Category Archives: World

Trump questioned on Jared Kushner's use of WhatsApp with foreign officials

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he knew nothing about son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner’s use of the WhatsApp encrypted messaging tool, a day after a top U.S. Democratic congressman questioned the unofficial communications. On Thursday, U.S. House of Representatives’ oversight committee chairman Elijah Cummings asked the White House about Kushner’s use…

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Ebola on the rise in Congo due to 'security challenges,' UN says

The World Health Organization says Ebola has spiked in Congo in recent days because of “increased security challenges,” a week after its director-general predicted the outbreak might be contained within six months. The U.N. health agency said in an update late Thursday the recent attacks on Ebola clinics slowed response efforts for days. Congolese officials…

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Cyclone Idai deaths could exceed 1,000 in southern Africa

Even as floodwaters began to recede in parts of Mozambique on Friday, fears rose that the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed. The number of deaths could be beyond the 1,000 predicted by the country’s president earlier this week, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and…

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EU, Syria reject Trump's statement on Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

U.S. President Donald Trump’s abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights drew strong condemnation from Syria, while the European Union and countries like Egypt and Russia also rejecting the overture. The Syrian government called it “irresponsible,” and a threat to international peace and stability. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus also said…

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Death toll in China chemical plant explosion rises to 44

The death toll in an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 44, with another 90 people seriously injured, the local government reported Friday. Thursday’s blast at the Tianjiayi Chemical plant in the city of Yancheng is one of China’s worst industrial accidents in years. Nearly 1,000 area residents have been…

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New Zealand promised and delivered a gun ban. Here's why the U.S. can't do the same

The gun-policy changes were dramatic and, remarkably, for a Western-aligned nation with a strong pro-firearms lobby, the reforms came swiftly. But this was New Zealand’s government, not the United States congress. “New Zealand will ban all military-style, semi-automatic weapons,” the island nation’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on Thursday, laying out immediate plans to halt…

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