts US ‘hegemony,’ predicts end to ‘unipolar’ world

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of trying to encourage extended hostilities in Ukraine as part of what he described yesterday as Washington’s alleged

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

An Iranian government official denied yesterday that Tehran was involved in the assault on author Salman Rushdie, though he justified the stabbing in remarks that represented

Covid: UK approves Moderna’s Omicron booster

The UK has become the first country to approve a dual vaccine which tackles both the original Covid virus and the newer Omicron variant, BBC reported yesterday.

Explainer Despite public anger, no progress in Iraq political deadlock

Weeks after followers of an influential cleric stormed parliament, Iraq’s political crisis shows no signs of abating, despite rising public anger over a debilitating gridlock that has further

President to bypass congress to keep army in streets

Mexico’s president has begun exploring plans to sidestep congress to hand formal control of the National Guard to the army, a move that could extend the

Officials: Fire at Coptic church in Cairo kills 41, hurts 14

A fire ripped through a packed church during morning services in Egypt’s capital yesterday, killing at least 41 worshippers and injuring 14. The church quickly filled with

Trump’s bond with GOP deepens after primary wins, FBI search

Donald Trump ‘s pick for governor in the swing state of Wisconsin easily defeated a favorite of the Republican establishment. In Connecticut, the state

African wildlife parks face climate, infrastructure threats

Africa’s national parks, home to thousands of wildlife species such as lions, elephants and buffaloes, are increasingly threatened by below-average rainfall and new infrastructure projects, stressing habitats

Ukraine war must end with liberation of Crimea – Zelensky

Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape yesterday in what may mark an escalation

Stranded whale euthanized after removal from French river

A beluga whale that captured French hearts when it showed up in the Seine River had to be euthanized yesterday after it was successfully removed from the French waterway,

Italy’s far-right Meloni on vote: I’m no danger to democracy

Italy’s far-right leader Giorgia Meloni, who is leading in opinion polls ahead of Sept. 25 parliamentary elections, insists she won’t be a danger to democracy if she becomes

Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe

The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida

Do spiders sleep? Study suggests they may snooze like humans

It’s a question that keeps some scientists awake at night: Do spiders sleep? Daniela Roessler and her colleagues trained cameras on baby jumping spiders at night to find

UN chief urges nuke powers to abide by no-first-use pledge

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday urged countries with nuclear weapons to stick to their no-first-use commitment of their atomic arsenals, warning that the nuclear

Fiber optic cable theft halts Spanish bullet train service

Hundreds of rail passengers using the line between Madrid and Barcelona were left stranded for hours after some 600 meters of fiber optic cable used in the signaling system

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