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US intelligence to conduct risk assessment of Mar-a-Lago haul

Former US president Donald Trump speaks at a rally on Aug 5, 2022, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (MORRY GASH / AP) WASHINGTON – The US intelligence community will assess the potential risk to national security of disclosure of materials recovered during the Aug 8 search of former president Donald Trump's Florida residence, according to a letter […]

Macron tells Truss: Britain and France will always be friends

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a meeting with members of the French community at the French ambassador to Algeria's residence, in Algiers, on August 26, 2022, during an official visit. (LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP) ALGIERS – Britain and its people will always be allies of France, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday, […]

Moderna sues Pfizer for patent infringement over COVID jab

In this file photo taken on Feb 2, 2021, a needle in a vial of the Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a vaccination site in Luckenwalde, Germany. (KOPPITZ / BLOOMBERG) LOS ANGELES / LOS ANGELES – Moderna sued Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Friday for patent infringement in the development of the first […]

Climate change official: Pakistan floods affected over 30m people

People navigate through flooded roads after heavy monsoon rains, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Aug 24, 2022. (PERVEZ MASIH / AP) KARACHI, Pakistan – Historic monsoon rains and flooding in Pakistan have affected more than 30 million people over the last few weeks, the country's climate change minister said on Thursday, calling the situation a "climate-induced humanitarian […]

Macron urges France-Algeria future beyond ‘painful’ history

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) attends a banquet hosted by Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (right) at the presidential palace in Algiers on Aug 25, 2022. (LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP) ALGIERS – French President Emmanuel Macron indicated France and Algeria should move beyond their "painful" shared history and look to the future on Thursday at the […]

Sudan leader Burhan reshuffles army leadership

In this file photo dated April 13, 2019, Sudanese soldiers flash the victory gesture as they sit in the back of a pickup truck mounted with a turret nearby a scene of gathering demonstrators during a rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy, outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital […]

Mexico: US consultation request in energy dispute ‘foolish’

In this file photo taken on July 8, 2022, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to a journalist's question during his daily press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. (MOISES CASTILLO / AP) MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday described as "foolish" the US government's request for […]

NASA’s Webb telescope detects CO2 in exoplanet atmosphere

In this still picture from a NASA TV broadcast, the James Webb Space Telescope separates from Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket after launching from Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on Dec 25, 2021. (AFP / NASA TV) LOS ANGELES – NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first clear evidence […]

Russia: Zaporizhzhia recovers from Ukraine-claimed power-off

This file photo dated May 1, 2022, shows a Russian soldier guarding an area of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine. (PHOTO / AP) KIEV/MOSCOW – A Ukrainian official said on Thursday that the Zaporizhzhia region has been left without power supply, but the Russian side later said […]

WHO launches project to curb spread of COVID across Somalia

Mothers wait for high nutrition foods and health services at Tawkal 2 Dinsoor camp for internally displaced persons in Baidoa, Somalia on Feb 14, 2022.(YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP) MOGADISHU / WINDHOEK – The World Health Organization on Thursday launched a new project to prevent the community spread of COVID-19 across Somalia. WHO Representative to Somalia Mamunur […]

WHO: Monkeypox cases spike in Americas, fall in Europe

A patient shows his hand with a sore caused by an infection of the monkeypox virus, in the isolation area for monkeypox patients at the Arzobispo Loayza hospital, in Lima on Aug 16, 2022. Nearly 28,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide in the last three months and the first deaths are starting to be recorded. […]

Russia to enlarge armed forces by 10 percent

Russia's President Vladimir Putin reviews naval troops as he takes part in the main naval parade marking the Russian Navy Day, in St. Petersburg on July 31, 2022. (ALEXEY DANICHEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to increase the size of the country's armed forces by […]

UK leadership candidate Sunak attacks virus lockdown response

Rishi Sunak addresses Conservative Party members during the Conservative leadership election hustings at the NEC, Birmingham, England on Aug 23, 2022. (RUI VIEIRA / AP) LONDON – Former finance minister Rishi Sunak, one of two candidates vying to be Britain's next prime minister, said it was a mistake to have "empowered" scientists during the coronavirus pandemic […]

Finnish journalists on trial in rare defense intelligence case

Onlookers await the arrival of the military parade on Mannerheimintie Street in Helsinki on June 4, 2022 as the country celebrates the Flag Day of the Finnish Defence Forces. (ALESSANDRO RAMPAZZO / AFP) HELSINKI – Three journalists from Finland's largest daily are expected to appear in a Helsinki court on Thursday, suspected of publishing classified […]

Mexican judge accepts charges of disappearance of 43 students

An ambulance arrives at the facilities of the Reclusorio Norte where former attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam is due to appear in court over the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa normal school, in Mexico City on Aug 24, 2022. (RODRIGO OROPEZA / AFP) MEXICO CITY – A Mexican judge ruled there was sufficient evidence […]

Recession in the wings as EU struggles

Economists see outlook worsening with energy at core of bloc's woes Flags of the European Union fly outside the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 21, 2021. (ZHENG HUANSONG / XINHUA) Six months into the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the European Union is haunted by an energy crisis, high inflation and looming recession, according to economists. An […]