International

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world's best

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:34am

UN chief hails famine prevention mechanism

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday hailed the World Bank/United Nations Famine Action Mechanism (FAM) as an important new tool to help predict and prevent famine. With the cooperation of humanitarian development organizations, tech companies, academia, the insurance sector and others...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:19pm

UN report identifies where global harvests will rise and fall by 2050

The United Nations (UN) released a report last week identifying future winners and losers in agriculture as the planet warms from the effects of climate change. The report titled "The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018" has attempted to study the relationship between...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:20am

UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

The UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees. Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:04am

More flooding feared for South Carolina, a week after Florence

KINSTON, N.C. (Reuters) - Residents of Georgetown County, South Carolina, where five rivers flow into the ocean, were preparing on Friday for a deluge of water in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed at least 40 people. The county of 60,000 people, on the Atlantic coast between...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:02am

EU pushes October Brexit agreement, threatens no deal

European Union leaders will push for a Brexit deal next month but warned Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday that if she will not give ground on trade and the Irish border by November they are ready to cope with Britain crashing out. “Don’t worry, be happy,” joked EU...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:54am

China’s 69th anniversary feted in Rwanda

On Wednesday, the Chinese community in Rwanda celebrated the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at a function held at the Embassy of China in Kigali. The event celebrates the beginning of a new China under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC)...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:36am

Typhoon Mangkhut hits south China after dozens killed in Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut continued on its destructive path on Sunday as it hit the southern coast of China, killing two, after leaving at least 64 dead in the Philippines amid landslides and flooding. The storm battered the heavily populated Guangdong region on Sunday afternoon with 100mph (160km/h) winds...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:31pm

Two Koreas open first liaison office since World War II

North and South Korea have opened a liaison office on the North's side of the heavily militarised border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders' summit in Pyongyang next week. Friday's opening of the office at the North Korean border town of...

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:28pm

Philanthropies Pledge $450 Million to Save Forests, Climate

Leading philanthropists pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to rescue shrinking tropical forests that suck heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, on the eve of a global climate change summit in San Francisco. Nine foundations announced the $459 million commitment, to be delivered...

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:41pm

Google discontinuing ‘Inbox by Gmail’ in March 2019, points users toward Gmail

Just over two months after Google updated the “Inbox by Gmail” app for iOS to support iPhone X, the company this week announced that it will discontinue the service at the end of March 2019. Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:55pm

Self-driving technology threatens nearly 300,000 trucking jobs

Autonomous driving technology could replace some 294,000 long-distance truck drivers over the next 25 years, a lighter impact than some have predicted but one that could still significantly reshape freight-industry employment, according to a new research paper. The changes would likely eliminate...

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:03pm

One dead, many feared trapped in Kolkata bridge collapse

At least one person has died and several others are feared trapped in India’s eastern city of Kolkata after a section of a decades-old highway bridge built over a railway track collapsed. The incident in Majherhat, southern Kolkata, took place at around 11:30 GMT on Tuesday, when a nearly 30...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:19am

Rwanda week in China to promote tourism, investment

Rwanda Development Board in partnership with the Embassy of Rwanda to China will hold “Rwanda week in China,” the Rwanda embassy in china has said. According to information from the embassy, the week will run from September 1-8 and comprise of events which are expected to bring...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:54am

China-Africa business forum attracts over 1,000 African representatives

China will host more than 1,000 African representatives from over 600 enterprises, business groups, and research institutions at an upcoming conference of Chinese and African entrepreneurs. The conference, the sixth since 2003 and officially known as the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:51am

Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users

Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to 1. The previously unreported ratings system, which Facebook has developed over the past year, shows that the fight against the gaming of tech systems has evolved to include measuring...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 12:23am

Russian investigators deny version of blast aboard President Kaczynski's plane

The Russian Investigative Committee has no questions left about the causes behind the crash of Kaczynski's plane; the Polish side’s version about an explosion found no confirmation, official representative of the Russian Investigative Committee Svetlana Petrenko said. "I emphasize...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:55am

Court tosses atheists’ lawsuit against ‘In God We Trust’ motto on US dollars

A federal appeals court shot down on Tuesday a lawsuit challenging the use of the US national motto on printed money. The phrase, “In God We Trust,” has long been a point of contention for secular Americans. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, cited the historied...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 10:14am

Qatar spent millions in 2017 to influence Trump foreign policy - reports

Qatar’s government spent more than $16 million during 2017 alone in an unconventional lobbying program to influence President Donald Trump into adopting policies desired by its leaders, media reported. Because Trump often shuns typical policy-making processes special interest groups have...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 10:07am

UN strongly suggests coalition may be guilty of war crimes

The United Nations Human Rights Council said on Tuesday that parties to the conflict in Yemen, namely participants in the Saudi-led coalition, may be guilty of war crimes. A 41-page report by the Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen, which was commissioned by the UN, "...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 10:03am