Japan’s Princess Mako to marry after delay and controversy

After years of controversy, Japan’s Princess Mako will marry this month, but she will forego traditional rites and will not take a usual payment given to royal women marrying commoners. “Princess Mako will marry on October 26,” an Imperial Household Agency official told AFP, adding that “wedding ceremony, reception banquet and other rituals won’t be […]

Former French President Sarkozy sentenced to one year for illegal campaign financing

A French court Thursday imposed a one-year sentence on former president Nicolas Sarkozy after finding him guilty of illegal campaign financing for massive overspending on his 2012 re-election campaign. The verdict came six months after he was found guilty of corruption in a separate trial. The court will allow the ex-president to serve the sentence […]

Social media campaign highlights colorful Afghan clothing to protest Taliban dress code

After seeing photos of black-clad Afghan women in full face veils at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul, Bahar Jalali, an Afghan-American historian, launched a campaign highlighting the vibrant colors of traditional Afghan dresses. “I was very concerned that the world would think that those clothing worn by those women in Kabul was traditional Afghan clothing, […]

Britain runs coal power stations amid energy crisis

Britain, which faces soaring natural gas prices, has been forced to run coal-fired power stations in order to secure energy supplies, electricity generation company Drax said on Thursday. The country is particularly exposed to Europe’s ongoing energy crisis due to its reliance on natural gas to generate electricity. The price of European gas futures has […]

Model Evangelista says fat-reduction left her deformed

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista says she has been permanently disfigured by a fat-reduction cosmetic procedure that backfired and caused her to look bloated and unrecognizable. Evangelista, 56, said she underwent “CoolSculpting” five years ago and that it had the rare side effect of causing her fat cells to increase rather than decrease. Evangelista, a 1990s […]

Rare Australia earthquake causes panic in Melbourne

A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked Melbourne residents running into the streets. The shallow tremor hit east of the country‘s second-largest city just after 9:00am local time (2300 GMT) and was felt hundreds of kilometers (miles) away. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of […]

Bolsonaro tells UN he rejects vaccine passports

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that his government was against health passports but backed drives to vaccinate against Covid-19. “We support the vaccination efforts,” said Bolsonaro, widely criticized for his handling of the pandemic in Brazil where the coronavirus has killed more than 590,000 people. “However, my administration […]

Canary Islands volcano destroys homes

A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands destroyed houses as it spewed out lava and ash, authorities said Monday, a day after it erupted, forcing some 5,000 people from their homes. The Cumbre Vieja volcano sent huge plumes of thick black smoke into the sky after it erupted Sunday around 3:00 pm, churning up molten lava […]

France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

Thousands of health workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday. France’s national public health agency estimated last week that roughly 12 percent of hospital staff and around six percent of doctors in private practices have […]

Putin says dozens in Kremlin inner circle have COVID

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that dozens of people in his inner circle at the Kremlin had tested positive for coronavirus, which has affected over seven million people in the badly-hit country. Earlier this week, the 68-year-old Putin said he was self-isolating after announcing an outbreak among members of his entourage. “Cases of the coronavirus […]

Putin self-isolates after COVID cases in inner circle

President Vladimir Putin will self-isolate after coronavirus cases were detected in his inner circle, the Kremlin said Tuesday, as Russia struggles with stubbornly high Covid infection rates. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin was “absolutely healthy” and had taken a coronavirus test, without specifying the result. Putin had been due to travel to […]