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Pope Francis to have abdominal surgery on Wednesday

Pope Francis delivers his address from the window of the apostolic palace during the weekly Angelus prayer on Jan 22, 2023 in the Vatican. (ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP) VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will have an operation on his abdomen on Wednesday afternoon at Rome's Gemelli hospital, the Vatican said in a statement, adding that the […]

PM: Russia to invest $24b to develop Northern Sea Route

A journalist captures images of the Christophe de Margerie icebreaking liquefied natural gas carrier at the Port of Sabetta in the Autonomous Okrug of Yamlo-Nenets, March 30, 2017. (PHOTO / XINHUA) VLADIVOSTOK – Russia has unveiled plans to invest 2 trillion rubles (about $24.58 billion) in the development of its Northern Sea Route (NSR) over […]

Five countries elected new non-permanent members of UNSC

UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi (left) presides over a meeting to elect non-permanent members of the Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, on June 6, 2023. (PHOTO / XINHUA) UNITED NATIONS – Algeria, Guyana, the Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone, and Slovenia were elected non-permanent members of the UN Security Council […]

Africa mulls alternatives to US dollar

Africa mulls alternatives to US dollar

Experts moot single payment system within continent to facilitate trading A question on whether African countries should ditch the United States dollar and seek alternatives as the continental currencies continue to weaken against the dollar and worsen the cost of living, has received mixed reactions from both leaders and experts. On Monday, Kenya's President William […]

‘No immediate risk’ to Ukraine nuclear plant after dam damage

This photo taken on March 29, 2023 shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. (PHOTO / XINHUA) VIENNA / UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations, Russia and Ukraine have all condemned the destruction of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant as a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe, while the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) excluded immediate […]

Ukraine: Russia destroyed dam supplying water to nuke plant

This handout picture released by the state-owned company Ukrhydroenergo shows the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam which was damaged in Nova Kakhovka, near Kherson, on June 6, 2023. (HANDOUT / AFP) VLADIVOSTOK/KIEV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Russian forces had destroyed the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant dam in southern Ukraine. All services are […]

Kremlin: Russia open to dialogue with US on arms control

In this Dec 23, 2021 photo, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov moderates Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference at the Manezh exhibition hall in central Moscow, Russia. (PHOTO / AFP) MOSCOW – Russia remains open to a dialogue with the United States on arms control as it is "extremely important," but Moscow is waiting for […]

UNHRC: US abortion bans put millions of women, girls at risk

Attendees wave placards during a rally to protest the one-year anniversary of Colorado's abortion law, the Reproductive Health Equity Act, April 4, 2023, outside the State Capitol in downtown Denver. (PHOTO / AP) GENEVA – Millions of women and girls across the United States have suffered an alarming deterioration in access to sexual and reproductive […]

Mike Pence enters 2024 Republican presidential race

This file photo shows Former US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks at a campus lecture hosted by Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 12, 2022. (PHOTO / AFP) WASHINGTON – Former US Vice-President Mike Pence on Monday declared himself a candidate in the 2024 Republican race for the […]